FRISCO - Now things get interesting. After wallowing in MLS Power Rankings obscurity the first few weeks of the season, FC Dallas (3-0-3, 12 points) is starting to find itself in top 5 territory in a few polls. Dallas takes the No. 4 train (sorry, I’m an East Side girl) to the Bronx this weekend to play New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC (5-1-2, 17 points) has been phenomenal this year. The club suffered its first loss this past weekend when it fell 3-0 to the Timbers. Patrick Vieira’s club still sits at the top of the eastern conference table and presents what should be a tough matchup on Sunday.
You can watch Sunday’s match on TXA21 at 5:30PM CT or listen at FCDallas.com/Radio in English or 1270AM in Spanish.
Here’s where both FC Dallas and NYCFC landed in the latest MLS power rankings roundup.
1. Atlanta United FC (+1)
2. New York City FC (-1) - NYCFC's unbeaten run to start the season is over, and while no team wants to lose, dropping a game can take the pressure off the attention that comes with a long unbeaten streak. Of possible concern, however, is the uncertainty about Patrick Vieira's future, despite his verbal commitment to the team in the past.
3. Sporting Kansas City (+2)
4. FC Dallas (+3) - FC Dallas are now the final unbeaten team in MLS this season, and have been rewarded with a steady climb up the Power Rankings. A win over Philly is nice but may not be the stiffest test right now — the Yankee Stadium clash against NYCFC on Sunday — will be a much bigger yardstick in which FCD can measure themselves by.
5. LAFC (+3)
1. Atlanta United (+1)
2. Sporting Kansas City (+1)
3. New York City FC (-2) - The stats, once again, did not tell the tale. NYCFC dominated possession (74.6 percent) and completed 91 percent of its passes and landed just three shots on goal. David Villa started and managed just one shot. Never seen that before.
4. FC DALLAS (no change) - Off the bench, Max Urruti and Mauro Diaz scored 10 minutes apart. FCD outshot the Union, 17-9. Keeper Jimmy Maurer earned his third shutout.
5. LAFC (no change) Stung by two early goals, LAFC wiped out a 3-1 deficit by scoring four second-half goals against 10 men. Thus ended a six-pack of road games, during which it accrued 12 points, to kick off its inaugural season. The home debut is Sunday against 2016 champion and 2017 finalist Seattle.
1. Atlanta United FC (+1)
2. Sporting Kansas City (+2)
3. New York City FC (-2) - Out west the Pigeons found themselves at the bad end of a comprehensive beating by the Timbers, a loss that ends the New Yorkers' unbeaten start. Portland's counter-attacking setup undid NYCFC's domination of the ball.
4. New York Red Bulls (-1)
5. LAFC (no change)
13. FC Dallas (no change) - FC Dallas is still unbeaten after a 2-0 home win over Philadelphia on Saturday and has quietly moved into second place in the Western Conference. The schedule hasn't been daunting, but give FCD credit for the strong start to the season.