SA's MLS Power Rankings: Western Conference teams feast on Eastern Conference foes

MLS Week 13, Results:

Wednesday, May 22
NY Red Bulls 2 Vancouver 2
Friday, May 24
Orlando City 0 LA Galaxy 1
Real Salt Lake 2 Atlanta United 1
LAFC 4 Montreal 2
Saturday, May 25
Chicago 1 NYCFC 1
Vancouver 2 FC Dallas 1
Philadelphia 1 Portland 3
FC Cincinnati 0 NY Red Bulls 2
New England 1 D.C. United 1
Minnesota United 1 Houston 0
Colorado 3 Columbus 2
Sunday, May 26
Sporting KC 3 Seattle 2
Toronto FC 1 San Jose 2

√  Nine Western Conference teams -- including the six lowest ranked teams -- won in Week 13, while only one Eastern Conference team -- the New York Red Bulls -- was victorious.

For the week, Western Conference teams went 8-0-1 against Eastern Conference foes.

√ Real Salt Lake, which started out 1-4-2, is now back to .500 thanks to three straight wins, including victories over the last two MLS Cup winners, Toronto FC and Atlanta United.

After starting out 0-5-1, Portland finished its 12-game road swing with a 4-1-1 record.

√ FC Dallas has the longest winless streak in MLS, going 0-4-2 in its last six games. Toronto FC is next with a 0-4-1 record in its last five games.

RANK (PREVIOUS) TEAM (W-L-T)

1. (1) LAFC (10-1-4)
2. (2) Seattle (7-2-5)
3. (3) Houston (7-3-2)
4. (5) NYCFC (4-1-7)
5. (4) Philadelphia (7-4-3)
6. (8) NY Red Bulls (6-5-3)
7. (9) Minn. United (6-4-3)
8. (10) LA Galaxy (8-5-1)
9. (7) D.C. United (7-4-4)
10. (6) Atlanta United (6-5-2)
11. (14) Real Salt Lake (6-6-1)
12. (15) San Jose (5-6-2)
13. (16) Portland (4-6-2)
14. (11) Toronto FC (5-6-2)
15. (12) FC Dallas (5-6-3)
16. (13) Montreal (6-6-3)
17. (17) Chicago (4-5-5)
18. (19) Vancouver (4-6-5)
19. (21) Sporting KC (3-4-5)
20.
(18) Columbus
(5-9-1)
21. (22) New England (3-8-4)
22. (20) Orlando City (4-7-3)
23. (24) Colorado (2-9-2)
24. (23) FC Cincinnati (3-9-2)
Note: Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings.

MLS Week 14, Schedule:

Wednesday, May 29
Atlanta United vs. Minnesota United 7 pm.
Montreal vs. Real Salt Lake 7:30 pm.
Philadelphia vs. Colorado 7:30 pm.
D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire 8 pm.
Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy 8:30 pm.
Friday, May 31
Vancouver vs. Toronto FC 10 pm.
Saturday, June  1
Montreal vs. Orlando City 5 pm.
Atlanta United vs. Chicago 8 pm.
NY Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake 7 pm.
Columbus vs. NYCFC 7:30 pm.
FC Dallas vs. Seattle 8 pm.
D.C. United vs. San Jose 8 pm.
Colorado vs. FC Cincinnati  8:30 pm.
Houston vs. Sporting KC  8:30 pm.
Portland vs. LAFC 10:30 pm.
Sunday, June 2
Minnesota United vs. Philadelphia 4 pm.
LA Galaxy vs. New England 10:30 pm.

After 12 games on the road, Portland opens at expanded Providence Park against LAFC.

Bruce Arena is expected to make his debut on the sidelines for New England when it plays at LA Galaxy, where he coached for eight seasons.

Photo: LAFC.

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