A home victory over Sporting Kansas City and a road point in Columbus was just enough to edge surging Colorado ahead of the LA Galaxy in the Soccer America MLS Power Rankings.
A 2-2 tie
in Philadelphia was the Galaxy’s second deadlock in the past three games and ran its unbeaten streak to eight. The Rapids haven’t tasted defeat in their last seven games, five of which are
Besides the top two, the hottest teams in MLS are Vancouver and New York City FC. Both have won three in a row. By stunning Toronto FC at BMO Field, 4-3, the Whitecaps won
their second game of the week to move into fourth place, a spot behind FC Dallas, which by sweeping Portland and Seattle at home jumped from 10th to third.
New York City FC also beat
Portland and by doing so at Providence Park claimed a share of the Eastern Conference lead alongside Montreal.
The teams that lost both their games last week plummeted accordingly. The
Timbers toppled out of the top tier all the way to 15th, and Chicago dropped into the cellar after shutout losses in a brutal road swing to Vancouver and New England. Week 11 Results May 11
Philadelphia 2, LA Galaxy 2. Highlights
Colorado 1, Sporting Kansas City 0. Highlights
FC Dallas 2, Portland 1. Highlights
Vancouver 2, Chicago 1. Highlights
San Jose 3, Houston 1. Highlights May 13
D.C. United 2, New
York Red Bulls 0. Highlights May 14
Montreal 1, Philadelphia 1. Highlights
England 2, Chicago 0. Highlights
Toronto FC 3,
Vancouver 4. Highlights
FC Dallas 2, Seattle
Columbus 1, Colorado 1. Highlights May 15
Houston 1, Real Salt Lake 0.
Sporting Kansas City 2, Orlando City SC 1. Highlights
Portland 1, New York City FC 2. Highlights
Only league results are
factored into the Power Rankings, which list a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1.COLORADO (7-2-3), 2.
Four points from two games included a second
consecutive win over Sporting Kansas City; a 2-1 road victory April 13 had triggered the current unbeaten run. Dillon Serna
collected a half-clearance and cut the ball inside to
strike a low shot into the corner from 25 yards out that downed SKC. On two days’ rest, the Rapids rallied to get a tie in Columbus with a Kevin Doyle
header served to him
by Shkelzen Gashi
on a corner kick. Jermaine Jones
started both matches and was subbed in the 87th and 79th minutes, respectively. Right back Mekeil
racked up 11 tackles and five clearances as the Rapids maintained the stingiest goals-allowed average (0.75 per game) in MLS. 2. LA GALAXY (5-1-4), 1.
his first start since being injured in the season opener, keeper Dan Kennedy
couldn’t corral the rebound of a shot he’d saved and Philly knocked the loose ball into the
net to re-tie the game, 2-2. Superb goals by Robbie Rogers
and Mike Magee
had overturned a 1-0 deficit inflicted in the fourth minute of a game in which the Galaxy
was outshot, 22-4, yet still extracted a point. 3. FC DALLAS (7-4-2), 10.
Not many teams can snap out of a losing skid as can FCD, which had lost three straight on the road
(outscored, 8-0) prior to beating Portland and Seattle at home three days apart. Goals from two of the usual suspects, Mauro Diaz
and Michael Barrios
, sank the Sounders,
yet defenders Ryan Hollingshead
and Walker Zimmerman
uprooted the Timbers after they’d stunned FCD by scoring in the third minute. 4. VANCOUVER
The ‘Caps have dealt with their own Jekyll-Hyde issues this season, but they won a third straight game on the backs of a rampant Kekuta Manneh
, scorer of two
goals and a catalyst for the other two with a saved shot Cristian Bolanos
rebounded into the net and pass to Pedro Morales
for the winner. Against the
Fire Blas Perez
collected his first two goals as a Whitecap after replacing Masato Kudo
, who suffered a broken jaw when he collided with keeper Matt Lampson
His biked winner brought the house down. 5. TORONTO FC (4-4-2), 3.
Game two at the expanded BMO Field produced six more goals than the opener and unfortunately for TFC, three
fewer points as well as the loss of Jozy Altidore
to a strained hamstring he suffered while failing to convert a penalty kick. Sebastian Giovinco
who passed Dwayne De Rosario
as the team’s all-time scorer — tallied his 29th and 30th MLS goals to erase a 2-0 deficit, but TFC conceded two more goals within two minutes
and could only score once playing 11-against-10 after the 76th minute. 6. PHILADELPHIA (4-3-3), 6.
The Union has tied its last three games and in a 2-2 deadlock with the
Galaxy squandered a one-goal lead for second straight time at home. It jumped on top with a Vincent Nogueira
goal in the fourth minute and rallied to tie when right
back Keegan Rosenberry
knocked in a loose ball during a scramble. Philly grabbed a point in Montreal with a C.J. Sapong
equalizer in the
minute. Keeper Andre Blake
continues to impress and though the Union has posted just two shutouts, its goals-allowed average of 1.1 per game is among
the league’s best. 7. MONTREAL (4-3-4), 5.
