Winning streak has FC Dallas atop MLS

Published Monday, July 27, 2015 8:17 AM by William Montero

Five wins in a row has confidence brimming and the team at the top not only the Western Conference standings but also the entire MLS.  

The Portland Timbers were the latest victim on Saturday as Dallas ran out easy 4-1 winners in Frisco leaving FCD only a win away from the franchise record for consecutive victories.  The scary thing is that FC Dallas are one of the youngest teams in all of MLS.  Coach Oscar Pareja is not afraid to give important minutes to his homegrown youngsters.  Winger Fabian Castillo is set to be the youngest player on the MLS All Star squad to face Tottenham on Wednesday night in Colorado.

“We’re growing. We’re still young. The boys understand the game that way,” Pareja said after the match. “But now I see a combination of good energy and that young spirit on the field with some matureness that we are getting through the games.”

The last two wins are especially telling, considering the last one came over Eastern Conference leading DC United while the Timbers are also in playoff contention in the Western Conference.  The next goal is to improve the road form of the squad.  Winning games in Frisco has not been a problem, but the true sign of a title contender is grabbing difficult points away from home.

“I’m happy because those performances we can keep building on,” Pareja said. “The first half was excellent. I thought we beat a really good team, one of the most organized teams in the league. That makes us even happier.”

FC Dallas hits the road travelling to Chicago next weekend before a rare off week from MLS play.  Then a huge home match looms against the powerful LA Galaxy with Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard.