By knocking off previously unbeaten Sporting Kansas City, FC Dallas held top spot in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings. Maynor Figueroa
scored just his second MLS goal and FCD notched its
second shutout of the season against SKC.
Victories for Orlando City, Portland, and Houston moved those teams into the top five, and just outside that group are Atlanta United and
The news is not so good for fans of the L.A. Galaxy, beaten at home by defending champion Seattle, 3-0, and the first team to lose five games in 2017. Philadelphia blew a 3-0
lead and remains winless.
MLS WEEK 8: April 19
New England 0 San Jose 0. Highlights April 21
Toronto FC 3 Chicago 1.
Highlights April 22
New England 2 D.C. United 2. Highlights
Houston 2 San Jose 0. Highlights
Portland 2 Vancouver 1. Highlights
NY Red Bulls 2 Columbus 0. Highlights
FC Dallas 1 Sporting KC 0. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 1 Atlanta United 3. Highlights
Philadelphia 3 Montreal 3. Highlights April 23
LA Galaxy 0 Seattle 3. Highlights
New York City FC 1 Orlando City SC 2. Highlights
Minnesota United 1 Colorado 0. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into
the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. FC DALLAS (4-0-2), 1.
If there’s been a
hangover from that crushing loss in the CCL semifinals, FCD has yet to show it. Figueroa crashed the back post to head home a Michael Barrios
cross; his only previous MLS goal came as a member
of the Rapids against SKC in 2015. Keeper Jesse Gonzalez
needed to make just one save despite SKC controlling 61.1 percent of possession. 2. ORLANDO CITY (5-1-0), 3.
Lions ticked off another box on the “must-do” list by winning a road game. Cyle Larin
scored twice to take over the league lead with six goals as OCSC left no doubt as to which 2015
expansion team is sharper right now. Forward Carlos Rivas
, midfielder Will Johnson
, and centerback Jonathan Spector
are all in very good form, and strange as it sounds,
will need to ramp it up quick when he gets back on the field. 3. SPORTING KC (3-1-3), 2.
Losing away to the top team is no disgrace and only the Lions remarkable surge
is sufficient reason to drop SKC a notch. Dom Dwyer
drew five fouls as SKC managed just one shot on target. On FCD’s goal, left back Seth Sinovic
couldn’t block the cross and
right back Graham Zusi
was beaten as Figueroa scored just the third goal conceded by SKC this season. However, it has only scored six goals in seven games. 4. PORTLAND
As they finished the 2015 season en route to the title the Timbers are starting 2017. Darlington Nagbe
nailed one of the strikes of the season and Darren Mattocks,
starting in place of suspended Fanendo Adi,
notched the winner against the team that drafted him into MLS. 5. HOUSTON (4-2-1), 6.
Unbeaten (4-0-1) at home is nothing to
sneeze at, especially since the Dynamo has also defeated Seattle, Columbus, and the Red Bulls
while outscoring them and the Quakes, 11-3. Erick "Cubo" Torres
converted a penalty kick in
the ninth minute, Alberth Elis
banged home a misplayed corner kick, and the defense held firm to log the first shutout of 2017. 6. ATLANTA UNITED (3-2-2), 9.
How good is it
going for AUFC? Brandon Vasquez
scored about a minute into his MLS debut to round off a victory set up with goals by Hector Villalba
and Yamil Asad,
who both also missed excellent
opportunities. Maybe the moment of the match was provided by centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez
, who bounced up after a sliding block in his own penalty area and dribbled nearly upfield 50 yards
to help set up a chance that Villalba dragged wide. 7. TORONTO FC (2-1-4), 10.
TFC answered the call of the home fans and
dispatched the Fire thanks to a vintage performance
by Sebastian Giovinco
, who landed six of his 11 shots on target, including a low bullet inside the near post and a breathtaking free kick off the underside of the crossbar. A nice touch by
set up Giovinco for the first goal and his short corner and dummy run opened space for a Justin Morrow
cross that Eriq Zavaleta
headed into the net. TFC plays the
next two at home then hits the road for three straight. 8. SEATTLE (2-2-3), 11.
Sounders returned to StubHub Center, where they won, 4-2, last September en route to the
title, and were even more impressive this time. Clint Dempsey
and Jordan Morris
scored, as did one of the Galaxy defenders at the wrong end. Nicolas Lodeiro
marked another fine
game with a perfect chip that Dempsey headed in, and Seattle completed 86 percent of their passes while controlling 57 percent of possession. Backup defenders Tony Alfaro
(third MLS start) and
(second) stepped up the challenge admirably. 9. COLUMBUS (4-3-1), 4.
First-half injuries took midfielder Artur
and defender Alex Crognale
the field as Crew SC lost its third road game of four. Crognale suffered his injury while committing a penalty-kick foul that Red Bulls exploited for their second goal. Some sharp saves by Zach
kept the score close. Justin Meram
was thwarted one-v-one and also shot just over the bar; a desperate deflection denied Ola Kamara
from just yards away at the back post. 10. NY RED BULLS (4-3-1), 12.
