Two more wins for Toronto FC ran its win streak to six and vaulted it atop the MLS Power Rankings.
Previous leader FC Dallas slipped a couple of notches by tying New York City, which took
over second place after their 1-1 tie in Frisco. Sporting Kansas City and Houston round out the top five.
The Red Bulls tumbled out of the top half by losing at home to the Galaxy and
Chicago jumped into ninth by thrashing defending champion Seattle. After failing to win any of its first eight games Philly hammered D.C. United at RFK Stadium to win its second in a row and the
Rapids won for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.
Ten teams play this Wednesday and there is another full slate of games next weekend.
MLS Results, Week 11: May 10
Columbus 1, Toronto FC 2. Highlights May 12
Houston 2, Vancouver 1. Highlights May 13
Toronto FC 3, Minnesota United 2. Highlights
Colorado 3, San Jose 0. Highlights
Montreal 2, Columbus 3. Highlights
D.C. United 0, Philadelphia 4. Highlights
Orlando City 2,
Sporting Kansas City 2. Highlights
New England 4, Real Salt Lake 0. Highlights
Chicago 4, Seattle 1. Highlights May 14
1, New York City FC 1. Highlights
Portland 1, Atlanta 1. Highlights
New York Red Bulls 1, L.A. Galaxy 3. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings, which weight a team’s recent results more than its
overall performance. They include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. TORONTO FC (7-1-4), 2
. The players are getting it done as head coach Greg
keeps getting it right. Tosaint Ricketts
scored two goals off the bench to rally TFC past Crew SC, and he nailed the winner as starter against Minnesota. He headed home a cross from
, who evaded his marker with a slick move to set up the goal. Vanney’s personnel acumen is about to face its toughest test: after converting a penalty kick, Sebastian
hobbled off with a strained quad (out three weeks) and defender Nick Hagglund
suffered a torn MCL (two to three months). 2. NEW YORK CITY FC (5-3-2), 4.
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo
did not travel to Texas and with a do-or-die moment from Tommy McNamara
NYCFC came home with a point. He crashed the six-yard box to head in the rebound of a
free kick off the crossbar to reward the excellent work of keeper Sean Johnson
, who stoned FCD several times to keep his team close. Of NYCFC’s 10 points in the last
five games, seven have been accrued on the road, and this week it heads to Salt Lake City and Orlando. 3. FC DALLAS (5-0-4), 1.
Unable to get a second goal after Kellyn
scored from a clever layoff from Max Urruti
in the 20th minute, FCD paid the price for its squandered chances. An Urruti blast was tipped onto the crossbar, and the Curse of
continued when his low shot on a clean chance forced an excellent save. In seven games he has 11 shots and no goals or assists. But he’s doing a lot of the right
things. 4. SPORTING KC (5-2-4),
3. After grinding through three games in nine days last week SKC had enough in its legs to grab the first away point at Orlando City Stadium. In his
first MLS start winger Latif Blessing
scored early and late as SKC landed eight shots on target. Up next is another tough stint: home Wednesday against the defending champion, and at Vancouver
Saturday. 5. HOUSTON (6-3-1), 5.
The Dynamo won its sixth home game (out of seven) with a goal by Alberth Elis
and one by his replacement, Erick "Cubo" Torres
the penalty spot. It held only 40.4 percent of possession but didn’t concede until the 85th minute and needed only two saves by Joe Willis
to get the victory. 6. PORTLAND
The Timbers rallied to tie the game with a Liam Ridgewell
goal four minutes after they fell behind, and nearly won it in stoppage time when a David Guzman
shot hit the
post. Diego Valeri
returned to the lineup and managed two shots, Darlington Nagbe
sat out again with an ouchy hamstring. 7. ORLANDO CITY SC (6-3-1), 7.
The Lions are
still unbeaten at home (5-0-1) and got the point with excellent goals by Cyle Larin
, who has been sharp and energetic since returning from a hamstring injury. But they have
conceded eight goals in the last three games and were taken apart repeatedly by SKC while being outshot, 14-7. Once again, Joe Bendik
(six saves) had to be top-notch. 8.
COLUMBUS (6-5-1), 9.
Crew SC stumbled late against TFC to lose a game it had in the bag, so a strong response to win in Canada earned it a bump up the rankings. It blew a 2-0 lead provided by
strikes, but grabbed a win when Meram led a stoppage-time counter upfield and banged home a return pass from Niko Hansen
. Meram is the seventh player to hit a hat
trick for Crew SC. 9. CHICAGO (4-3-3), 13.
Along with myriad other elements necessary for success, the Fire showed a killer instinct after blowing open a 1-1 game. Nemanja
got the first and last goals – he converted on a second attempted PK after a save on David Accam
had been nullified by early goalkeeper movement – and Accam and Luis
also scored as Chicago’s attacking quartet cut the Seattle defense to ribbons. 10. SAN JOSE (4-4-3), 10.
