The Colorado Rapids' long run of success was ended and several teams took advantage to move up in the Power Rankings.
FC Dallas stayed on top by beating Vancouver and the Galaxy’s
tie in Seattle took it into second place. Frank Lampard
’s first hat trick in MLS and the first in NYCFC team history took it into third place and sent down Colorado several
notches. Week 21 Results July 30
New York City FC 5, Colorado 1. Highlights July 31
FC Dallas 2, Vancouver
Seattle 1, LA Galaxy 1. Highlights
D.C. United 1, Montreal 1. Highlights
Sporting KC 1, Portland 0. Highlights
Philadelphia 1, Real Salt Lake 2. Highlights
Toronto FC 3, Columbus 0. Highlights
Chicago 2, NY Red Bulls 2. Highlights
Houston 1, San Jose 1. Highlights.
Orlando City SC 3, New England 1, Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the Power
Rankings, which include a team’s record and its rank last week. 1. FC DALLAS (13-6-5), 1.
Many fans and pundits were apparently more frazzled about the Fabian Castillo
Fiasco than his teammates; on a blisteringly hot day they parlayed goals by Kellyn Acosta
and Max Urruti
– with yet another superb finish – into a 2-0 victory. 2. LA GALAXY (9-3-9), 3.
A pair of goal line clearances by Jelle Van Damme
held off the Sounders sufficiently for Sebastian Lleget
’s first goal of the season to
mean something. The tie stopped a four-game winning streak yet isn’t this team starting look something like those in past championship seasons? 3. NEW YORK CITY FC (10-7-6),
The Frank Lampard
Era officially began at Yankee Stadium. He landed all seven of his shots on target and bagged the first hat trick in team history with David Villa
Tony Taylor and Steven Mendoza
also scored as NYCFC ran its record in the last 10 games to 6-3-1. 4. NY RED BULLS (9-9-5), 5.
The other New York team is unbeaten in its last
five games and with a Connor Lade
goal in the 90th minute avoided defeat in Chicago. Bradley Wright-Phillips
scored his 63rd goal in all competitions for the club. Still, that 1-7-4
record away from Red Bull Arena is a bit jarring. 5. COLORADO (10-3-8), 2.
A 5-1 thrashing at Yankee Stadium snapped the Rapids’ 15-game unbeaten streak but
tying four of their previous five games had provided hints the end was nigh. Sheklzen Gashi’s
rip in stoppage time averted a shutout.
6. MONTREAL (7-5-9), 4.
Down to 10 men after the dismissal of Didier Drogba
, the Impact snatched a point at RFK. Subs Hernan Bernardello
and Matteo Mancoso
got the equalizer after an excellent save
by Evan Bush
had kept his team within a goal. Bernardello’s goal in the 86th-minute was his first-for the club and Mancosu set it up with his first MLS assist.
KC (10-10-4), 9.
There’s not been much buzz about SKC the past two months and while a .500 overall record is nothing to sing about, Jacob Peterson
’s classy header provided a
fifth victory in the last eight games. 8. TORONTO FC (8-7-6), 11.
Two assists and goal by Sebastian Giovinco
left Crew SC dazed and bewildered, and somewhat bruised as well
by the return of Jozy Altidore
, whose late goal was his fifth of the season. Tsubah Endo
’s early goal – eighth minute – was his second of the season; Good teams are
supposed to beat up bad ones at home; having done this, TFC needs to knock off good teams as well. 9. PORTLAND (7-8-8), 6.
Only keeper Jake Gleeson
stood -- literally
between a 1-0 loss and a multiple-goals rout. He made five saves on a night the Timbers generated just one shot on goal, though an effort in stoppage time by Jack McInerney
would have snatched
a point but for the crossbar it rebounded from. 10. REAL SALT LAKE (9-6-7), 13.
Terrific goals six minutes apart by Joao Plata
and Javier Morales
wiped out a 1-0
deficit in Nick Rimando
’s league-record 412th start. 11. VANCOUVER (8-9-6), 8.
The ‘Caps were fricasseed in Frisco and have taken only 10 points from their last
10 games. The sum total of eight moves made in July pushes Gilles Barnes
alongside incumbent Blas Perez
on the list of players expected to score goals down the stretch.
12. SAN JOSE (6-6-9), 13.
The ninth goal of the season for Chris Wondolowski
, a former Dynamo player, snagged the Quakes a point in Houston that owed much to a pair of excellent David
saves. Houston had been one of the few teams Wondo had not scored on and the Quakes spurned several chances to grab a victory they deserved. 13. PHILADELPHIA (8-8-6), 10.
The Union has been leaking goals for a while, and conceded two more after Roland Alberg converted a penalty kick just before halftime. That runs its recent record to 19 goals conceded in the past
seven games. Four of those games are losses. 14. ORLANDO CITY SC (5-5-11), 15.
The Lions clawed the Revs after falling behind to kick off the reign of head coach Jason Kreis
successfully. Kevin Molino
set up the equalizer for Cyle Larin
and bagged two goals for himself on assists from Brek Shea
. 15. NEW ENGLAND (6-6-8),
On the board early through Kei Kamara
, the Revs lost their power in the second half. Charlie Davies
got on the field for the first time in months; cancer treatment has pushed the
disease into remission. 16. HOUSTON (4-9-8), 16.
Scoring remains a problem. Alex
scored just the Dynamo’s fifth goal in the last seven games, during which it has
gained seven points. 17. CHICAGO (4-10-6), 17.
A late Red Bulls’ goal denied the Fire its fifth straight home victory. Toni Polster
scored for the visitor after
an error by Sean Johnson
and after a David Accam
equalizer he atoned by heading the Fire in front. 18. D.C. UNITED (5-8-8), 18.
A Patrick Mullins
in the 20th minute,
from a fine cross by Taylor Kemp
, didn’t stand up and worse, Montreal scored while a man down. Mullins’ goal is his first for United since he arrived in a
trade July 20. 19. SEATTLE (6-12-3), 20.
The debut of Nicolas Lodeiro
earned him praise but for his teammates, not so much. Jordan Morris
labored through another
rough match, The Sounders led 1-0 in the 49th
minute on a Cristian Roldan
goal but squandered many other opportunities – sound familiar?—to send home another big
CenturyLink Field crowd (48,458) disappointed. 20. COLUMBUS (3-8-10), 19.
Recently acquired forward Adam Jahn
debuted for Crew SC and keeper Steve Clark
third keeper in team history to record 300 saves. William Hesmer
(412) and Jon Busch
(367) occupy the first two slots. Jahn came on as a sub in the 74th minute, replacing
, as Crew SC’s winless streak extended to nine games.