By Ridge Mahoney
Top-ranked FC Dallas sat out the weekend as every other team in the top tier changed positions.
Houston, New York and Sporting Kansas City joined Montreal atop the Eastern Conference with 17 points by winning, with the Dynamo knocking off the Galaxy, 1-0, at Home Depot Center, in a rematch of the last two MLS Cup finals.
Supporters Shield winner San Jose has tied half of its games, and needed another late rally to scrape out a point at home against Montreal. It has won only two of six home games this season.
The busiest midweek of the season so far looms on Wednesday with six gamees scheduled. The Sounders have played the fewest games (seven) this season, and are one of 11 teams that play twice this week.
Week 10 Soccer America MLS Power Rankings
Rank TEAM (W-L-T) Last Week
1. FC DALLAS (6-1-2), 1.
2. MONTREAL (5-1-2), 3.
3. HOUSTON (5-2-2), 4.
4. LOS ANGELES (4-2-2), 2.
5. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (5-3-2), 6.
6. PORTLAND (3-1-5), 5.
7. NEW YORK (5-4-2), 9.
8. PHILADELPHIA (3-3-3), 8.
9. REAL SALT LAKE (4-4-2), 11.
10. COLUMBUS (3-3-3), 7.
11. COLORADO (3-4-3), 12.
12. VANCOUVER (2-4-3), 10.
13. SAN JOSE (2-3-5), 13.
14. CHICAGO (2-5-1), 15.
15. NEW ENGLAND (2-4-3), 17.
16. CHIVAS USA (3-4-2), 14.
17. SEATTLE (1-3-3), 17.
18. TORONTO FC (1-4-4), 18.
19. D.C. UNITED (1-6-1),19.
Byes: FC Dallas, Chicago, D.C. United.
THE BEST. Justin Mapp stunned the Quakes with a 35-yard blast, and then tapped in a second goal, but the Impact squandered the 2-0 lead and left San Jose with a 2-2 tie, its second in the last three games.
A player who wasn’t around for the Dynamo’s back-to-back losses in the last two MLS Cups at Home Depot Center, Andrew Driver, netted the goal by which Houston topped the Galaxy, 1-0. Keeper Tally Hall gave away a penalty kick for a foul but stayed on the field to smother Landon Donovan’s low attempt. Sporting Kansas City exploited the dismissal of Chivas USA goalie Dan Kennedy for his clip of Paulo Nagamura’s ankle to record a 4-0 rout. Claudio Bieler scored one of the goals to move into a tie for the league lead with six.
The Timbers launched 22 shots without reward to tie their fifth game of the season, 0-0, with New England. They have compiled 11 points in their last five matches. As scorer of three goals in the last two games, Tim Cahill is answering those criticisms of his lack of production; with three straight wins, the Red Bulls are in the top tier. Cahill’s header produced the goal in a 1-0 defeat of the Crew during which keeper Luis Robles turned away a Federico Higuain penalty kick and survived a few erratic moments to post the shutout.
THE MIDDLE. Philly midfielder Danny Cruz took over the league lead in rebounding by converting a shot off the post and another off the crossbar as the Union tied Seattle, 2-2, at PPL Park
He’s been hot and cold since signing with Real Salt Lake, but Joao Plata twice opened up the Vancouver defense to lay on chances converted by Luis Gil and Javier Morales that downed the ‘Caps, 2-0. A 12-match unbeaten streak at Columbus Crew Stadium (eight wins, four ties) ended with the 1-0 loss to New York; Jairo Arrieta had a chance to tie it in stoppage time but couldn’t beat Robles.
The Rapids were minutes away from a frustrating 0-0 tie at home against Toronto when Edson Buddle capitalized on a egregious error to smash his first Rapids goal high into the net. Despite a crushing wave of injuries, Colorado has won three of its last five after starting the season 0-3-2.
THE REST. Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie said of his players “They need to do a lot better than that” after their winless streak extended to seven with the loss at RSL. Another great comeback earned San Jose another frustrating tie home. Sam Cronin set up rookie Adam Jahn for his third goal of the season and drilled the equalizer himself in stoppage time to knot up Montreal, 2-2. The Quakes have tied three in a row and are winless in the last six matches.
New England handed Portland its first shutout of the season and nearly stole a victory in the final minutes at Jeld-Wen Field, but keeper Donovan Ricketts sprawled low to turn away a shot by Saer Sene to preserve the 0-0 scoreline. In their eight matches, the Revs have clocked fractions of ½ (goals scored per game) and ¾ (conceded).
Chivas USA failed to put a shot on goal and never threatened after Kennedy departed in the 54th minute, though his contact with Nagamura seemed slight. Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales served up the corner kick that Eddie Johnson headed home for Seattle’s first goal and tallied the second himself from a Leo Gonzalez cross. Seattle is among the weakest offensive teams with just five goals in seven games.
For the fourth straight game, TFC conceded a late goal and this might have been the ugliest: Logan Emory slipped as the ball dropped to his feet and he belly-flopped to the ground as Buddle’s shot sailed over him into the net.