Returning to the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon are FC Dallas, who are pulling away from the pack in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders are returning to their winning ways and are making an assault for the top. All this and more in this week’s MLS Power Rankings.
1. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas took four points out of six this past week. On Wednesday, the Hoops drew 1-1 with the Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kenny Cooper scored the equalizer in the 77th minute of play. On Saturday, FC Dallas continued their home stand with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United. Jackson put Dallas ahead in the 11th minute and Je-Vaughn Watson scored the match-winner in the 77th minute of play.
The Hoops hit the road on May 18 to face the red-hot Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
2. New York Red Bulls
Also with four points out six this past week were Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls. Thierry Henry scored a brace in the 47th and 88th minutes to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. At Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday, Lloyd Sam equalized in the 55th minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution.
A battle of the two largest television markets is next for the Red Bulls. New York host the Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena on May 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.
3. Portland Timbers
A lot of teams earned just four points out of six, and a third team to do it this past week were Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers. On Wednesday, Darlington Nagbe gave the Timbers an early 1-0 lead in the 70th minute but it was not enough as they drew 1-1 with FC Dallas. On Sunday, goals from Rodney Wallace (34′), Diego Valeri (70′) and Will Johnson (92′) paced the Timbers to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chivas USA at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oreg. Up next for Portland is some Cascadia Cup action when they travel to BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. to take on the resurging Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
4. Seattle Sounders
Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders had a perfect week this week. Despite playing down to 10 men, Djimi Traore’s last strike in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time gave the Sounders a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. At CenturyLink Field, it was a different story. Lamar Neagle scored a brace in the 28th and 54th minute to give the Sounders a 4-0 shutout win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Also scoring for Seattle were Mauro Rosales (46′) and Obafemi Martins (93′).
A massive showdown in the West will take place between FC Dallas and Seattle at CenturyLink on May 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KING 5.
5. Sporting Kansas City
Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City went through a hit-and-miss week. After dropping a 1-0 defeat late to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday at Sporting Park, Aurelien Collin’s 73rd-minute goal gave Kansas City a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Sportink Kansas City travel to RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on May 19 to face league laggards D.C. United. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas and KSMO-TV.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps
A brace from Russell Teibert in the 63rd and 76th minutes combined with an insurance goal from Darren Mattocks in the second minute of second half stoppage time was enough to give Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps their first-ever victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-1, at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday.
Two massive games will take place for the Caps this week. On May 15, it’s the first leg of the Canadian Championship Final at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One. On May 18, the Caps return home to host the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by City TV.
7. Houston Dynamo
Also with a hit-and-miss week were Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo. At RFK Stadium on Wednesday, a Will Bruin brace in the 16th and 78th minutes combined with goals from Giles Barnes (28′) and Andrew Driver (88′) paced the Dynamo to a comprehensive 4-0 battering of D.C. United. They were unable to replicate the success at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday and lost for the first time at home in 22 months, falling to Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on Sunday. Houston return to action on May 18, when they host the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KPRC Local 2.
8. Montreal Impact
Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact were a third team that only earned three out of six points this past week. Marco Di Vaio pulled one back late against the New York Red Bulls but L’Impact fell, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena. Montreal rebounded with a wild 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake at Stade Saputo. Felipe Martins (39′), Di Vaio (80′) and Matteo Ferrari (93′) paced L’Impact.
The second leg of the Canadian Championship against the Vancouver Whitecaps is scheduled for May 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One.
9. Colorado Rapids
On their way up are Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids, who powered their way past the Columbus Crew 2-0 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio thanks to goals from Edson Buddle (8′) and Dillon Powers (69′). On May 18, Colorado return to action on May 18 when they travel to Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. to face the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.
10. Real Salt Lake
A fourth team to only get three out of six were Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake. On Wednesday, RSL rallied with goals from Devon Sandoval (77′) and Olmes Garcia (89′) to beat the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. On Saturday, despite an own goal from Matteo Ferrari in the seventh minute and a go-ahead from Kyle Beckerman in the 77th minute of play, Real Salt Lake dropped a 3-2 defeat to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. Real Salt Lake travel to the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. to take on Chivas USA on May 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.
11. Philadelphia Union
A goal from Jack McInerney in the 75th minute gave John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union a 1-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Fire in Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Two massive contests await the Union. On May 15, the Union host the struggling Los Angeles Galaxy at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet. On May 18, the home stand continues with another crack at the Fire. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.
12. Columbus Crew
Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew were shut out 2-0 by the Colorado Rapids at Crew Stadium and will return to action on May 18 against Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by Univision Deportes and FOX Sports Ohio.
13. Los Angeles Galaxy
Homegrown product Gyasi Zardes opened his scoring account in the 86th minute of play but it was not enough as Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy dropped their second-straight game, falling to the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, at BC Place Stadium on Saturday.
Two massive road games await the Galaxy, who find themselves in the danger zone. On May 15, they take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. On May 19, the Galaxy travel to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
14. San Jose Earthquakes
Frank Yallop’s San Jose Earthquakes were the fifth team to earn three out of six points. At Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday, they rallied with goals from Adam Jahn (48′) and Chris Wondolowski (81′) to defeat Toronto FC, 2-1. However, the Quakes were blown to smithereens by the Seattle Sounders 4-0 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. On May 18, the Quakes returned home to Buck Shaw Stadium to clash with the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Plus.
15. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution could only manage one point out of six this past week. On Wednesday, despite a 51st-minute goal from Ryan Guy, New England fell, 2-1, to Real Salt Lake at Gillette Stadium. The home stand continued on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls. Diego Fagundez gave the Revs a 1-0 lead 54 minute in the contest but the lead was short-lived as New England drew 1-1. The Revolution travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on May 18 to take on the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
16. Chicago Fire
Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire fell 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union and will look to bounce back from their demise on May 18 with a match against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will by televised by My50 Chicago.
17. Toronto FC
Justin Braun put Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC ahead in the 14th minute but they were unable to build on their advantage, losing to the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, on Wednesday. TFC return to action on May 18 to take on the Columbus Crew at BMO Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.
18. Chivas USA
Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Chivas USA were thoroughly waxed by the Portland Timbers, 3-0, at Jeld-Wen FIeld on Sunday and will hope for a much better result on May 19 against Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the radio by W Radio 690 AM.
19. D.C. United
How long will Ben Olsen be the manager at D.C. United? Can’t be too long. Such is the conventional logic as United dropped another pair of games this past week to remain at the bottom of the Power Rankings. After getting blown apart by the Houston Dynamo 4-0 on Wednesday at RFK Stadium, Dwayne De Rosario scored in the 44th minute in D.C.’s 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium in Saturday. D.C. United host Sporting Kansas City on May 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.