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FC Dallas Slips Further in Week 22 Power Rankings

FC Dallas (9-5-7, 34 points) dropped its second straight match this past weekend which mitigated a drop in our latest roundup of MLS power rankings. Best thing about the regular season? There’s another game right around the corner. FC Dallas hosts the Colorado Rapids (6-12-3, 21 points) at Toyota Stadium in a game presented by Elephant Auto Insurance on Saturday, August 12.

Can’t make it to the game? Pre-game coverage kicks off on TXA21 at 6:30pm. Watch it live HERE or at 10PM on TXA21 (the game is being shown on delay of because of Dallas Cowboys preseason action).

FC Dallas beat Colorado at Toyota Stadium on 27 in a U.S. Open Cup match. Saturday’s match is the first of three MLS meetings between the clubs. Dallas hosts the Rapids again on September 27 and visits Colorado on October 7.

So just how far did Dallas fall this week? Here’s a sampling of the various polls.

MLS

1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. Chicago Fire (+2)
3. New York City FC (no change)
4. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
5. Atlanta United (no change)
7. FC Dallas (-1) - Start of a swoon or blip on the radar of a long season? That’s what FC Dallas supporters are asking themselves right now. Home against the Rapids ought to be three points, then it’s on to Kansas City and home to Houston. Those games ought to clear things up.
19. Colorado Rapids (no change) - Bunker with a lead at home and you invite pressure. Invite pressure and you may just give up an equalizer you can’t afford. Give up an equalizer you can’t afford when you’re 11 points below the playoff line, and November is liable to be a quiet month.

Soccer America

1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. Atlanta United (no change)
3. New York City FC (no change)
4. Chicago Fire (+1)
5. Sporting Kansas City (-1)
11. FC Dallas (-2) - A change in goal -- Chris Seitz instead of Jesse Gonzalez -- failed to stem the torrent of goals conceded. FCD trailed, 2-0, midway through the first half and didn’t score until Michael Barrios netted in stoppage time. It has allowed 10 goals in the last four league matches.
17. Colorado Rapids (+2) - Defender Alex Sjoberg celebrated his new contract by scoring an equalizer and forward Kevin Doyle bagged his fifth goal to provide a lead the Rapids could not hold at home, where they are 6-4-2. The dismal road record (0-8-1) goes up for review this weekend at FC Dallas.

ESPN FC

1. Chicago Fire (+1)
2. Toronto FC (-1)
3. New York City FC (no change)  
4. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
5. Atlanta United (+1)
6. FC Dallas (-1) - After a 3-1 loss in Philadelphia, Oscar Pareja's men have dropped two in a row and shipped seven goals in the process. Blip or worrying trend?
20. Colorado Rapids (no change) - The single point the Rapids earned in a home 2-2 draw with Vancouver wasn't enough to pull them off the bottom of the table in the West.

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