MLS Power Rankings: Seattle stays on top

The Seattle Sounders stunned the New York Red Bulls with a last-minute goal for a 2-1 win to retain first place in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, and a 4-0 routing of FC Dallas pushed Sporting Kansas City further up the list.

A third loss in the last five games dropped the Red Bulls two spots in the rankings. The Galaxy took four points from its two games to edge up a spot into sixth.

MLS, Week 13 Results:
SUNDAY, MAY 31
Seattle 2 NY Red Bulls 1. Highlights
New England 2 LA Galaxy 2. Highlights
SATURDAY, MAY 30
Toronto FC 3 San Jose 1. Highlights
Vancouver 2 Real Salt Lake 1. Highlights
New York City 1 Houston 1. Highlights
D.C. United 2 Philadelphia 1. Highlights
Orlando 2 Columbus 2. Highlights
Chicago 3 Montreal 0. Highlights
Colorado 1 Portland 2. Highlights
FRIDAY, MAY 29
Sporting KC 4 FC Dallas 0. Highlights
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
Seattle 1 Colorado 0. Highlights
LA Galaxy 1 Real Salt Lake 0. Highlights
Portland 1 D.C. United 0. Highlights

Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings, which include the team's record in parentheses and ranking last week. 

1. SEATTLE (8-3-2), 1. The Sounders' late show gave them a six-point week; they had beaten Colorado,1-0, on Wednesday on the first goal of the season by Marco Pappa. He got number two Sunday with a spectacular, scything dribble and fierce low equalizer inside the far post; Chad Barrett got his foot to a Clint Dempsey header as it floated over the goal line to claim the winner in stoppage time. Seattle has won six of its last eight while outscoring opponents, 14-6. Yet a segment of the demanding fan base can honestly say: “We’ve seen this before.”

2. D.C UNITED (7-3-4), 2. United rebounded from a 1-0 midweek loss to Portland by topping the Union, 2-1 with a Chris Pontius header and Chris Rolfe penalty kick wiping out a 1-0 deficit. Head coach Ben Olsen used a midfield of Markus Halsti, Miguel Aguilar, Jared Jeffrey and Luke Mishu in Portland to spread out the demands of playing five games in 15 days, and United coped well after falling behind in the fifth minute. It did the same against Philly but rode out a rough spell to extend its unbeaten home record to 19 games in all competitions, which ties a team record.

3. SPORTING KC (5-2-6), 6. Tie-win, tie-win, and tie-win is what SKC has done the past six games. Graham Zusi led the way with a goal and two assists as SKC took advantage of a man advantage by scoring three times in the second half while blasting FC Dallas, 4-0. Krisztian Nemeth scored his sixth goal this season on as many shots and Kevin Ellis netted his first MLS goal and also set one up.



4. FC DALLAS (6-4-3), 3. The red card to Zach Loyd in the 43rd minute didn’t help FCD’s cause but from the get-go SKC’s players wore the look of men determined to atone for a 3-1 loss at FCD March 14. FCD was blanked for the second time in the last three games and in this encounter Tesho Akindele’s attempt was the only one it put on frame.

5. NEW ENGLAND (5-3-6), 5. As several teams have done this season, Revs are slogging through a mire of ties. In Sunday's 2-2 deadlock with the Galaxy, a heavy rain and saturated surface dragged them to their fourth deadlock in the last five games. Jermaine Jones hobbled off with a groin injury shortly before a superb free kick by Diego Fagundez tied the game for the second time. Scott Caldwell’s square ball that set up Teal Bunbury’s opening goal was his team-high fourth of the season. Who saw that coming?

6. SAN JOSE (5-5-3), 3. A five-game unbeaten run ended rudely in Toronto, even though Chris Wondolowski scored to start his second century of regular-season goals. Wondo put away a penalty kick award when a Shea Salinas cross struck an opponent’s arm. A Sanna Nyassi giveaway led to TFC’s second goal and after a period of some pressure Quakes conceded a third goal on a counterattack. The Quakes have only three league games in June but all are tough: home against FCD and the Galaxy, and at Seattle.

7. LA GALAXY (5-4-6), 8. Ignacio Maganto punctuated another promising performance by scoring his first league goal in a 2-2 tie at New England, and Jose Villarreal pulled off one of the assists of the season to set up Gyasi Zardes for the equalizer. They ran the attack in the absence of Robbie Keane, who had played the second half Wednesday in a 1-0 defeat of Real Salt Lake and sat out this one to rest his ouchy groin.

8. COLUMBUS (4-4-4), 9. One of the more courageous performances in Crew SC’s recent history garnered a 2-2 tie in Orlando. A handball call against defender Michael Parkhurst in the 16th minute left it down a man and tied, 1-1, yet it look a lead it didn’t surrender until the 89th minute. A Tony Tchani header and Kei Kamara’s 10th goal of the season upped its goal tally to seven in the past four games but only once in that stretch has it won.

