The Colorado Rapids kept their place on top of Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, and two of the Northwest teams maintained recent good form to move up the rankings.
Vancouver notched 3-2 victories as Western Conference rivals San Jose and LA Galaxy played to a tie. Philly suffered its first home loss of the season to the Whitecaps after beating Chicago in a
high-scoring pair of games.
Most teams play U.S. Open Cup games in midweek as well as another set of league matches during the weekend. Results Week 16 June 22
Philadelphia 4, Chicago 3. Highlights
LA Galaxy 0, Colorado 0. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 2, NY Red Bulls 1. Highlights June 25
Seattle 0, New York
City FC 2. Highlights
Philadelphia 2, Vancouver 3. Highlights
Orlando City SC 3, Toronto FC 2. Highlights
D.C. United 2, New England 0. Highlights
Columbus 1, NY Red Bulls 1. Highlights
Montreal 2, Sporting KC 2. Highlights
San Jose 1, LA Galaxy 1. Highlights
FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0. Highlights June 26
Portland 3, Houston 2. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings,
which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. COLORADO (9-2-5), 1.
The Rapids are getting it done with contributions from all hands. In his
first professional start -- two months after debuting as a sub -- rookie defender Dennis Castillo
thwarted the Galaxy with a goalline clearance. Midfielder Michael Azira
interceptions -- he’s among the league leaders with 57 -- as the Rapids bagged their sixth shutout. Tim Howard
is eligible to make his club debut on the Fourth of July, appropriately
enough. 2. FC DALLAS (9-5-4), 2.
A masterclass match by Mauro Diaz
helped FCD end a modest three-game winless streak. He assisted on both goals after going pointless in
those three games. Goals by Kellyn Acosta
and Fabian Castillo
were enough to subdue RSL. At home, FCD is 6-0-3 and its goal difference of 10 (16 scored, six allowed) is tied for the
league lead. 3. PHILADELPHIA (7-5-5), 3.
Six goals conceded in two home games justifiably raises concerns, though the Union is still plus-8 at Talen Energy Stadium,
where it has also scored a league-leading 20 goals. Roland Alberg
, who has stepped into the breach when Vincent Nogueira
’s contract was terminated by mutual agreement June 16,
bagged a hat trick against the Fire and produced another goal with a shot off the woodwork. He scored again on Saturday. 4. REAL SALT LAKE (8-5-3), 4.
Heading into a busy run of
games, RSL fielded many backups against FCD after beating the Red Bulls. A deflected shot by Jordan Allen
consummated a comeback after Yura Movsisyan
had equalized with his sixth league
goal. Sunday Stephen
’s facial injury in the midweek game gave an opportunity to Omar Holness
, who marked his recovery from suffering a seizure and injuring a shoulder playing for
the USL Monarchs in March. 5. NY RED BULLS (7-8-2), 5.
They were stung in the final seconds at Columbus after taking a lead with a Bradley Wright-Phillips goal
and lost at
RSL, but still have taken 10 points from the last five games. Yet they also squandered a lead in the midweek game after Gideon Baah
converted a ball from Sean Davis
seven minutes after
the opening kickoff. 6. VANCOUVER (7-7-3), 8.
Goals by Andrew Jacobson, Kekuta Manneh, and Christian
helped the ‘Caps win their fourth victory in the last seven games and get back to the .500 mark they have been unable to scale only once this season (when
they were 6-5-2 in mid-May). Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivero
did not suit up amid rumors he’s about to depart to Chile. 7. PORTLAND (6-6-5), 11.
are falling into place for the defending champs. They rallied at a raucous Providence Park behind Lucas Melano
and Diego Valeri
, who converted two penalty kicks after setting up Melano
to score the first goal. No other team has accrued 11 points in its last five games. 8. MONTREAL (5-4-6), 9.
Goals by Lucas Ontivero
and Ignacio Piatti
by SKC equalizers in a match that typified the Impact's recent struggles to win; all six ties have come in the last eight games. 9. LA GALAXY (5-3-8), 6.
