In one of the wackiest as well as busiest weeks of the season so far, another shuffle of the top three moved New York City FC atop the heap after it beat previous leader Chicago, 2-1. After getting a
good point at Yankee Stadium, Toronto FC was held at home by Colorado, 1-1, to stay second.
Atlanta and FC Dallas kept up the pressure on the top trio by racking up their third
consecutive victories to stay fourth and fifth, respectively. The Red Bulls jumped back into the top 10 by routing the Quakes and Loons, and a pair of wins for the Sounders pushed them into the top
tier, albeit barely. MLS WEEK 20: July 19
NY Red Bulls 5 San Jose 1. Highlights
Montreal 2 Philadelphia 1. Highlights
NYCFC 2 Toronto FC 2. Highlights
Minn. United 0 Houston 0. Highlights
LA Galaxy 0 Vancouver 1. Highlights
Portland 1 Real Salt Lake 4. Highlights
Seattle 4 D.C. United 3.
Highlights July 21
Orlando City 0, Atlanta United 1. Highlights July 22
New York City FC 2, Chicago 1. Highlights
Minnesota United 0, NY Red Bulls 3. Highlights
D.C. United 1, Houston 3. Highlights
Toronto FC 1, Colorado 1. Highlights
Columbus 1, Philadelphia 0. Highlights
Montreal 1, FC Dallas 2. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 1, Sporting
KC 1. Highlights
New England 4, LA Galaxy 3. Highlights July 23
Vancouver 1, Portland 2. Highlights
Seattle 3, San Jose 0. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings, which include a team's record in parentheses and rank last
week. 1. NEW YORK CITY FC (11-6-4), 3
. NYCFC took advantage of a disjointed Fire to win despite going down to 10 men early when Yordy
incurred two quick cautions. NYCFC got goals by David Villa
and Frederic Brilliant
three minutes apart. Villa and Maxi Moralez
got on the
board against Toronto. 2. TORONTO FC (11-3-7), 2.
After what would have been his first MLS goal against NYCFC was annulled by an offside call, Jay
scored in the fifth minute against Colorado but TFC couldn't get to the finish line in front. In the 2-2 tie, Ashtone Morgan
scored his first
MLS goal early, head coach Greg Vanney
was dismissed for protesting an offside call, and Victor Vazquez
equalized in stoppage time.
3. CHICAGO (11-4-5), 1
. Sometimes a team playing 11 against 10 just can't exploit the advantage and after being stung twice by NYCFC the Fire got one back quickly through
but could not extend its 11-game unbeaten streak. 4. ATLANTA UNITED (10-7-3), 4
. A bit of buzzkill was laid down by Gerardo "Tata"
when he said a rivalry needs 50 games to take root but with a goal by Hector Villalba
AUFC took the early lead and in Orlando City Stadium as well.
5. FC DALLAS (9-3-7), 5.
That's more like it. A eruption of four goals in 15 minutes -- including two by Roland Lamah
-- swept aside D.C. United. Cristian
timed his breakthrough perfectly to net his first two MLS goals after one was wrongly not given though the ball crossed the line. FCD has won three in a row and is unbeaten in its last
five. 6. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (8-4-9), 6
. A penalty earned and converted by Benny Feilhaber
added a fifth tie to a seven-game un beaten streak as SKC
gave up the conference lead to FCD. 7. HOUSTON (9-7-5), 9.
Four road points doubles their previous total and gives a little more foundation to their impressive rebound
from a dismal 2016. Three goals in the first 17 minutes at RFK Stadium is just what the Dynamo has been doing at home. 8. VANCOUVER (8-8-3), 7
. After a Tony Tchani
goal earned a vital victory at StubHub Center the 'Caps failed to hold serve at B.C. Place, where they are an okay 5-3-2 this season. Presumably buoyed by an Andrew Jacobson
just before halftime, they instead gave up a second goal four minutes into the second half. 9. NY RED BULLS (10-8-2), 11.
They needed a big week and got six points along
with eight goals. Sacha Kljestan
notched his first of the season in the rout of San Jose, and after bagging the last two in that game, Daniel Royer
opened the scoring
in the defeat of MNUFC. 10. MONTREAL (6-7-6), 8.
A lead provided by a Michael Salazar
goal did not hold up but he's scored three goals in as many games.
He got the first goal against Philly and Blerim Dzemail
i's winner was his fourth tally in his first eight MLS games. Dzemaili also has four assists. 11. SEATTLE
The week belonged to Cristian Roldan
and head coach Brian Schmetzer
. After icing the first victory from a 3-0 deficit in league history by
scoring the winning goal, Roldan notched two more goals against the Quakes. No team had ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win in MLS. 12. SAN JOSE (7-9-5), 10.
era in San Jose ran into its first major snag. The Quakes didn't play all that badly in a 5-1 loss to the Red Bulls in which recently signed DP Valeri
scored his first MLS goal, but succumbed again in Seattle. They've conceded 12 goals in three straight defeats. 13. COLUMBUS (10-10-1), 18.
faces the Union again Wednesday in another game crucial to the playoff hopes of both teams. Justin Meram
scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute. 14.
NEW ENGLAND (6-9-5), 15.
The Revs continue to confound. They needed a pair of goals three minutes apart from substitute Teal Bunbury
to subdue the Galaxy after blowing a pair
of one-goal leads. 15. COLORADO (6-11-2), 17.
Trailing early in a tough venue, the Rapids scraped out their first road point of the season (!) with a Dominique
goal in the 76th minute. 16. REAL SALT LAKE (7-12-3), 20.
After failing to win eight times at Providence Park, RSL overpowered a shorthanded host. Kyle
scored in the 10th minute and Joao Plata
sandwiched a pair of goals around one by Albert Rusnak
. Against SKC, a goal by Luis Silva
before halftime was all it had to show for a 20-10 advantage in shots. 17. PORTLAND (8-8-6), 14.
Goals by Jeremy Ebobisse
enabled the Timbers to snap a six-game winless streak and put back the pieces of a first-ever home loss to RSL in which Victor Arboleda
were sent off two minutes apart early in the second half. 18. PHILADELPHIA (6-9-5), 13.
A lineup depleted by injuries and callups failed to put a shot on
goal in Columbus. Fafa Picault tied the match in Montreal just before halftime but Philly conceded the winner just six minutes into the second period. 19. L.A. GALAXY (6-10-4),
Defender Daniel Steres
equalized not once but twice and still the Galaxy couldn't avoid a defeat, its fifth in a row. A very unfit Jermaine Jones
until halftime in his return to action. 20. ORLANDO CITY (8-8-5), 19.
The Lions lost the first game against their Southern neighbors despite a substitute appearance
by Cyle Larin,
fresh off his short stint with Canada as a knockout-round addition. 21. MINNESOTA UNITED (5-12-4), 21.
The back-to-back blankings extended
its barren run without a goal to 351 minutes. Against Houston Kevin Molino
took three shots, and Christian Ramirez
one, and that was it. 22. D.C.
UNITED (5-13-3), 22.
Weeks don’t get much bleaker than this. United is the first team to lose an MLS game in regulation time after leading 3-0 (goals by Deshorn Brown
and Lloyd Sam.
Then it gave up three goals in the first 17 minutes at home. Oh, 2018, where art thou?