9. NY RED BULLS (4-3-5), 7. NYRB is winless in three games since beating derby rival New York City, but it deserved more than losing in stoppage time, 2-1, at Seattle. The Red Bulls took a 1-0 lead on a Lloyd Sam goal and didn’t get a penalty when Shaun Wright-Phillips appeared to have been fouled in the box.

10. VANCOUVER (7-5-2), 10. The ‘Caps knocked off RSL for the second time this season on Gerson Koffie’s first goal of the season and newcomer Cristian Techera’s first league goal. Koffie’s goal marked his 100th league appearance as the Caps played on a new surface laid down for the FIFA Women’s World Cup that will push them on the road for five straight games.

11. TORONTO FC (5-5-1), 11. He’s not the only reason TFC is looking more and more like a real contender in the Eastern Conference, but Sebastian Giovinco is the most obvious. Ex-Quake Justin Morrow, Warren Creavalle and Luke Moore scored to down San Jose as TFC won its fourth game in the last six. Giovinco terrorized the Quakes throughout the game; he played a role in all three goals while earning two assists, and also rang a shot off the post. Words just don’t do the man justice.

12. HOUSTON (4-5-5), 13. The Dynamo took a 1-0 lead at New York City FC on a Will Bruin first-time shot from a David Horst knockdown but had to settle for a 1-1 tie when a tough handball call on defender Raul Rodriguez yielded an equalizing penalty kick. The only home game in a run of five matches occurs Friday when Houston hosts the other New York team.

13. REAL SALT LAKE (4-5-5), 12. RSL’s road record dropped to 2-4-2 – and its away goal difference to minus 7 – after a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy and 2-1 setback in Vancouver. Justen Glad joined Jordan Allen and Sebastian Saucedo on the list of Homegrown players to appear for RSL this season and went the distance against Vancouver in his league debut. Javier Morales equalized against in Vancouver just before halftime with a trademark free kick.

14. ORLANDO CITY SC (3-5-5), 14. The Lions are among the more spectacular late-game specialists in MLS. Pedro Ribeiro did the honors Saturday by scoring in the 89th minute; he hadn’t played a league match since April 3 (seven games) because of a hamstring injury. Kaka converted a penalty that tied the game, stemming from a handball that gave the Lions a man advantage, but their failure to capitalize until they had gone behind a goal is yet another concern for head coach Adrian Heath.

15. CHICAGO (4-5-2), 17. No postage stamp has ever filled the right-hand corner of an envelope as snugly as did Harry Shipp’s incredible left-footed shot in the Fire’s 3-0 defeat of Montreal. He struck it while moving to his left and it arrowed just inside the angle of post and bar. Jeff Larentowicz and Kennedy Igboananike also scored as the Fire dominated play with a 19-3 advantage in shots.

16. MONTREAL (2-4-2), 15. A modest two-game winning streak evaporated in the loss to Chicago that is the Impact’s third defeat in the last five games. Zero shots on goal sums up this one pretty well.

17. PORTLAND (5-5-4), 19. Okay, back-to-back wins for the first time this season must mean something. Max Urruti scored on Wednesday to down D.C. United, 1-0, and the Timbers reacted well to the short turnaround to Colorado by beating the Rapids, 2-1, despite conceding an equalizer in the 90th minute. Urruti did the setup work for Gaston Fernandez to score the opener and rather than mope about Colorado’s tying goal, Portland struck back with a Jack Jewsbury stunner of its own. Diego Valeri didn’t play in either game.



18. COLORADO (2-4-7), 16. Well, maybe all those ties weren’t so bad after all. The Rapids won a week ago after tying four in a row, but the momentum fizzled in losses to Seattle and Portland. And Sam Cronin’s blast that tied the Timbers game in the final minute of regulation surely deserved a point. Colorado is 1-3-3 at home.

19. PHILADELPHIA (3-8-3), 18. Squandered opportunities to increase a 1-0 lead at RFK Stadium proved costly in a 2-1 loss that was Philly’s fifth in the last eight games. Sebastien Le Toux cashed in a steal by Andrew Farrell in the fifth minute to score his first goal of 2015, but a Wenger shot hit the crossbar and Richie Marquez and Le Toux failed to convert good chances. A careless handball by Zach Pfeffer handed United the winning goal via a penalty kick.

20. NEW YORK CITY FC (1-7-5), 20. Kwadwo Poku livened up the match for NYCFC, which rallied with a David Villa penalty kick -- a first for the team -- to tie Houston, 1-1. Adam Nemec’s shot off the top of the crossbar was the closest NYCFC came to snapping a winless streak that has reached 11.

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