A number of teams were in action this week in Major League Soccer in spite of the international break. The Portland Timbers are at the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings, with the New England Revolution also making a massive jump.
Movers, shakers, and all that…we have it in this week’s MLS Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon.
1. Portland Timbers
At JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., a goal from Kalif Alhassan in the 45th minute gave Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. The victory saw Portland rise to the top in the MLS Western Conference. The Timbers are back in action on Oct. 19 against Real Salt Lake. Kickoff at JELD-WEN Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
2. Los Angeles Galaxy
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy were off this week and will return to action on Oct. 16 at home against the Montreal Impact. 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. On Oct. 20, a massive showdown with the San Jose Earthquakes awaits at Victoria Street. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
3. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution prevailed over the Montreal Impact 1-0 at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. Jose Goncalves scored in the 31st minute for the Revs, who are back in action on Oct. 19 against the Columbus Crew. Kickoff at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
4. Houston Dynamo
Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo were held to a scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. and will look for a more inspired performance on Oct. 20 at home against the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet and UniMas.
5. New York Red Bulls
Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls were off this week and are back in action on Oct. 20 against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.
6. San Jose Earthquakes
Chris Wondolowski was once again the hero for Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes, scoring in the 69th minute to give the Quakes a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. The match sets up a massive showdown with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Oct. 20 at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.
7. Sporting Kansas City
After being held to a scoreless draw by the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium, Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City will look to assert themselves on Oct. 18 against D.C. United. Sporting have qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs and will need to prepare themselved accordingly with what should be a tune-up game. Kickoff at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be televised by NBC Sports.
8. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake were off this week and will return to action on Oct. 19 against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.
9. Colorado Rapids
The wheels fell off for Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids in their 1-0 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. A home-and-home series with the Vancouver Whitecaps can either make or break their year. The first match is scheduled for Oct. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.
10. Chicago Fire
Goals from Juan Luis Anangono (25′), Mike Magee (42′) and Jalil Anibaba (52′) paced Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire to a big 3-2 victory over FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Chicago will look to close in on a spot in the postseason on Oct. 19 against Toronto FC. Kickoff at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet Wisconsin.
11. Columbus Crew
Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew were off this week and will return to action on Oct. 19 against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
Take a bow, Kekuta Manneh. His hat trick in the 12th, 42nd and 54th minutes kept the flickering playoff hopes alive for Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps in their 4-1 rout of the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Nigel Reo-Coker added a fourth in the 82nd minute of play.
With the victory and Portland defeating Seattle later in the week, the Whitecaps win the Cascadia Cup. Up next for Vancouver is a must-win series with the Colorado Rapids. Game 1 is scheduled for Oct. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by TEAM 1410.
13. Philadelphia Union
Jack McInerney spared John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union some Major League blushes in the 90th minute to give the Union a 1-1 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Philly will need to win their next two games to stand a chance at going through. Up next is a match on Oct. 19 with the Montreal Impact. Kickoff at Stade Saputo is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
14. D.C. United
Nick DeLeon scored in the 36th minute but it was no dice for Ben Olsen’s D.C. United, who were consigned to a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium. D.C. United hit the road on Oct. 18 to face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
15. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas are out of the MLS Cup Playoffs after a 3-2 defeat to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Stadium. Kenny Cooper scored a brace in the 63rd and 75th minutes for Dallas, who will be looking to play spoiler on Oct. 19 against the Seattle Sounders at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC.
16. Montreal Impact
After a 1-0 shutout defeat at home to the Montreal Impact, Marco Schallibaum have two matches to turn the tide before it’s too late. Oct. 16, they clash with the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports. On Oct. 19, they host the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by RDS.
17. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC were off this week and are back in action on Oct. 19 against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN 2.
18. Chivas USA
Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA were off this week and will face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Oct. 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by KWHY.
19. Seattle Sounders
Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders hit rock bottom after dropping a couple of important matches. Mauro Rosales scored in the 69th minute in their 4-1 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field. On Sunday, they were flat on their faces as they played a man down and a goal down in their 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.
The Sounders need to clean up their act on Oct. 19 when they travel to Toyota Stadium to take on FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC.