Soccer America Power Rankings

[MLS: Week 10] Real Salt Lake took advantage of Seattle’s 5-0 nightmare at New England to climb into the No. 1 spot. A 5-2 demolition of the Dynamo enabled RSL to keep its status as the league’s only unbeaten team.

Chicago’s first win of the season by an incredible 5-4 scoreline at New York on Saturday notched a unique entry in the history books: Fire rookie Harrison Shipp and Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips both hit hat tricks, which had never occurred in an MLS game.

MLS WEEK 10, Results:
Sunday, May 11 (Report)
Colorado 1 Chivas USA 3.
New England 5 Seattle 0.
Houston 2 Real Salt Lake 5.
Portland 1 LA Galaxy 1.
Saturday, May 10 (Report)
Philadelphia 0 D.C. United 1.
Montreal 0 Sporting KC 3.
New York 4 Chicago 5
Columbus 0 Vancouver 1.
San Jose 2 FC Dallas 1.
Wednesday, May 7 (Report)
Houston 1 Columbus 0.
Seattle 2 FC Dallas 1.
San Jose 0 Colorado 0.

1. REAL SALT LAKE (5-0-5), 2. He’s done just about everything else since joining RSL in 2007, yet not until Sunday had Javier Morales scored a hat trick. He started it off in spectacular fashion by netting just 15 seconds into the match, and polished off a great day that also included an assist by converting a late penalty kick. At the other end, Nick Rimando recorded his 21st save of a penalty kick as RSL won in Houston for the first time ever. It is an impressive 3-0-3 on the road.

2. SEATTLE (7-3-1), 1. The Sounders in general and DeAndre Yedlin in particular were overrun by New England 5-0, which dampened somewhat a 2-1 midweek defeat of FC Dallas. Rebounds that weren’t cleared and sluggish defending plagued Seattle after an early chance that Obafemi Martins couldn’t put away from point-blank range deprived them of a lead. Two great serves from Martins had set up goals for Lamar Neagle and Kenny Cooper for a fifth straight victory against FCD on Wednesday.

3. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (5-2-2), 3. Dom Dwyer netted two more goals and took his season tally to six in a 3-0 defeat of Montreal. SKC commandeered the game with a man-advantage provided in the 17th minute when Collen Warner was sent off for handling in the penalty area. Dwyer slammed home the penalty kick, the ninth straight successful conversion by the club, and added another goal after Paulo Nagamura had doubled the lead. SKC has posted five shutouts and its goals-allowed average is 0.67 per game.

4. VANCOUVER (4-2-4), 5. Erik Hurtado started in place of injured Darren Mattocks against Columbus and scored the game’s only goal -- and his first in MLS -- as the ‘Caps won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Hurtado conjured up a magical moment by chesting down a long free kick hit by keeper David Ousted, dribbling into the middle, and shooting a left-footer into the top corner. Ousted earned an assist on the play and needed to make just two saves as midfielder Matias Laba led a stout effort that bagged the first away win of 2014.

5. NEW ENGLAND (5-3-2), 9. The Revs took control after Bobby Shuttleworth stoned Martins from close range and ruthlessly exposed the fatigued Sounders by quick transition play and sharp finishing. Diego Fagundez broke his 2014 goal drought by scoring twice, and rookie Patrick Mullins started up the barrage when he banged home a rebound in the 14th minute. The goal outburst was nice, yet the key to recent success lies in the defense. The Revs have won four of their last five games while conceding just two goals.

6. FC DALLAS (5-5-1), 4. FC Dallas is mired in a four-game losing streak after defeats at Seattle and San Jose by 2-1 scores last week. Michel, again playing left back due to a run of injuries during a congested schedule, converted a penalty kick against the Sounders and hammered a free kick into the top corner against San Jose, which staved off FCD while playing a man down for the entire second half. Tesho Akindele, Danny Garcia and Fabian Castillo fueled an attack that generated 20 shots and 11 corners against the Quakes, but a David Texeira own goal turned out to be the winner for San Jose.

7. LOS ANGELES (2-2-3), 8. The Galaxy scored in the second minute of stoppage time and conceded an equalizer three minutes later to tie Portland, 1-1, at Providence Park. Complaints that a foul on Juninho wasn’t called prior to the tying goal were somewhat well-grounded if all too familiar. This team doesn’t look well-equipped to deal with the pending absences of Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan, but a .500 record playing a jagged schedule that loaded up early road games (five of the first seven with a trip to Houston up next) isn’t bad.

8. COLORADO (4-3-2), 7. Maybe the Rapids thought a spring snowstorm would discourage Chivas USA but instead their own slack defending offered opportunities the visitor exploited in a 3-1 defeat to end a week that started positively with a 0-0 tie in San Jose on Wednesday. Poor marking and breakdowns contributed to the three goals and not until stoppage time did Deshorn Brown score for Colorado, which had ridden seven saves by keeper Clint Irwin to get a point against the Quakes. Well, it’s all part of the learning curve for rookie head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who worked the trade levers to acquire defender Gale Agbossoumonde and watched Marvin Chavez score twice for Chivas USA two days after the Rapids traded him.

