Chicago held the top spot and the teams in second and third switched places during the holiday midweek action.
The Fire posted a 2-2 tie in Portland to stretch its unbeaten streak to 11
games, the longest such run in MLS this season. Toronto FC beat Orlando City, 3-1, and moved into second past New York City FC, which lost a seesaw game in Vancouver, 3-2.
Home teams lost
five of 11 games and the Galaxy suffered one of its worst defeats ever, regardless of venue, at StubHub Center to RSL, 6-2. Houston stayed in course for an unbeaten home season by throttling Montreal,
3-1, and is 8-0-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Philadelphia maintained its recent good form to earn a 1-1 tie at Sporting Kansas City and move up a few more notches.
There are no
league games this week because of the Gold Cup. Six teams play in the U.S. Open Cup. The league program resumes July 19. MLS Results, Week 19: July
Atlanta 4 San Jose 2. Highlights
United 0 Columbus 1. Highlights
FC Dallas 4 D.C. United 2. Highlights
Colorado 1 Seattle 3. Highlights
New England 2 NY Red Bulls 3. Highlights July 5
Orlando City 1 Toronto FC 3.
LA Galaxy 2 Real Salt Lake 6. Highlights
Houston 3 Montreal 1. Highlights
Vancouver 3 New York City FC 2. Highlights
Portland 2 Chicago 2. Highlights July 6
Sporting KC 1 Philadelphia 1. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the
Power Rankings, which are based on recent form as well as overall performance. Included is a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1. CHICAGO (11-3-5), 1.
Relegated to a backup role by a wave of successful signings, Arturo Alvarez
seized upon a starting assignment by swerving home a free kick and setting up a goal for Brandon
. Seven saves by Matt Lampson
and seven blocks by his teammates helped the Fire overcome a 24-6 disparity in shots. 2. TORONTO FC (11-3-5), 3. Sebastian
upped his take against OCSC to eight goals in seven games by netting twice and he also hit the crossbar with a free kick. TFC has won three of its last four and after the break plays New
York City FC twice in a span of 11 days. 3. NEW YORK CITY FC (10-6-3), 2.
A four-game winning streak ended, but only after NYCFC rebounded from conceding a goal in the third minute
with tallies by Maxine Chanot
and David Villa
six minutes apart before halftime. In his first start since mid-May, Andrea Pirlo
stayed with the pace and assisted on Chanot’s
goal but he lost his influence and was replaced in the 75th
minute. 4. ATLANTA UNITED (9-7-3), 5.
Provided a man advantage in the 32nd minute, AUFC kept to its task and
prevailed thanks to a pair of goals by Josef Martinez
and singletons from Carlos Carmona
and Anton Walkes
. 5. FC DALLAS (8-3-7), 6.
Deprived of three starters
by the Gold Cup, FCD still blew away D.C. by scoring four goals in 15 minutes either side of halftime. Atiba Harris
started the barrage and Roland Lamah
notched a pair sandwiched around
’s team-leading 11th of the season. Close behind is Lamah with eight, half of which he’s netted in the last two games. He may be the solution to the scoring woes of
, who has yet to net in 551 minutes of action. 6. SPORTING KC (8-4-8), 4.
Some sharp goalkeeping thwarted SKC, which took the lead on Diego
’s goal early in the second half but conceded the tying goal after Benny Feilhaber
was whistled for a PK foul. Defender Erik Palmer-Brown
, in his first start since
2015, stepped right in for Matt Besler
and looked very solid. 7. VANCOUVER (7-7-3), 9.
The ‘Caps took the lead and fell behind before battling back to grab a vital
victory. After Jordan Harvey
volleyed a superb equalizer from a tight angle early in the second half, sub Yordy Reyna
made his B.C. Place debut in the 65th minute and marked an
impressive showing by nailing the winner with a spectacular diving header. 8. MONTREAL (5-6-6), 7.
Stung by a goal conceded in the first minute the Impact labored futilely in the
Houston heat and didn’t get a goal, by Michael Salazar
, until the 89th minute. He hadn’t scored in MLS since netting two against New England more than a year ago. Seven saves by
kept the score respectable. 9. HOUSTON (8-7-4), 11.
In the absence of the team’s three Honduran attackers away on Gold Cup duty, Andrew Wenger
in the first minute and a goal by Alex
midway through the first half set a victory in motion. Mauro Manotas
did his part by assisting on both goals and Memo Rodriguez
midway through the second half polished off the Impact. 10. SAN JOSE (7-7-5), 10.
