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by Ridge Mahoney, July 1st, 2014 8:05PM

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[MLS: Week 16] Seattle picked up where it left off prior to the brief World Cup break by beating D.C. United, 1-0, for its third straight victory and thus stays atop the Power Rankings.

MLS WEEK 16: Results:
Sunday, June 29 (Report)
Montreal 3  Houston 0.
Columbus 0 FC Dallas 0.
Saturday, June 28 (Report)
D.C. United 0 Seattle 1.
New England 1 Philadelphia 3.
Colorado 2 Vancouver 0.
Chivas USA 1 Real Salt Lake 0.
San Jose 0 LA Galaxy 1.
Friday, June 27
(Report)
New York 2 Toronto FC 2.
Portland 0 Sporting KC 1
Wednesday, June 25
(Report)
Vancouver 0 Montreal 0.Northwest rival Vancouver fell out of the second slot by tying Montreal, 0-0 at home Wednesday before losing at Colorado, 2-0, over the weekend. D.C. United snuck into second despite losing in Seattle over the weekend by beating Montreal 2 and a half weeks ago, and the Galaxy jumped to third with a 1-0 win at San Jose that extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Here’s the complete listing.

1. SEATTLE (11-3-2), 1. Chad Barrett is happy Clint Dempsey and the U.S team advanced to the round of 16; he scored his fourth goal of the season and third in four starts since Dempsey’s departure in a 1-0 defeat of D.C. United. The Sounders ran their unbeaten streak to five games despite the suspension of Obafemi Martins and lead the rest of the league by 10 points.

2. D.C. UNITED (7-5-4), 3. United compiled a 14-3 edge in shots against Seattle but only two of their attempts required saves, one of which denied former Sounder Eddie Johnson an equalizer in the final minutes. Chris Rolfe hit the post as D.C. lost at home for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.

3. LOS ANGELES (5-3-5), 6. The Galaxy was finally able to hold a lead in the third annual footy-plus-fireworks fiesta at Stanford Stadium, which had produced rousing Quakes’ comeback wins – and a dozen goals – in its first two editions. Gyasi Zardes slammed a layoff from Marcelo Sarvas into the top corner to up the Galaxy’s take to 11 points in its last five games. Keeper Jaime Penedo didn’t have much to do but his sharp reflex save on a late Steven Lenhart header put the Goonie demons to rest for once. 

4.   VANCOUVER (5-3-7), 2. A strong run prior to the World Cup break petered out with a 0-0 tie at home against Montreal and a feeble 2-0 loss at Colorado. Head coach Carl Robinson sent out speed (Erik Hurtado, Darren Mattocks, Kekuta Manneh) to face the Impact and opted for possession (Sebastien Fernandez, Nicolas Mezquida) against the Rapids and neither formula worked.

5. TORONTO FC (6-4-2), 7. After hitting an equalizer that tied the game, 1-1, in New York on Friday, Jermain Defoe argued over a free kick with Gilberto. The Brazilian won the debate and drilled an incredible shot just under the crossbar, but TFC couldn’t hold the lead and instead took home a point after a 2-2 tie.

6. COLORADO (7-5-4), 6. Vicente Sanchez marked his first start since injuring a knee against the Galaxy on May 3 by scoring a goal in a 2-0 defeat of Vancouver Saturday. Sanchez converted a penalty kick won by Deshorn Brown and thrilled the home crowd by connecting on a bicycle kick that the keeper saved. Dillon Powers also scored three minutes after drilling a shot off the crossbar as the Rapids posted their third win the last five games.

7. NEW ENGLAND (7-6-2), 4. The Revs lost their third straight game, 3-1, in Philadelphia. A weak back pass provided Philly with a chance it converted to take a 1-0 halftime lead, and though Saer Sene scored his first goal of an injury-plagued season shortly after coming on as a sub late in the match, they couldn’t contain the Union. The season of streaks continues: the Revs had won five in a row before hitting their current skid.

8. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (7-5-4), 9. SKC hasn’t adjusted well to the absences of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler during the World Cup, but another player who missed some time to play in friendlies has returned, and Lawrence Olum scored a rare goal that earned a 1-0 victory in Portland.

9. REAL SALT LAKE (6-3-7), 5. For the second straight league game, RSL went down a man because of a red card; in this case, Luke Mulholland departed in the ninth minute of a 1-0 loss to Chivas USA Saturday at StubHub Center. Three weeks ago, Tony Beltran was shown two yellows and tossed from a 3-1 loss to Portland. RSL’s overall record is impressive but its three defeats have come in the last five games, which presents first-year head coach Jeff Cassar with a mini-crisis.

10. FC DALLAS (6-7-5), 11. Michel had a shot cleared off the goal line and Tesho Akindele nailed a shot off the post Sunday in a 0-0 tie at Columbus. The game was postponed a day after firefighter Stu Tudor was struck by lightning. As of Monday, he was in critical condition.

11. SAN JOSE (4-6-4), 10. The Quakes couldn’t conjure up the comeback mojo by which it had stunned the Galaxy by 4-3 and 3-2 scores the past two years at Stanford. Yannick Djalo created a few sparkling moments in just his third start of the season and Jason Hernandez played well as a last-minute sub for Clarence Goodson, who sat out with a groin strain. Steven Lenhart got several good looks at goal but put just one header on target and that was saved. San Jose gets right back into it back at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday against Chivas USA.

12. COLUMBUS (4-5-7), 12. A lightning strike at Crew Stadium forced a one-day postponement of the Crew’s game with FC Dallas, and when the players reluctantly did take the field Sunday they played a 0-0 tie. The crowd was announced Saturday night as a sellout of 20,617, but only 4,680 were on hand for the rescheduled game. Head coach Gregg Berhalter wore a ribbon to demonstrate his support for Tudor.

13. NEW YORK (4-5-7), 13. Tim Cahill walked onto the field to a tremendous ovation Friday night as a 78th-minute sub, and he then assisted on Bradley Wright-Phillips’ league-leading 12th goal that gave the Red Bulls a 2-2 tie with Toronto FC on Friday. New York had taken the lead on Peguy Luyindula’s fourth goal of the season that was set up by Amboise Oyongo in his first MLS start.

14. PHILADELPHIA (4-7-6), 15. Jim Curtin debuted as interim head coach in winning fashion, thanks to a pair of Sebastien Le Toux goals in a 3-1 defeat of New England. Le Toux pounced on a defensive error to score just before halftime and tacked on the third goal after Danny Cruz netted what proved to be the winner.

15.PORTLAND (4-5-8), 14. The troubles in Timberland continue. Several promising attacks came to nothing in a 1-0 home loss to Sporting Kansas City on Friday. Portland had scored 19 goals in the eight games before the break and was shut out for the first time since April 19. It is 1-2-7 at Providence Park this season.

16. MONTREAL (3-7-5), 18. Jack McInerney is adjusting well to life north of the  border. The former Philly forward earned Player of the Week honors by scoring twice in a 3-0 thumping of Houston Sunday. A busy week had started on a good note when the Impact traveled to Vancouver and tied, 0-0, on Wednesday.

17. CHICAGO (2-4-8), 17. The Fire is still on a break, as it didn’t play last week, but it returns to action Wednesday at home against Toronto FC.

18. CHIVAS USA (3-7-5), 19. He’s only 21, but Erick "Cubo" Torres has already set an MLS record. His spectacular volley in a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake Saturday was the 17th of his young MLS career and carried him past former Fire attacker Cuauhtemoc Blanco as the all-time leading Mexican-born scorer in MLS. Chivas USA also picked up its first shutout of the season, albeit against a team playing a man down for more than 80 minutes.

19. HOUSTON (5-10-2), 16. The break did nothing good for the Dynamo; it fell, 3-0, in Montreal for a fifth straight defeat during which it has been outscored, 13-0.

 



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