A fourth straight tie occurred when an early goal by Didier Drogba
was matched by a Philly equalizer midway
through the first half and neither team could break the deadlock. 8. SAN JOSE (5-3-3), 8.
Panama-mania ruled at Avaya Stadium Wednesday as Anibal
and Alberto Quintero
scored all of the Quakes goals in a 3-1 defeat of Houston. Quintero scored the first and third goals on feeds from Chris
and played a sweet one-two with his countrymate for the winner. A weekend off should leave them fresh and eager to face the Galaxy Sunday at StubHub Center. 9. NEW
YORK CITY FC (4-3-4), 12.
Excellent goals by David Villa
and Thomas McNamara
plus monster defensive games by Jason Hernandez
and Josh Saunders
(seven saves) propelled NYC FC past Portland at Providence Park for a club-record third straight victory. Is the newer New York team really better than the other
one? A home derby Saturday is a great chance to prove it. 10. REAL SALT LAKE (5-3-2), 4.
RSL lost its second straight game and third of the last four
after a lightning storm delayed the kickoff from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. It generated exactly zero shots on goal and crossed the ball just nine times. 11. SEATTLE (4-5-1),
A 2-0 loss at FCD dropped the Sounders’ road record to 0-3-1 as Jordan Morris
’ four-game scoring streak was snapped. A penalty kick awarded in the opening minutes
for a foul on Chad Marshall
dropped them into a hole they couldn’t climb out of despite good chances falling for Herculez Gomez
, Joevin Jones
Morris. Yes, the next game is at home, but it’s against Colorado, which thrashed Seattle, 3-1, less than a month ago. 12. D.C. UNITED (3-4-4), 14.
United controlled only
41.3 percent of possession against the Red Bulls, but five saves by Travis Worra
and a goal and assist from Patrick Nyarko
carried the day at RFK Stadium. Nyarko
polished off a square ball from Lamar Neagle
to clinch the victory; his through ball to Marcelo Sarvas
opened up the back line and led to the first goal
for Alvaro Saborio
. 13. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (5-6-2), 16.
After the second loss of the season to Colorado extended its winless run to seven games, SKC rallied to
beat the Lions thanks to the heroics of sub Jacob Peterson
, supplier of the pass by which Dom Dwyer
tied the game and scorer of the winning goal himself. SKC racked up an
amazing 34 shots but didn’t get Peterson’s winner until the 79th minute, 10 minutes after he’d replaced Brad Davis
. SKC plays three of the next four games at home.
14. ORLANDO CITY SC (2-3-5), 14.
Overrun by SKC, Orlando City couldn’t parlay an early own goal into victory despite 10 saves by keeper Joe Bendik
blocks. Head coach Adrian Heath
served his one-game suspension imposed for collecting an extra ball that had strayed onto the field. He returns Saturday for the first of three games
against Montreal, which split the season series 1-1-1 with the Lions last year. 15. PORTLAND (3-6-3), 9.
A Fanendo Adi
equalizer against NYC FC moved him into
a tie for the league lead with eight goals, yet again the Timbers faltered at home, where they are 3-2-1 this season. The road record dropped to 0-4-2 at FCD, which scored twice two minutes apart
early in the second half to wipe out a third-minute goal by Diego Valeri.
We hate to keep harping on the defense, but no other team has allowed 22 goals. 16. COLUMBUS
Life without Kei Kamara
began with a 1-1 tie
in which Cedrick
scored midway through the first half for a 1-0 lead Crew SC
wasn’t able to increase, and needed a spectacular double-save from keeper Steve Clark
to preserve. Among the “what-ifs” stemming from the game are a) could Kamara
have grabbed a second goal and/or b) cleared the corner kick by which Colorado tied the game? 17. NEW YORK RED BULLS (3-7-1), 17.
The Red Bulls matched United in shots (13)
and held the edge in possession (58.7 percent) but stumbled to their first loss in four games. 18. HOUSTON (3-6-2), 19.
A searing strike into the top corner by Ricardo Clark
just before halftime pulled the Dynamo even in San Jose before it collapsed early in the second half. Jalil Anibaba
pulled off a save in relief of Tyler Deric
who was red-carded with Houston out of substitutes. Giles Barnes
ran down a long kick from backup keeper Joe Willis
to score in the rescheduled defeat of RSL.
19. NEW ENGLAND (2-3-7), 20.
He didn’t get on the scoresheet in his Revs’ debut, but Kei Kamara
’s energy and muscle contributed in a 2-0
victory. Veteran Lee Nguyen
and rookie Femi Hollinger-Janzen
got the goals as New England held Chicago to four shots (none on goal). Kamara took six of the
Revs’ 16 shots and landed four on-target. 20. CHICAGO (1-4-4), 15.
About the only good news for the Fire against New England was the return of attacker David
, who had been sidelined nearly two months by a sprained knee. At halftime he replaced Gilberto
, benched in Vancouver so Homegrown product Joey Calistri
make his first MLS start. Kennedy Igboananike
bagged his fourth goal in the last eight games -- with Calistri earning a secondary assist – to tie the score but minutes
before the final whistle came Perez’s biked gem.