A high-scoring weekend moved several teams up Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, but unbeaten New York hung on to the top spot.
A 1-1 tie with the Galaxy was just enough to keep the
unbeaten Red Bulls on top.
Surging D.C. United, which like the Red Bulls have notched 11 points from their last five games, took over second place and there’s a tight logjam of
teams just behind the third-place Galaxy. Two losses in the last three games have dropped the Whitecaps into sixth place. MLS Week 8: Results April 26
New York 1, LA Galaxy 1 Highlights
Orlando City 0, Toronto FC 2 Highlights
Seattle 1, Portland 0 Highlights April 25
New England 4, Real Salt Lake 0 Highlights
Houston 4 Sporting KC Highlights
Columbus 4, Philadelphia 1 Highlights
Vancouver 1, D.C. United 2 Highlights April 24
Colorado 1, FC Dallas 1 Highlights
Chicago 1, New York City FC 0 Highlights
Only MLS results are incorporated into the Power
Rankings. Included after the current ranking is the team’s record and ranking last week. 1. NY RED BULLS (3-0-3), 1.
A great bounce off the head of Felipe
Red Bulls a 1-1 tie with the Galaxy and maintained their unbeaten record. They held 60.7 percent of the possession and completed 78 percent of their passes and took 14 shots, half of which were
blocked. They’ve conceded only one goal at home this season but will be hard-pressed this week on both fronts: they host the Rapids Wednesday and play at New England Saturday for a stretch of
three games in seven days. 2. D.C. UNITED (4-1-2), 3. Travis Worra
got the call when Andrew Dykstra
was injured and the backup to the backup keeper debuted in a 2-1 victory
at Vancouver. Against 10 men, United struck the winner with a Chris Rolfe
goal. Fabian Espindola
went the distance in his first game back from a six-game, and six-month,
suspension from league play. 3. LA GALAXY (3-2-3), 6.
A name like Bradford Jamieson IV
deserves a special setting for his first professional goal, which he claimed with a
cutback move and sharp shot very reminiscent of many scored by teammate Robbie Keane
, who sat out a 1-1 tie with New York Sunday. If not for a weird bounce by which New York scored, the Galaxy
might have earned its third shutout. 4. SEATTLE (4-2-1), 7.
In a fourth straight game against the Timbers, Clint Dempsey
got a goal. This one came courtesy of a shot bobbled
by keeper Adam Kwarasey
and by poking it over the goal line Seattle captured a 1-0 victory. In the absence of Defender of the Year Chad Marshall,
the Sounders blanked their bitter
rivals. 5. NEW ENGLAND (4-2-2), 8.
A goal and assist for attacker Juan Agudelo
isn’t unusual but a similar stat line for holding mid Scott Caldwell
is. Both of them and many teammates were impressive in a 4-0 demolition of RSL that extended the Revs’ unbeaten run to six games. Kelyn Rowe
came off the bench for the first time this
season and picked up an assist as the competition for spots intensifies. 6. VANCOUVER (5-3-1), 2.
A second caution to Matias Laba
in the 42nd minute
proved to be too
much for the ‘Caps to overcome in a 2-1 home loss to United even though Pedro Morales
and Mauro Rosales
unleashed some dizzying combinations. Morales scored Vancouver’s goal
and Rosales, making his first start since injuring an ankle against Chicago in mid-March, hit the goalpost as the ‘Caps outshot United, 16-8. Keeper David Ousted
came up with a few more
excellent saves. 7. FC DALLAS (4-2-2), 5.
FCD took another step
away from back-to-back defeats in which it was outscored 7-1 by tying Colorado, 1-1, despite losing Blas
to a red card in the 59th minute. Fabian Castillo
’s scorching runs are less predictable and more productive; his ball to Mauro Diaz
deservedly earned FCD its goal. Dan
looked a little shaky in his return but that rust should shake off soon enough. 8. REAL SALT LAKE (2-2-3), 4.
Ugly and brutal loss to the Revs leaves RSL goalless in
its last 315 minutes. It plays three games in the next nine days. 9. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (2-2-4), 8.
He’s more prone to curl home a free kick than belt a laser from
distance, yet with SKC trailing 4-3 in stoppage time of an extraordinary match, Benny Feilhaber
tattooed a shot by which it ended 4-4. The poor defending will haunt head coach Peter
but his team showed great spirit after a heartbreaking last-second loss to L.A. the previous week. 10. COLUMBUS (3-2-2), 12.
Crew SC ruthlessly rolled to its second
straight big win by pulverizing the Union, 4-1. Ethan Finlay l
ed the onslaught by scoring two goals and assisting on a third, and another fine display from Kei
earned him a goal and an assist. Head coach Gregg Berhalter
also cited an excellent game from Federico Higuain,
who didn’t get on the scoresheet.
11. SAN JOSE (3-4-0), 10.
The Quakes got the Impact bye and return to action with games against RSL Friday and Houston next Tuesday (Tuesday?). 12. HOUSTON (2-2-4), 11.
These are the games that drive coaches mad. Houston rallied from conceding a goal in the second minute to score three in a row but twice gave up the lead and was caught in stoppage time. Giles
bagged two goals yet costly errors like the Alex Lopez
giveaway that gave one to SKC tarnished Houston’s play. 13. CHICAGO (3-3-0), 16.
The Fire is
cooking. Okay, beating an expansion team. 1-0, at home isn’t worthy of a major bonfire, and the cause was helped by a terrible goalkeeping gaffe and NYCFC red card, but goalscorer David
is turning into a handful and shutouts are shutouts. 14. TORONTO FC (2-4-0), 17.
TFC also needed an expansion team to rectify its issues and with a pair of clinical
goals from Jozy Altidore
TFC ended a four-game losing streak against Orlando City, 2-0. Another winnable road game comes Saturday at Philadelphia. 15. ORLANDO CITY SC (2-4-2),
The Lions looked lost and listless despite holding the ball for much of the time, and aside from some spark provided by the subs were second-best to TFC. They play a friendly this week and
thus have a long time to prepare for a May 8 home date with the Revs. 16. PORTLAND (2-3-3), 14.
A match nearly even in shots (11-10 Portland) and possession (51.1 percent in favor
of Seattle) still produced Portland’s third loss in the last five games. Fanendo Adi
came off the bench to take three shots, one of which hit the crossbar. Diego Valeri
from the bench. 17. COLORADO (1-2-4), 18. Nick LaBrocca
kept his nerve to knock home an equalizer as the opposing goalkeeper crashed into him, and thus did the Rapids
a 1-1 tie with FCD Dallas in front of an announced crowd of 12,944. They get to experience both coasts in the next few days: at New York Wednesday and in Los Angeles Saturday.
18. NEW YORK CITY FC (1-4-3), 15.
Maybe NYCFC fans will look back on this as the low point of their expansion season. Keeper Ryan Meara
, taking over in goal for a suspended
pushed a ball back into play to be walked into the net by Accam, who then drew a red-card foul from Andrew Jacobson
NYCFC down to 10 men. Injuries forced
head coach Jason Kreis
to make a pair of substitutions in the first half. Meara played a blinder after this gaffe to keep his team in the game. 19. MONTREAL (0-2-2), 20.
Destiny awaits in the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, after which the Impact can contemplate what kind of a team it can be this season over 34 games. 20. PHILADELPHIA (1-5-3), 19.
The Union is not inept in front of goal (10 goals scored) but it can’t stop anybody. A 4-1 mauling in Columbus upped its goals allowed total to 17, five more than any other MLS team.
Collectively and individually, Philly didn’t measure up and should expect a harsh reception if it can’t get off to a good start at home Saturday against TFC.