FC Dallas winning a third straight game and the Colorado Rapids tying their third in a row flipped those teams atop Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings.
A 1-0 victory at San Jose edged FC Dallas into first place and bumped Colorado into second despite a last-second goal that earned the Rapids a 2-2 tie at Vancouver.
jumped into third by extending its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 0-0 tie at Red Bull Arena. Real Salt Lake took a steep drop by tying Montreal, 1-1, at home; it has accumulated only six points
from the last five games, four of which have been at home. Week 18 Results July 6
New England 0, New York City FC 1. Highlights July 8
Orlando City 0, Houston
San Jose 0, FC Dallas 1. Highlights July 9
Philadelphia 3, D.C. United
Toronto 1, Chicago 0. Highlights
Seattle 0, LA Galaxy 1. Highlights
Vancouver 2, Colorado 2. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 1, Montreal 1. Highlights
New England 3, Columbus 1. Highlights July 10
Sporting KC 3, New York City FC
NY Red Bulls 0, Portland
Only MLS results are
factored into the Power Rankings, which includes a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. FC DALLAS (11-5-4), 2.
One of the best MLS bikes in recent
memory earned FCD its fourth road win of the season. Max Urruti
did the honors and that was enough to decide a tight game during which both teams hit the woodwork. 2. COLORADO
Seconds away from their win streak ending in Vancouver, the Rapids got their tie when defender Axel Sjoberg
headed home in the 95th minute. Kevin Doyle
helped set up that
goal after scoring the first one himself and keeper Tim Howard
pulled off a kick save that the Avalanche would be proud of. 3. PORTLAND (6-6-7), 4.
The Timbers ground out
their second straight 0-0 tie on the
road. Ben Zemanski
drove a shot off the crossbar and fired another shot just a bit high.Keeper Jake Gleeson
saved the point, literally, by
stuffing Felipe one-v-one and then denying him again in the 92nd
minute by pawing a shot onto the top of the crossbar. 4. MONTREAL (6-4-7), 5.
A 1-0 lead provided by
following up a rebound to score his first Impact goal disappeared when Calum Mallace
committed a foul in the penalty area. The attack sputtered with Didier Drogba
despite a quiet night for Ignacio Piatti
Montreal extended its unbeaten streak to five games by racking up impressive totals in tackles won (23) and duels won (56). 5. LA
GALAXY (7-3-8), 7.
A goal by Robbie Keane,
an excellent save
by Brian Rowe
, and a
goalline clearance from A.J. DeLaGarza
gave the Galaxy a second straight
victory and ninth in 19 games against the Sounders. Props also to David Romney
, stationed at left back, for the first-time ball that Gyasi Zardes
swung over for Keane to put away; and
keeper Brian Rowe,
who repelled a header from Clint Dempsey to post his sixth shutout. 6. NEW YORK CITY (8-6-6), 6.
A winning streak extended to four games Wednesday at
Gillette Stadium ended Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park, yet by scoring in both games Frank Lampard
responded emphatically to his critics. After scoring with his knee to down the Revs, he
drifted into roughly the same spot to first-time Roland Matarrita
’s low serve just inside the post. His goal tied the match, 1-1, in Kansas City. 7. REAL SALT LAKE
Trailing late at home, RSL got its equalizer when Demar Phillips
bamboozled the Impact defense and Joao Plata
drew a foul for a penalty kick converted by Yura
A team should have more to show when it controls 68.9 percent of possession. 8. PHILADELPHIA (8-6-5), 8.
Another goal by Roland Alberg
and the first two in
the fledgling MLS career of Ilsinho
helped end a two-game losing streak. Former United man Chris Pontius
ran rampant against his former team and drew a late foul that produced a red card
for ex-teammate Kofi Opare.
9. SPORTING KC (8-8-4), 12.
MLS All-Star Matt Besler
was again on the bench but the Sporting KC defense held up after the Lampard
goal for a 3-1 win.
10. NY RED BULLS (7-9-3), 9.
A busy day for Felipe
consisted of four shots on goal, four fouls, and a caution late in the first half. Luis
kept the sheet clean with a couple of good saves. Otherwise the Red Bulls were unexceptional while going winless for a fourth straight game following their four-game winning streak.
11. VANCOUVER (7-8-4), 10.
The ‘Caps looked good in a revamped 4-4-2 formation, but couldn’t close out a badly needed win at home despite a go-ahead PK by Cristian
in the 87th minute and playing 11 against 10. Kendall Waston
scored the first goal and thwarted the Rapids with a goalline clearance. 12. TORONTO (6-6-5), 13.
his postgame comments head coach Greg Vanney
said he told his players they have to be “comfortable” winning games, 1-0. TFC rode out some nervous moments after Justin Morrow
scored in the ninth minute to reward a crowd of 27,934, which is just about its average (27,999) at the new BMO Field. 13. SAN JOSE (5-6-7), 11.
The Quakes lost for the first time
at home this season at a very inopportune time. After hosting Toronto Saturday they play three of the next four on the road. They fell to a great goal by Urruti after Anibal Godoy
free kick off the crossbar. Remember that astonishing goal from way out Quincy Awarikwa
scored against the Timbers March 13? He hasn’t scored since, and Chris Wondolowski
missed four MLS games during the Copa America Centenario -- has been blanked since April 24. 14. ORLANDO CITY (4-4-9), 14.
The Lions’ first MLS game without head coach
was much like those that preceded it: a frustrating tie at home that Kaka
sat out with an injury. (He’s missed eight games this season with thigh, hamstring, and calf
problems.) OCSC failed to score and produced just one shot on goal -- a Kevin Molino
blast that forced an excellent save -- but did post only its second shutout of the season.
15. D.C. UNITED (5-7-6), 15.
As a former U.S. President once said, ‘That was a thumping.” United gave away two penalty kicks and despite the return of defender Steve
, who played his first league game since May 20, and some more good work by Bill Hamid
it didn’t deserve anything more than it got. 16. HOUSTON (4-8-6), 16.
A big save by Tyler Deric
shortly after halftime nearly paid off
when Giles Barnes
arrowed toward the OCSC goal in the 89th minute, but his fierce shot slammed
against the near post. The Dynamo has taken points from five of its last six games, which is something. 17. NEW ENGLAND (5-7-7), 17.
The first installment of the Kei Kamara
Cup gave the Revs a win they desperately needed after NYCFC had inflicted a third straight defeat. An own goal resulting from his cross turned out to be the winner but he notched a clincher
himself in the
71st minute. A wickedly swerving shot from Lee Nguyen
had stunned Crew SC in the third minute and Kamara and Co. ensured the visitor would not recover.
18. CHICAGO (3-8-5), 20.
The Fire is dead last in shots on goal with 52. No other team has fewer than 66. Halfway through the reign of head coach Veljko Paunovic
, offensive misery
persists. 19. SEATTLE (5-10-2), 19.
Losing at home to the Galaxy is bad enough, but to outshoot L.A., 22-7, and still come away with no points is like undergoing a root canal with
jackhammers raging outside the dentist’s window. Clint Dempsey
hit the post and had a header saved, and a goalline clearance thwarted Jordan Morris
. Six losses in the last eight
games have dragged Seattle well underneath the playoff line. 20. COLUMBUS (3-7-7), 18.
This theme is getting tiresome: Ola Kamara
scores, Columbus loses. He has scored five
goals in the last five games and Crew SC has won none of them. In those five games, it has registered one shutout yet still been outscored, 10-6. It conceded 53 goals last year and is on pace to give
up 56 in 2016.