A road point against a big
rival in front of a huge crowd (50,816) is always laudable, yet the Galaxy took a 1-0 lead it squandered as it failed to win for a seventh straight game. Steven Gerrard
delivered a cross that
Giovani dos Santos
headed home. Gyasi Zardes
and Robbie Keane
have completed their international duties and the Galaxy doesn’t return to league play until Monday against the
Whitecaps. 10. SAN JOSE (5-4-7), 7.
After twice ringing shots against the crossbar former Galaxy striker Chad Barrett
struck in the
90th minute at Stanford
Stadium to earn the Quakes a point. Shea Salinas
’ crossing has been very good this season; it’s a bit puzzling that he chalked up just his fourth assist. The Quakes are stuck in a
rut of ties with four in their last five games. 11. NEW YORK CITY (6-5-6), 12.
A second goal in as many games by Frank Lampard
carried a taint of controversy -- the ball
appeared to bounce in off his arm, not his chest -- but NYCFC deserved to win its league-leading fourth road game. Roland Matarrita
tacked on a late goal. 12. ORLANDO CITY
The Lions are unbeaten in their last five games after a thrilling last-second victory courtesy of a Kaka
penalty kick in the 100th minute. Kevin Molino
assisted on goals
by Cyle Larin
and Adrian Winter
and is tied for the team lead with five. 13. TORONTO FC (5-6-4), 10.
Late goals in each half weren’t enough to avert a loss
inflicted by a penalty-kick goal in the 100th minute of play thanks to time added on for injuries and substitutions. Jonathan Osorio
registered assists on goals by Jordan Hamilton
in between, keeper Clint Irwin
injured himself taking a goal kick -- but Drew Moor
was whistled for a foul that yielded the PK. 14.
SPORTING KC (6-8-4), 14.
Both times his team fell behind in Montreal. Dom Dwyer
came up with the tying goals. A great cross by Roger Espinoza
final ball from Benny
earned the assists. SKC has five points from its last three games, but only two wins in the past 13. It is still in the playoff sextet. There’s your Eastern Conference in a
nutshell. 15. D.C. UNITED (5-6-5), 15.
United edged into the playoff tier but its record at RFK (4-4-1) and goal ledger of 16 scored and 16 tells the real story. The goals were
good ones: Lamar Neagle
polished off a sweet move by volleying a Luciano Acosta
cross, and then ran onto a feed from Alvaro Saborio
to square a ball that Sean Franklin
storming up from the depths, hammered off the bottom of the crossbar. Only one splendid save from Bill Hamid
was required. 16. NEW ENGLAND (4-5-7), 16.
After winning three
of their last four, the Revs were maybe due for a clunker, and faltered on the road for the fourth time in 2016. Their next league match is at Montreal, but league pride will be on the line for their
Open Cup game at the NASL Cosmos. 17. COLUMBUS (3-5-7), 17.
He hasn’t been in the lineup very long but Ola Kamara
is doing his best to erase memories of namesake
. A goal in the third minute of stoppage time, his fifth tally in nine games, rescued a home point for Crew SC. 18. HOUSTON (3-8-5), 18.
A 2-0 lead that included
a 50th MLS goal for Will Bruin
– who ended an 11-game scoring drought -- melted away on poor defending and a questionable penalty kick called for a foul on goalkeeper Joe Willis.
Willis had relieved a dehydrated Tyler Deric
at halftime. Boniek Garcia
assisted on both goals as interim head coach Wade Barrett
endured his first defeat after starting out
with three ties. 19. SEATTLE (5-9-1), 19.
Two near-misses by Jordan Morris
-- his slide to poke in a rasping cross from Aaron Kovar
came up just short and he shot
barely wide after running onto a nice ball out of the back from Andreas Ivanschitz
-- summed up the Sounders’ performance. Falling behind to an apparent handball goal further frustrated a
crowd of 47,537 as well as a team that has lost four of its last five. 20. CHICAGO (2-7-5), 20.
A bad hour -- during which Philly scored four -- followed a second-minute strike by
Goals by Razvan Cocis a
nd Khaly Thiam
were not enough to avert a fifth loss in the last seven games.