By Ridge Mahoney
Another sellout crowd at Jeld-Wen Field saw a vintage performance by Rodney Wallace as Portland downed Colorado, 3-0, Sunday to retain its spot atop the Power Rankings.
Wallace assisted on all three goals as the Timbers moved into a tie for the overall points lead (30) with RSL, which downed Seattle, 2-0.
A week of 12 games (four midweek, eight last weekend) produced a double-dip of wins for Chicago, which parlayed the sharp form of Mike Magee to beat Columbus, 2-1, Saturday after downing Colorado by the same score on Wednesday.
Montreal sat out the weekend action after beating Houston, 2-0, Wednesday to retain first place in the Eastern Conference and the No. 2 ranking. Philadelphia took advantage of a sending-off to move within a point, and a place, of the Red Bulls by beating them, 3-0.
Week 17 Soccer America MLS Power Rankings
RANK TEAM (W-L-T) LAST WEEK
1. PORTLAND (6-1-9) 1.
2. MONTREAL (9-3-2) 2.
3. REAL SALT LAKE (9-5-3) 4.
4. FC DALLAS (8-3-5) 3.
5. NEW YORK (7-6-4) 5.
6. PHILADELPHIA (7-5-3) 10.
7. SEATTLE (6-5-3) 6.
8. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (6-5-5) 9.
9. HOUSTON (6-5-5) 8.
10. COLORADO (5-6-5) 7.
11. NEW ENGLAND* (5-5-5) 11.
12. VANCOUVER (6-5-4) 12.
13. LOS ANGELES (7-6-3) 14.
14. CHICAGO (5-7-3) 15.
15. COLUMBUS (5-6-5) 13.
16. TORONTO FC (2-7-6) 17.
17. SAN JOSE (4-6-7) 16.
18. D.C. UNITED (2-11-3) 19
19. 19. CHIVAS USA (3-9-2) 18.
* Did not play.
THE BEST. Will Johnson banged home one of Wallace’s feeds after assisting on the first goal by Frederic Piquoinne in the Timbers’ victory that ran their unbeaten streak to 15 games. Centerback Pa Modou Kah thwarted Landon Donovan three times with sharp defending in a 0-0 tie at StubHub Center on Wednesday.
Marco Di Vaio and Felipe were the scorers for the Impact, which has won four of its last five. Di Vaio is tied for the league lead with 10 goals. A great finish by Kyle Beckerman broke open a goalless game at Rio Tinto Stadium, and Robbie Findley’s goal sealed a 2-0 Real Salt Lake defeat of the Sounders.
FC Dallas rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the final few minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City. Andrew Jacobson headed home a Michel serve in the 88th minute, and Walker Zimmerman got his head to a corner kick in stoppage time. The Rapids lost twice during the week; they took a lead against Chicago on a steal and shot by Deshorn Brown but were eventually beaten, 2-1, and Sunday they were soundly thumped by Portland.
The Red Bulls fell behind in the seventh minute at PPL Park to a Conor Casey goal and failed to rally after a red card issued to Lloyd Sam for a studs-up tackle left them a man down in the 28th minute. Casey added a second goal and Antoine Hoppenot scored in the final minutes to ensure the Union’s second straight win.
Magee scored in both of the Fire’s victories and is the hottest player in MLS with six goals in the last six games. Ex-Crew midfielder Dilly Duka tallied against his former team from a Joel Lindpere cross to tie up Columbus and another Lindpere serve produced Magee’s winner.
THE MIDDLE. SKC coughed up its 2-0 lead after C.J. Sapong was sent off midway through second half in a questionable decision. Kei Kamara converted a penalty kick late in the first half and an own goal padded the lead.
A 0-0 tie at home with lowly Toronto FC leaves the Dynamo with zero wins and just two goals scored in its last six games. That midseason makeover can’t come soon enough. The Galaxy didn’t look very impressive in either of its two games at the renamed StubHub Center, but it did extract four points by tying Portland, 0-0, and beating Chivas USA, 1-0, with a goal by Gyasi Zardes late in the first half.
THE REST. TFC is unbeaten in its last three games (and in the entire month of June!) after escaping Houston with a 0-0 tie that was its first shutout of the season.
D.C. United snapped a club-record 13-game winless streak by beating San Jose, 1-0, after the Quakes had defeated Colorado, 2-1, on Wednesday. Chris Pontius knocked home a penalty kick, his first goal of the season, that was awarded for a Justin Morrow foul on, of all people, Chris Korb.
Sam Cronin raced through midfield to score the winner against Colorado for San Jose, which had taken an early lead with Steven Lenhart’s first goal of the season. Chivas USA’s losing streak stands at seven games after a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy.