MLS Power Rankings: Road win moves FC Dallas to top spot

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.

Portland 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 0. Highlights
San Jose 0, FC Dallas 1. Highlights
July 9
Philadelphia 3, D.C. United 0. Highlights
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 1. Highlights
NY Red Bulls 0, Portland 0. Highlights
 
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 (9-2-7), 1. 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 Harry Shipp 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 yet 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 (8-5-5), 3. 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 Movsisyan. 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 Robles 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 Techera 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. In 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 blasted a 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 -- who 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 Adrian Heath 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 Birnbaum, 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 big 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.
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