FRISCO – FC Dallas secured three big road points last week after captain Matt Hedges headed home the game-winning goal in the 87th minute. Dallas is now sitting in first place in the conference and will look to stay there when it goes to Portland on Saturday (9:30PM, TXA21).

The match will be Portland's third game in 11 days. The Timbers picked up three points last week, defeating Columbus Crew SC 3-2, before losing on the road to Minnesota three days later.

Heading into the match, here’s where both teams stand in the power rankings.


1. Atlanta United FC (no change)
2. New York Red Bulls (no change)  
3. FC Dallas (+2) - FC Dallas just don't stop, as they get a big win on the road to strengthen their claim on top spot in the Western Conference. We've seen some slumps  this season for MLS teams whose head coaches were linked to outside jobs -- with Oscar Pareja linked to the USMNT, will Dallas lose focus or keep going?
4. LAFC (+2)
5. Sporting Kansas City (-1)
13. Portland Timbers (-1) - Portland ended up on both sides of 3-2 results, and there was plenty of good and bad in both games. Like NYCFC, the Timbers look like they could turn it on at any moment, but they still haven't managed it lately, and that has to be a concern.


1. Atlanta United (no change)
2. New York Red Bulls (no change)
3. FC Dallas (+2) - Matt Hedges' alley-oop header on a late set piece gave FC Dallas a win in Vancouver and vaulted the Texans back to the top of the table in the Western Conference. The lead over Sporting for the top spot is now two points.
4. LAFC (+2)
5. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
9. Portland Timbers (+1) - The Timbers followed up a 3-2 home win over Columbus in midweek with a 3-2 loss on the road in Minnesota. An attempt to rotate his squad went awry for Giovanni Savarese -- leading to a pair of halftime substitutions as the club scrambled to come back.

Soccer America

1. Atlanta United (no change)
2. New York Red Bulls (no change)

3. FC Dallas (+2) - Matt Hedges scored with three minutes left to lift FC Dallas past Vancouver at BC Place and back into the Western Conference lead. The first goal by Santiago Mosquera also came on a header off a Maxi Urruti set piece.
4. LAFC (+2)
5. Seattle Sounders (-2)
8. Portland Timbers (+1) - Asked by sideline reporter, former Timber Nat Borchers, at halftime of the match at Minnesota what he was going to say to his players, Giovani Savarese didn't mince his words: "That they f****** were terrible today."