2013 MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

As the USA hammer El Salvador 5-1 in Gold Cup play, the summer of soccer continues in Major League Soccer. And in this week’s MLS Power Rankings, Sporting Kansas City are at the top, with the Los Angeles Galaxy trailing not too far behind. Meanwhile, D.C. United is lagging at the bottom with yet another defeat to show for their troubles.

Jul 13, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC forward Claudio Bieler (16) is congratulated after scoring a goal against Toronto FC. Sporting KC defeated Toronto FC 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Movers, shakers, and more. We have it all on the MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon. Let’s take a look.

1. Sporting Kansas City

Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City left it very late against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday. Goals from Soony Saad (67′) and Ike Opara (97′) paced Sporting to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over RSL. Sporting return to action on Jul. 27 against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff from Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.

2. Los Angeles Galaxy

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy were able to close down the final 15 minutes and stoppage of their match with the Vancouver Whitecaps at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and prevailed, 2-1, thanks to goals from Jose Villareal (19′) and Gyasi Zardes (57′).

Los Angeles travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. to take on the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

3. Portland Timbers

Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers played to a scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. and will look to bounce back on Jul. 27 with a match 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 ROOT SPORTS.

4. Colorado Rapids

Jul 20, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Deindre Yedlin (2) and Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca (2) fight for the ball in the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids opened the week with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Nick LaBrocca equalized in the 62nd minute while a Jose Goncalves own goal sealed the deal for Colorado. On Saturday, despite a 60th minute goal from Drew Moor, the Rapids drew 1-1 with the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

Colorado return home to host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Jul. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.

5. Vancouver Whitecaps

Camilo continued his scoring hotstreak in the 19th minute, but Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps were denied, 2-1, by the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center. Vancouver host the Philadelphia Union on Jul. 27 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific.

6. Chicago Fire

It wasn’t even close at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. A brace from Chris Rolfe (2′, 45′ + 1′) paced Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire to a 4-1 whipping of D.C. United. Other goalscorers included Joel Lindpere (11′) and Mike Magee (56′). The Fire travel to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. to face the Houston Dynamo on Jul. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

7. New England Revolution

Jul 20, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves (23) celebrates his goal with midfielder Lee Nguyen (24) against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium.The Revolution won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution opened the week with a 2-1 defeat to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday. Juan Toja scored New England’s only goal in the 15th minute of play. The Revs left it late against the Columbus Crew on Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Goals from Jose Goncalves (91′) and Diego Fagundez (94′) paced the Revs to a 2-0 smash-and-grab shutout win over the Crew.

Up next for New England is a match with league laggards D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Jul. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.

8. Houston Dynamo

Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo were off this week. They continue their season on Jul. 27 against the Chicago Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

9. Real Salt Lake

Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake got a goal from Robbie Findley in the 56th minute, but they capitulated late en route to a 2-1 defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL travel to Red Bull Arena on Jul. 27 to face the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ABC4.

10. New York Red Bulls

Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. and will aim to bounce back with a home match on Jul. 27 against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.

11. Philadelphia Union

Jul 20, 2013; Chester, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Leo Fernandes (22) signs autographs for fans after the match against the Portland Timbers at PPL Park. The Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers played to a 0-0 draw. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union played to a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers and will continue their season on Jul. 27 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.

12. San Jose Earthquakes

Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes were off this week and will return to action on Jul. 27 against the Portland Timbers at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.

13. Chivas USA

Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA shut out Toronto FC 1-0 on a 79th minute goal from Erick Torres at StubHub Center. Up next for the Goats is a match with the Seattle Sounders on Jul. 28 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by Univision Deportes.

14. Seattle Sounders

DeAndre Yedlin’s equalizer in the 65th minute gave Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field. Seattle continue their campaign on Jul. 28 against Chivas USA at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16.

15. FC Dallas

Jul 20, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; FC Montreal Impact defenseman Alessandro Nesta (14) waves to the crowd as he exits the field after the game against FC Dallas at the Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas battled to a scoreless draw against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo and return to league action on Aug. 3 against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

16. Montreal Impact

There was nothing but goose eggs for Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact, who are on a slide after their scoreless draw with FC Dallas at Stade Saputo. Up next for L’Impact is a match with Sporting Kansas City at home on Jul. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by RDS and TSN 2.

17. Columbus Crew

Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew let a scoreless draw slip away as they fell late to the New England Revolution, 2-0, at Crew Stadium. The Crew will look to prevent any letdowns on Jul. 27 against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.

18. Toronto FC

A 1-0 shutout defeat to Chivas USA on Wednesday at StubHub Center combined with a scoreless draw to the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field equated to a sorry week for Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC. Toronto return to action on Jul. 27 against the Columbus Crew at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN 2.

19. D.C. United

Ben Olsen’s D.C. United are at the bottom of the Power Rankings following their 4-1 defeat to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Luis Silva scored in the 58th minute for D.C., who continue their season on Jul. 27 against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.

Topics: Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer, Mls, Power Rankings

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