The glow from two solid wins rapidly dissolved as the
Quakes struggled with altitude and a wildly pumped-up home team. Yet turnovers in bad spots produced the second and third goals and taking better care of the ball under pressure is essential this
week; San Jose hosts Orlando City Wednesday and plays at FC Dallas on Saturday. 11. VANCOUVER (4-5-1), 11.
The ‘Caps fell behind early, were victimized by a harsh
penalty-kick decision when defender Kendall Waston
collided with an opponent, and got on the board late with another Brek Shea
goal off the bench. The next phase of the season is crucial
and they need more consistency as they embark on a run of four straight league games at home and play in the Canadian Championship. 12. NY RED BULLS (5-6-1), 8.
The defeat extends
their losing streak to three games, during which they’ve been outscored, 8-1, and haven’t asserted their quality in midfield and up front. It’s very hard to control 67.7 percent of
possession, out-pass the opposition 504-245, and only generate nine shots. Aside from keeper Luis Robles
, the spine of the team is shaky. 13. ATLANTA UNITED (3-4-3),
Granted his first MLS start, German native Julian Gressel
rolled home a shot from distance during an 86-minute stint that helped AUFC increase its road haul to nine points. AUFC
conceded an equalizer four minutes after taking the lead, but a diving save by Alec Kann
kept the game tied. It plays the next two at home against Houston and New York City FC, which are
squarely in the playoff positions. 14. NEW ENGLAND (3-4-4), 18.
Taking advantage of a banged-up opponent is essential, and the Revs set aside their own woes to jump on top with a
Steve Caldwell goal in the fourth minute. Four different players scored before halftime as they broke a five-game winless streak. Kei Kamara
, Diego Fagundez
and Lee Nguyen
bagged a goal and registered an assist. 15. PHILADELPHIA (2-4-4), 19.
A goal and two assists for Haris Medunjanin
and a goal for Oguchi Onyewu
on his 35th
birthday brought Philly some redemption for a 2-1 loss at RFK on April Fool’s Day. Faca Picault
and Fabian Herbers
hit first-class finishes as Philly won its first road game of the
season emphatically. 16. MONTREAL (2-4-4), 15.
Stung by two goals in the first half, Montreal replied through Ignacio Piatti
and sub Anthony Jackson-Hamel
eventually came away with nothing despite outshooting Columbus, 24-10. The midfield collapsed in stoppage time as Meram ran free and Montreal lost a second straight home game. A solid debut for new DP
is one of the few positives. 17. SEATTLE (2-4-4), 12.
Not much positive came out of the Sounders’ trip to Chicago, other than Clint
’s fourth goal of the season and the substitute appearance of Brad Evans
, sidelined since the start of the season by a strained calf. He came on in the 81st minute, by which
time a Sounders’ back line patched up with Cristian Roldan
at right back and Tony Alfaro
in the middle had been breached three times in 16 minutes. Seattle has garnered just six
points from the last seven games. 18. LA GALAXY (3-5-2), 21.
The Galaxy followed up a good second half a week ago against the Fire with a strong showing at Red Bull Arena to kick
off a run of four straight on the road. Romain Alessandriani
bagged two more goals and drew a penalty-kick foul as well. A monster game by Jelle Van Dame
stamped out attacks all
over the defensive half. Up next is Minnesota United, then San Jose and D.C. United. 19. D.C. UNITED (3-5-2), 16.
The crumbling concrete and failing plumbing aren’t the only
dysfunctional systems at RFK. United managed just one shot on goal and seldom threatened after a wild midfield tackle produced a red card for Luciano Acosta.
Defender Chris Korb
first appearance since suffering a torn ACL in 2015 and Steve Birnbaum
got back on the field after sitting out a month going through the MLS Concussion Protocol. The last chance to salvage
points from a three-game homestand comes this weekend against Chicago. 20. MINNESOTA UNITED (3-6-2), 17.
A pair of tallies by Kevin Molino
wiped out a pair of one-goal
deficits stemming from an Abu Danladi
penalty-kick foul and a Christian Ramirez
own goal before the Loons conceded again. They are 0-4-2 on the road and have conceded the most goals (28)
in the league but they are battlers. 21. COLORADO (2-6-1), 22.
The Rapids awoke from their seven-game winless slumber to roll over the Quakes. Dominique Badji
scored a goal
after winning a ball in midfield and set up one of two by Shkelzen Gashi
by poking a pass through an opponents’ legs while sitting on the grass. A double-dip road trip to Chicago and
Philly this week should reveal more about this team’s current state. 22. REAL SALT LAKE (2-7-2), 20.
The crushing effects of U-20 callups and injuries continue. Three
midfielders made their first starts of the season and defender Reagan Dunk
played his first pro game, and the result was about what you’d expect. Jefferson Savarino
, a 20-year-old
Venezuelan signed on loan last week, put both of this shots on goal during a credible 29-minute stint. No letup this week: RSL hosts NYCFC and also plays in Seattle.