After winning six of its first seven games of the 2017 season to claim the top slot, Orlando City fell victim to its road woes.
The Lions lost at Toronto and Houston to plummet down the
listings, and FC Dallas regained first place in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings by defeating Real Salt Lake, 3-0, to remain unbeaten. Toronto FC followed up its taming of the Lions to win at
Seattle, 1-0, and move into second.
Sporting Kansas City retained third place by beating the Red Bulls, 2-0, before losing at Minnesota United by the same score. New York City FC and
Houston both won and round out the top five.
Columbus, San Jose, and Vancouver were rewarded for their good form and have joined the teams in the top half. Taking the biggest drops,
besides Orlando City (first to seventh), are Seattle and D.C. United, which both lost at home. MLS Results, Week 10: May 3
Toronto FC 2, Orlando City 1. Highlights
Sporting KC 2, NY Red Bulls 0. Highlights May 5
Colorado 0, Vancouver 1. Highlights May
Houston 4, Orlando City 0. Highlights
Seattle 0, Toronto FC 1. Highlights
LA Galaxy 2, Chicago 2. Highlights
Philadelphia 3, NY Red Bulls 0. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 0, FC Dallas 3. Highlights
D.C. United 0, Montreal 1. Highlights
San Jose 3, Portland 0. Highlights
Columbus 2, New England 0. Highlights May 7
New York City FC 3, Atlanta
United 1. Highlights
Minnesota United 2, Sporting KC
Only MLS results are factored
into the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. FC DALLAS (5-0-3), 2.
FCD scored its earliest goal of the season – a
penalty kick in the third minute – but didn’t take command until Matt Hedges
headed home a Kellyn Acosta
corner kick midway through the second half. Urruti
netted again in stoppage time with the last of FCD’s 10 shots on goal, and a six-save game by Jesse Gonzalez
bagged the shutout. 2. TORONTO FC (5-1-4), 5.
he wouldn’t consider a compressed schedule and cross-country travel in making his team selections, head coach Greg Vanney
rested Sebastian Giovinco
and made four other changes
after the win over Orlando City and still TFC prevailed in Seattle with a penalty kick by Jozy Altidore
to win its fourth in a row. Two sharp finishes against OC upped Giovinco’s
take to five goals this season. 3. SPORTING KC (5-2-3), 3.
A third game in nine days necessitated the insertion of defenders Igor Juliao
(first SKC appearance since 2014)
and Kevin Ellis
(first start of 2017), and though SKC piled up a 17-7 advantage in shots it could not get a goal. Dom Dwyer
scored his fourth and fifth goals in the last five games
against the Red Bulls, and was denied only by a great save in Minneapolis. SKC has conceded just five goals in 10 games; its league record is 27 goals in 34 games. 4. NEW YORK CITY FC
Goals less than two minutes apart by Rodney Wallace
and Maxi Moralez
blew open a 1-1 game and NYCFC won its third game of the last four. David Villa
the scoring in the 17th minute and assisted on the goal by Moralez, who is steadily strengthening his place in the Newcomer of the Year category. Wallace bagged two assists. Andrea Pirlo
on the bench again. 5. HOUSTON (5-3-1), 9.
At home the song remains the same. Mauro Manotas
scored two goals and assisted on a third after Alberth Elis
midway through the first half. Romell Quito
also netted as the Dynamo trio upped their combined production to 11 goals. Alex
earned two assists and is tied for the league lead with six.
The goals leader, Erick "Cubo" Torres
(seven), is going through the MLS Concussion Protocol. 6. PORTLAND (5-3-2), 4.
The Timbers, which lead MLS with 20
goals in 10 games, were shut out for the second time this season despite managing 13 shots. Forward Jeremy Ebobisse
and midfielder Victor Arboleda
made their MLS debuts in the second
half. 7. ORLANDO CITY (6-3-0), 1.
-- making his first start since the season opener -- scored during a rough road swing, and in Houston a couple of errors by
exacerbated a poor performance by a tired defense missing Jonathan Spector
, who was rested. 8. NEW YORK RED BULLS (5-5-1), 6.
Boy, that was a bad
week. Head coach Jesse Marsch
made six changes -– including Sal Zizzo
at centerback – for the first game, and NYRB needed six saves from Luis Robles
to keep it close.
In Philly, a great save denied Bradley Wright-Phillips
during an eventful final 16 minutes during which the defense cracked three times. That’s five straight road losses during
which NYRB has scored two goals and conceded 13. 9. COLUMBUS (5-4-1), 13.
A goal and assist by Ola Kamara
and a few key saves by Zach Steffen
enabled Crew SC
to halt a two-game losing run.
Kamara ran onto a feed from Justin Meram
to curl a shot inside the far post and set up Federico Higuain
on a counterattack for the clincher. Kamara
has scored in three straight home games. Head coach Gregg Berhalter
was ejected for protesting a clothesline foul by Je-Vaughn Watson
that yielded a caution rather than a red card.
10. SAN JOSE (4-3-3), 14.
The Quakes delivered one of their best 90-minute performances in quite some time to topple the Timbers. Centerback Victor Bernandez
led a strong
defensive effort that quelled Fanendo Adi
, Jahmir Hyka
scored during a scramble in the eighth minute to jazz up the crowd, and Chris Wondolowski
added two more goals to his
impressive career total of 125. 11. VANCOUVER (4-4-1), 15.
In his first appearance since suffering a knee injury in late March, Brek Shea
scored 15 minutes after coming on
as a sub. He ran onto a long ball from fellow sub Nicolas Mezquita
to slide a shot through the ankles of keeper Tim Howard
and thus the ‘Caps won a second straight road game.
12. SEATTLE (2-3-4), 8.
In the 2016 MLS Cup rematch, the story of Sounders 2017 remained the same: lots of possession (63.5 percent), a rightly disallowed goal (Jordan Morris
and a costly mistake (Roman Torres
foul that gave away a penalty kick). Seattle is paying the price for constant shifting in the back line because of injuries, and not matching the intensity
with which teams play the defending champions. 13. CHICAGO (3-3-3), 12.
Sparked by David Accam
, the Fire jumped out to a 2-0 lead but then conceded twice on corner kicks. He
converted a retaken penalty kick awarded for a foul on Nemanja Nikolic
, then set up Nikolic with a slick pass during a counterattack for the second goal. On both Galaxy goals the Fire
didn’t win aerial duels against defenders on corner kicks; in the 76th minute, a header by Luis Solignac
cleared the keeper but hit the crossbar. 14. ATLANTA (3-4-2), 11.
A goal by Carlos Carmona
–- his first in MLS --
pulled AUFC even before halftime but the defense couldn’t cope as NYCFC took command in the second half. In its
last four road games, Atlanta United has been outscored, 10-5, and the arrival of keeper Brad Guzan
this summer won’t solve everything. 15. MONTREAL (2-3-4), 17.
Another impressive game for teenage midfielder Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla
brought him his
second goal of the season as the Impact won its first game on the road of the six it has
played already. Montreal plays the next three at home sandwiched around the Canadian Championship semifinal series with Vancouver and maybe by then it will be known where this squad stands in
comparison to last year’s version that reached the Eastern Conference finals. 16. D.C. UNITED (3-4-2), 10.
Head coach Ben Olsen
called his players “posers”
after a feeble effort at RFK Stadium in which it managed just two shots on goal and a Luciano Acosta
blast that caromed off the crossbar. United has been blanked five times this season,
including three home games. 17. MINNESOTA UNITED (3-5-2), 18.
The Loons took advantage of a fatigued foe with goals by Abu Danladi
and Christian Ramirez
assisted on both of them, and keeper Bobby Shuttleworth
played on after suffering a broken nose. They have won three of their last four at TCF Bank Stadium after being blown out by
Atlanta United in their home opener and have matched their expansion brethren in wins, albeit playing an easier schedule. 18. NEW ENGLAND (2-4-4), 16.
Despite the absence of Kei
, who missed a second straight game to await the birth of his second child, the Revs generated 18 shots while enduring a fifth straight game without a win. A Lee Nguyen
distance hit the crossbar and he was also thwarted from close range in the final minutes. 19. PHILADELPHIA (1-4-4), 20.
Sapong! Sapong! Sapong! The first MLS hat trick for C.J.
pushed him into a share of the league lead with seven goals and ended the Union’s 16-game winless streak dating back to 2016. A great save by Andre Blake
, who pinned a shot
against the grass while diving to his right, gave the Union a huge boost with the score, 1-0. 20. REAL SALT LAKE (2-6-2), 19.
Even at full strength, RSL
up well with FCD, and a lineup missing Nick Rimando
, Kyle Beckerman
, and several defenders
battled valiantly after conceding early. Joao Plata
, dropped from the starting
lineup for missing a training session, came on in the second half and set up a couple of chances. RSL has lost three in a row while scoring one goal. 21. L.A. GALAXY (2-5-2), 21.
Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Galaxy rallied to score twice on corner kicks delivered by Romain Alessandrini
and tucked away by Daniel Steres
and Giovani Dos Santos
coach Curt Onalfo
benched defender Jelle Van Damme
in the 33rd minute and brought on Dave Romney
, whose redirected header of Alessandrini’s second corner was poked in by Dos
Santos, who hadn’t scored since the season opener. Still the Galaxy has only five points from six home games. 22. COLORADO (1-6-1), 22.
The Rapids managed just one shot on
goal while losing their fifth straight game. They are last in the league with five goals and no other team has scored fewer than nine