MLS Power Rankings: Rapids edge into top spot

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 victories.

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
New England 2, Chicago 0. Highlights
Toronto FC 3, Vancouver 4. Highlights
FC Dallas 2, Seattle 0. Highlights
Columbus 1, Colorado 1. Highlights
May 15
Houston 1, Real Salt Lake 0Highlights
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 Williams 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. Given 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 (6-5-2), 11. 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 24th 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 Godoy 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 Wondolowski 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 (five blocks) 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 in Houston 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), 7. 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 GomezJoevin Jones, and 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 and eight 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. 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 (2-4-4), 18. 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 Accam, who had been sidelined nearly two months by a sprained knee. At halftime he replaced Gilberto, benched in Vancouver so Homegrown product Joey Calistri could 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.
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