9. D.C. UNITED (4-3-2), 10. Chris Rolfe took a big step in establishing himself as a D.C. player by scoring his 50th MLS goal in a 1-0 defeat of Philadelphia. The former Fire attacker reached a deflected shot from teammate Cristian Fernandez and knocked it home in the sixth minute. United rode the momentum of that early goal to record its fourth straight home victory and retain its place in the playoff tier, which for a team that won just three games in 2013 is significant.

10. COLUMBUS (3-4-3), 6. The mood is grim after a third straight loss that also extends the winless streak to seven. Another early giveaway by Michael Parkhurst nearly gave Vancouver a goal, and though keeper Steve Clark bailed out his teammates on a few other occasions he could do nothing about the shot that arrowed past him into the top corner. After a Hector Jimenez shot was saved in the 48th minute, the attack stalled and the Crew endured its third straight shutout after also being blanked by Houston, 1-0, on Wednesday.

11. NEW YORK (3-3-5), 11. Yes, that really was an astonishing 5-4 loss at Red Bull Arena to previously winless Chicago, and yes Bradley Wright-Phillips really did net his second hat trick of 2014 to take over the league scoring lead with nine goals. After allowing just three goals in the previous five games, a market correction was quite possible, yet the defense was done in by a rookie, Shipp, notching his own hat track as a 2-1 halftime lead evaporated. Tim Cahill scored his first goal of the season just in time to leave for World Cup duty.

12. TORONTO FC (3-4-0), 12. TFC sat out the league schedule and plays the second leg of its Amway  Canadian Championship series against Vancouver on Wednesday on the road and trailing, 2-1, from the first leg. England striker Jermain Defoe will stay with the team after being named to the standby list and not the 23-man World Cup roster by manager Roy Hodgson.

13. HOUSTON (4-5-2), 13. Rookie Mark Sherrod marked his first MLS start -- in place of Will Bruin -- against RSL by scoring twice, but a red card to Servando Carrasco in the 27th minute proved too much to overcome. Sherrod’s second goal cut the deficit to 3-2 and the Dynamo nearly equalized before running out of gas. The defeat dropped Houston below the .500 mark it had attained by beating Columbus, 1-0, on Wednesday when Bruin scored his third goal in as many games.

14. SAN JOSE (2-3-4), 15. The Quakes prevailed against Dallas, 2-1, despite playing a man down in the second half and being outshot, 20-7. Cordell Cato scored on a long ball from keeper Jon Busch flicked on by defender Clarence Goodson, who had pushed upfield on a corner kick and stayed high when FCD cleared the ball. The winning goal came on an own goal but San Jose’s grit and Busch’s goalkeeping while a man down were exemplary. The keeper had also done his part during the week in a 0-0 tie with Colorado.

15. CHICAGO (1-2-6), 16. The Fire needed a hat trick from Shipp to get that elusive first victory of the season, and it also rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit on the road by scoring four straight goals. Quincy Amarikwa and Shipp scored five minutes apart early in the second half, and after Shipp scored his third he set up Patrick Nyarko for a goal that turned out to be the winning one. The defense crumbled often and Sean Johnson gave up four goals, yet he foiled Thierry Henry with a crucial save.

16. PHILADELPHIA (1-5-5), 14. There’s not much to say; the Union can’t score and is doing just enough to lose in agonizing fashion. It dropped a third straight game, 1-0, at home to D.C. United and when it plays at Sporting KC Wednesday will have gone nearly two months without a victory. A shot deflected by Ray Gaddis wasn’t cleared and wound up in the net. It applied plenty of pressure on the United goal without reward. Another busy stretch of games matches it up against New England next weekend following the midweek test.

17. CHIVAS USA (2-5-3), 19. Trades don’t always pay quick dividends, yet just days after being traded by the Rapids Chavez scored the second and third goals of a 3-1 victory at Colorado to snap an eight-game winless streak. Another former Rapid, Martin Rivero, set up the first goal of the game and the eighth of the season for Erick Torres. Chivas USA failed to put a shot on goal while enduring a snowy and windy first half, but took the lead in the 56th minute when Rivero’s cross found a wide-open Torres.

18. MONTREAL (1-5-3), 17. A squad depleted by injuries to Marco Di Vaio and several defensive starters went down a man when Collen Warner handled in the penalty area and chased the defending champion futilely the rest of the game. A few weeks ago, the Impact lost at SKC, 4-0. Is the gap between the two teams really that large? Perhaps not, but in the Eastern Conference standings one is at the top and the other is at the bottom.

19. PORTLAND (1-3-6), 18. Kudos to the Timbers for battling to the very end and snagging an improbable point against the Galaxy on Diego Valeri’s goal in the 95th minute, and credit to the Providence Park fans for celebrating that goal wildly. On the other hand, they fell behind when a long throw-in bounced in the penalty area for Robbie Keane to head home; were outshot, 21-10; lost the possession battle 56-44 percent; and needed a couple of big saves from Donovan Ricketts to get the point. As one of the MLS teams that won’t lose players to World Cup duty, Portland needs to pile up points in the next six weeks.

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