A second goal in as many games for Alex Muyl
marked NYRB’s second straight win by a 2-0 score. Kemar Lawrence
overlapped a run
by Sacha Kljestan
to serve a ball deflected onto the chest of Muyl, who tapped it home. Daniel Royer
converted a penalty kick awarded when Bradley Wright-Phillips
into a clumsy foul six minutes after Luis Robles
stoned Meram. Aaron Long
got the defensive touch that foiled Kamara. 11. CHICAGO (3-2-2), 7.
Once Giovinco got
going the Fire seldom looked capable of getting back in the game. David Accam
got a consolation goal by surging through midfield and playing a ball wide that was returned to him by Luis
. On the second TFC goal from a short corner kick, two players failed to block a cross that three other players could not head clear. 12. NEW YORK CITY FC (3-3-1), 8.
The home unbeaten run (9-0-2) ended at 11 games as NYCFC held 62.4 percent of possession but only scored with a clinical David Villa
first-time finish from a sharp angle. Coaches and
players come and go but Larin keeps scoring; his take is nine goals in seven games against NYCFC, and on the winner Rodney Wallace
was simply outmuscled and perhaps fouled.
13. MONTREAL (1-2-4), 13.
The Impact returned from yet another road game with a point by wiping out a 3-0 deficit. Ignacio Piatti
, who else, started the rally with a typically elegant
goal just before halftime, and then sub Anthony Jackson-Hamel
-- who? -- struck with a header and on the rebound of a saved shot. Jackson-Hamel’s ledger the past two games: 36 minutes
played, four shots -- all on target -- and three goals. After posting a record of 0-2-3 while playing five of the first seven away, Montreal hosts four of its next five. 14. D.C.
UNITED (2-3-2), 15.
Missing five regulars through injury and illness, United claimed its first road point of the season
though it squandered a 2-1 lead when a ball caromed off Sean
into the D.C. net. Sebastian Le Toux
, making his first start for D.C., tallied two minutes after Jared Jeffrey
’s equalizer. Ian Harkes
hit the post with a
fizzing right-footed shot and the crossbar on a header. Two big saves by Bill Hamid
with the score 2-2 preserved the point. 15. NEW ENGLAND (2-3-3), 14
. The Revs needed more
than the two points they claimed from two home games. After failing to score against San Jose, they took an early lead with a Lee Nguyen
header in the fifth minute but after falling behind
needed an own goal to equalize. Late in the match Teal Bunbury
scuffed a sitter after a header by Kei Kamara
, whose cross had been headed in by Nguyen, came back off the post. 16. MINNESOTA UNITED (2-4-2), 21.
The third start was the charm for Miguel Ibarra
, who hadn’t mustered a shot as a starter in two road games but thrilled the crowd at TCF Bank
Stadium by nodding home Johan Venegas
’s header of a rebound off the post. Ex-Rapids Sam Cronin
and Marc Burch
led a resolute defensive effort that dealt with 25 crosses and
blocked three shots to earn the Loons their first MLS shutout. 17. SAN JOSE (2-3-3), 16.
Playing a fresh team on two days’ rest is a daunting assignment at the best of times,
and though the Quakes escaped Gillette Stadium with a point without scoring, they weren’t so fortunate against head coach Dominic Kinnear
’s former team. They gave away a penalty
kick on the first Dynamo goal and keeper David Bingham
inexplicably whiffed on a corner kick to present the second. Already the Quakes are winless in their last six games.
18. VANCOUVER (2-4-1), 19.
After netting twice against the Sounders last week, Fredy Montero
bagged another Cascadia Cup goal by following up his own saved penalty kick, but the
‘Caps were unable to keep pace with Portland. One goal conceded was a spectacular blast, the other a quick strike from a midfield turnover. Still, the ‘D’ needs shoring up; after
tying Philly 0-0 in the season opener, the ‘Caps have conceded 13 goals in six games. 19. REAL SALT LAKE (2-4-2), 18.
The Mike Petke
Project hit a big bump despite a
sharp,low finish by Albert Rusnak for his second MLS goal. RSL coughed up the ball twice and paid the price in goals conceded by a patchwork back line. Nick Rimando
, whose risky pass led to the
first goal, and Chris Wingert
, robbed of the ball
prior to the second, both left the game injured. RSL has already lost more home games, two, than it did all of last year when it was
8-1-8 at Rio Tinto. 20. L.A GALAXY (2-5-0), 17.
At the start of the season, not many bets would have been placed on the Galaxy being the first team to lose five games but the
record is what it is. The attack sputtered and a typically solid game by Romain Alessandrini
went unrewarded. Ashley Cole
contributed an own goal to an effort that sent thousands of fans
home early. The midfield was a mess and Giovani dos Santos didn’t wake up until the second half. 21. PHILADELPHIA (0-4-3), 22.
Philly did about everything right in building a
3-0 lead and many things wrong while squandering a pair of goals by Roland Alberg
and one from C.J. Sapong
, who also assisted on Alberg’s opener. Fabrice Jean-Picault
to convert a breakaway with the score 3-2 and a soft rebound given up by Andre Blake
enabled the equalizer. 22. COLORADO (1-4-1), 21.
Except for keeper Zac MacMath
whose pair of excellent saves preceded the Loons’ goal, the Rapids struggled for much of the game. Dominique Badji
crashed a point-blank shot off the crossbar and a few other decent
chances were not converted. After beating New England to open the season the Rapids have gone winless in five games and taken just one point from two meetings with MNUFC.