FRISCO - After FC Dallas’ resilient, come-from-behind win in Montreal on Saturday, three points never felt so good. Cristian Colman finally found the back of the net (three times, natch) and looks to keep that momentum going this Saturday against Vancouver at Toyota Stadium in a game presented by Dr. Pepper. You can watch the game at 7PM on TXA21 with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30PM.
FC Dallas (9-3-7, 34 points) and Vancouver (8-8-3, 27 points) played to a 1-1 draw in June. The Whitecaps have gone 2-2-1 since that meeting and are currently sixth in the Western Conference.
Dallas, meanwhile, sits atop the West but do they top the latest Power Rankings? Here’s a sampling of the various polls.
1. Chicago Fire (no change)
2. New York City FC (+1)
3. Toronto FC (-1)
4. FC Dallas (no change) – It took more than half the season but Cristian Colman is finally off the mark with two goals that delivered a big 2-1 win in Montreal.
5. Atlanta United (+1)
15. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1) - A mixed week for Vancouver -- a win in Los Angeles and a loss at home to Portland -- speaks to the club's inconsistency.
1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. New York City FC (+1)
3. FC Dallas (+1) - Don’t look now, but FCD have all of a sudden gone on an undefeated 3-0-2 run and sit atop the West … with two games in hand. And with big signing Cristian Colman coming to life and their USMNT stars returning in a few days, a run for a second straight Supporters' Shield might be just starting.
4. Chicago Fire (-2)
5. Atlanta United FC (+1)
12. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-1) - A huge missed opportunity against their shorthanded rivals, not to mention a fellow playoff contender. The struggles to create from open play were particularly glaring.
1. New York City FC (+2)
2. Toronto FC (no change)
3. Chicago Fire (-2)
4. Atlanta United (no change)
5. FC Dallas (no change) - That's more like it. An eruption of four goals in 15 minutes -- including two by Roland Lamah -- swept aside D.C. United. Cristian Colman timed his breakthrough perfectly to net his first two MLS goals after one was wrongly not given though the ball crossed the line. FCD has won three in a row and is unbeaten in its last five.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (-1) - After a Tony Tchani goal earned a vital victory at StubHub Center the 'Caps failed to hold serve at B.C. Place, where they are an okay 5-3-2 this season. Presumably buoyed by an Andrew Jacobson equalizer just before halftime, they instead gave up a second goal four minutes into the second half.