The best team in the MLS Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls, is at the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings. Meanwhile, D.C. United avoids the cellar this week, and the Seattle Sounders continue to catch fire at the right time. All this and more in this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. New York Red Bulls
Tim Cahill’s header in the first minute of stoppage time was more than enough for Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls to prevail over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. New York return to action on May 26 when they continue their home stand against the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.
2. Seattle Sounders
In a wild shootout at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders doubled up on FC Dallas, 4-2. Eddie Johnson (16′), Lamar Neagle (30′), Eddie Johnson (62′) and Obafemi Martins (83′) scored for the Sounders, who will look to continue their winstreak on May 26 against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.
3. Portland Timbers
At BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C., Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers battled to a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Will Johnson (52′) and Jose Valencia (84′) equalized for the Timbers, who return to action on May 25 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
4. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake romped over Chivas USA, 4-1, at the Home Depot Center. Ned Grabavoy led the way with a brace in the fourth minute and first minute of second half stoppage time. Also scoring for RSL were Joao Plata (48′) and Robbie Findley (78′). Real Salt Lake return to action on May 25 with a match against the Chicago Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.
5. Sporting Kansas City
A Ethan White own goal put Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City ahead 1-0 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium but it wasn’t enough as they were consigned to a 1-1 draw. Kansas City return to action on May 26 against the Houston Dynamo at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
6. FC Dallas
Despite goals from Kenny Cooper (54′) and Michel (61′), Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas were blitzed in egregious fashion by the Seattle Sounders, 4-2, at CenturyLink Field. Dallas return to action on May 25 against the San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TXA 21.
7. Vancouver Whitecaps
After a scoreless draw with the Montreal Impact in Canadian Championship play at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que., Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers at BC Place Stadium. Camilo Sanvezzo (24′) and Gershon Koffie (54′) scored for the Caps, who return to action on May 29 in the second leg of the Canadian Championship against Montreal at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One. On June 1, Vancouver travel to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific.
8. Philadelphia Union
John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union went through a hit-and-miss week. On Wednesday, Amobi Okugo equalized for the Union at PPL Park against the Los Angeles Galaxy, but Philadelphia proceeded to get blitzed in the second half and succumb to a 4-1 defeat. On Saturday, Jack McInerney scored for the Union in the third minute to give Philly a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. Philadelphia return to action on May 25 against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff at Stade Saputo is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.
9. Montreal Impact
Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact played to a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canadian Championship play and will hope for a much better result on May 25 against the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.
10. Columbus Crew
In the words of Duncan Oughton, “Yeah, Buddy!” At BMO Field in Toronto, Ont., Dominic Oduro was the hero in the 42nd minute against Toronto FC in the 1-0 victory for Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew. Columbus have a tough challenge on their hands on May 26 against the New York Red Bull at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas and FOX Sports Ohio.
11. New England Revolution
The biggest surprise of the day came from Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution, who upset the Houston Dynamo in a match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. that saw both teams play down to 10 men. Diego Fagundez opened the goalscoring in the 51st minute and in the 84th minute, Ricardo Clark scored an own goal. New England return to action on May 25 against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
12. Colorado Rapids
Nathan Sturgis put Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids ahead in the 26th minute but it wasn’t enough as they were consigned to a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Up next for Colorado is a match on May 25 against Chivas USA at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT and will be televised by Altitude.
13. Houston Dynamo
Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo take a massive tumble after getting shut out by the New England Revolution, 2-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston return to action on May 26 against Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
14. San Jose Earthquakes
A Marvin Chavez strike in the 78th minute spared massive Smurf blushes for Frank Yallop’s San Jose Earthquakes, who played to a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Jose continue their season on May 25 against FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
15. Los Angeles Galaxy
Also with a hit-and-miss week were Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, who have found the month of May to be nothing other than…brutal. Los Angeles started the week with an easy 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. A Zac MacMath own goal in the third minute was followed by goals from Robbie Keane (71′), Hector Jimenez (80′) and Landon Donovan (87′). Unfortunately, the Galaxy’s offense and goalkeeping took Sunday off in their 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls.
Hey LA, ever heard of consistency? Perhaps this struggling Galaxy team could use it when they host the red-hot Seattle Sounders on May 26 at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
16. Chicago Fire
Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire were shut out 1-0 by the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park and will hope for a better effort on May 25 against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago.
17. Toronto FC
Also suffering a 1-0 shutout, albeit to the Columbus Crew at BMO Field, were Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC, who will need to turn the tide this weekend against the New England Revolution on May 25 at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Score.
18. D.C. United
For the first time in a while, Ben Olsen’s D.C. United are out of the cellar after drawing 1-1 with Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium. Kyle Porter was the hero in the 65th minute for D.C., who will hope for three points on May 25 at RFK against the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
19. Chivas USA
At the bottom of this week’s MLS Power Rankings are Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Chivas USA, who fell 4-1 to Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center. Jorge Villafana scored in the 55th minute for Chivas, who return to action on May 25 against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on W Radio 690 AM.