The resumption of MLS play didn’t faze leader Colorado, but several other teams in the top tier lost their first games following the Centenario break.
Many teams struggled to fill
their commitments in the wake of midweek U.S. Open Cup games, but the Rapids followed up a 1-0 victory over Colorado Switchbacks FC of the USL to extend its league unbeaten streak to 10 games.
All four members of the top five below the Rapids -- FC Dallas, Philadelphia, the LA Galaxy and Vancouver -- were beaten on the road. RSL’s tie with Portland edged it into fourth place,
and the Red Bulls romped into fifth by winning a fourth straight game. Week 15 Results June 18
Colorado 2, Chicago 1.
New York City FC 3, Philadelphia 2. Highlights
Toronto FC 1, LA Galaxy 0. Highlights
Vancouver 1, New England 2. Highlights
Columbus 0, Montreal 0. Highlights
Houston 0, D.C. United 0. Highlights
Orlando City SC 2, San Jose 2. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 2, Portland 2. Highlights June 19
Sporting Kansas City 2, FC Dallas 0. Highlights
NY Red Bulls 2, Seattle 0. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings,
which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. COLORADO (9-5-2), 1.
In a battle of best against worst, a wild deflection of a Marco
shot in the 89th minute supplied Colorado with its seventh win in the last 10 games. Kevin Doyle
’s goal early in the second half had opened the scoring. 2. FC
DALLAS (8-5-4), 2.
Stunned by two goals late in the first half after playing a solid half-hour, FCD lost for the first time in the last six games. Mauro Diaz
’s entry after
halftime produced mild improvement in the attack but still FCD failed to score in a road game for the sixth time this season. It has won each of the three road games in which it has scored. 3. PHILADELPHIA (6-4-5), 3.
Head coach Jim Curtin
held up his hand and took the blame for his team not being prepared at Yankee Stadium. The Union fell behind, 3-0, and after cutting
the gap to 3-2 with a penalty kick by substitute Roland Alberg
and an own goal, was denied claims for a penalty just before time expired. 4. REAL SALT LAKE (7-4-3), 6.
from a corner kick (Juan Manuel Martinez
) and the penalty spot (Yura Movsisyan
) earned RSL a 2-2 tie in its return to Rio Tinto Stadium after a five-game road swing. The tie ended
RSL’s run of four straight wins to start the season but it still has the second-best points-average (1.71) per game. 5. NY RED BULLS (7-7-1), 9.
How does a .500 team rise
into the top five? By winning when other teams are scratching out a point here and there, if that. Mike Grella
scored once in each half and the defense survived a few scary moments to post a
sixth victory in the last eight games. 6. LA GALAXY (5-3-6), 4.
An attack lacking Gyasi Zardes
and Robbie Keane
to international duty and Steven Gerrard
Giovani dos Santos
to injuries still held 57.9 percent of possession and produced 10 shots, but only two – both by Sebastian Lletget
– were on goal. With no wins in the last
five games the Galaxy heads to Stanford Stadium for the annual fireworks hoedown with the Quakes. 7. SAN JOSE (5-4-6), 7.
Twice the Quakes rallied to get a point, and Shea
’s equalizer in the 94th minute occurred three minutes after an apparent winner for the Lions. Chad Barrett
got the first equalizer off the bench with five minutes left
in regulation. San Jose has tied three of its last four and next plays a California Clasico on the big stage. 8. VANCOUVER (6-7-3), 5.
The ‘Caps fell behind to the Revs at
home, equalized with a Nicolas Mezquida
free kick, and conceded again early in the second half. The stats were all Vancouver: 17-8 in shots, 464-271 in passes completed, 63.4 percent of
possession. But the ‘Caps couldn’t overcome the absences of Pedro Morales
, Kendall Waston
and Octavio Rivero
because of suspensions. 9. MONTREAL
The Impact limited Crew SC to one shot on goal and posted its first shutout since early April. Keeper Evan Bush
stoned Justin Meram
on that opportunity and defender
thwarted Ethan Finlay
from close range. 10. TORONTO FC (5-5-4), 10.
Defender Drew Moor
introduced his infant son to the BMO faithful during
pre-game ceremonies, and then scored the only goal as TFC ended a four-game winless streak. Benoit Cheyrou
played his first league game in nearly two months since suffering a quad injury and
while bossing a midfield missing Michael Bradley
served up the chip Moor headed into the net. 11. PORTLAND (5-6-5), 12.
Goals 15 minutes apart from Fanendo Adi
wiped out a 1-0 deficit but a rough second half for Jermaine Taylor
– who had assisted on Adi’s goal – helped RSL come back into the game. A big save by
bailed out a Taylor giveaway but the keeper had no chance on the penalty kick awarded for a Taylor foul. 12. NEW YORK CITY (5-5-6), 13.
Goals from its three DPs
-- Frank Lampard
, Andrea Pirlo
, and David Villa
-- provided NYCFC’s first win in five games. Top draft pick Jack Harrison
earned his first MLS assist in just his
second league start. 13. ORLANDO CITY (3-3-8),
11. The Lions scored in stoppage time then conceded a few minutes later. They have given up the most goals -- nine -- in the
76th minute or later. A goal by defender Seb Hines
opened up a 1-0 lead and substitute Julio Baptista
restored the advantage in the
91st minute. Midfielder
made his first MLS appearance as a sub in the 78th minute. 14. SPORTING KC (6-8-3), 15.
SKC rode out a rocky start and scored twice before halftime to take
command. Keeper Tim Melia
bailed out an Ike Opara
turnover with an excellent save, and after two FCD shots rang off the woodwork Lawrence Olum
headed home a Benny Feilhaber
free kick. Feilhaber then drew a foul and converted the ensuing penalty kick. 15. D.C. UNITED (4-6-5), 14.
In appropriate fashion -- a shutout -- defender Bobby Boswell
became just the third MLS player to log 30,000 minutes. Keeper Bill Hamid
preserved the 0-0 tie with two sharp saves in stoppage time. 16. NEW ENGLAND (4-4-7), 17.
A goal by
10 minutes into the second half brought the Revs their first road win of the season. After playing solidly Wednesday against Charlotte in the U.S. Open Cup, keeper Brad
got his first MLS start in 11 months, and beat his former team. That’s two wins in a row and three victories in the last four games. 17. COLUMBUS (3-5-6), 16.
a dozen shots only one hit the target despite Crew SC controlling more than 61 percent of possession and completing 83 percent of passes. Playmaker Federico Higuain
, who will sit out five to
six weeks after undergoing sports-hernia surgery, missed the game and striker Ola Kamara
was limited to 20 minutes off the bench because of a strained hamstring. 18.
HOUSTON (3-7-5), 19.
A greater commitment to defense under new head coach Wade Barrett
yielded a 0-0 tie in which the Dynamo took 17 shots. Houston has tied three straight games
since he took over. One change Barrett has invoked is a prominent role for Collen Warner:
he’s started all three matches in the Barrett era after making only two appearances this year
under predecessor Owen Coyle
. 19. SEATTLE (5-8-1), 18.
The Sounders outshot the Red Bulls, 16-11, en route to their fourth loss in the last five games. Playing as wings with
in the middle, Joevin Jones
and Aaron Kovar
got behind the Red Bulls a few times without success. 20. CHICAGO (2-6-5), 20.
couldn’t manage its way to a tie after Joey Calistri
scored his first professional goal in the 81st minute. That’s five losses in the last eight games and its next three are on the