Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
MLS Power Rankings: Texas teams on top after Galaxy loss
by Ridge Mahoney, April 15th, 2013 1:03PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  fc dallas, houston dynamo, mls


By Ridge Mahoney

Texas takes the first two places in the power rankings with both FC Dallas and Houston posting important home wins.

Other than the Galaxy dropping off the top perch there wasn’t much movement in the top tier, but movement elsewhere dropped several teams and moved others out of the bottom sector.

How tight are the standings as well as the rankings? Seven teams each have eight points with records of either 2-1-2, 2-2-2, or 2-3-2, and there are also seven teams with goal differences of zero or minus-1. Sporting Kansas City, which took last week off, crosses the country to play at Red Bull Arena Wednesday and in Home Depot Center Saturday against the Galaxy.

Week 7 Soccer America MLS Power Rankings
Rank TEAM (W-L-T) Last Week
1. FC DALLAS (5-1-1), 2.
2. HOUSTON (4-2-0), 3.
3. LOS ANGELES (2-1-2), 1.
4. MONTREAL (4-1-1), 4.
5. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (3-1-2), 6.
6. CHIVAS USA (3-2-1), 5.
-------------------------------
7. COLUMBUS (2-1-3), 10.
8. PORTLAND (2-1-3), 14.
9. PHILADELPHIA (2-2-2) 8.
10. VANCOUVER (2-2-2), 9.
--------------------------------
11. REAL SALT LAKE (2-3-2), 12.
12. SAN JOSE (2-3-2), 7.
13. COLORADO (2-3-2) 16.
14. NEW YORK (2-3-2), 18.
15. TORONTO (1-2-3), 13.
16. NEW ENGLAND (1-3-2), 15.
17. D.C. UNITED (1-4-1), 11
18. CHICAGO (1-4-1), 18.
19. SEATTLE (0-3-2), 19.
Bye: Sporting Kansas City.

THE BEST. Each team failed to convert a penalty kick in the FCD-Galaxy showdown before FCD, backed up one of the most raucous home crowds in recent memory, scored late to win, 1-0. Carlo Cudicini thwarted Kenny Cooper from the spot and Raul Fernandez did the same to Landon Donovan before George John headed home the rebound of Eric Hassli’s shot off the crossbar.

By defeating Chicago, 2-1, the Dynamo set a league record with its 35th consecutive home game unbeaten. After a day’s delay to let a blizzard pass through, Montreal and Columbus kicked off at noon Sunday and tied, 1-1, on goals scored four minutes apart. A four-game Chivas USA unbeaten streak ended when it lost at home to Colorado, 1-0, thanks in part to a Jose Correa penalty kick that bounced back off the crossbar.

THE MIDDLE. Dominic Oduro’s immaculate trap and rising blast into the top far corner equaled Marco di Vaio’s long-range strike for the Impact in the Montreal-Columbus encounter watched by a small crowd. The Timbers won their second straight and are unbeaten in the last four after another fine goal by Will Johnson downed the Quakes, who lost for the second time in the last three games to fall out of the top tier.

By tying at home, Philly (against Toronto FC) and Vancouver (RSL) each slipped a notch – combined, they’ve failed to win any of the last seven games. Jack McInerney stabbed home a shot in stoppage time to rescue the Union and Camilo converted a penalty kick for the ‘Caps.

THE REST. Olmes Garcia’s beautiful bending goal into the top corner didn’t stand up for RSL, which conceded a penalty-kick equalizer awarded when defender Nat Borchers slipped and handled the ball.

Livewire rookie Deshorn Brown knocked home an early penalty kick and keeper Clint Irwin posted a second straight shutout to propel the Rapids past Chivas USA. For once, the Red Bulls looked like the real thing; Roy Miller spirited return to the lineup helped neutralize the D.C. United attack, Thierry Henry scored again, and so did defender Jamison Olave in a 2-0 win at RFK Stadium.

TFC was seconds away from a win at Philadelphia but conceded in stoppage time to cancel out Robert Earnshaw’s fifth goal of the season and tie its third straight game. The Revs aren’t providing many thrills this season; their scoreless streak ran to 388 minutes and they failed to put a shot on the Seattle net yet did emerge from CenturyLink Field with a 0-0 tie. They’ve scored one goal and conceded two.

Chris Rolfe equalized for Chicago at Houston, but a Jeff Larentowicz header that could have re-tied the game in the 84th minute instead came back off the bar, and the left the Fire still looking for answers. Steve Zakuani and Lamar Nagle started up top for the first time in an MLS match as the Sounders were stifled by New England. Seattle has scored only two goals, at least three fewer than any other Western Conference team.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
MLS is going out on a limb with Atlanta    
Soccer will again share a facility with the NFL when a new stadium to house the ...
Donovan plays out third act of an amazing saga    
The career of Landon Donovan is winding down yet there are myriad possibilities of what the ...
It's much too soon to bring up the R-word    
The growing contingent of MLS players in the national-team pool has prompted fears they will regress ...
Soccer America's 20+3: our editors' World Cup selections    
That sound you heard across the country late last Wednesday night and early Thursday morning was ...
Wondo puts past disappointments behind him     
He may not make it to Brazil, but his goal against Mexico has erased a little ...
U.S. Player Ratings: Mexico rally taints superb first half for USA    
A disallowed goal, a two-goal lead that evaporated, Rafael Marquez on the scoresheet, a frenzied crowd ...
Midfield mates Bradley and Beckerman tune up with intriguing MLS battle    
A strong contingent of domestic players is likely headed to Brazil for the World Cup, with ...
Toronto FC rides into Real Salt Lake sleek and shiny    
The Toronto FC Watch moves to Utah, where nearly two years ago two very different teams ...
Consistency is the creed in 'Porterland'    
Fans may be concerned that the Timbers have yet to win in three games so far ...
Well, now what for MLS in the Concacaf Champions League?    
Another round of MLS-Liga MX matchups in the Concacaf Champions League has ended in disappointment for ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives