MLS Power Rankings: Sounders hold first place

Seattle held the top spot in Soccer America's Power Power Rankings despite being held to a 0-0 by Sporting Kansas City, which jumped four spots by also beating the Revs, 4-2. A rough week for the Revs dropped them behind the Quakes, who extended their unbeaten streak to five games by tying Orlando City, 1-1.

MLS, Week 12 Results:
NY Red Bulls 0 Philadelphia 2. Highlights
San Jose 1 Orlando City 1. Highlights
Toronto FC 1 Portland 0. Highlights
New England 1 D.C. United 1. Highlights
Montreal 2 FC Dallas 1. Highlights
Colorado 1 Vancouver 0. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 2 New York City 0. Highlights
Seattle 0 Sporting KC 0. Highlights
Columbus 2 Chicago 2. Highlights
LA Galaxy 1 Houston 0. Highlights
Sporting KC 4 New England 2. Highlights

1. SEATTLE (6-3-2), 1. A 0-0 tie with Sporting Kansas City stopped Clint Dempsey’s streak of a goal or assist in 10 consecutive games and the Sounders mustered just one shot on goal. Obafemi Martins missed his second straight game with a leg contusion and Chad Barrett wasn’t able to duplicate his two-goal performance that downed Vancouver the week before. Still, an increased emphasis on defense has already produced six shutouts this season.

2. D.C. UNITED (6-2-4), 2. A lackluster attack didn’t produce a shot on goal until Jairo Arrieta’s goal tied the game in the 80th minute and United settled for a 1-1 tie at New England despite playing 11-against-nine for more than a half-hour. After being blanked in five straight starts, the Costa Rican has scored two goals and registered one assist in the last four games.

3. FC DALLAS (6-3-3), 4. A 2-1 loss in Montreal halted a five-game unbeaten streak that marks FCD as a team to watch closely during the middle third of the season. Matt Hedges scored his first goal of 2015 but it was his missed tackle that forced Moises Hernandez into a desperate challenge that provided the Impact with its first goal via a penalty. FCD conceded the winner from a counterattack, but only a spectacular save denied Blas Perez an equalizer the visitor probably deserved. FCD has not been shut out in its five road games.

4. SAN JOSE (5-4-3), 6. The Quakes rallied to tie a team down to 10 men but couldn’t get the winner in a 1-1 tie with Orlando City SC that ran their unbeaten streak to five games. The 100th regular-season goal of Chris Wondolowski’s career earned San Jose a point; left back Jordan Stewart drew a PK that Wondo salted away. Rookie midfielder Fatai Alashe led a solid defensive effort that blunted most of what Kaka and Co. could muster.

5. NEW ENGLAND (5-3-5), 3. The Revs came away with a point despite playing more than a half-hour down to nine men against D.C. United after Charlie Davies’ goal had provided a 1-0 lead in first-half stoppage time. United didn’t get a shot on goal until it equalized in the 80th minute. Still, the Revs’ winless streak ran to four with that result and a 4-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City that ended a nine-game unbeaten streak. A lead provided by Juan Agudelo’s early goal evaporated and Scott Caldwell’s second goal of the season narrowed the gap to 4-2.

6. SPORTING KC (4-2-6), 10. A pair of daunting challenges -- at home against New England and at Seattle -- yielded four points. A shaky PK call aided its defeat of the Revs but there was nothing ambiguous about the two goals and assist rung up by Krisztian Nemeth. Another good effort by Benny Feilhaber netted him his league-high seventh assist. Nemeth labored alone up front in Seattle after a warmup injury sidelined Dom Dwyer; SKC permitted just one shot on goal while shutting out the Sounders on their home field for the first time this season.

7. NY RED BULLS (4-2-5),  5. Two Philly goals in five minutes jarred the Red Bulls, who had seemed to be dictating matters up until that point, and inflicted their first-ever home loss to the Union, 2-0, even though their time of possession was nearly double (66.1-33.9 percent). NYRB makes its first West Coast trip this season to play at Seattle on Saturday.

8. LA GALAXY (4-4-5), 8. Where would the Galaxy be without Alan Gordon? He came to the rescue off the bench yet again to head home a Robbie Keane cross in the 92nd minute and down the Dynamo, 1-0. All four of Gordon’s goals this season have yielded either a victory or a tie. Keane played 34 minutes off the bench after missing seven games with a groin injury and the victory ended a five-game Galaxy winless streak.

9. COLUMBUS (4-4-3), 9. In a 2-2 tie with Chicago Crew SC conceded twice for the fourth straight game and in this game it also blew a two-goal supplied by Kei Kamara’s eighth and ninth goals of the season. It plays three games in the next eight days and the first two are at Orlando City and Philadelphia, which could provide Crew SC ample opportunities to increase its meager total of two away goals.

10. VANCOUVER (6-5-2), 7. The gloss has come off the ‘Caps. A 1-0 loss to Colorado leaves Vancouver with just one victory in the last five games and back-to-back losses for the first time this seasons. Three excellent saves by keeper David Ousted kept Vancouver in the game and a pushing foul in the penalty area disallowed what would have been an equalizing free kick by Mauro Rosales, who replaced Pedro Morales in the lineup.

11. TORONTO FC (4-5-1), 12. He’s not the only reason TFC looks stronger than the 2014 version, but Sebastian Giovinco continues to conjure up spectacular moments. His fifth-minute blast was all his team needed to beat Portland, 1-0, and post its third victory in the last five games. After a Wednesday friendly against Manchester City, TFC plays four of its next five games at home. Two of those games are against D.C. United, which beat TFC two out of three last season.

12. REAL SALT LAKE (4-3-5), 13.
 The returns from injury of Javier Morales and Joao Plata sparked RSL in a dominant 2-0 defeat of New York City FC. Plata, who entered the game in the 89th minute, had missed the first 11 matches of 2015 and Morales, also a second-half sub, played in just one of the last six. The goals were scored by John Stertzer (his first in MLS) and Alvaro Saborio (RSL’s all-time leader with 63). A great cross by Luke Mulholland dropped for Saborio to head home. RSL plays at both ends of the West Coast this week with games at Los Angeles Wednesday and Vancouver Saturday.

13. HOUSTON (4-5-4), 11. A stunning stoppage-time goal by the Galaxy spoiled the 350th league appearance by captain Brad Davis as the Dynamo lost just its second away game of the season. Head coach Owen Coyle couldn’t believe Houston wasn’t awarded a late penalty kick on a sliding tackle by Oscar Sorto that earned him a red card and was adjudged to have been committed just outside the penalty area. Keeper Tyler Deric needed to make just one save.

14. ORLANDO CITY (3-5-4), 14. Kaka punished a rare San Jose defensive mistake by smashing home his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot. Brek Shea’s dismissal for an over-the-ball tackle early in the second half clicked the Lions into survival mode and they were worthy of the point that increased their take from road games to eight in six matches (2-2-2). The home mark (1-3-2) needs shoring up, starting Saturday against Columbus.

15. MONTREAL (2-3-2), 16. No one is getting giddy, but a second straight victory over a good team -- Montreal drilled RSL, 4-1, to get its first win a week ago -- suggests the doormat days of 2014 may not recur. Ignacio Piatti converted a penalty kick earned by Andres Romero and Jack McInerney polished off a neat one-two with Piatti by curling a low shot inside the far post. Piatti has proven he’s the real deal; if Jack Mac can be the go-to guy good for 12-15 goals a season, Montreal will be in the hunt.

16. COLORADO (2-2-7), 18. Finally! A 1-0 defeat of Colorado ended the Rapids’ 11-game home winless streak. Recent signing Luis Solignac and designated player Kevin Doyle made their debuts; Doyle may get a start Wednesday when the Rapids play at Seattle. Lucas Pittinari scored his first MLS goal after heavy rain and lightning extended the halftime break to 35 minutes.

17. CHICAGO (3-5-2), 17. The Fire snatched a 2-2 tie in Columbus with a 94th-minute goal by Jason Johnson that capped off a two-goal comeback. David Accam’s goal started the rally after a sluggish effort left the Fire down, 2-0, in the 55th minute. Keeper Jon Busch, who started his MLS career with the Crew in 2002, played his 300th regular-season game, a milestone reached by only three other goalies.

18. PHILADELPHIA (3-7-3), 20. Philly posted its first win at Red Bull Arena as Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong scored for a 2-0 victory. Sapong had returned to the team earlier in the week upon completion of a program initiated by an arrest for driving under the influence. Nogueira scored by redirecting a Cristian Maidana attempt at goal, and a storming steal-and-run by Fabinho, who replaced an injured Ray Gaddis for the second straight game, set the table for Sapong. Keeper Bryan Sylvestre recorded his second shutout in just his third MLS start.

19. PORTLAND (3-5-4), 15. Just a few games into his comeback from a serious knee injury suffered last year, Diego Valeri hobbled off in the 25th minute of a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC. The extent of his ankle injury isn’t known. He had registered a goal and assist in his two starts this year and without him the Timbers, which controlled 59.5 percent of the possession, were unable to score. They have been shut out six times this season and have lost three of their last five games.

20. NEW YORK CITY FC (1-7-4), 19. A return to RSL reminded head coach Jason Kreis just what he left behind to build a new tradition in the Big Apple. NYCFC is winless in its last 10 games after a 2-0 defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium, which Kreis helped craft into one of the more foreboding venues in MLS. Mix Diskerud played one of his livelier MLS games and hit a shot on the turn off the crossbar yet seldom did NYCFC look capable of garnering even a point.

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