We've reached the halfway point of the Major League Soccer regular season, and the league remains as unpredictable as ever.
One MLS Cup finalist from the last season, the Columbus Crew, is a point out of last place in the Eastern Conference. The Reigning MLS Cup winners, the Portland Timbers, currently occupy the sixth and final playoff spot in the west. The Seattle Sounders, who have never missed the playoffs in their eight-year MLS existence, are currently nine points below the red line.
Thanks to a big defeat for last week's number one, the Colorado Rapids climb back to the top of the Power Rankings, while a pair of Eastern Conference teams make big jumps.
1. Colorado Rapids (+1)
The league's longest unbeaten streak rolls on following Colorado's 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. It's almost as if winning is a habit the Rapids have just fallen into, especially at home, where the Rapids have dropped just four points all year.
2. FC Dallas (-1)
Oscar Pareja chose to rest a...
Mauro Diaz scored from distance and Fabian Castillo had two assists in FC Dallas' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
Castillo beat a pair of defenders and sent in a perfect cross with a stunning Rabona that Maximiliano Urriti blasted in with a header in the 23rd minute.
Diaz fired a right-footer, from well outside the box, past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Matt Lampson, off the post and into the net.
Arturo Alvarez put Chicago on the board in the first minute of stoppage...