The top teams in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings prevailed despite missing players to the FIFA international break. FC Dallas held onto the top spot by beating
Portland, and both New York teams also won.
Crucial victories by the Revs and Fire kept alive their playoff hopes and inched them up the rankings. Vancouver’s home loss to the Red
Bulls dropped the ‘Caps into the cellar.
New York City FC 3, D.C.
United 2. Highlights Sept. 3
Chicago 3, Philadelphia 0. Highlights
FC Dallas 3, Portland 1. Highlights
LA Galaxy 2, Columbus 1. Highlights
New England 2, Colorado 0. Highlights
Vancouver 0, NY Red Bulls 1. Highlights
There are two more league games
Wednesday, and the regular schedule resumes Friday.
Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. FC
DALLAS (15-7-6), 1.
By playing a role in all three goals Mauro Diaz,
enabled FCD to stretch its lead atop the Western Conference and perhaps garner a few MVP votes as well. He converted a
PK, started the sequence finished off by a thunderous Victor Ulloa
shot and served up the free kick that Walker Zimmerman
headed home. 2. TORONTO FC (12-8-7), 2.
TFC is on a nice run (5-1-1) in the last seven games but that loss to Montreal at home left a bitter taste heading into the break. Still, TFC is well poised to finish strong; it is at home for
five of its last seven games that include a pair against Chicago. 3. NY RED BULLS (12-9-7), 4.
By scoring five minutes into the second half, Bradley Wright-Phillips
atop the scoring charts with his 17 goal. The goal also earned NYRB its second win and first shutout victory on the road this season. Dax McCarty
played his first game since
July 31. 4. NEW YORK CITY FC (12-8-8), 3.
The equalizer against D.C. United arrived when Villa
pounced on a bad pack pass, and Frank Lampard
added a second goal when
a loose ball ran into his path. Another goal by Lampard in the 93rd minute provided NYCFC a fifth straight home victory. 5. REAL SALT LAKE(12-8-7), 5.
After sitting out the
RSL takes a three-game home winning streak into its game with the Galaxy on Wednesday, and plays at Portland Saturday. 6. LA GALAXY (10-4-13), 6.
Break? What break?
A 2-1 defeat of the Crew on Saturday sets up a midweek game at RSL, and a date back home against Orlando on Sunday. Baggio Husidic
came off the bench to score the opener against Crew SC and
Giovani dos Santos
scored the eventual winner four minutes later as the Galaxy ended a six-game skid without a win. Robbie Keane
returned from scoring in his Ireland finale but
didn’t play against Columbus. 7. SPORTING KC (11-12-5),7.
SKC will have been off nearly two weeks when it hosts Houston on Friday. After another home game next week against
the Galaxy, it plays three straight on the road. 8. MONTREAL (9-7-10), 8.
The Impact hosts Orlando Wednesday and plays at Philly Saturday. It probably would have preferred to play
during the break to take better advantage of a shock 1-0 victory in Toronto that ended a three-game span without a win. 9. COLORADO (11-5-10), 9.
Losers of back-to-back games for
the first time this season, the Rapids have scored only two goals in the last four. Tim Howard
’s callup returned Zac MacMath
to the nets for the first time since June 22. He
gave away a penalty kick when he uprooted Kelyn Rowe
in the box and made just one save while allowing two goals. 10. PHILADELPHIA (11-10-7), 10.
The Union started badly when
put the ball in his own net midway through the first half and despite some good work by John McCarthy
, making his first start of the season in place of Andre
. 11. SEATTLE (9-13-4), 11.
As a rough game in Portland Aug. 28 recedes in the rear-view mirror, the Sounders get ready for a crucial road game in San Jose, which is one
point higher in the standings. 12. PORTLAND (9-11-8), 12.
Seconds after a Lucas Melano
shot rebounded off the crossbar, FCD broke away to score the goal that all but assured
the Timbers’ fifth defeat in their last seven games. A nice first-time shot by Diego Valeri
averted a shutout but not a fourth straight road defeat and continuing questions about a
defense tied with Vancouver as the most porous in the conference (44 goals allowed). 13. D.C. UNITED (7-9-11), 13.
United led with a Lloyd Sam
goal until the 79th minute,
when the steal of a Luke Mishu
back pass turned into an equalizer. Lamar Neagle
scored early in stoppage time to re-tie the game at 2-2, but again D.C. conceded. Thus ended a six-game
unbeaten streak that produced 10 vital points; if D.C. can maintain that pace for the remaining seven games, it can sneak into the playoffs. 14. ORLANDO CITY (6-7-13), 14.
Lions return after a 10-day break at Montreal and then continue on to the West Coast for a game against the Galaxy. An increased training regimen imposed by head coach Jason Kreis
and a run of
three games in nine days left the players fatigued yet buoyed by a victory that is NYCFC’s only defeat in the last five weeks. 15. SAN JOSE (7-8-11),15.
The Quakes at least
got into scoring mode despite losing a friendly to Pachuca, 4-3, while sitting out the league schedule. Next up is a must-win against Seattle at home, where San Jose has tied two and lost one of its
last three while scoring just one goal. 16. CHICAGO (6-12-8), 18
. If the Fire isn’t the most perplexing team in MLS it is certainly among the finalists. It ran its home
unbeaten streak to 12 games as Michael de Leeuw
scored a goal and assisted on another by Arturo Alvarez
. Several sharp saves by Sean Johnson
, who recorded his fifth shutout,
staved off Philly’s attempts to rally. 17. COLUMBUS (5-10-11), 16.
Crew SC played the Galaxy even for most of the game, but surrendered two quick goals late in the match.
came on as a sub and scored his first Crew SC goal in the 92nd minute. 18. NEW ENGLAND (7-12-9), 20.
Despite squandering a penalty kick that Lee Nguyen
banged off the goalpost, the Revs snapped a shutout streak of 373 minutes and a six-game winless skid. He played up front with Juan Agudelo
, who converted a feed from Gerson Koffie
score in the 12th minute. Early in the second half Chris Tierney
cashed in a nice linkup between Kelyn Rowe
and Diego Fagundez
. 19. HOUSTON (5-11-10), 17.
Dynamo filled a gap in its league schedule by playing Chivas to a 0-0 tie. It has loaned “Cubo” Torres
to Cruz Azul; Torres this season has played in just 11 MLS games (four starts)
and registered one assist. 20. VANCOUVER (8-13-7), 19.
Head coach Paul Robinson
watched the second half from a suite after being ejected for disputing a throw-in as the
‘Caps fell to their fifth loss in the last six games. They failed to put a single shot on goal: Erik Hurtado
missed the target with six shots and had another blocked.