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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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By DAN KARELL

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.

2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down – Week 6

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We're at the midway point in our week, which means it is once again time for a look at who is doing well and who is still cold.

Again, the order means nothing in these lists. So don't read too much into that.

Five Up

1. Real Salt Lake Still the lone unbeaten team in the league after FCD dropped a game at home over the weekend.

The SBI Show: Episode 131 (Looking back at MLS Week 6, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Clint Dempsey's red-hot form, MLS expansion talk, and the exploits of some top Americans Abroad headlined the topics discussed in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 131 takes a look back at MLS Week 6, including Seattle's stirring comeback against FC Dallas, as well as the Philadelphia Union-Real Salt Lake tilt and D.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Clint Dempsey

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Clint Dempsey has done it again.

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.

MLS Match Week 6: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS Western Conference is shaping up to be a competitive dogfight in 2014, and the team that has jumped out to the early lead in the West faces a very tough test from another top West contender.

FC Dallas rolls into today's meeting with the Seattle Sounders boasting the best record in the league (4-0-1).

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas have continued their flying start to the season but one of Major League Soccer's most talented teams stands in their way of staying undefeated.

Oscar Pareja's side welcomes the Seattle Sounders and their full compliment of Designated Players to Toyota Stadium for a showcase that should bring out the best in both sides.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week Five)

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas are showing no signs of slowing down.

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.

2014 MLS Season, Week 6: Weekend Outlook

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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.

With MLS players salary release comes FC Dallas surprise

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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.

2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down

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Now that the rivalry weekend is done and in the books, it is time to look at who is doing well and who is not with out weekly Five Up, Three Down.

Just a reminder, the order of each list has no meaning, so don't read into that.

Five Up

FC Dallas Yes, a red card helped them out when they needed it most, but this team has proven that they are willing to put the peddle to the floor when the chances come.

MLS Ticker: Bradley questionable; Miller and Armando carrying knocks; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

FC Dallas v Houston Dynamo – Game Grades

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After five weeks and a confidence lifting 4-1 win at in-state rivals Houston, FC Dallas must feel like the number "13" is lucky. At least for this week.

Dallas sits on top of the MLS world with both 13 points and 13 goals. That is four more than a group of 2nd place teams and four more goals than Seattle.

MLS Week 5: Rivalry Week tilts to FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy

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Portland and Seattle scored a lot of goals and Dallas and the Galaxy won during MLS Rivalry Week. Read More

Watson leads FC Dallas in rout of 10-man Dynamo

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

MLS Week Five: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is rivalry week in Major League Soccer this week, as many of the league's most intense match-ups are on the schedule, led by the Seattle Sounders' visit to take on the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers are still searching for their first win of the 2014 season as they take on the same Seattle side they eliminated from the MLS playoffs last year.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

FCD’s Diaz wins MLS Player of the Month

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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.

Seattle Sounders

MLS Power Rankings, Week 6: FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and Real Salt Lake lead

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Who shall reign supreme this week?

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?

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

FC Dallas can’t slow dazzling Clint Dempsey in 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders

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FC Dallas'Seattle'sduring a Major League Soccer match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Mark M. Hancock / Special Contributor)

By ANDY FRIEDLANDER / Special Contributor

FRISCO — With salary and bonuses totaling almost $6.7 million, Seattle midfielder Clint Dempsey is the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

USL Pro

USL Pro Week 4: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City SC is at it again.

Orlando City continued its unbeaten start in the USL Pro, defeating the Charleston Battery 1-0 on Saturday. The result also catapulted the Lions back into first place in the standings.

Adrian Heath's men were able to get the upper-hand this time after both sides played to a 1-1 draw during opening weekend at Blackbaud Stadium.

USL Pro Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

Adam Moffat

Pareja discusses goalkeeper battle, injuries and more

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I caught up with FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja after training on Wednesday and here's what he had to say about several different subjects:

How has Adam Moffat looked this week?

Pareja: Adam is good to go. Last week, he was catching up with the fitness and the game mode timing.

Fernandez Making Trip to Houston; Jacobson & Moffat Will Not

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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.

Houston Dynamo

First Look: Houston Dynamo

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Six weeks after handing the Revolution a humbling 4-0 season-opening defeat in Houston, the Dynamo make their way to Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 5:00pm.

Saturday's match will feature a pair of teams looking to rebound from uninspiring performances last week.A 2-0Revolution lossgranted the D.

Four questions with Dominic Kinnear

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I caught up with Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear on the phone on Friday afternoon and here's what he had to say about several various subjects:

Je-Vaughn Watson is one of two current FC Dallas players who once played for you in Houston. Talk about your relationship with him.

FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo preview

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7 p.m. today, TWC Sports, KWRD-FM (100.7), KFLC-AM (1270 in Spanish)

About Houston

Houston (2-1-0, 6 points) lost, 2-1, at the Vancouver Whitecaps last Saturday. But at BBVA Compass Stadium , the Dynamo has not conceded a goal in two games this season, both wins.

FC Dallas’ Pareja, Houston’s Dominic Kinnear are rivals with a healthy respect for each other

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Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

Supporters of the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas make no secret of their disdain for one another, but when it comes to the teams themselves, mutual respect abounds.

That's particularly true for the two coaches.

The Rest

Toronto FC at FC Dallas preview

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7:30 p.m. today, Ch. 21, KWRD-FM (100.7), KFLC-AM (1270 in Spanish)

About Toronto FC

Toronto FC (3-2-0, 9 points) has dropped two of its last three matches. ... After going 2-12-3 on the road last season, Toronto has already equaled that total this season (2-1-0).

Spending Hunt’s money on Chicharito

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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?

Quick Pareja Q&A

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I spoke with FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja earlier in the week about several different subjects and here's what he had to say.

How do you think Tesho Akindele fared in his rather short MLS debut vs. Seattle on Saturday?

Pareja:Well, he tasted a little bit about what it is about, a big game.

THE MATCHUP: Who's shot J.D.'s hamstring?

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FC DALLAS VS. TORONTO FC
TOYOTA STADIUM - SATURDAY 8:30PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET ONE

WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- Will TFC manage to find 11 healthy starters?
- Has FC Dallas flattered to deceive so far in 2014?

Perez expected back for Saturday’s game

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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.

Watson ecstatic about being available for Houston

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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.

How does Mauro Diaz compare to David Ferreira?

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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.