Is anyone hungry for poutine? I personally ask that question because the pride of the great Canadian provine of Quebec, the Montreal Impact, grace the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings. Real Salt Lake were off this week and slide down, while Seattle, New York, and Sporting KC make moves.
There’s nothing better than starting your week of following Major League Soccer with the View from Avalon’s MLS Power Rankings. Let’s take a look.
1. Montreal Impact
Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact are on a mission: to give Canada its first-ever Major League Soccer championship. As a United Soccer Leagues team, they have been to the top before. Now, they are looking to bring the glory to Stade Saputo in 2013.
At Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., L’impact doubled up on the New England Revolution, 4-2. Marco Di Vaio (45′ + 2′, 55′) and Patrice Bernier (8′, 33′) scored braced for Montreal, who are back in action on Sept. 14 against the Columbus Crew at home. Kickoff at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.
2. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake were off this past week and will return to action on Sept. 13 against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
3. Seattle Sounders
Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders had a perfect week of results. They started the week with a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA on Wednesday at CenturyLink Field. Lamar Neagle scored in the 24th minute for the Sounders.
Then, on Wednesday, the Sounders defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1. Neagle equalized in the 40th minute but it was an own goal from Gonzalo Segares in the 89th minute that sealed all six points for Seattle.
The streak sets up a monumental showdown in the Pacific Northwest between Seattle and Real Salt Lake on Sept. 13. Kickoff at CenturyLink Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
4. New York Red Bulls
Another team moving up this week are Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls, who smashed the Houston Dynamo, 4-1, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Eric Alexander (14′), Thierry Henry (47′), Jonny Steele (58′) and Lloyd Sam (88′) contributed to the rout for the Red Bulls, who return home on Sept. 14 to face the Toronto FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.
5. Sporting Kansas City
Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City kept their mojo going with a 3-0 shutout of the Columbus Crew at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Claudio Bieler (7′), Soony Saad (41′) and C.J. Sapong (55′) delivered for Kansas City, who will take the week off.
Sporting Kansas City are back in action on Sept. 17 against Real Esteli of Esteli, Nicaragua in CONCACAF Champions League play. Kickoff at Sporting Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1. They will then return to league play on Sept. 21 against Toronto FC. Kickoff at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.
6. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas got back on winning terms in their 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Trailing 1-0 early on, the Hoops got goals from Je-Vaughn Watson (8′), Mauro Diaz (87′) and Jair Benitez (89′). Up next for Dallas is a match with the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by TXA 21.
7. Colorado Rapids
Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids may go down as one of the luckiest teams in the league. They get the rare honor of not facing the Los Angeles Galaxy at full strength. Edson Buddle, a former Galaxy striker, took advantage in the 75th minute to give the Rapids a 1-0 victory over LA at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Colorado return to action on Sept. 14 against FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.
8. Los Angeles Galaxy
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy take a huge tumble down the Power Rankings after getting shut out 1-0 by the Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center. The Galaxy could be looking an even further tumble down the ladder if they fail to put away D.C. United at full strength on Sept. 14 at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
9. San Jose Earthquakes
Shea Salinas was right on the money in the 15th minute to give Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Up next for the Quakes is a match with the Vancouver Whitecaps at home on Sept. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
10. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution were blown to pieces, 4-2, by the Montreal Impact. Diego Fagundez (26′) and Kelyn Rowe (76′) scored for the Revs, who will look to bounce back in a big was on Sept. 14 against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
11. Columbus Crew
Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew had an hit-and-miss week: The hit: a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday. Ryan Finley (47′) and Justin Meram (74′) scored for the Crew. The miss: a 3-0 shutout defeat to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park on Saturday.
Columbus travel to Stade Saputo on Sept. 14 to take on the red-hot Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
12. Portland Timbers
It wasn’t even close. Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers delivered a blowout comb to Toronto FC in the form of a 4-0 shutout win at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Kalif Alhassan (45′ + 1′), Rodney Wallace (83′), Will Johnson (87′) and Diego Valeri (90′ + 3′) scored for the Timbers, who will look to build on their result on Sept. 14 against Chivas USA at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
13. Chicago Fire
Frank Klopas Chicago Fire were doused by the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at CenturyLink Field. Mike Magee scored in the 25th minute for the Fire, who have a couple of matches this week. On Sept. 11, they face Toronto FC at BMO Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET. On Sept. 14, the Fire return home to host the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET. Both matches will be televised by My50 Chicago.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps
Daigo Kobayashi gave Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps an early 1-0 lead against FC Dallas, but they proceed to give up three goals and three points on the two to FC Dallas in their 3-1 defeat at FC Dallas Stadium. Vancouver return to action on Sept. 14 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff at Buck Shaw Stadium in scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet West.
15. Philadelphia Union
John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union were shut out 1-0 by San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw and need to clean up their act if they are to remain in the chase for the playoffs. The Union return home to PPL Park in Chester, Pa. to host the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.
16. Houston Dynamo
Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo had a week to forget, bar none. Not only did they get shut out 2-0 by the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on Wednesday, they were hammered 4-1 by the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Jason Johnson scored in the 18th minute for the Dynamo, who also need to stop the bleeding on their end as well.
Houston hit the road on Sept. 14 to face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet Plus and Mega TV.
17. Chivas USA
Like the Columbus Crew, Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA also experienced a hit-and-miss week. Only this time, the miss came before the hit. The miss: a 1-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday at CenturyLink Field. The hit: a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday at StubHub Center. Erick Torres has hit a purple patch as of late, and he kept his scoring streak going with the match-winner in the 51st minute.
Chivas continue their homestand on Sept. 14 against the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KDOC and KWHY.
18. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC were smashed, 4-0, by the Portland Timbers and will have little time to get over this stinker at JELD-WEN Field. Two matches are on tap for the Reds. On Sept. 11, they host the Chicago Fire. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN. On Sept. 14, Toronto travel to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. to take on the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN 2.
19. D.C. United
The losses keep piling up for Ben Olsen’s D.C. United, with the latest being a 1-0 pillowfight defeat to Chivas USA at StubHub Center. However, D.C. have a chance to score the biggest victory of their sorry season: on Saturday, Sept. 14 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Can they do it? Stay tuned. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.
And make sure to grab some LA Galaxy tickets for their remaining games this season.