Jun 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) advances the ball against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Real Salt Lake beat the FC 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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What a weekend of football in Major League Soccer. We’ve seen goals, drama, and a sense of spirit that makes you proud to be an American. And with Fourth of July around the corner (as well as Canada Day happening tomorrow for your followers of the View up there), nothing feels more patriotic than following this league.

Movers, shakers, and a lot of other…insane stuff going on. We got it all. Here’s Week 18 of the MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.

1. Real Salt Lake

Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake remain No. 1 after shutting out Toronto FC 1-0 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. Yordany Alvarez scored in the 45th minute for RSL, who return to action on Jul. 3 against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.

2. Portland Timbers

Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers were off this week. They will 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. Vancouver Whitecaps

Camilo Sanvezzo was the hero for Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps, who shut out D.C. United 1-0 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Vancouver kick off July in high gear with a couple of matches. On Jul. 3, the Caps travel to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. to play Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN. On Jul. 6, the Caps host the Seattle Sounders at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.

4. Chicago Fire

Jun 30, 2013; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave (4) and Houston Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie (8) go after a ball during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Red Bulls won the match 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire were off last week, but they have a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 3, they host the resurging San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 CHicago. On Jul. 7, they return to action with a match at home against Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/ 3 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.

5. New York Red Bulls

Goals from Fabian Espindola (60′) and Jonny Steele (88′) gave Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls a 2-0 shutout victory over the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. New York return to action on Jul. 4 against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.

6. Colorado Rapids

A wild game at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. saw Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids come out victorious, 4-3. Atiba Harris (24′). Dillon Powers (59′), Deshorn Brown (77′) and Tony Cascio (96′) scored for the Rapids, who have a couple of matches on the docket this week.

On Jul. 4, Colorado host the New York Red Bulls at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MT/9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude. On Jul. 7, the home stand continues with a match against D.C. United. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MT/9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.

7. FC Dallas

Jun 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union fans watch game against the FC Dallas during the second half of game at PPL Park. The Union and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 tie. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Walker Zimmerman (24′) and Blas Perez (97′) delivered equalizers to give Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The Hoops continue their season with a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 4, they host Chivas USA 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 Jul. 7, Dallas travel to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. to play the Los Angeles Galaxy. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

8. Philadelphia Union

In spite of goals from Amobi Okugo (20′) and Aaron Wheeler (87′), John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union could not hold on to their lead and were consigned to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas. Like many teams this week, Philadelphia have two matches on the cards. On Jul. 3, they travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to clash with Real Salt Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network. On Jul. 6, they continue the road trip with a match against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.

9. Sporting Kansas City

Another hectic game took place between Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kei Kamara scored a brace in the 34th and 80th minutes to give Sporting a 3-2 victory over the Crew. Also on goal for the hosts was Claudio Bieler in the 50th minute.

Sporting continue their season with a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 3, they host the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Univision Deportes and KSMO-TV. On Jul 7, Sporting travel to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.

10. Seattle Sounders

Jun 29, 2013; Palo Alto, CA, USA; Referee Armando Villarreal issues San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon (24) a yellow card as he puts his shirt back on against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the second half at Stanford Stadium. San Jose Earthquakes defeated Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders were off this past week. 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.

11. San Jose Earthquakes

Perhaps the most thrilling of the matches this week came at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. Alan Gordon has been a thorn in the side of the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he came up clutch once again for Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes with goals in the 68th and 93rd minutes. San Jose defeated Los Angeles, 3-2, on The Farm, and Shea Salinas also scored for the Quakes in the 92nd minute of play.

San Jose continue their season with a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 3, the Quakes take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Pak. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Plus. On Jul. 6, San Jose travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. to take on the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

12. New England Revolution

Chad Barrett is finding his scoring touch once again. Barrett came up clutch for Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution in the 88th minute, giving the Revs a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at StubHub Center. New England continue their season on Jul. 6 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

13. Montreal Impact

Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact slide down the rankings after a 4-3 defeat at home to the Colorado Rapids. Daniele Paponi scored a brace in the 42nd and 72nd minutes while Hassoun Camara delivered an early equalizer in the 38th minute of play.

There are two matches on tap for L’Impact. Montreal return to action with a Jul. 3 contest against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by RDS and TSN. On Jul. 7, L’Impact host Chivas USA at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.

14. Columbus Crew

Jun 29, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara celebrates after a goal in the first half against the Columbus Crew at Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Halfacre-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew dropped a tough 3-2 defeat to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Jairo Arrieta (48′) and Dominic Oduro (53′) scored for the Crew, who also have a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 4, they face the struggling Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio. On Jul. 7, Columbus host the Portland Timbers at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.

15. Los Angeles Galaxy

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy take the biggest slide this week after playing the type of football they are capable of playing: one that involves giving up goals late in stoppage time while failing to finish the chances. They played an excellent game and were on point in their 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium. Of course, you are obligated to take the last two sentences with a grain of salt.

Marcelo Sarvas (20′) and Hector Jimenez (65′) scored for Los Angeles, who slink back hope, desperate for redemption and a restoration of defensive sanity. On Jul. 4, the Galaxy host the Columbus Crew at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Los Angeles continue their home campaign on Jul. 7 against FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

16. Toronto FC

Jun 29, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) and forward Chad Barrett (9) celebrate a goal in the second half of the game against Chivas USA at the StubHub Center. The game ended in a tie score 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC were shut out 1-0 by Real Salt Lake at BMO Field and will look to bounce back at home on Jul. 3 against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.

17. Houston Dynamo

Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo went kaput in their 2-0 loss on the road to the New York Red Bulls. They will look to turn it around when they host the Philadelphia Union at home at BBVA Compass Stadium on Jul. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

18. Chivas USA

In spite of a goal from Laurent Courtois in the 18th minute, Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA were held to a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at StubHub Center. Chivas have a couple of matches this week. On Jul. 4, they travel to FC Dallas Stadium to take on FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by W Radio 690 AM. On Jul. 7, the Goats head to Stade Saputo to take on the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by W Radio 690 AM.

19. D.C. United

It just gets worse and worse for Ben Olsen’s D.C. United. They were shut out at RFK Stadium, 1-0, by the Vancouver Whitecaps. This week, D.C. have a couple of matches. On Jul. 3, they travel to CenturyLink FIeld to take on the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet. On Jul. 7, D.C. United clash with the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

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