FRISCO - FC Dallas, along with the rest of MLS, took a break from competition this weekend during Gold Cup play. Many FCD players enjoyed a quick summer getaway while others showed they have a future once their careers in football are done (hint: some of our players are budding male models).
FC Dallas (8-3-7, 31 points) returned to the Toyota Stadium training fields Monday in preparation for their one and only game against the Montreal Impact (5-6-6, 21 points) this season on Saturday, July 22 at Saputo Stadium in Montreal.
Montreal has been inconsistent this season but plays has a nice stretch of home games coming up, starting this weekend against Dallas.
With MLS on a break, most of the power rankings pros took the week off, as well. Here’s look back at Week 19’s rankings with Montreal added to the mix.
1. Toronto FC (+2)
2. Chicago Fire (-1)
3. New York City FC (-2)
4. FC Dallas (no change) - Two wins on the trot, and FCD still don't seem to be quite at full throttle yet. Those May wobbles have given way to a 3-1-2 run highlighted by that notable win over TFC. Is Mauro "Unicorn" Diaz about to catch fire?
5. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
13. Montreal Impact (-4) - It’s been the typical inconsistent regular season for the Impact. And although they have games in hand, they’ll need to come out of the break strong or risk drifting even further behind the playoff pack in the East. With 7 of their next 9 at home, it’s a realistic expectation.
1. Chicago Fire (no change
2. Toronto FC (+1)
3. New York City FC (-1)
4. Atlanta United (+1)
5. FC Dallas (+1) - Deprived of three starters by the Gold Cup, FCD still blew away D.C. by scoring four goals in 15 minutes either side of halftime. Atiba Harris started the barrage and Roland Lamah notched a pair sandwiched around Max Urruti’s team-leading 11th of the season. Close behind is Lamah with eight, half of which he’s netted in the last two games. He may be the solution to the scoring woes of Cristian Colman, who has yet to net in 551 minutes of action.
8. Montreal Impact (-1) - Stung by a goal conceded in the first minute the Impact labored futilely in the Houston heat and didn’t get a goal, by Michael Salazar, until the 89th minute. He hadn’t scored in MLS since netting two against New England more than a year ago. Seven saves by Evan Bush kept the score respectable.