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POWER RANKINGS: MLS Week 16 Roundup

FRISCO - FC Dallas battled to 1-1 draw against Houston last Friday. Through 16 games, FC Dallas has 25 points which has created a logjam in the Western Conference standings. Houston and Portland both have 25 points as well.

FC Dallas is powering through a four-games-in-twelve-days stretch:

  • 6/23 vs Houston
  • 7/27 vs Colorado (US Open Cup Round of 16 match)
  • 7/1 vs Toronto
  • 7/4 vs D.C. United

With a league-best 35 points and 10-2-5 record, Toronto is a force. They will also bring Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley to Toyota Stadium for Saturday’s game. D.C. United has struggled a bit this year, posting a 5-9-3 record. The United are currently second-to-last in the Eastern Conference, while Toronto is at the top of the table.

Time for the latest edition of our MLS Power Rankings Roundup that examines both Toronto and D.C., a tale of two teams in MLS. That’s among our three lists this week. What’s interesting is how FC Dallas fares.


MLS

1. Toronto FC (no change) - They just stay winning. Starting to feel like that return trip to MLS Cup is a given. Up to the East to derail ’em.
2. Chicago Fire (no change)
3. New York City FC (+1)
4. Sporting Kansas City (+1)
5. FC Dallas (-2) Just 1-3-4 in their last eight games, but Mauro Diaz seems to be ready to return to his 2016 form already.
21. D.C. United (+1) - Showed signs of life in attack this week that corresponded 100% with Patrick Nyarko's return to health. The Power Rankings Politburo maintains that he is the most underrated attacking player in the league.


Soccer America

1. Toronto FC (no change) - Two days after playing Montreal in the Canadian Championship finals, TFC blunted the Revs after Drew Moor tapped home from close range in the 11th minute. Attacker Victor Vazquez contributed at both ends by blocking a close-range shot that would have tied the game, and lofting a long ball late in stoppage time that Sebastian Giovinco chased down to score the clincher.
2. Chicago Fire (no change)
3. New York City FC (no change)
4. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
5. Vancouver (+1)
8. FC Dallas (no change) - Where would FCD be without Max Urruti? His crisp finish into the bottom corner registered his ninth goal of the season, which is more than twice the total of team runner-up Roland Lamah, who scored three of his four goals in a 6-2 rout of RSL. Urruti’s goal cancelled out one conceded when defender Matt Hedges failed to deal with a high bouncer into the penalty area. Mauro Diaz logged nearly 70 minutes and contributed one key pass in his first start of 2017.
21. D.C. United (no change) - A superb save by Bill Hamid in the final seconds earned United a 2-1 comeback victory in which Luciano Acosta and Patrick Nyarko scored before halftime but it came up empty on the short road jaunt to Philly. Lamar Neagle’s penalty kick was stopped as was his stoppage-time header in United’s 10th goalless game.


ESPNFC

1. Toronto FC (no change) - Two-day turnaround off a Canadian Cup match proved to be no problem for the best team in MLS in a comprehensive 2-0 win over New England.
2. Chicago Fire (no change)
3. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
4. FC Dallas (no change) - Will the full return of Mauro Diaz be a big moment in FC Dallas' season? He wasn't at his best in the 1-1 draw against Houston.
5. New York City FC (no change)
22. D.C. United (no change) - United scored two at home midweek against Atlanta but couldn't find a goal on the road in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia.

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