The last weekend of play before the All-Star Game produced some stellar performances.
Leader FC Dallas played a 1-1 tie with No. 2 Colorado that kept those teams in the same spots. The
Galaxy jumped past the Timbers into third place by winning 2-1 in Portland and a 5-1 pulverizing of Philly lifted Montreal into fourth. The Red Bulls overpowered New York City FC, 4-1 to take
over fifth place in the rankings. Week 20 Results July 22
Real Salt Lake 1, San Jose 1.
Highlights July 23
Portland 1, LA Galaxy 2. Highlights
Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1. Highlights
Houston 0, Vancouver 0. Highlights
Columbus 2, Orlando City 2. Highlights
New England 1, Chicago 0. Highlights
Toronto FC 4, D.C. United 1. Highlights
Colorado 1, FC Dallas 1. Highlights July 24
NY Red Bulls 4, New York City FC 1. Highlights
Sporting Kansas City 3, Seattle 0. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the
Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and its rank last week. 1. FC DALLAS (12-6-5), 1.
A belter from distance by Victor Ulloa
minutes remaining earned FCD its 14th road point, which leads the Western Conference. After he set up that chance, Michael Barrios
nearly won the game with a low rip that required an excellent
save. 2. COLORADO (10-2-8), 2.
The Rapids ran their unbeaten record to 15 games but couldn’t hold off FCD after a great effort by Marlon Hairston
gave them the lead.
He stripped the ball away from Atiba Harris
to score just before halftime. Jermaine Jones
sat out to rest his injured knee, so Dillon Powers
played the No. 10 role. The Rapids
were outshot, 16-9, and needed five saves from Tim Howard
to avoid defeat. 3. LA GALAXY (9-3-8), 4.
Early goals by Robbie Keane
and Gyasi Zardes
up a 2-0 lead in the 11th minute that the Galaxy held onto to win a fourth straight game. Left mid Emmanuel Boateng
scorched the Timbers several times and defender Jelle Van Damme
incredible ball out of the back that Keane volleyed just over the bar. Take note: the Galaxy beat the defending champs at their place without Ashley Cole
. 4. MONTREAL (7-5-8), 6.
A Didier Drogba
hat trick reminded everyone he’s still mighty dangerous on his good days and the Impact is right there
in the Eastern Conference race. Ignacio Piatti
notched a goal and two assists as Montreal treated its sixth sellout crowd of the season to a scintillating display. Two assists for left back
gives him a team-record of five in 2016. 5. NY RED BULLS (9-9-4), 7.
Given that NYCFC had won five of its last six, the Red Bulls’ romp might rate as
the weekend’s most impressive win. Sacha Kljestan
exploited a stagnant NYCFC defense to set up the first two goals and then banged home the third on a penalty kick. Bradley
’ second of the game rounded off the rout. 6. PORTLAND (7-7-8), 3.
In a case of bad news-bad news, the Timbers lost at home despite a nice strike from
distance by Zarek Valentin
and lost defender Nat Borchers
for the season to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Amobi Okugo
replaced him on Saturday but the Timbers probably need to
make a move to fill this huge hole long-term. 7. NEW YORK CITY FC (9-7-6), 5.
The Tommy McNamara
Show won’t get the reviews it deserves. He nailed a shot from distance
into the far top corner for NYCFC’s only goal and with a similar effort struck the junction of post and crossbar. Head coach Patrick Vieira
departed after berating the officials. When a
possession team has just 39.5 percent of the ball after it falls behind early, it’s in trouble. 8. VANCOUVER (8-8-6), 9. Another big night from keeper David Ousted
earned the 'Caps a point. The MLS saves leader (79) posted four, including a last-minute deflection that denied a David Horst header. The 'Caps are unbeaten in their last four games though three of
them are ties. 9. SPORTING KC (9-10-4), 11.
