MLS Power Rankings: Portland moves up two spots

A Saturday of just three games generated little movement in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings. Portland jumped up two slots and dropped FC Dallas the same margin with a two-goal game from Fanendo Adi. Second-ranked Chicago racked up another victory at home, where it is unbeaten, by downing Atlanta United, 2-0, and No. 4 Sporting Kansas City squandered a pending victory against Montreal on a defensive blunder.
 
MLS Results, Week 15:
June 10
Chicago 2, Atlanta United 0. Highlights
Sporting Kansas City 1, Montreal 1. Highlights
Portland 2, FC Dallas 0. Highlights
 
Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. Comments are included for teams that played last week. All U.S.-based MLS teams play Open Cup matches Tuesday and Wednesday, and all 22 members play league matches this weekend.

1. TORONTO FC (8-2-5), 1.  Idle.

2. CHICAGO (8-3-4), 2. The Fire extended its unbeaten streak to seven games thanks to a goal by Luis Solignac, set up by the relentless David Accam, and the league-leading 12th goal of the season from Nemanja Nikolic. It also posted a fourth shutout during that seven-game span and is 7-0-1 at home.

3. NEW YORK CITY FC (7-5-3), 3. Idle.
 
4. SPORTING KC (7-4-5), 4. Its home winning streak was eight minutes away from increasing to seven games when a Soni Mustivar error presented Montreal with its chance to equalize, which it did.  A goal by Gerso, his sixth in 16 games, provided the lead SKC could not retain. Ilie, whose fine work is a key facet for SKC, registered his first MLS assist.

5. L.A. GALAXY (5-5-3), 6. Idle.

6. VANCOUVER (6-6-1), 7. Idle.
 
7. FC DALLAS (6-3-5), 5. Shorthanded by callups and injuries, FCD fell to its third loss in the last five games. Roland Lamah was denied a goal by a great save, Mauro Diaz continued his comeback from injury by playing the final 26 minutes, and Cristian Colman maintained his goalless record in MLS by squandering an excellent opportunity.

8. ATLANTA UNITED (5-6-3), 8. AUSC mustered just two shots on goal while losing its third of the last four road games. Alec Kann stopped four shots to keep the game close. Miguel Almiron came on as a sub, as did Josef Martinez in his first appearance since suffering a thigh injury in March.

9. HOUSTON (7-6-2), 9. Idle.

10. NEW ENGLAND (5-5-5), 10.  Idle.

11. MONTREAL (4-4-4), 11. The Impact stole a point on the road through Matteo Mancosu, who stole a back pass and cleverly chipped the goalkeeper in the 82nd minute. Ignacio Piatti landed all four of his shots on goal and Montreal caused problems on the counter despite a very low possession percentage of 34.

12. PORTLAND (6-5-3), 14. Another two-goal game for Fanendo Adi -- his 13th in MLS -- and some defensive reshuffling earned the Timbers a second straight victory. Both starting centerbacks, Liam Ridgewell and Roy Miller, left with injuries that required midfielder Lawrence Olum to slide into the back line and sub Amobi Okugo to fill in. Dairon Asprilla marked an excellent game by slicing through the middle to set up Adi’s first goal, which snapped a personal goalless streak of five games. Zarek Valentin aided the shutout with a goalline clearance following a fine save by keeper Jake Gleeson.

13. COLUMBUS (7-8-1), 12. Idle.
 
14. SAN JOSE (5-6-4), 13. Idle.
 
15. ORLANDO CITY (7-5-3), 15. Idle.
 
16. SEATTLE (5-6-4), 16. Idle.
 
17. NY RED BULLS (6-7-2), 17. Idle.
 
18. PHILADELPHIA (4-6-4), 18. Idle.
 
19. COLORADO (4-8-1), 19. Idle.

20. D.C. UNITED (4-7-3), 20. Idle.
 
21. MINNESOTA UNITED (4-8-2), 21. Idle.
 
22. REAL SALT LAKE (4-10-2), 22. 
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