MLS Power Rankings: Crew SC jumps up 11 spots

A Saturday of just three games produced interesting results, as Columbus knocked Portland from the unbeaten ranks with a 3-2 victory and New England rolled over Minnesota United, 5-2, for its first victory of the season. Daryl Shore debuted as RSL’s interim head coach in a 0-0 tie with the New York Red Bulls.
Week 4 Results:
March 25
New York Red Bulls 0, Real Salt Lake 0. Highlights
New England 5, Minnesota United 2. Highlights
Columbus 3, Portland 2. Highlights

Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. (There are brief mentions of team news if it didn’t play a game.)

1. FC DALLAS (2-0-1), 1.   Midfielder Ryan Hollingsheadgot back on the field Friday for the first time since suffering fractures in three vertebrae Jan. 9 when struck by a car while assisting a stranded motorist.

2. TORONTO FC (1-0-2), 3.  Third-round SuperDraft pick Oyvind Alseth signed a contract on Wednesday. Alseth, 22, grew up in Norway and played for Rosenberg’s U-19 team prior to attending Syracuse, for which he played 82 games.

3.  NY RED BULLS (2-1-1), 4. U.S. U-20 Tyler Adams cleared a ball off the goal line in his just second MLS appearance as the Red Bulls tied RSL. A sharp save repelled a low shot by Fredrik Gulbrandsen and Bradley Wright-Phillips missed the target with a point-blank header, yet NYRB needed an excellent Luis Robles save in stoppage time to get the point.

4. PORTLAND (3-1-0), 2. The three-game winning streak to start the season ended in disturbing fashion. Fifteen minutes after taking an early lead through Dairon Asprilla, Portland trailed, 2-1, on a goal lobbed over keeper Jake Gleeson when he was 20 yards out. Fanendo Adi equalized with his 45th goal for the club, which ties its all-time record, but PTFC conceded again with six minutes left.

5.  COLUMBUS (2-1-1), 16. After replacing Justin Meram, whose goal had tied the game, 1-1, rookie Nico Hansen marked his pro debut by banging in a rebound for the winner. Ola Kamara lobbed the keeper on a bouncing ball to provide a 2-1 lead and it was his saved shot that fell for Hansen to put away. Head coach Gregg Berhalter reverted to the 4-2-3-1 formation after playing three in the back in a 2-0 win at D.C. last weekend.

6.  NEW YORK CITY FC (1-1-1), 5. Manchester City players Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus visited the Lexington Academy in east Harlem that was partially funded by the English club in conjunction with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and NYCFC.

7. SPORTING KC (1-0-2), 6. Swope Park Rangers defender Amer Didicdebuted for Canada’s U-23s in a 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan on Saturday. Didic played for SKC last year in the CONCACAF Champions League.

8.  SEATTLE (1-1-1), 7. The Sounders tied Necaxa, 1-1, on Saturday. Harry Shipp’s good performance included a pass that Alvaro Fernandez tucked away.

9.  ORLANDO CITY (2-0-0), 8. The Lions signed defender Danny Toia to a three-year contract. Toia, 24, was traded by Atlanta United in December after it claimed him from Montreal in the Expansion Draft. He played the full 90 minutes at left back in both Lions’ games this month.

10. COLORADO (1-1-1), 9. Forward Kevin Doyle was called up by Ireland for its World Cup qualifier against Wales but he didn’t play in the 0-0 tie.

11. HOUSTON (2-1-0), 10. In the 6-0 USA win on Friday, forward Romell Quioto suffered a shoulder injury initially thought to be a dislocation. Houston team doctors are conferring with their Honduran counterparts to evaluate his condition leading up to a Hexagonal game against Costa Rica Tuesday.

12. SAN JOSE (2-1-0), 11. Quakes teammates Cordell Cato and Anibal Godoy went head-to-head Friday in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier and Cato came out on top when Trinidad & Tobago beat Panama, 1-0.
13. ATLANTA (2-1-0), 12. The team is expecting a diagnosis by Tuesday of the leg injury suffered by forward Josef Martinez while playing for Venezuela Friday in a 2-2 tie with Peru. Martinez, top scorer in MLS with five goals, has returned to Atlanta, where an MRI was performed over the weekend.
14. CHICAGO (1-1-1), 13. Midfielder Dax McCarty sat out the U.S. game as his Fire teammates prepared for a three-game homestand against Montreal, Columbus, and New England.
15. L.A. GALAXY (1-2-0), 14. An injury suffered by midfielder Sebastian Lletget in the U.S. victory doesn’t appear to be anything more serious than a sprained left ankle, according to reporter Adam Serrano. Galaxy team doctors will examine him Monday
16. NEW ENGLAND (1-2-0), 15. The Revs rolled up the Loons ruthlessly as Juan Agudelo scored twice and Chris Tierney – making his 200th appearance for the club -- converted a penalty kick after earning an assist on Agudelo’s first goal with a well-hit corner kick. Keeper Cody Cropper didn’t have much to do but flew left to turn away a hard shot in the 64th minute.
17. MONTREAL (0-1-2), 16. Defender Laurent Ciman started and played 84 minutes for Belgium in a 1-1 tie with Greece that snapped the Belgians’ eight-game winning streak.
18. PHILADELPHIA (0-1-2), 17. There are 13 lucky finalists for the job of Chief Tattoo Officer. More than 150 applications were received, they were whittled down to 40, from which the final 13 were selected. Forward Jay Simpson is back training after scoring and suffering a bruised lung against Toronto FC March 11.
19. REAL SALT LAKE (0-2-2), 18. Interim head coach Daryl Shore debuted with a point thanks to a strong game  and two excellent saves by keeper Matt Van VanOkel. Sebastian Saucedo rang a shot off the post in the eighth minute. Academy product Jose Hernandez made his pro debut as a late sub.
20. D.C. UNITED (0-2-1), 19. Midfielder Rob Vincent is projected to miss about a month after undergoing an arthroscopic meniscectomy on his left knee.  He scored two goals in 20 appearances last season and had played twice in 2017 as a sub.
21. MINNESOTA UNITED (0-3-1), 20. The ledger shows 18 goals conceded in four games. The first pro goal for Brent Kallman narrowed the deficit to 4-2 early in the second half but the Loons conceded again just four minutes later.
22. VANCOUVER (0-2-1), 21. Former Whitecap Fraser Aird, who played with the club on loan last season, scored his first international goal for Canada in a 1-1 tie with Scotland, where he plays for Falkirk.
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