FRISCO - FC Dallas (1-0-2, 5 points) is off this weekend but I can tell you this: Oscar Pareja’s men would much rather be playing. The 2018 season has had a weird on again/off again vibe with Dallas having played only three MLS matches in 2018.
After playing to a 1-1 draw against Portland, FC Dallas hosts the Colorado Rapids (0-1-1, 1 point) on Saturday, April 7 at Toyota Stadium. The Rapids earned their first point of the season after playing to a draw with Sporting Kansas City last weekend Saturday. Colorado hosts the Philadelphia Union this weekend.
Here’s where both FC Dallas and the Rapids landed in the latest MLS power rankings roundup.
1. Columbus Crew (+2)
2. New York City FC (-1)
3. New York red Bulls (+1)
4. LAFC (+1)
5. Atlanta United (-3)
16. FC Dallas (no change) - Up a man at home with a one-goal lead, Dallas only managed a draw against the Portland Timbers. Roland Lamah continues to be a bright spot for the Texan club through three games.
23. Colorado Radids (no change) - The Rapids went up a pair of goals at home against Sporting only to fritter away the lead in a 2-2 draw. Despite the goals, Colorado's approach doesn't include much in the way of expansive play.
1. NYCFC (no change)
2. Columbus Crew (+1)
3. New York Red Bulls (+2)
4. Toronto FC (-2)
5. Atlanta United (-1)
13. FC Dallas (no change) - Roland Lamah remains hot, but Dallas gave up an equalizer against a previously-reeling Timbers side. The defense is admittedly almost totally remade, but questions remain if this year's group will turn out to be an upgrade in the long run.
23. Colorado Rapids (no change) - Good news: The Rapids can score! Not-so-good news: They couldn't focus for 90 minutes and dropped two points. They've yet to hang in for an entire game, and until they can, they'll be stuck near the bottom of the rankings.
1. Columbus Crew (no change)
2. New York City FC (no change)
3. LAFC (no change)
4. Houston Dynamo (no change)
5. Atlanta United (no change)
11. FC Dallas (no change) - FCD couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead with the teams even and failed to capitalize when Portland went down to 10 men in the 75th minute.
22. Colorado Rapids (+1) - Rapids needed Tim Howard heroics after Dominique Badji and Joe Mason scored in the first eight minutes, and lost a win in stoppage time.