Week 9 of the 2013 Major League Soccer season has concluded, and the Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves at the top of the MLS Power Rankings once again. Portland and New York are chasing the Galaxy, while FC Dallas get knocked a few notches down following an underwhelming performance on the road. Here are your MLS Power Rankings for Week 9 on the View from Avalon.
1. Los Angeles Galaxy
With Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Todd Dunivant and Carlo Cudicini nursing some slight knocks, an understrength Los Angeles Galaxy side took on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. In the end, Bruce Arena’s Galaxy came away big winners, 2-0. Mike Magee opened up the scoring in the sixth minute while rookie Charlie Rugg opened up his scoring account in the 13th minute. However, the Galaxy will have to deal without the services of Jack McBean, who will be out several weeks due to a broken collarbone.
Los Angeles continue their season on May 5 against the Houston Dynamo in a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cups. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
2. Portland Timbers
How’s this for resiliency? Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers pulled out a statement victory: 3-2 over Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. to move up to No. 2 in the View’s Power Rankings. The Timbers equalized twice, with goals from Ryan Johnson in the 24th minute and Darlington Nagbe in the 33rd minute, but it Rodney Wallace that was the hero in the 58th minute of play. Portland continue their season on May 2 with a match against the New England Revolution at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
3. New York Red Bulls
At BMO Field in Toronto, Ont., a Tim Cahill brace in the 39th and 89th minutes gave Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC. New York return to action on May 4 when they travel to Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
4. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas were cruising on the road at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but two goals in four minutes from the hosts consigned the Hoops to a 2-2 draw. Dallas got on the board thanks to an own goal by Andy O’Brien in the ninth minute while Matt Hedges made it 2-0 in the 47th minute.
Dallas take the week off before returning to action the following week with a couple of contests. On May 8, the Hoops face the Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet. On May 11, the home stand continues with a match against D.C. United. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
5. Houston Dynamo
A 66th-minute strike from Giles Barnes gave Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. The Men in Orange continue their season on the road against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the rematch of the last two MLS Cup Finals at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. CT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
6. Columbus Crew
Billy Joel, send help. Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew didn’t start the fire—to the scoreboard at Crew Stadium, that is—but they were on fire against D.C. United en route to a 3-0 shutout win. In the words of Duncan Oughton, “Yeah, buddy!” Dominic Oduro opened up the scoring in the 15th minute and Josh Williams (26′) and Federico Higuain’ (45′ + 2′) closed shop. The Crew are back in action on May 4 against the New York Red Bulls at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
7. Montreal Impact
A hit-and-miss week told the story for Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact. After getting shut out 2-0 by Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship, L’Impact doused the Chicago Fire, 2-0, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. Goals from Andres Romero (57′) and Marco Di Vaio (76′) paced Montreal, who will get another crack at Toronto at home on May 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One and TVA Sports. L’Impact’s next MLS contest is on May 4 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.
8. San Jose Earthquakes
Goals from Chris Wondolowski (40′) and Cordell Cato (76′) gave Frank Yallop’s San Jose Earthquakes a well-deserved 2-2 draw with Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. San Jose will host the Montreal Impact on May 4 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
9. Sporting Kansas City
Despite a brace from Chance Myers in the first minute and the 29th minute of play, Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City came undone by two unanswered goals and fell to the Portland Timbers, 3-2, at Sporting Park. Sporting return to action on May 5 against Chivas USA at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV and UniMas.
10. Seattle Sounders
Sigi Schmid’s Seattle’s Sounders were off this week and will return to action on May 4 against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16.
11. Toronto FC
It was also a hit-and-miss week for Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC. In Canadian Championship play, they shut out the Montreal Impact, 2-0, at BMO Field. Doneil Henry opened up the scoring in t6he 49th minute before Andrew Wiedeman slammed the door shut in the 81st minute of play. In MLS action, Rookie Jonathan Osorio continued his hotstreak with an 83rd-minute goal for Toronto, but the Reds came undone by Tim Cahill and the New York Red Bulls at BMO by the score of 2-1.
Toronto have a couple more contests on tap this week. The Reds travel to Stade Saputo on May 1 to take on the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One. On May 4, TFC travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to face the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Ontario.
12. New England Revolution
At Gillette Stadium, Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution shut out the Philadelphia Union 2-0 thanks to goals from Diego Fagundez in the 61st minute and Lee Nguyen in the 71st minute of play. The Revs return to action on May 2 against the red-hot Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
13. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake were sucker-punched by the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium, and will need to rebound quickly if they are to stand any chance at contending for the MLS Western Conference crown. RSL continue their season on May 4 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps
Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps nearly dropped the ball against FC Edmonton in Canadian Championship action, but a Camilo Sanvezzo brace in the fifth and 83rd minutes combined with an 89th-minute rebound volley off Tommy Heinemann gave the Caps a hard-earned 3-2 win at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alb. In MLS action, Kekuta Manneh (72′) and Camilo (75′) helped Vancouver salvage a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas at BC Place Stadium.
Up next for Vancouver is the second leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal with FC Edmonton at BC Place on May 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One. On May 4, the Caps take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific.
15. Colorado Rapids
Drew Moor put Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids ahead in the second minute of first half injury time but the visitors could not hold on as they drew 1-1 with the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Colorado return to action on May 4 against Toronto FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.
16. Chivas USA
Mario De Luna equalized for Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Chivas USa in the 47th minute and Tristan Bowen made it 2-1 in the 51st minute of play, but it was not enough as the Goats were consigned to a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center. Up next for Chivas USA is a May 5 match with Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.
17. Philadelphia Union
John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union were shut out 2-0 by the New England Revolution and will look to bounce back on May 4 against the Seattle Sounders at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by ABC 6.
18. Chicago Fire
The awful season for Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire continued as they fell to the Montreal Impact on the road at Stade Saputo, 2-0. The Fire will need to stop the bleeding ASAP, because they could find themselves in a hole they don’t want to be in. Chicago get the week off before continuing their season on May 11 against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
19. D.C. United
Ben Olsen’s D.C. United spend another week at the bottom of the MLS Power Rankings after getting burned by the Columbus Crew, 3-0, at Crew Stadium. D.C. take the week off before returning to action with a couple of matches. On May 8, United host the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet. On May 11, D.C. travel to FC Dallas Stadium to face Western Conference leaders FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.