The Beast from the East are back in this week’s MLS Power Rankings. They are led by Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls, who relied on their own share of luck, with Sporting Kansas City not too far behind. Meanwhile, Seattle are stumbling a little bit in the West and Real Salt Lake took a massive dive.
Movers and shakers galore. We have it all in this week’s MLS Power Rankings. Let’s do this.
1. New York Red Bulls
Great teams make their own luck, and Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls needed their own luck in the form of an own goal from Erick to defeat FC Dallas 1-0 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. New York return to action on Sept. 29 against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink FIeld in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.
2. Sporting Kansas City
Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City had two matches this week. Jacob Peterson scored in the 78th minute to give the home side a 1-1 draw with Real Esteli in CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday. C.J. Sapong was the hero for Sporting on Saturday. His brace in the 18th and 53rd minutes propelled Sporting to a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont.
Up next is a contest with the Philadelphia Union at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
3. Seattle Sounders
Eddie Johnson continued his scoring hotstreak in the 25th minute, but Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders were slowed down by the Los Angeles Galaxy in their 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The schedule won’t get any easier for the Sounders, who host the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 29 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.
4. Columbus Crew
On the rise this week are Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew. Goals from Dominic Oduro (15′), Federico Higuain (70′) and Bernardo Anor (76′) paced the Crew to a 3-0 shutout victory over the struggling Chicago Fire at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The Crew will need every win their can get to stand any chance of making the playoffs as they travel to the newly-renamed Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. to take on FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
5. Houston Dynamo
Giles Barnes (39′, 54′) and Oscar Boniek Garcia (79′, 90′+1′) scored braces to give Dominic Kinnear’s Dynamo a confidence boosting 5-1 rout of Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium. Will Bruin also scored in the 63rd minute.
Two games are on the way for the Dynamo. On Sept. 25, they host W Connection of Mirabella, Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF Champions League play. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes 2. On Sept. 28, Houston travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by CSN Plus and Mega TV.
6. Colorado Rapids
After getting shut out 1-0 by the Portland Timbers 1-0 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids will have a lot of time to think before their next match on Oct. 5 against the Seattle Sounders at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
7. Los Angeles Galaxy
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy finished the week unbeaten, but could have gotten more out of it. A sixth-minute goal from Laurent Courtois gave the Galaxy a 1-0 shutout victory over Isidro Metapan on Wednesday at the StubHub Center. On Saturday, Juninho finally broke through in the first minute of first half injury time, but the Galaxy could not complete the comeback in the second half and were consigned to a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders at home.
As with Houston, two games are on tap for the Galaxy this week. A draw with Cartago, Costa Rica’s very own C.S. Cartagines in CONCACAF Champions League play will be enough for LA to move on the quarterfinals, but Los Angeles will be looking for all three points. Kickoff at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports 2.
On Sept. 29, the Galaxy will look to prevent another late meltdown against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PT and will be televised by NBC Sports.
8. San Jose Earthquakes
Don’t look now, but it seems that Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes have some life in them. On Tuesday, goals from Chris Wondolowski (21′), Marvin Chavez (57′) and Shea Salinas (84′) gave the Quakes a 3-0 shutout win over the Montreal Impact at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.
On Saturday, it was Steven Lenhart’s turn to join in the fun at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Lenny delivered a brace in the 18th and 21st minute to give San Jose a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake.
Chivas USA is next at the StubHub Center on Sept. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
9. Portland Timbers
A 17th-minute goal from Diego Valeri in the 13th minute gave Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers a 1-0 shutout win over the Colorado Rapids at JELD-WEN Field. They will look to keep home-cooking their opponent on Sept. 29 against a revenge-minded Los Angeles Galaxy side. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
10. Vancouver Whitecaps
Just when you thought Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps were out of the picture, they deliver a statement victory to stand up to the doubters. A Camilo Sanvezzo brace in the 89th minute and the first minute of second half stoppage time paced the Caps to a 3-0 shutout win over the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. Kenny Miller also scored in the seventh minute.
Vancouver continue their season on Sept. 28 against Real Salt Lake 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 TSN 2.
11. New England Revolution
Goals from Diego Fagundez (58′) and Lee Nguyen (83′) gave Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution a 2-1 victory over D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. The Revs return to action at home on Sept. 28 against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
12. Chicago Fire
Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire were shut out 3-0 by the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium and will need to a big victory on Sept. 28 against the Montreal Impact at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. to remain in the hunt. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago.
13. Real Salt Lake
In spite of a 19th-minute equalizer from Javier Morales, there was just too much Steven Lenhart as Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake fell to the San Jose Earthquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium, 2-1. RSL will have to clean up their act when they travel to BC Place Stadium to clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Univision and CW30.
14. FC Dallas
Following a 1-0 shutout defeat to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas will look to rebound on Sept. 29 at Toyota Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
15. Montreal Impact
Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact take the biggest dive in the Power Rankings this week after a couple of 3-0 defeats: against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday at Buck Shaw in CCL play and against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in league play at Stade Saputo.
There is a possibility that Montreal will decide to exact a form of payback against San Jose by letting C.S. Heredia of Morales Izabal run all over them at home on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET. Will it happen? You’ll have to tune in to Sportnet and TVA Sports to find out. L’Impact return to league action on Sept. 28 against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.
16. Philadelphia Union
John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union were off this week and will return to action on Sept. 27 against Sporting Kansas City after taking the week off. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
17. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC got a goal from Darel Russell in the 38th minute but fell to Sporting Kansas City, 2-1 at BMO Field. Another pillow fight with D.C. United awaits at home on Sept. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.
18. Chivas USA
Eric Avila scored in the 50th minute for Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA, but there was just too much Houston Dynamo in the second half as they capitulated, 5-1. The San Jose Earthquakes are next for the Goats on Sept. 29 at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by KDOC and UniMas.
19. D.C. United
Welcome back to the bottom of the barrel, Ben Olsen’s D.C. United. After an own goal from the New England Revolution’s Scott Caldwell put D.C. ahead in the 11th minute, United collapsed in the second half en route to a 2-1 defeat at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
D.C. United continue their crawl to the finish line on Sept. 28 against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and will be televised by the Monumental Network.