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POWER RANKINGS: Week 25 MLS Roundup

Somewhere, I hear Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’.

Why? 

Because after failing to post a win in six straight matches that’s what FC Dallas is doing in the latest roundup of MLS power rankings. Oscar Pareja’s men hosts the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Toyota Stadium, a team that is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Here’s a look where FC Dallas landed after losing 2-1 to Columbus last Saturday as well where the Red Bulls have landed through 25 games. 

ESPN FC 

1. Toronto FC (no change) 
2. New York City FC (no change) 
3. Seattle Sounders (no change) 
4. Sporting Kansas City (no change) 
5. Houston Dynamo (+3) 
6. New York Red Bulls (+1) - The Red Bulls outplayed city rivals NYCFC and were unlucky to earn just a point in a 1-1 draw. They continue to look better each week when at full-strength.
15. FC Dallas (-4) - No playoffs for FC Dallas if the season ended Monday. Now winless in six after a 3-3 draw to Houston and 2-1 loss at Columbus.

Soccer America 

1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. New York City FC (no change)
3. Seattle Sounders (no change)
4. Montreal Impact (+1)
5. New York Red Bulls (+1)- A small step for the Red Bulls but maybe a significant leap for Gonzalo Veron, who insisted on taking the ball to convert a pressure penalty kick that tied the game. NYRB outshot its rival, 21-9, and controlled 61.3 percent of possession.
14. FC Dallas (-1) - A header by Walker Zimmerman cut the deficit in Columbus to no avail; Houston scored twice within 15 minutes to wipe out a 3-1 lead established with goals by Tesho Akindele, Maynor Figueroa, and Max Urruti. FCD hasn’t won in its last six games, and caused a lot of its own problems against Houston with defensive miscues by Matt Hedges, among others.

MLS 

1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. New York City FC (no change)
3. Seattle Sounders FC (no change)
4. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
5. Atlanta United FC (+1)
6. New York Red Bulls (+1) -A point at home in the New York Derby is better than they've done in that series this season, and luckily for them, their next two opponents on the road are currently faltering.
12. FC Dallas (-2) - If you’re a Dallas fan who’s not nervously tugging at their collar right now, we applaud your optimism. This team has the talent to contend, but do they have the mental resilience?

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