Power Rankings - Week 13
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POWER RANKINGS: MLS Week 13 Roundup

FRISCO - FC Dallas is now winless in its last four games (0-2-2). After a loss to the Fire on May 25 and playing to a draw against  the Dynamo on Saturday at Toyota Stadium, there’s definitely a sense of “wanting something more” from the Dallas players.

FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday, June 3 at Toyota Stadium. Remember. FCD beat RSL 3-0 on May 6 at Rio Tinto Stadium. That match is the last one in which FC Dallas posted a victory. On the flip side, Salt Lake is 2-2-0 since that early May matchup with wins over New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union.

With that, let’s examine the latest MLS power rankings which saw FC Dallas fall out of the top five of one power poll for the first time this season. 


ESPNFC

1. Toronto FC (no change) 
2. FC Dallas (no change) Drawing at home is actually an improvement for the defending Supporters' Shield champion, but sharing the points with the Houston Dynamo in a 0-0 draw is obviously not where FCD wants to be.
3. Chicago Fire (+3) 
4. Sporting Kansas City (-1)
5. Columbus Crew (-1)
21. Real Salt Lake (no change) At this point, it doesn't matter at all how RSL gets three points. To have Joao Plata finally scoring in the 1-0 win over the Union could mean the start of a resurgence.


MLS

1. Toronto FC (no change) 
2. New York City FC (no change) 
3. Chicago Fire (+2) 
4. FC Dallas (-1) Going winless in four straight at home is not something we've seen under Oscar Pareja. And the draw in the Texas Derby looks worse after fielding a reserve team vs. Chicago three days earlier.
5. Atlanta Union (+1) 
20. Real Salt Lake - Joao Plata's goal was the first RSL have scored all season with Kyle Beckerman on the bench. Correlation does not equal causality, but that's nonetheless a remarkable stat. So, too, is the fact that they're just three points out of the playoff race despite such a miserable start to the year and a league-worst -12 goal differential.


Soccer America

1. Toronto FC (no change) 
2. Chicago Fire (+3) 
3. New York City FC (+1)
4. Sporting Kansas City (-1) 
5. Atlanta United (+6)  
6. FC Dallas (-2) If the idea was to save a few legs in Chicago for the Sunday home game against Houston, it didn’t work. FCD conceded two early goals on Thursday to render a scrappy Roland Lamah equalizer and a saved PK by Chris Seitz of only statistical importance, and though they took 15 shots at the Houston goal could not score. The home winless streak increased to four games, but midfielder Mauro Diaz made his first appearance since October in the 81st minute.
19. Real Salt Lake (no change) - It was a long time coming, but the first goal of the season for Joao Plata arrived in time for RSL to post its second win in the last three games, after dropping four in a row. Nick Rimando wrapped up a nice night’s work by saving a free kick in stoppage time to preserve the victory. It can’t be a coincidence that young Venezuelan Jefferson Savarino registered his second MLS assist in his second league start. 


Fox Sports

1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. FC Dallas (no change) - We've seen more impressive performances from FC Dallas than their scoreless draw to Houston and they are on a winless skid, but they are bending and not breaking. Every team in MLS has ups and downs, but FC Dallas still look strong.
3. Chicago Fire (+3)
4. Sporting Kansas City (-1)
5. New York City FC (-1)
21. Real Salt Lake (no change) - 
Still not a very convincing offensive threat. They got their win this week, but they didn't generate as many truly dangerous chances as the stats would show.

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