Figuratively speaking, a struggling team needs to kick opponents when they are down and that’s precisely what SKC did to
the Sounders on a sweltering Sunday afternoon. Goals by Dom Dwyer
before and after Jacob Peterson
fired a shot into the top far corner silenced Seattle. 10. PHILADELPHIA
A Chris Pontius
goal, his team-high eighth of the season, was about all that could be praised about a third loss in the past five games. A Keegan Rosenberry
directly to one of the goals but this was a total team effort. 11. TORONTO FC (7-7-6), 13.
TFC took care of business in the first of four straight home games. Sebastian
-- goalless in his last eight games -- reverted to atomic mode and rang up a hat trick. Another of his shots came back off the crossbar for Marky Delgado
to tuck away.
Starting Sunday against Columbus, TFC plays three games within seven days. 12. SAN JOSE (6-6-8), 12.
Poised for their first road win of 2016 after Chris Wondolowski
in the ninth minute, the Quakes succumbed to RSL’s home mojo and left town with a point. The goal ended an 11-game drought (counting games missed for international duty) for Wondo, but still his
eight goals are more than double the total of any teammate. Only three teams have fewer goals than San Jose’s 22. 13. REAL SALT LAKE (8-6-7), 10.
turned back the clock to float a delicate chip that Luke Mulholland
volleyed into the net as RSL retained its unbeaten home status (5-0-5). Overall, though, the recent record is
rather dull: four ties and no wins in the last five games and only 11 points from the last 10. Three of the next four games are on the road and in the playoff chase two teams are within two points. 14. NEW ENGLAND (6-7-8), 18.
When Fire keeper Sean Johnson
couldn’t reach a Chris Tierney
corner kick, Je-Vaughn Watson
got to the right spot to score his
first league goal in a Revs’ jersey. (His busy week included a goal and the winning shootout PK in an Open Cup victory against Philly on Wednesday.) Gerson Koffie
got a few minutes off
the bench after sitting out 10 games with a sprained right knee. 15. ORLANDO CITY (4-5-11), 14.
The most-tied teams in MLS did it again and both lost more ground in the playoff
chase. In their last game under interim head coach Bobby Murphy
, the Lions rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind Kevin Molino
, who came on as a sub in the 60th minute after
missing three games with a calf injury. Molino scored after Crew SC failed to clear a Kaka corner kick and then Cyle Larin
cashed in a Molino cross to tie the game. Jason Kreis
Monday and gets a good test at home Sunday against the sixth-place Revs, which OCSC trails by three points in the standings. 16. HOUSTON (4-9-7), 16.
A 4-4-2 formation pairing
and Will Bruin
up top produced 17 shots though none found the net. Torres has left to join Mexico’s Olympic team and so the defense, which posted a shutout despite the
injury absences of DaMarcus Beasley
, will carry a larger burden for the next few weeks. Its shutout streak at home is an impressive 491 consecutive minutes. 17.
CHICAGO (4-10-5), 17.
Johnson held off the Revs with a string of saves prior to the corner kick they converted for the game’s only goal. The Fire has lost eight of its 10 road games and is
tied for the league-low in road goals scored (7). 18. D.C. UNITED (5-8-7), 15.
United couldn’t contain Giovinco though Jared Jeffrey
equalized three minutes after the
Italian opened the scoring midway through the first half. Keeper Travis Worra
registered a career-high six saves in place of Bill Hamid
(hand injury). Recent trade acquisitions Lloyd
(first assist) and Patrick Mullins
(team debut as a 58th-minute sub) are working their way into the team. 19. COLUMBUS (3-7-10), 20.
By the time Federico
made his first appearance since June 1 following sports-hernia surgery, Crew SC had blown the lead built on goals by Tony Tchani
(his first of the season) and Ola Kamara
10th). The stats tell the tale: Crew SC has the worst record (2-2-6) after scoring the first goal and no team has allowed more goals in the second half (24). 20. SEATTLE (6-12-2), 19.
After squandering a couple of early half-chances the Sounders succumbed despite a few heroic plays by keeper Stefan Frei
. The absence of Osvaldo Alonso
(suspended) weakened the
central midfield, which needed more than it got from Erik Friberg
, who came off at halftime. Herculez Gomez
added some life off the bench but nothing more needs to be said when a team
doesn’t generate its first shot until the 88th minute.