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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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By DAN KARELL

Even last year's Western Conference Champions were no match for this year's Real Salt Lake

For the second straight week, RSL is topping this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after vanquishing the Portland Timbers last Saturday, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ned Grabavoy scored his side's goal late but the clean sheet was preserved by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Nick Rimando, keeping the Timbers off the board.

2014 MLS Season, Week 7: Five Up, Three Down

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I didn't get around to posting a weekend recap from this past weekend, apologizes for that. Monday was a day off for me and that meant time to enjoy some free time and not be on a blog all that much. Anyways, it is time for my latest Five Up, Three Down here as we move forward into the final weekend of April.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Top 4 stay the same

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Real Salt Lake remains the top team in the league, and Montreal Impact remain the worst.

There were plenty of draws this week in Major League Soccer, and so many of the positions on our power rankings stayed the same. However, the bottom has given out on one team's ranking, and two other continue to bounce along on the bottom of the barrel.

FC Dallas vs Toronto FC – Game Grades

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It can be tough to criticize a team that sits atop the MLS mountain after seven weeks. FC Dallas finds itself exactly in that spot despite being a squad still finding its tactics, chemistry and a consistent starting 11.

Saturday's 2-1 win over a wounded and apathetic looking Toronto FC probably was deserving for Dallas although even the most loyal FCD fan would have to agree Kellyn Acosta's self-admitted poorly played moment in the penalty area should have resulted in a PK for Ryan Neilsen's side.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Matt Hedges

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Matt Hedges helped lead FC Dallas to victory Saturday against a strong Toronto FC side, assisting on the game-winning goal and scoring one of his own to keep FCD as the team to beat.

It was late in the 88th minute that Hedges helped FCD hold onto their No.

MLS Week 7: Sporting KC tops the East, Dallas tops the league

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Sporting Kansas City takes the top spot in the Eastern Conference during week 7 of the 2014 MLS season. Read More

Late Perez tap-in lifts FC Dallas over Toronto FC

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By JASON MITCHELL

It's good to have the Super Raton back.

Blas Perez, returned to the FC Dallas lineup after missing last week's match with a hamstring injury, scored in the waning minutes of regulation to give his team a dramatic 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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

Toronto FC

FC Dallas’ Blas Perez nets game-winner in 2-1 victory over Toronto FC

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Toronto's Justin Morrow (2) slide kicks the ball away from FC Dallas' Je-Vaughn Watson (27) during a Major League Soccer match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (Mark M. Hancock / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News) -- MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, MAGS OUT, TV OUT, INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY

FRISCO — Looks like Blas Perez's recent hamstring problems are a thing of the past.

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).

Oscar Pareja

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.

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.

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.

The Rest

FC Dallas’ Garcia named to new U.S. U-21 Camp

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So it seems U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to get a bit of a head start on working towards finding a team to represent the Stars and Stripes at the 2016 Summer Olympics. So, on Friday U.S. Soccer announced the creation of an Under-21 team to help start that very process.

FC Dallas homegrown midfielder/forward Danny Garcia is among the players selected to participate in the first camp, which began on Sunday in Carson, California and will run for five days.

AFTER 90 - Bradley returns but still go down swingin'

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FC Dallas - 2
Hedges 37'
Pérez 88'
Toronto - 1
Nakajima-Farran 21'

WHAT WE EXPECTED: Depending on who showed up healthy, the range went from 'planning the Cup parade' to 'gonna take a whuppin'.
WHAT WE GOT: The counter-attack stylings that we've come to expect with the welcomed addition of Bradley and Osorio, but it was just not enough.

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?

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.

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.