Top-ranked FC Dallas shook off the disappointment of elimination from the Concacaf Champions League by beating Minnesota United, 2-0, and big wins for Portland, Sporting Kansas City, and Orlando City
moved them into the top four of Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings. Losses sent New York City FC, Columbus, and Colorado tumbling in the other direction. Week 6
Results: April 7
L.A. Galaxy 2 Montreal 0. Highlights April 8
D.C. United 2 New York City FC 1. Highlights.
Toronto FC 2 Atlanta United 2. Highlights
New England 2 Houston 0. Highlights
FC Dallas 2 Minnesota United 0. Highlights
Chicago 1 Columbus 0. Highlights
Philadelphia 1 Portland 3. Highlights
Real Salt Lake, 3 Vancouver 0. Highlights
San Jose 1 Seattle 1. Highlights April 9
Orlando City 1 NY Red Bulls 0.
Sporting KC 3 Colorado 1. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the
Power Rankings, which include a team’s record and ranking last week. 1. FC DALLAS (3-0-1), 1.
The first FCD goal for Javier Morales
paced a 2-0 defeat of
Minnesota United five days after a last-second Pachuca goal knocked it out of the Concacaf Champions League semifinals. Michael Barrios
, the team leader in goals with nine last season, tallied
his first of 2017. Several excellent saves by Jesse Gonzalez
earned him his
second shutout in as many appearances. 2. PORTLAND (4-1-1), 4.
The Timbers rallied to win
in Philly with a Darlington Nagbe
equalizer, Roy Miller
’s first MLS goal in his 130th appearance, and Fanendo Adi
’s franchise record 46th tally. Diego Valeri
earned an assist on Miller’s goal with a sweet free kick and set up three other opportunities. And how about this game for teenage left back Michael Farfan
: seven tackles, four
clearances, four recoveries, one block, one interception. He lost the ball on a few dribbles but otherwise got it done. 3. SPORTING KC (2-0-3), 7.
It was a day of firsts at
Children’s Mercy Park as SKC stayed unbeaten. Scorer of two playoff goals in his eight MLS seasons, Seth Sinovic
netted his first regular-season goal in the 158th appearance. Sinovic also
drove a low ball across the goalmouth that Dom Dwyer
banged home for his first goal of the season, and the excellent work of Gerso
since his offseason arrival bore fruit with, yes, his
inaugural MLS goal as SKC went coast-to-coast on a counter. Only a stoppage time penalty kick denied SKC its fourth shutout in five games. 4. ORLANDO CITY (3-1-0), 12.
Add to the list of
players stepping up in the absence of Kaka midfielders Will Johnson
and Servando Carrasco
, centerback Jonathan Spector
and keeper Joe Bendik
. Carrasco headed home
Johnson’s corner kick for the winner, and just a second MLS goal in his 115th appearance. Spector (three interceptions, five clearances, two blocked shots) and Bendik (two tough saves) led the
defensive effort that produced a second shutout in the last three games. 5. HOUSTON (3-2-0), 5.
Officially credited with just one shot on goal – a rising shot by Ricardo
– the Dynamo failed to score for the first time this season. Erick “Cubo” Torres
failed to convert a breakaway and the goals were conceded on a rebound and a
catch-able cross that keeper Tyler Deric
instead punched right to an opponent. 6. TORONTO FC (1-0-4), 6.
Well, the first MLS start for Chris Mavinga
so well. The French defender lasted just 51 minutes, by which time Hector Villalba
had scorched him twice to open the scoring and then equalize. (Keeper Alex Bono
on the first goal.) Victor Valdez
earned secondary assists on both TFC goals, and a devilishly clever flick by Jozy Altidore
set up the first goal of the year for Sebastian
. After tying twice at home, TFC goes back on the road this weekend to Columbus. 7. SEATTLE (1-1-3), 8.
A delicate yet deadly first-time Nicolas Lodeiro
hit of a
blocked free kick earned the Sounders a late 1-0 lead they fizzled away in the final minutes. Keeper Stefan Frei
didn’t have much to do, but an acrobatic save denied Marco
a spectacular goal. Seattle’s third tie definitely is a case of two road points lost, and they take their first trip to Cascadia-land this week against Vancouver. 8.
COLUMBUS (3-2-1), 2.
Subs Adam Jahn
and Niko Hansen
put shots on target in their limited time but otherwise only Ola Kamara
directed a shot on goal as Crew SC endured its
first shutout of the season. Good chances were wasted by Alex Crognale
and others. Zach Steffen
came up with four saves and Nicolai Naess
cleared a deflected shot off the goal
line in the 81st
minute. 9. CHICAGO (2-1-2), 13.
A great through ball from Dax McCarty
sent Nemanja Nikolic
clear to score the only goal as the Fire
played just well to defeat a stubborn conference foe that held the edge in passing accuracy (86 percent-79 percent) and possession (54.6 percent-46.4 percent). A good save turned away a free kick from
, who fired another shot high and was one of several players whose passing in the final third was erratic. 10. ATLANTA UNITED (2-1-2), 11.
point and another battling display keep AUFC in the playoff tier. Hector Villalba
scored his second and third goals of the season, after which AUFC held off TFC to stay unbeaten (1-0-2) away
from home despite a red card that removed Yamil Asad
in the 75th minute. Alec Kann
is turning out to be the Zac MacMath
of 2017; the man soon to be understudy to Brad
, presumably, set a career high of seven saves. 11. NEW YORK CITY FC (2-2-1), 3.
