Jun 22, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) and teammates react to Beckerman

2013 MLS Power Rankings: Week 17


A new face is at the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings…as well as the bottom. Real Salt Lake move to the top of the charts once again, while the San Jose Earthquakes find themselves at the bottom of the Power Rankings for the first time this season.

Movers? Yes. Shakers? We got that too. All this and more in this week’s MLS Power Rankings.

1. Real Salt Lake

Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake got goals from Kyle Beckerman (41′) and Robbie Findley (46′) en route to a massive 2-0 shutout victory over the Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. RSL return to league action on Jun. 29 against Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.

2. Portland Timbers

Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers opened the week with a scoreless draw on Wednesay against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. However, they got right in their 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids thanks to goals from Frederic Piquionne (12′), Will Johnson (45′) and Ryan Johnson (84′).

Portland return to league action on Jul. 7 against the Columbus Crew. Kickoff at Crew Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. PT and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

3. Chicago Fire

Jun 22, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain (33) takes a shot at goal in front of Chicago Fire player Jeff Larentowicz (20) during the first half of the match, at Crew Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Magee has been a lightning rod for Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire even since he returned home. On Wednesday, the Fire defeaated the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. thanks to Magee (23′) and Austin Berry (47′). Magee also scored in the 54th minute against the Columbus Crew en route to another 2-1 victory on Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Dilly Duka equalized in the 52nd minute of play.

Chicago and the Magee Express return to league action in July with a couple of matches. On Jul. 3, Chicago host the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago. On Jul. 7, the Fire continue their home stand against Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.

4. Vancouver Whitecaps

A Camilo Sanvezzo brace (49′, 81′) combined with a 47th minute strike from Jordan Harvey gave Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA. The Caps return to action on Jun. 29 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by SportsNet Pacific.

5. FC Dallas

Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas delivered some late-night drama thanks to goals from Andrew Jacobson (88′) and Walker Zimmerman (90′) in their 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. The Hoops continue their season on Jun. 29 against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

6. Philadelphia Union

A Conor Casey brace (7′, 64′) combine with an insurance goal from Antoine Hoppenot in the 88th minute was more than enough to give John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union a 3-0 breakthrough victory over the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park. Philly host FC Dallas on Jun. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

7. Los Angeles Galaxy

June 23, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Characters for the animated film Despicable Me 2 in attendance before Chivas USA plays against Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After a scoreless draw against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday at the StubHub Center, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy shut out Chivas USA 1-0 on a 44th minute goal from Gyasi Zardes. Los Angeles return to action in the California Classico on Jun. 29 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

8. Seattle Sounders

Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders slide down after getting shut out by Real Salt Lake, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Sounders return to action in July with a couple of matches. Seattle host D.C. United on Jul. 3 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16 and KOMO2. On Jul. 6, the Sounders travel to B.C. Place Stadium to clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

9. New England Revolution

Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution were off this week. They return to league action on Jun. 29 against Chivas USA at the StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

10. Montreal Impact

Felipe Martins (14′) and Marco Di Vaio (32′) powered Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Houston Dynamo at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. L’Impact continue their home stans against the Colorado Rapids on Jun. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.

11. New York Red Bulls

Jun 19, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact midfielder Felipe Martins (7) throws the ball back in play during the second half against the Houston Dynamo at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Also getting shut out on the road were Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls, who were slammed by the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park, 3-0. New York continue their season on Jun. 30 against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.

12. Columbus Crew

Federico Higuain opened up the scoring for Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew in the seventh minute but they could not build on their advantage and fell to the Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Crew Stadium. Columbus return to action on Jun. 29 against Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.

13. Sporting Kansas City

Kei Kamara opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute and Je-Vaughn Watson scored an own goal in the 57th minute of play, but Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City conceded the lead late and were consigned to a 2-2 draw at FC Dallas Stadium. Up next for Sporting is a match with the Columbus Crew at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.

14. Toronto FC

Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC were held to a scoreless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. and will hope for more production on Jun. 29 at home against Real Salt Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN 2.

15. D.C. United

Jun 22, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; DC United supporters wave flags during the game against the San Jose Earthquakes at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in a while, Ben Olsen’s D.C. United find themselves out of the cellar. An 11th-minute penalty conversion from Chris Pontius gave D.C. a 1-0 shutout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at RFK Stadium. D.C. host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Jun. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

16. Houston Dynamo

It was a tough week for Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo, who were shut out by the Montreal Impact 2-0 at Stade Saputo on Wednesday and held to a scoreless draw by Toronto FC on Saturday against Toronto FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Men in Orange continue their season on Jun. 30 against the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff at Red Bull Arena is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

17. Colorado Rapids

Also with a tough week were Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids. On Wednesday, Deshorn Brown opened up the scoring in the 17th minute but the Rapids were worn down by the Chicago Fire on the road at Toyota Park, 1-0. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Union shut the Rapids out at PPL Park, 3-0.

The road trip continues on Jun. 29 against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff at Stade Saputo is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.

18. Chivas USA

On Wednesday at B.C. Place Stadium, Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA fell 3-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Tristan Bowen scored in the seventh minute for the Goats. On Sunday, Chivas USA were shut out by the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center, 1-0. The Goats return to action on Jun. 29 against the New England Revolution at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by W Radio 690 AM.

19. San Jose Earthquakes

Oh, how difficult it is to be a San Jose Earthquakes fan these days. The pain was evident as Mark Watson’s Quakes were shut out 1-0 by D.C. United at RFK Stadium. However, they get a chance to turn the tide around in a big way—against the rivals!

The Earthquakes renew the California Clasico on Jun. 29 against the Los Angeles Galaxy in what should be an excellent contest in the Bay. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

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