Soccer America Power Rankings

[MLS: Week 13] Seattle romped in the big Western Conference showdown with Real Salt Lake to retain the top spot in the Power Rankings, and rival Vancouver took over second by winning another Cascadia Cup classic at Portland on Sunday night. 

MLS WEEK 13, Results:
June 1 
Chicago 1, Los Angeles 1
Colorado 3, Houston 0
Portland 3, Vancouver 4
May 31 (Report)
Toronto FC 3, Columbus 2
Montreal 2, New England 0
D.C. United 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
FC Dallas 1, San Jose 2
Chivas USA 0, Philadelphia 3
Seattle 4, Real Salt Lake 0
May 28 (Report)
Chivas USA 0 Portland 2
May 27 (Report)
Sporting KC 1 New York 1.

 1.SEATTLE (9-2-3), 1. The Sounders pulled away atop the pack by ending RSL’s unbeaten start to the season emphatically. Four different players scored as Seattle won its seventh game in the last nine and pulled five points clear atop the Western Conference. Marco Pappa’s bending free kick was undoubtedly the best of the bunch, yet kudos also go to Chad Barrett, who scored in a second straight game.

2. VANCOUVER (5-2-5), 4. The ‘Caps endured a rough start in Portland -- they fell behind in the third minute and nearly conceded another goal four minutes later -- then exploited porous defending to take a 4-1 lead and eventually held out for a 4-3 victory. Pedro Morales converted a pair of penalty kicks to reverse the early deficit and goals by Erik Hurtado and Jordan Harvey -- both assisted by Morales -- proved to be decisive. A four-game unbeaten streak that includes three wins has lodged Vancouver squarely in the playoff tier.

3. NEW ENGLAND (7-4-2), 3. A seven-game unbeaten streak ended Saturday in Montreal. The Revs came out flat, fell behind in the third minute of a first half in which they were outshot, 12-5, and chased futilely in a 2-0 loss. Keeper Bobby Shuttleworth conceded the second goal on the rebound of ball off his chest. In the second half, shots by Diago Kobayashi and Andy Dorman missed the mark, and over the 90 minutes the Revs simply weren’t up to the task.

4. REAL SALT LAKE (6-1-6), 2. At least RSL can atone for that loss in Seattle quickly, as it plays at Columbus Wednesday. It also has a rough assignment at home against Portland Saturday, and so the man-management skills of head coach Jeff Cassar will receive their toughest test of his first season in charge.

5. D.C. UNITED (6-4-3), 7. Fabian Espindola’s seventh goal of the season at first looked unintentional, but his curving, left-footed ball from the right flank drifted unerringly into the top far corner to beat Sporting Kansas City, 1-0. In any case, he had been battling a stomach bug most of the week yet managed to go the distance as D.C. won for the fourth time in the last seven games.

6. COLORADO (6-4-3), 8. Deshorn Brown took away Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals in a 3-0 defeat of Houston. He headed home a Marvell Wynne cross and polished off a feed from Dillon Powers to send the Rapids on their way to a second straight victory. Kamani Hill also scored with his second spectacular strike of the season and with a fifth shutout Colorado is tied for the league lead.

7. LOS ANGELES (4-3-4), 6. A year after arriving in Southern California in exchange for eventual league MVP Mike Magee, Robbie Rogers picked up his second point in league play against the team that traded him. His cross from the right side found Landon Donovan at the back post for the Galaxy’s goal in a 1-1 tie at Chicago.

8. TORONTO FC (5-4-1), 9. Like Donovan, Jermain Defoe appears intensely driven by a snub from his national team. The English striker equalized twice as TFC came back from a pair of one-goal deficits to beat Columbus, 3-2, at a rowdy BMO Field. The winner came in the second minute of stoppage time from Doneil Henry, who had been partially to blame for the Crew’s second goal.

9. SAN JOSE (4-4-4), 13. Trailing FCD, 1-0, on an early goal, the Quakes went Goonie late in the first half for a change en route to a 2-1 win. Atiba Harris equalized against one of his former MLS teams, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi belted a spectacular winner from 35 yards, and Jon Busch saved a penalty kick -- all before halftime. The newcomers are starting to jell: Harris has scored in two straight games, on-loan striker Jannick Djalo is a threat, and Pierazzi is finding a role in midfield, as is central partner Khari Stephenson.

10. SPORTING KC (5-5-4), 5. A Tuesday tie (1-1) with New York and 1-0 loss at D.C. United over the weekend left the defending champion winless in the last five games. A squad already missing Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Lawrence Olum to international duty has lost defender Chance Myers for the season to a ruptured Achilles tendon, and defender Aurelien Collin departed with a hamstring pull in the seventh minute against D.C. Toni Dovale’s first MLS goal provided an early lead against the Red Bulls but then followed nearly three hours (including stoppage time) without scoring.

11. FC DALLAS (5-7-3), 11. Hoping to turn the tables on San Jose after losing there, 2-1, three weeks ago, FC Dallas got off to the right start at home by taking a 1-0 lead on a Blas Perez goal in the 16th minute. Not much went right after that; Adam Moffat went off with a second caution in the 37th minute, Fabian Castillo – whose pass set up Perez’s goal -- failed to convert a penalty kick, and an eventual 2-1 defeat extended its winless streak to eight games.

12. COLUMBUS (4-5-4), 10. The Crew couldn’t hold onto a pair of one-goal leads at Toronto and the 3-2 defeat was its fourth in the last six games. Justin Meram provided the first edge by scoring in the 18th minute and Augustin Viana’s goal regained the lead midway through the second half but the defense couldn’t contain TFC. A foul provided the free kick from which TFC notched the winning goal to tie Columbus in the standings at 16 points -- and with three fewer games played.

13. NEW YORK (3-5-6), 14. The Red Bulls rested over the weekend after rallying to tie Sporting Kansas City, 1-1, last Tuesday on the league-leading 11th goal of the season by Bradley Wright-Phillips. Thierry Henry picked up the assist in his 100th start for the team. The Red Bulls don’t play again until Sunday at New England, so will they be rusty after an 11-day break?

14. HOUSTON (5-8-2), 12. A 3-0 loss in Colorado lowered the Dynamo’s goal difference to minus-11; the only other two teams in double-digits, Montreal and Chivas USA, are last in their respective conferences. The Dynamo has lost three straight on the road and six of eight overall. Omar Cummings missed a great chance in the early minutes and Houston looked disjointed for long spells. It obviously misses Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia in the midfield, yet there are breakdowns in many areas that have to be corrected.

15. PHILADELPHIA (3-7-5), 17. The Union duly took care of its get-well game by drilling Chivas USA, 3-0, at StubHub Center. Conor Casey netted a pair of goals, one of them on an assist by Cristian Maidana, who then finished off the scoring himself. A second win in the last 13 games is about all that can be gleaned from this one.

16. PORTLAND (3-4-7), 16. Diego Valeri assisted on two Timbers goals that bookended a miserable spell of a 4-3 home loss to Vancouver. After Max Urruti scored in the third minute, Portland conceded four consecutive goals before Gaston Fernandez notched his sixth of the season. A late goal by Will Johnson left the Timbers just short. Two more penalty kicks were whistled against Portland -- it leads the league with eight such calls, with none going the other way. Those PKs contributed to a shocking statistic; no team has conceded more goals at home than Portland’s 17. On Wednesday, two goals by newcomer Fanendo Adi earned a 2-0 victory at Chivas USA.

17. CHICAGO (2-3-7), 15. Quincy Amarikwa drew his third penalty-kick foul of the season and Jeff Larentowicz converted to give the Fire a 1-0 lead over the Galaxy at home in the 68th minute. The advantage lasted just six minutes and Chicago had to be content with the 1-1 tie. Homegrown midfielder Chris Ritter made his first-team debut and his error led to the Galaxy equalizer but head coach Frank Yallop praised his overall play. He and fellow Homegrown product Harry Shipp starting together marked the first such occasion in team history.

18. MONTREAL (2-6-4), 19. It hasn’t taken all that long for Jack McInerney to regain his form after that shock trade from Philly; he helped set up the first goal and banged home a rebound for the second in a 2-0 defeat of Eastern Conference leader New England. Troy Perkins earned his 50th career shutout, joining just eight other keepers to reach that mark in league play. Marco Di Vaio earned his second assist of the season by touching McInerney’s pass for Andres Romero to score the opener.

19. CHIVAS USA (2-7-4), 18. A red card to Oswaldo Minda left Chivas USA a man down for the sixth time this season yet by the time he departed in the 83rd minute it was already down, 3-0, to Philadelphia at home. A shot that hit Martin Rivero on the arm as he jumped to block was ruled to be handling the ball and resulted in the first goal from the penalty spot. Keeper Dan Kennedy got a piece of the shot but couldn’t keep the ball out of the net. Chivas USA managed just one shot on goal and possessed the ball only 37 percent of the time while losing for the fifth time in the last seven games.

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