MLS Power Rankings: Sporting KC keeps top spot

Despite losing to a very late goal at Real Salt Lake, Sporting KC remains atop the Power Rankings. D.C. United rallied to beat New England and has taken over second place. California Clasico rivals San Jose and the Galaxy, which square off on Saturday, also posted wins to move up.

MLS: Week 16 Results:
Friday, June 19

Colorado 1, FC Dallas 1. Highlights
Saturday, June 20

Seattle 0, San Jose 2. Highlights
NY Red Bulls 1, Vancouver 2 Highlights
Toronto FC 0, New York City 2. Highlights
Montreal 2, Orlando City SC 0. Highlights
LA Galaxy 5, Philadelphia 1. Highlights
Portland 2, Houston 0. Highlights
Sunday, June 21
D.C. United 2, New England 1. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 2, Sporting Kansas City 1. Highlights

Only league results are counted in the Power Rankings, which list the team's rank, record in parentheses, and ranking last week.

1. SPORTING KC (6-3-6), 1. A deflected shot looped over the head of keeper Tim Melia in stoppage time to down SKC, 2-1, but rather than bemoan a bad bounce against Real Salt Lake, head coach Peter Vermes said his team lacked intensity, not luck. The loss ended a seven-game unbeaten run and also pointed out how a few pieces aren’t quite fitting together at times, such as midfielder Roger Espinoza. But Melia’s solid play seems to have solved the goalkeeping problem.

2. D.C. UNITED (9-5-4), 3. A pair of goals by Chris Rolfe brought United back from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Revs, 2-1, for its third win in the last five games. His team-leading six goals include four game-winners, which leads the league.

3. FC DALLAS (6-5-5), 4. Fabian Castillo scored his second goal against Colorado in as many games as FC Dallas replicated the 1-1 tie the teams played in April. Castillo scored in the 71st minute, but Dallas conceded a late equalizer. FCD is winless in the last six games as it prepares to host Houston this weekend.

4. SAN JOSE (6-5-4), 5. Golazos by ex-Sounder Sanna Nyassi and Matias Perez Garcia earned the Quakes their second win of the season in Seattle, 2-0. They’ve lost only one of their last eight league games and in that run have posted four shutouts.

5. SEATTLE (9-5-2), 2. Missing four starters as well as Chad Barrett, the Sounders tried a 4-2-3-1 formation with Thomas, Marco Pappa and Andy Rose in support of Lamar Neagle as lone striker. Cristian Roldan and Michael Azira did a decent job of buttressing that quartet, but whether because of fatigue, absences or lack of cohesion Seattle came up short.

6. VANCOUVER (9-6-2), 8. The David Ousted Show, featuring Two Saved Penalty Kicks, stunned the assemblage at Red Bull Arena but still Vancouver labored to exploit a man advantage of nearly 80 minutes. Kekuta Manneh’s strike culminated a 16-pass sequence that is its longest of the season and residency product Kianz Froese scored his first MLS goal.

7. LA GALAXY (6-5-7), 9. A 5-1 blowout of Philly sets up the Galaxy for a demanding week of home game against Portland and road trip to San Jose. Gyasi Zardes started and finished a spectacular sequence by playing a ball wide to Robbie Keane and racing forward to knock home his cross. Zardes and Baggio Husidic each had two assists to go along with a goal.

8. TORONTO FC (6-6-1), 7. When you can’t measure up at home to an expansion team, a few questions must be asked. TFC couldn’t generate much of an attack and struggled to establish tempo as it shared 16 cautions with New York City FC, which took an early lead on a penalty kick whistled for a Benoit Cheyrou handball, and went on to beat TFC, 2-0.

9. NEW ENGLAND (6-5-6), 6. Provided an early lead by Charlie Davies’ seventh goal of the season, the Revs missed several chances to increase the advantage and dropped a 2-1 decision at D.C. A foul by Steve Neumann, who had just entered the game, yielded a penalty kick United converted for the winner. The road record is 2-5-1.

10. MONTREAL (5-5-2), 14. Stade Saputo is becoming a tough venue to visit. The Impact downed Orlando City, 2-0, to win its fourth straight home game. It has outscored opponents, 10-3, during that streak. Danny Toia flicked a corner kick for his first MLS goal and Dominic Oduro bagged his 50th early in the second half.

11. PORTLAND (7-5-4), 15. The Timbers downed Houston, 2-0, for their fourth straight victory and extended their home shutout streak to 365 minutes. Max Urruti and Gaston Fernandez got the goals and Adam Kwarasey earned his seventh shutout. Is the rebound for real? A road game against the Galaxy and home date with Seattle this week will tell us a lot.

12. ORLANDO CITY (5-6-5), 12. Drained by a midweek Open Cup marathon with Charleston, the Lions dropped a 2-0 decision in Montreal. Three halftime substitutions failed to regenerate the team, which had won three and tied two of its previous five league games. They are also unbeaten in their last four home games and host Colorado Wednesday.

13. HOUSTON (5-6-5), 10. The Dynamo lost to Portland, 2-0, on a free kick and a penalty kick after a pushing foul disallowed a Raul Rodriguez shot in the 15th minute. Still, Houston is 3-2-1 in its last six games heading into a Texas rivalry battle with FC Dallas this weekend yet has scored only five goals on the road.

14. COLUMBUS (4-6-5), 11. Crew SC didn’t play last weekend and needs to turn things around; it is winless in its last five games and has demanding games against New England (home) and Real Salt Lake (road) this week.

15. REAL SALT LAKE (5-5-6), 16. Sebastian Jaime scored his first MLS goal and late sub Olmes Garcia claimed his first of the season in the 2-1 victory over SKC. Justen Glad played a stellar game at centerback and nearly connected on a header, and Luke Mulholland bounced up off the ground after losing an aerial duel with the goalpost. RSL crosses into the Eastern Conference this week to play at Red Bull Arena and host Columbus.

16. NEW YORK CITY FC (4-7-5), 19. David Villa scored twice and Josh Saunders, who not so long ago backstopped the Galaxy to an MLS Cup title, thwarted TFC several times in a 2-0 victory that is NYCFC’s third in a row. The second derby of the season is Sunday at Yankee Stadium and the home team is in better form.

17. NY RED BULLS (4-5-5), 13. One red card to Sacha Kljestan and two squandered penalty kicks by Wright-Phillips added up to a third straight league loss. Defender Matt Miazga has returned from U-20 World Cup duty and reinforcements are desperately needed with a midweek game against RSL preceding Derby 2.0.

18. PHILADELPHIA (4-10-3), 17. Since taking over as head coach slightly more than a year ago, head coach Jim Curtin has rolled through some rough times, but no game has been as severe as the 5-1 thrashing inflicted by the Galaxy Saturday. After a good start, the Union collapsed. C.J. Sapong got its goal with the outcome already decided. In the last six games, it has won three and lost three and doesn’t seem to have any answers about breaking out of mediocrity.

19. COLORADO (2-4-9), 20. He needed to wait out most of his first start since the season opener, but Dillon Serna came through with a goal in the 88th minute to help secure a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas. The Rapids have tied 60 percent of their games, which extended over a full season would break the league record of 18 set by Chicago last year.

20. CHICAGO (4-8-2), 18. Chicago sat out the weekend and tries to break a three-game losing streak Wednesday at home against D.C.
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