A busy week of action in Major League Soccer has seen the Los Angeles Galaxy move up the charts to the No. 1 spot in the MLS Power Rankings here on The View from Avalon. Movers, shakers, we have it all here on FanSided. Let’s take a look at an action-packed week of football in our MLS Power Rankings.
1. Los Angeles Galaxy
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy had one of their better weeks of football and delivered in earnest fashion. A Robbie Keane brace in the 85th and 92nd minutes of play gave the Galaxy a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Thursday night at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. On Sunday, goals from Marcelo Sarvas (65′) and Hector Jimenez (80′) powered the Galaxy to a 2-0 shutout win over FC Dallas.
The Galaxy get back in the thick of things on Jul. 13, when they face the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps
Camilo Sanvezzo’s heroics in the 45th minute gave Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. on Wednesday. On Saturday at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C., the Caps shutout the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, on goals from Kenny Miller (4′) and Darren Mattocks (79′).
Vancouver continue their season on Jul. 14 against the Chicago Fire at BC Place. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific.
3. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake drew 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on goals from Luis Gil (75′) and Javier Morales (97′). Up next for RSL is a match with FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. on Jul. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.
4. Colorado Rapids
Goals from Nathan Sturgis (47′) and Deshorn Brown (68′) gave Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Thursday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. They could not match their performance on Sunday at home against D.C. United, consigning themselves to a scoreless draw.
Colorado take the week off before continuing their season with a couple of matches. On Jul. 17, they face the New England Revolution at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude. On Jul. 20, the Rapids travel to Seattle, Wash. and CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.
5. Portland Timbers
Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers were shut out 1-0 by the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and will hope to rebound at JELD-WEN Field against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
6. Chicago Fire
At Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. on Wednesday, Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire prevailed over the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-2, on goals from Dilly Duka (36′), Patrick Nyarko (47′) and Chris Rolfe (84′). Mike Magee, who delivered the game-winning assist in that match, scored in the 38th minute against Sporting Kansas City at home on Saturday, but the Fire lost, 2-1.
The Fire return to action on Jul. 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago.
7. Sporting Kansas City
Aurelien Collin scored for Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City in the 35th minute on Wednesday night at Sporting Park but they could not hold on and were held to a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. It was a far different story on Sunday, as goals from Benny Feilhaber (6′) and Graham Zusi (8′) paced Sporting to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.
Up next for Sporting Kansas City is a match with Toronto FC at home on Jul. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.
8. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution shut out the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Saer Sene (13′) and Dimitry Imbongo Boele (78′) scored for the Revs, who return to action on Jul. 13 against the Houston Dynamo at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
9. New York Red Bulls
Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls were shutout by the Colorado Rapids 2-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and will look to respond on Jul. 13 against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.
10. Seattle Sounders
It was a hit-and-miss week for Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders, who opened the week with a 2-0 shutout victory over D.C. United at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday. Obafemi Martins scored a brace in the 19th and 91st minutes of play. However, on Saturday at BC Place Stadium, they were shutout by the same scoreline.
Seattle continue their season on Jul. 13 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KING 5 and KOMO2.
11. Houston Dynamo
Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo shutout the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium thanks to Ricardo Clark in the 59th minute. Up next for the Dynamo is a match with the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Jul. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Mega TV and KPRC Local 2.
12. FC Dallas
After a scoreless draw with Chivas USA on Thursday at FC Dallas Stadium, Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas were shut out 2-0 by the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center on Sunday. The Hoops are back in action on Jul. 13 against Real Salt Lake at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
13. Montreal Impact
Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact earned a couple of draws this past week. Goals from Andres Romero (1′), Hassoun Camara (69′) and Marco Di Vaio (70′) gave L’Impact a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field on Wednesday. On Sunday, Patrice Bernier scored an 80th minute equalizer to give L’Impact a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que.
Up next for Montreal is a match with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Jul. 13. Kickoff is schjeduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by RDS and TSN 2.
14. Columbus Crew
Bernardo Anor has been on a hotstreak for Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew. He scored on Thursday in the 78th minute against the Los Angeles Galaxy, a game they lost 2-1 at StubHub Center. He was also on goal in the fifth minute against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, a match the Crew won at Crew Stadium, 1-0.
Anor will look to build on his scoring streak on Jul. 20 against the New England Revolution at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
15. Philadelphia Union
At Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union drew 2-2 with Real Salt Lake on goals from Sebastien Le Toux (13′) and Conor Casey (76′). On Saturday, the Union were shut out 1-0 by the Houston Dynamo and will look to rebound on Jul. 12 against Chivas USA at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.
16. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC drew 3-3 with the Montreal Impact on Wednesday at BMO Field. Jeremy Brockie (6′), Steven Caldwell (21′) and Darren O’Dea (24′) scored for Toronto, who return to action on Jul. 13 against Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Score.
17. Chivas USA
Following a scoreless draw with FC Dallas on Thursday at FC Dallas Stadium, Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA drew 1-1 with the Montreal Impact thanks to Eric Avila in the 55th minute. Chivas return to action on Jul. 12 against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by W Radio 690 AM.
18. D.C. United
It’s been a tough week for Ben Olsen’s D.C. United, who were shut out on Wednesday, 2-0, by the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. They followed that up with a scoreless draw with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. D.C. take the week off before traveling to Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
19. San Jose Earthquakes
Alan Gordon kept his hotstreak going in the 14th minute and Joel Lindpere scored an own goal in the 72nd minute, but Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes fell 3-2 to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Quakes were shut out 2-0 by the New England Revolution 2-0.
San Jose will look to rebound on Jul. 13 against the Seattle Sounders at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area.