MLS Power Rankings: Top teams below Rapids stumble

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. Highlights
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 Pappa 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. Goals 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 and 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 Salinas’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 (5-4-5), 8. 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 Victor Cabrera 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 and Lucas Melano 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 Jake Gleeson 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 Antonio Nocerino 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 Kelyn Rowe 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 Knighton 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. Of 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 Jordan Morris in the middle, Joevin Jones and Aaron Kovar got behind the Red Bulls a few times without success.

20. CHICAGO (2-6-5), 20. The Fire 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 road.
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