The Quakes started fast and hung tough in Atlanta on two days’ rest but couldn’t
overcome a disadvantage imposed by the dismissal of defender Kofi Sarkodie
in the first half after a long, long wait (2,633 minutes) ended for Tommy Thompson
, who blasted his first
professional into the roof of the net. Chris Wondolowski
scored his eighth of 2017 and is nearing a league-record eighth consecutive season in double-digits. 11. NEW YORK RED
BULLS (8-8-2), 12.
The Red Bulls left Gillette Stadium with a big three points and a franchise record 53rd victory for head coach Jesse Marsch
thanks to a last-minute strike by substitute
, who scored his first league goal since last September. 12. L.A. GALAXY (6-8-4), 8.
Also netting his first goal in nearly a year was Ashley Cole
tied the game and provided some hope that lasted about five minutes, until RSL scored the first of five consecutive goals. The Galaxy wilted three days after losing a heartbreaker in the final
seconds against San Jose and head coach Curt Onalfo
rightly blamed everyone including himself. 13. PHILADELPHIA (6-7-5), 17.
A heroic game by John McCarthy
the nets with Jamaican Andre Blake
on Gold Cup duty, helped the Union get its point. His six saves included two dazzlers and rendered relevant Roland Alberg
’s tying goal from the
penalty spot in the 69th minute. 14. PORTLAND (7-7-6), 14. Sebastian Blanco
’s equalizer in the 70th minute earned the Timbers a tie but an apparent late winner by Fanendo
was disallowed by his foul as he headed the ball into the net. An Adi penalty kick had provided a 1-0 lead against an opponent that scored twice despite being outshot, 24-6.
15. NEW ENGLAND (5-9-5), 13.
This may be the loss that torpedoes the season. The Revs blew a pair of one-goal leads taken with strikes from Teal Bunbury
and Lee Nguyen
minutes apart, and surrendered yet another goal in the final minute. Four defeats in a row leads into a long break, after which there are back-to-back home games of utmost importance.
16. SEATTLE (6-7-6), 16.
Early-game injuries to Osvaldo Alonso
and Chad Marshall
did not deter the Sounders, which overpowered the Rapids with a pair
of goals by Clint Dempsey
, who also assisted on a close-range goal for Will Bruin
. After the break Seattle plays very winnable home games against D.C. and San Jose. 17.
COLORADO (6-11-1), 17.
Trailing 2-0 at home after half an hour, the Rapids
didn’t score until the 78th minute when Dominique Badji
struck, and then they conceded a clincher
five minutes later. They were in scramble mode for most of the game; 19 fouls committed and five cautions incurred. Three losses in the last four games, including two at home, has stalled their push
for a playoff slot. 18. COLUMBUS (9-10-1), 18
. Adapting to a new team has taken some time for ex-Whitecap Kekuta Manneh,
but he marked his first start in more than month
drilling home a bouncing shot from distance. A three-man back line anchored by rookie Alex Crognale
overcame an injury to Nicolai Naess
, who was ably replaced by Josh
, limited the opposition to just six shots and only one needed to be stopped by keeper Zack Steffen
. 19. ORLANDO CITY (8-7-5), 15.
Whether or not this ranking is
“fair” -- and for a team with 10 points in its last 10 games, only D.C. has fewer, it probably is – the Lions are trending in the wrong direction. Kaka
set up a goal for sub
that cut the deficit to 2-1, and two minutes later the Lions conceded a clincher. Their 1.1 goals per game is among the lowest in the league and a minus-7 goal difference is
not what team management expected when it fired head coach Adrian Heath
a year ago. 20. REAL SALT LAKE (6-12-2), 22.
Beating up on a bitter rival depleted by injuries away
from home is always a good thing, and it was the fourth win in the last nine games. Jefferson Savarino
scored twice within five minutes and four other teammates also netted, including Albert
, who picked up his team-high seventh assist as well. 21. MINNESOTA UNITED (5-11-3), 20.
A run of five straight home games started off badly against one of the
conference’s under-achieving teams. The Loons came out in a 3-5-2 formation with rookie Abu Danladi
and Christian Ramirez
paired up front and landed just one shot on goal, which
isn’t much to show for 55.7 percent of possession. 22. D.C. UNITED (5-11-3), 21.
The roof fell in after Ian Harkes
nailed his first MLS goal and by the time recent
signing Deshorn Brown
got D.C. on the board again the result had been determined. Keeper Travis Worra
, making his third start of the season, stopped four shots.