In this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon, Real Salt Lake continue to dominate as the top team in the league. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Galaxy continue to keep pace and Sporting Kansas City also make huge inroads this week.
Movers, shakers, and players with attitude. That’s the MLS Power Rankings here on the View. Let’s take a look.
1. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake continue to pile on the wins with a 4-2 victory over the Portland Timbers at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Luis Gil (9′), Joao Plata (15′), Javier Morales (55′) and Alvaro Saborio (67′) scored for RSL, who are back at it again on Sept. 13 against the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
2. Los Angeles Galaxy
Determined to not let history repeat itself, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy shut out the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-0 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Landon Donovan opened up the scoring in the 26th minute before Robbie Keane secured a brace in the 43rd and 67th minutes of play.
Los Angeles are back in action on Sept. 7 against the Colorado Rapids at home. Can the Galaxy utilize their depth with Donovan, Keane and Omar Gonzalez summoned to national team duty? Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.
3. Montreal Impact
Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact played the Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. and will look to bounce back on Sept. 8 against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.
4. Seattle Sounders
Eddie Johnson scored in the 14th minute to give Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio but it was his celebration that is sure to keep the water cooler conversations flowing. Johnson and Clint Dempsey will be unavailable for Seattle when they host a couple of matches this week at CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders start their homestand against Chivas USA on Sept. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16. On Sept. 7, the Chicago Fire come into town. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
5. New York Red Bulls
Lloyd Sam (8′) and Tim Cahill (38′) teamed up to give Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls an emphatic 2-1 victory over D.C. at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., despite going down 10 men 72 minutes into the contest. New York will hope for cooler heads to prevail on Sept. 8, when they travel to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. to clash with the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.
6. Sporting Kansas City
Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City shoot up the Power Rankings to sixth after a couple of victories. First, they took care of business in CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday, shutting out C.D. Olimpia 2-0 as Estadio Nacional Tiburcio Caria Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Soony Saad scored a brace in the 27th and 68th minutes for Sporting.
Then, on Saturday, Sporting earned a 2-1 statement victory over the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Kansas City, Kan. Benny Feilhaber opened up the scoring in the 33rd minute before Graham Zusi delivered the game-winner in the 88th minute of play.
Sporting Kansas City are back in action on Sept. 7 against 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.
7. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution played to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. Diego Fagundez scored in the second minute for the Revs, who return to action on Sept. 8 against the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
8. Houston Dynamo
Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo started the week off with a 2-1 victory over Arabe Unido in CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Cam Weaver opened up the scoring in the 22nd minute before Arabe’s David Daniels scored an own goal in the 77th minute of play.
Adam Moffat was the hero for the Dynamo on Sunday, delivering a blistering strike from close distance in the 90th minute to give the Men in Orange a hard-fought 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Up next for Houston is a match with the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on Sept. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet and Mega TV. On Sept. 8, the Dynamo return home to BBVA Compass Stadium to host the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet Plus and UniMas.
9. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas were off this week and will return to action on Sept. 7 to host the Vancouver Whitecaps 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 Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
10. Chicago Fire
Bobby Boswell scored an own goal to give Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire an early 1-0 lead over the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park, but they couldn’t hang on and were consigned to a 1-1 draw with the Men in Orange. Chicago return to action on Sept. 7 against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
11. Colorado Rapids
Edson Buddle equalized in the 77th minute of play for Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids, but they fell 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. The schedule won’t get any easier for the Rapids, who face the red-hot Los Angeles Galaxy on Sept. 7 at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
There was some late drama at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. as Gershon Koffie (64′) and Tommy Heinemann (90′ + 3′) spared Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps some Major League blushes in their 2-2 draw with Chivas USA. The Caps return to action on Sept. 7 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 SportsNet One.
13. Chivas USA
Erick Torres scored a brace in the third and 14th minute, but Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA blew a two-goal lead and were held to a 2-2 draw by the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium.
Chivas USA have a couple of matches this week. The Goats travel to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and will be televised by KWHY. On Sept. 8, Chivas USA host D.C. United at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT and will be televised by KDOC and KWHY.
14. Philadelphia Union
After being held to a scoreless draw by the Montreal Impact, John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union will look to bounce back on Sept. 8 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.
15. Columbus Crew
After getting shut out by the Seattle Sounders 1-0 at Crew Stadium, Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew will look to get back to winning terms with a couple of matches. On Sept. 4, Columbus host the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio. On Sept. 7, the Crew travel to Sporting Park to clash with Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
16. Portland Timbers
Darlington Nagbe (31′) and Sal Zizzo (78′) scored for Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers, but they were smashed by Real Salt Lake and doubled-up, 4-2, at Rio Tinto Stadium. At least the Thorns won their league title. But that’s a different story.
The Timbers get back into action on Sept. 7 against Toronto FC at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by KPTV.
17. San Jose Earthquakes
What a tough week it has been for Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes. After getting shut out by CD Heredia 1-0 in CONCACAF Champions League play in Guatemala City, Guatemala…they get their comeuppance from the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-0, at StubHub Center.
The Steven Lenhart Chia Pets will be out on Sept. 8 when the Quakes host the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.
18. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC played the New England Revolution to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field. Andrew Wiedeman scored for TFC in the second minute of first half injury time. The Reds return to action on Sept. 7 against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN 2.
19. D.C. United
Ben Olsen’s D.C. United remain at the bottom of the Power Rankings after falling to the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at Red Bull Arena. Nick DeLeon scored in the 36th minute for D.C., who continue their rather sorry season on Sept. 8 against Chivas USA at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.