Despite the early season struggles of the New York Red Bulls and the Portland Timbers, who last year led the league's Eastern and Western conferences, 2013 MLS Cup finalists Real Salt Lake keep chugging along.
Jeff Cassar's side take top spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings ahead of FC Dallas after securing a 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union, one that RSL nearly won.
After leading the Sounders to a jaw-dropping rally and draw last week in Portland on a hat trick, he returned for round two to wage a comeback win in Dallas this week.
Scoring two goals and forcing an own goal from a strategic shot into traffic, Dempsey pushed his side to erase a 2-1 deficit and grab a 3-2 victory against FC Dallas, a team that went into Week 6 unbeaten.
Oscar Pareja's club re-captured "El Capitan" from the Houston Dynamo last weekend with a tremendous 4-1 performance, backed by the play of midfielder Mauro Diaz. The Argentine has been the key to FC Dallas' recent success but the addition of Hendry Thomas in defensive midfield combined with Matt Hedges and Chris Seitz has given FC Dallas one of the best spines in MLS.
After a wild and busy rivalry week in Major League Soccer, things may begin to settle down a bit as teams are finding their way into this season. We're slowly inching our way into knowing what to expect each week out of all the clubs.
1. Can Dallas be beat?Their schedule so far has really allowed them to get off to this hot start through five games.
The annual peek inside the financial structure of Major League Soccer happened today with the release of player salaries. While the top names, Bradley, Defoe and Dempsey, were no surprise, there was one within FC Dallas.
The highest paid player is not Blas Perez, Mauro Diaz or George John.
Michael Bradley's status for this weekend's match is up in the air.
Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen told reporters Tuesday that Bradley is one of several players that could miss this Saturday's home game vs. the Colorado Rapids due to injury. Nelsen did not specify what is bothering Bradley, but said that the veteran midfielder is recovering from "a couple of little strains.
The lone season match of the so-called Texas Derby turned into a Texas Nightmare for the Houston Dynamo, who were handed a humiliating 4-1 home loss Saturday by FC Dallas after a late game-changing red card.
The Dynamo looked poised to hand Dallas their first bit bad luck this season with a close first half, exchanging a goal each.
If you would have asked most people which MLS team would wind up being the final one with a perfect record, few people outside of Ohio would have every considered saying the Columbus Crew.
That's where the Crew stand though, a perfect 3-0 after a dramatic last-second winner from Justin Meram helped Gregg Berhalter's side improve to 3-0 and climb even further up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.
On Thursday morning, FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz was named the recipient of the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for March.
Diaz, who has two goals, tying him for the FCD team lead with both Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez, also had one assist in Dallas' four games last month. FCD currently leads MLS with both 10 points and nine goals scored.
Another week, another edition of our MLS Power Rankings. D.C. United's two game winning streak sees them eek every slightly upward, while Clint Dempsey is single-handedly pulling the Sounders towards the top of the heap. But who shall reign supreme this week?
A week after pulling off an improbable two-goal comeback to tie the Portland Timbers at Providence Park, the Seattle Sounders continued their Road Warrior profile by traveling to Frisco, Texas and handing FC Dallas their first loss of the season.
The Sounders pulled off yet another road comeback, rallying from 2-1 down to beat FC Dallas, 3-2, a win that made Seattle the easy pick for SBI MLS Team of the Week.
While a majority of USL Pro clubs have already seen action in the 2014 season, Arizona United SC officially enters the mix this weekend when they make their league debut on Saturday at home against Oklahoma City Energy FC.
The Energy are coming off a 4-2 loss to LA Galaxy II after winning their first-ever match against the Orange County Blues FC.
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja revealed after training on Friday that goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, a 2013 MLS All-Star, would be traveling with the team to Houston on Friday afternoon in advance of Saturday's match against the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
"Raul is ready," Pareja said.
However, it's unclear whether or not Fernandez, who has been in full training for the past few weeks but has yet to make an 18-man gameday roster, will start in goal over Chris Seitz or if he will serve as Seitz's backup on Saturday night.
Major League Soccer has been rocked (for better or worse, tbd) with the recent extravagant signings of big name players, and now the waters are stirring with news of Mexico's Javier Hernandez looking to find a new soccer home after this current season in the English Premier League. Could MLS be a destination, or even, *gasp*, Dallas?
Blas Perez was in an unfamiliar place for FC Dallas' match Saturday against the Seattle Sounders: on the outside looking in. Perez, 33, FCD's top goal scorer in 2012 and 2013, was left off the 18-man game roster because of a nagging hamstring injury.
Dallas coach Oscar Pareja had limited Perez in training before a 4-1 win at Houston on April 5, a game in which Perez came off the bench.
On Thursday afternoon, MLS announced that an independent review panel had indeed overturned the matching red cards issued to Portland's Michael Harrington and FC Dallas' Je-Vaughn Watson late in the first half of FCD's 2-1 win against the Timbers on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.
Of course, no one could be happier about seeing that card rescinded than Watson, who figures to start a fifth straight game at right midfield, on Saturday against his former club in the Dynamo.
Mauro Diaz's game-winning goal in the 84th minute of FC Dallas' 2-1 win against Portland on Saturday was his second deciding strike of the season. And the MLS Player of the Month for March is now just 14 games into his MLS career.
But that fact got me wondering, where was his predecessor at the No.