...Dallas is as they appear. A team that can beat the lesser MLS sides, but unable to beat the teams that risen to the top at this late stage of the season. Also telling is that Dallas is the only team with a winning record and a negative goal differential. Just to compare within their own conference Chivas and Houston have +17 goal differentials.
So in case you were getting revved up for a deep run in the playoffs, you might want to wait to get out your foam number #1 finger. If the standings remain largely unchanged, Dallas is likely to play either Houston or Chivas, teams that they haven't enjoyed tremendous success against and that themselves are racking up wins at this point in the season. Dallas, with it's incompetent backline and at best uneven offensive performance, is likely to see an early exit from the playoffs barring some unexpected and semi-miraculous turnaround.