Only Felix Brilliant
knows what he was thinking when his dawdling allowed
to pounce on a ball at Brilliant’s feet and bag the opener. Then NYCFC failed to clear a looping rebound that led to the winner. A late goal by David Villa
, set up by sub
, and some good moments from Maxi Moralez
could not atone for those defensive flubs and handed keeper Sean Johnson
a loss he did not deserve. 12. NEW
ENGLAND (2-2-1), 14.
A right back occasionally in the past, Kelyn Rowe
lined up at left back as the Revs held off the high-powered Dynamo attack. Cody Cropper
stoned Torres on a
breakaway and turned away a fierce drive off the foot of Clark to log his first MLS shutout. Kei Kamara
and Juan Agudelo
scored 20 minutes apart in the second half as the Revs won their
sixth straight home game dating back to last season. 13. D.C. UNITED (2-2-1), 17.
Sam capitalized on NYCFC’s mistake and Luciano Acosta
cleaned up the rebound of his
shot that was saved; still, United needed an excellent double stop from Bill Hamid
and some vital interventions by centerback Bobby Boswell
to get a second straight victory.
14. SAN JOSE (2-2-1), 15.
The jury is still out on several of Quakes’ newcomers, but not so Costa Rican forward Marco Urena
. His energy and sense of space are difficult to track.
Only a tremendous save repelled his athletic volley of a Chris Wondolowski
flick and in the 90th minute he ran down a ball on the wing and centered it for Wondo to equalize. 15.
NY RED BULLS (2-3-1), 9.
The Red Bulls completed 77 percent of their passes and held 61.1 percent of possession while failing to score. Bradley Wright-Phillips
put three of his five shots
on target and on set plays Sacha Kljestan
dropped balls into good spots for Aurelien Collin
, who bounced one header on frame and narrowly missed the target on two others. Luis
stoned Cyle Larin
one-v-one after Sal Zizzo
foolishly tried to win an innocuous ball 50 yards from his goal. 16. L.A. GALAXY (2-3-0), 20.
game for Romain Alessandrini
third MLS goal, and Jermaine Jones
stormed upfield to score the clinching goal after his altercation with Marco Donadel
latter a red card. Alessandrini hit the target with three of his six shots and is carrying a big load as Gyasi Zardes
, whose short pass released Jones on his scoring run, gets back into shape.
Keeper Clement Diop
needed to make just two saves as he registered his first MLS shutout a week after conceding four goals in Vancouver. 17. MONTREAL (0-2-3), 16.
The Impact picked up its third red card in five games when Donadel used his elbow to fend off Jones, who went down holding his face. Both goals were a bit tainted -- keeper Evan Bush
either slipped or lost sight of the ball on the first goal and a sliding block by Kyle Fisher
deflected the second -- but Montreal looked a bit jaded during its fourth away game. Five of the
next seven games are at Stade Saputo. 18. COLORADO (1-2-1), 10.
A five-game run of victories against SKC ended emphatically. The Rapids, playing for the first time in three weeks
because of the FIFA international break and a game against FCD postponed until October, started sluggishly and were punished by conceding a goal in the sixth minute. They threatened twice near the end
of the first half but were blanked until Conor Doyle
converted a penalty kick in stoppage time. 19. REAL SALT LAKE (1-3-2), 22.
After a scoreless half played as snowfall
intensified, RSL knocked the orange ball into the net three times for its first victory of the season in the debut of head coach Mike Petke
. A goal and two assists by midfielder Albert
, who opened the scoring in the 54th minute and then set up chances converted by Yura Movsisyan
and Luke Mulholland
lifted RSL into the win column. Keeper Nick Rimando
earned his all-time record 131st shutout. 20. MINNESOTA UNITED (1-4-1), 18.
The Loons lost but were not overwhelmed. Sharp saves denied Johan Venegas
, Sam Cronin
sub Abu Danladi
and while the defense broke apart a few times, FCD can do that to just about any team. There are few signs of cohesion and chemistry. More will be known by the end of May; they
are in Texas again this weekend to visit Houston, then play five of the next six at home. 21. VANCOUVER (1-3-1), 19.
After a decent first half, a whiteout wiped out the Whitecaps.
Playing a third game in eight days, the ‘Caps came out in a 3-5-2 formation and took 14 shots but couldn’t cope with a snow-covered field and Rusnak in the second half. They need to find
answers quickly: the Cascadia Cup campaign starts Friday at home against Seattle and continues next week in Portland. 22. PHILADELPHIA (0-3-2), 21.
The players left the field with
boos ringing in their ears after squandering an early lead provided by a Richie Marquez
goal. He headed home from a corner kick but on the winning goal lost the mark on Miller, who headed the
ball off Marquez’s forehead into the net. Fabinho
’s giveaway in the final seconds yielded the third goal. The Union has back-to-back home games against NYCFC and Montreal to figure
Under Colorado, it was Kevin Doyle not Connor.
MARCO Farfan for the Timbers, not Michael.
A little surprising to see Chicago leapfrog Atlanta since the Fire got boatraced by United head to head... I guess Schweinsteiger is worth a spot or two in the power rankings?