Happy Easter, readers on FanSided and the View from Avalon! In this week’s MLS Power Rankings, FC Dallas are the new No. 1 team after their victory over the New England Revolution. Also on the rise are the Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City and Chivas, who also pulled of some impressive victories. All this and more on this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas are at the top this week after a solid 1-0 shutout victory over the New England Revolution on the road at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Blas Perez was the hero in the 87th minute of play. The Hoops continue their season against a resilent Toronto FC team at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. on Apr. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
2. Houston Dynamo
It’s a Texas two-step in this week’s Power Rankings as Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo shut out the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Will Bruin opened up the scoring in the 17th minute before Giles Barnes put the game out of reach in the 42nd minute of play. The Dynamo return to action on Apr. 6 when they travel to Portland, Ore. to take on the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet 2.
3. Chivas USA
All of a sudden, the team in Los Angeles that is catching fire is Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Chivas USA. El Chelis must be doing something right, as the Goats stormed to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. An own goal by Vancouver’s Jun Marques Davidson in the 12th minute, followed by a 55th-minute winner from Eric Avila, was enough for Chivas USA to continue its chase of Dallas for the top spot in the West. The Goats take the week off before heading back to action on Apr. 13 against the Colorado Rapids at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
4. Los Angeles Galaxy
An overhead volley from Jose Villareal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time spared Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy of some massive blushes as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field. Mike Magee opened up the scoring for LA in the 16th minute. As one of two MLS teams still alive in the CONCACAF Champions League, the next two weeks will see the Galaxy step aside from league play to focus on CF Monterrey. Kickoff in the first leg of this 2012-13 CCL semifinal is scheduled for Apr. 3 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer.
5. Sporting Kansas City
Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City are massive movers this week, jumping up to No. 5 after their 2-0 shutout of the Montreal Impact at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Claudio Bieler opened up the scoring just five minutes in and in the 80th minute, Graham Zusi slammed the door shut. Sporting return to action on Apr. 5 against D.C. United. Kickoff at Sporting Park is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.
6. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake got back on the win column after their 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. RSL got off to a fast start and rode on it, with goals from Robbie Findley in the eighth minute and Luis Gil in the 35th minute. Real Salt Lake continue their season on Apr. 6 against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
7. New York Red Bulls
Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls picked up a massive 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena is Harrison, N.J. Dax McCarty opened up the scoring in the 55th minute and Thierry Henry sent home the match-winner in the 81st minute of play. The Red Bulls return to action on Apr. 7 against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.
8. Columbus Crew
Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew were out this past week. They return to action on Apr. 6 when they take on the Philadephia Union at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio.
9. Montreal Impact
The win streak is over for Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact, who were shut out on the road by Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, at Sporting Park. L’Impact take the week off and will host the Columbus Crew on Apr. 13 at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by RDS 2 and TSN.
10. D.C. United
Ben Olsen’s D.C. United was off this past week. D.C.’s next contest is on Apr. 5, when they face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.
11. San Jose Earthquakes
Frank Yallop’s San Jose Earthquakes had it tough on Saturday, dropping a 2-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. A more inspired performance is in order when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet California.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
Despite a 64th-minute goal from Kenny Miller, Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps paid the price for chasing the game at their own peril and dropped a 2-1 defeat to Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. Adjustments will need to be made before the Caps continue their season on Apr. 6 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Rogers SportsNet Pacific.
13. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC were close to pulling out a surprise victory over Los Angeles Galaxy but suffered some heartbreak in their 2-2 draw at BMO Field. Robert Earnshaw scored an equalizer in the 29th minute and Jonathan Osorio added a second in the 78th minute of play. The Reds return to action on Apr. 6 when they host high-flying FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN 2.
14. Portland Timbers
Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers played to a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Will Johnson was the hero, scoring a brace in the 55th and 71st minutes. Portland’s next match is against the Houston Dynamo on Apr. 6 at Jeld-Wen Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT Sports.
15. Philadelphia Union
John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union got a goal from Conor Casey in the 63rd minute, but that was it as they fell to the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at Red Bull Arena. Philly continue their season on Apr. 6 at Crew Stadium against the Columbua Crew. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.
16. Colorado Rapids
Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids were consigned to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers at home. Dillon Powers got the Rapids on the scoresheet in the 18th minute and Hendry Thomas added a second in the 48th minute but it was not enough. The Rapids returned to action on Apr. 6 against Real Salt Lake in the second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
17. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution slide down one spot after dropping a 1-0 shutout defeat to FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium. The Revs will take the week off before returning to action on Apr. 13 against the Seattle Sounders in a glorified pillow fight at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is schedueld for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
18. Seattle Sounders
This has been a lousy start to the season for Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders, who dropped a 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Brad Evans pulled on back in the 57th minute but the Rave Green couldn’t muster anything else. This is not good momentum for Seattle, who have CONCACAF Champions League business against Santos Laguna to worry about. The first leg at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. is scheduled for Apr. 2 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer.
19. Chicago Fire
Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire were off this past week. This week, Chicago take on the New York Red Bulls on Apr. 7 at Toyota Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.