2013 MLS Power Rankings: Week 10

Would you believe this: we have yet another new face at the top of the 2013 MLS Power Rankings, and it is the most unexpected of teams: it’s the New York Red Bulls, who are pulling off a solid season to climb up to the top of the Eastern Conference. The Los Angeles Galaxy have taken a bit of a slide, while Toronto FC have truly missed this plot this past week.

May 4, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Fabian Espindola (9) dribbles past Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall (14) in the second half of play at Crew Stadium. The New York Red Bulls beat the Columbus Crew 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

We have a heavy week of action in Major League Soccer on the way, so let’s get going with this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.

1. New York Red Bulls

An 80th-minute goal from Tim Cahill was enough for Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls to prevail 1-0 over the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Red Bulls have a couple of matches on the way. On May 8, they host the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG+. On May 11, New York travel to the Big Razor, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. to take on the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.

2. FC Dallas

Off this past week were Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas. 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.

3. Houston Dynamo

Remember the name: Andrew Driver. Remember the number: 20. The No. 20 for Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo, Andrew Driver, proved his stock in the 56th minute, exorcising the demons from their past two MLS Cup meetings at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. as the Men in Orange shut out the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0.

Up next for the Dynamo are a couple of matches. On May 8, Houston travel to RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. to take on D.C. United. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet 2 and Mega TV. On May 12, Houston return home to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. to face Sporting Kansas City in a massive showdown in the East. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

4. Sporting Kansas City

May 5, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong (17) celebrates with midfielder Josh Gardner (31) after scoring a goal against Chivas USA in the second half at Sporting Park. Kansas City won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The rout was on for Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City, as they torched a Chivas USA side that had to play down to 10 men, 4-0, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Claudio Bieler led the way with a brace in the 41st and 57th minutes of play. Also on goal were Graham Zusi (65′) and C.J. Sapong (87′).

With Kei Kamara returning to the team, it will be all hands on deck for Sporting as they take on a busy week of matches. On May 8, they host the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV. Also on KSMO-TV is the May 12 showdown between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo, live from BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.

5. Portland Timbers

Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers played to a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. and will need to pick up points to remain in the chase in the West. The Timbers have a couple of matches this week. On May 8, Portland travel to FC Dallas Stadium to clash with Western Conference leaders FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT Sports. On May 12, the Timbers return to JELD-WEN for an important contest against struggling Chivas USA. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by KPTV.

6. Montreal Impact

Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact punched their ticket to the Canadian Championship Final after routing Toronto FC, 6-0, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. Marco Di Vaio scored a brace in the 44th and 90th minutes. Also on goal were Justin Mapp (24′), Daniele Paponi (33′), Andres Romero (61′) and Andrew Wenger (94′). Against the San Jose Earthquakes in league play, Mapp scored a brace in the 24th and 47th minutes, but it was not enough as L’Impact were consigned to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.

Two big contests are on the way for Montreal this week. On May 8, L’Impact take on Red Bull New York at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is schjeduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports. On May 11, Montreal return home to Stade Saputo to host Real Salt Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET snd will be televised by TVA Sports.

May 4, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) high fives fans after the game against the Montreal Impact at Buck Shaw Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

7. San Jose Earthquakes

The fight and grit from Frank Yallop’s San Jose Earthquakes are intangibles you just can’t teach. Down two goals midway through the second half, the Quakes rallied back through Adam Jahn in the 59th minute and Sam Cronin in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact at Buck Shaw Stadium.

As with many of the teams this week, there are a couple of matches on tap for San Jose. On May 8, they host Toronto FC at Buck Shaw. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet. On May 11, the Quakes travel to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. to face the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

8. Los Angeles Galaxy

It was another pitiful weekend of gong show football for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy. Despite dominating the stat sheets, Robbie Keane’s absence combined with Landon Donovan’s lack of finish from the penalty spot were costly as the Galaxy fell, 1-0, to the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center. With a massive road trip looming, the last thing LA wants is to come into the road trip on a losing note. The Galaxy need to stop the bleeding when they travel to BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

9. Real Salt Lake

Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake are making their move after a solid 2-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Luis Gil opened up the scoring in the 47th minute before Javier Morales slammed the door shut in the 71st minute of play.

May 4, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake fans react to a goal by Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales (not pictured) during the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

RSL return to action on May 8 against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30. On May 11, the road trip continues as Real Salt Lake clash with the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. MT/2 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.

10. Columbus Crew

Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew were shut out, 1-0, by the New York Red Bulls at Crew Stadioum and will need to rebound this Saturday, May 11, at home against the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.

11. Seattle Sounders

After Eddie Johnson opened up the scoring in the 10th minute for Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders, it was Mauro Rosales’s 64th-minute goal that salvaged a 2-2 draw at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. against the Philadelphia Union. Seattle return to action with a couple of matches. On May 8, they travel to Sporting Park to take on Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16. On May 11, the Sounders host the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16.

12. Colorado Rapids

An Edson Buddle goal in the 86th minute gave Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids a 1-0 shutout victory over Toronto FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Up next for Colorado is a May 11 contest at Crew Stadium against the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.

13. New England Revolution

Apr 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Saer Sene (39) during the second half against Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium. The New England Revolution won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution played to scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers on Thursday at JELD-WEN Field. Two matches await the Revs this week. On May 8, New England host Real Salt Lake at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet. On May 11, the home stand continues with a showdown against the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

14. Philadelphia Union

A Danny Cruz brace in the 50th and 51st minutes was not enough for John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union, who were consigned to a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders at PPL Park. The Unjion returned to action on May 11 against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

15. Vancouver Whitecaps

Corey Hertzog’s goal in the 58th minute, coupled with an own goal by FC Edmonton’s Shaun Seiko, was enough for Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps too silence the Eddies in the Canadian Champions, 2-0, at BC Place Stadium. They couldn’t translate that same success on the pitch, as they were shut down, 2-0, by Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Caps will host the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific.

16. Chicago Fire

Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire were off this past weekend. The Fire continue 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.

17. Chivas USA

May 4, 2013; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle (9) in congratulated by midfielder Atiba Harris (16) and forward Deshorn Brown (26) after scoring in the second half against Toronto FC at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids went on to win 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

A 4-0 shutout defeat to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park told the story for Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Chivas USA. The Goats return to action on May 12, when they travel to JELD-WEN Field to take on the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.

18. D.C. United

Also off this past week were Ben Olsen’s D.C. United. On May 8, United host the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. 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.

19. Toronto FC

Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC are at the bottom this week after getting shut out twice: 6-0 by the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo and 1-0 by the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Up next for TFC is a May 8 contest with the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET.

Topics: Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer, Mls, Power Rankings

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