Week 27 Soccer America MLS Power Rankings
RANK TEAM (W-L-T) LAST WEEK
1. REAL SALT LAKE (14-8-6) 3. The RSL speed-wagon obliterated Portland, 4-2, and is far and away the top-scoring team in MLS with 52 goals. Four different players tallied against the Timbers.
2. LOS ANGELES (13-9-4) 4. Robbie Keane and Co. embarrassed the outclassed Quakes with a 3-0 win that could have been doubled.
3. MONTREAL (12-7-6) 2. Marco di Vaio fired a rebound wide and lost a goal to an offside call yet with a point in Philly (0-0) the Impact retained a share of the Eastern Conference lead.
4. COLORADO (10-8-9) 1. The rested Rapids couldn’t contain a desperate SKC after Edson Buddle’s deflected shot had tied the game in the 77th minute. The 2-1 loss snapped Colorado’s nine-game unbeaten streak.
5. SEATTLE (12-8-4) 10. Criticized at times for wilting in tough situations, the Sounders waited out a long weather delay, then beat the Crew, 1-0, despite going down to 10 men in the seventh minute. Eddie Johnson’s “Pay Me!” goal celebration wasn’t the smartest move yet he and his teammates truly earned this victory.
6. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (12-8-6) 7. Graham Zusi first-timed a C.J. Sapong header in the 88th minute to quell the Rapids. Still, a 2-4 record in the last six games isn’t encouraging.
7. NEW YORK (11-9-7) 6. After Thursday dust-up in training, head coach Mike Petke benched Thierry Henry at the start of what became a 2-1 defeat of D.C. United. Tim Cahill headed the winner, and Luis Robles stopped a penalty kick after Ibrahim Sekagya was sent off for a foul in the penalty area.
8. PORTLAND (9-5-12) 5. Missing Will Johnson because of a shoulder injury, the Timbers couldn’t keep pace with RSL at even strength and were overrun after a red card to Ben Zemanski in first-half stoppage time left them with 10 men. Playmaker Diego Valeri left the match with an adductor strain.
9. NEW ENGLAND (11-9-7) 8. Diego Fagundez scored his team-high ninth goal of the season in the second minute of a 1-1 tie that left the Revs winless in seven games at Toronto.
10. HOUSTON (10-8-7) 11. The Dynamo avoided defeat in Chicago when Adam Moffat rifled a shot into the top corner to tie the game, 1-1, in the 90th minute. Bobby Boswell had headed past his teammate Tally Hall but nothing else got by the Houston keeper who snuffed the Fire several times.
11. PHILADELPHIA (10-8-9) 9. Philly recorded its third shutout in the last four games in tying Montreal, 0-0, but another frustrating night offensively left it with just one goal in the last three games.
12. CHICAGO (10-10-5) 12. A barrage of shots yielded only an own goal and a Mike Magee shot off the post as the Fire squandered a chance to move past Houston and tie the fifth-place Revs.
13. VANCOUVER (10-9-7) 13. Minutes after scuffing a great chance over the crossbar, rookie Erik Hurtado headed a ball across the six-yard box for Tommy Heinemann to bang home in stoppage time. Great, except that the goal attained only a 2-2 tie at home against Chivas USA.
14. SAN JOSE (9-11-7) 14. It’s been a while since a California Clasico was as lopsided as this 3-0 Galaxy romp at StubHub Center. Quakes are five points out of the playoffs with seven games to play.
15. FC DALLAS (9-7-10) 15. Blas Perez (Panama) and Raul Fernandez (Peru) will be with their national teams this weekend and won’t play in a crucial home match against Vancouver, which also has 37 points.
16. CHIVAS USA (5-14-7) 16. The incredible Erik “Cubo” Torres scored twice again, and one goal was a sensational bicycle kick that wowed the crowd at B.C. Place. For him, at least, playing on loan from the parent club is an opportunity, not a punishment.
17. TORONTO FC (4-12-10) 18. Andrew Weideman’s goal tied the game but Steven Caldwell’s apparent winner in the 88th minute was disallowed for a pushing foul, so TFC tied a second straight game, 1-1, with New England
18. COLUMBUS (9-12-5) 17. A ninth loss in 13 games in which the Crew played a man up for 83 minutes proved to be the last straw; owner Anthony Precourt announced Monday that head coach Robert Warzycha had been jettisoned and technical director Brian Bliss would take charge for the rest of the season.
19. D.C UNITED (3-18-5),19. At Red Bull Arena, Dwayne De Rosario set up a goal for Nick DeLeon with a nice crossfield ball, but couldn’t convert a late penalty kick that would have tied the game. United also couldn’t exploit a man advantage for the final 18 minutes of a 2-1 defeat.