The MLS Cup Playoffs race is winding down, and the New York Red Bulls are at the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings. The New England Revolution keep piling on the wins while a few other teams exit the race for the Supporters Shield. Movers, shakers, and a whole lot more. We have it all in this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. New York Red Bulls
Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls are close to ending the Curse of Caricola after thoroughly dismantling the Houston Dymano 3-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
It took all of seven seconds for Tim Cahill to open the scoring. Goals from Ibrahim Sekagya (65′) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (75′) sealed the deal for New York, who can win the MLS Supporters Shield outright against the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.
2. New England Revolution
Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution keep piling on the wins, as seen in their 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. A.J. Soares (32′), Chris Tierney (69′) and Diego Fagundez (76′) scored for the Revs, who can punch their ticket to the playoffs with another win over the Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
3. Los Angeles Galaxy
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy slide down one spot after securing just the bare minimum to punch their ticket to the postseason. Kofi Opare was the hero on Wednesday night for the Galaxy against the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., scoring in the 68th minute to secure a 1-0 victory. Jaime Penedo came up huge on Sunday against the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub to give LA a scoreless draw in the California Clasico.
The Galaxy are back in action this week with a couple of matches. The Reserves are expected to audition for a spot next season against Isidro Metapan of Metapan, El Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Savador on Oct. 24. Los Angeles have already won Group 8 of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League group stage and a win will help in their seeding. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer Plus.
On Oct. 27, the Galaxy will begin their preparations for the postseason against a team that they helped book their spot in: the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
4. Portland Timbers
A scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. was all Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers could muster up. However, they can clinch first place in the MLS Western Conference with a victory over Chivas USA at StubHub Center on Oct. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
5. Sporting Kansas City
Dom Dwyer was the hero in the seventh minute of play as he propelled Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Two matches are on the way for Sporting this week.
On Oct. 23, Sporting Kansas City hosts C.D. Olimpia in a CONCACAF Champions League game that will determine Group 2. A draw will be enough for Sporting, but you can be sure that they will want all three points. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer Plus.
On Oct. 26, Sporting travel to PPL Park in Chester, Pa. to take on the Philadelphia Union. They have a chance to clinch the Shield with a win, but they will need help. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
6. Colorado Rapids
Barring a calamity of the highest order, Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids have booked their place in the MLS Cup Playoffs with their 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Gabriel Torres scored a brace in the 41st and 77th minutes, while DeShorn Brown made it 2-1 Rapids 51 minutes in.
A draw in their regular season finale against the Caps at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. on Oct. 27 will suffice. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude 2.
7. Chicago Fire
Mike Magee was the hero in the 63rd minute as Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire beat Toronto FC 1-0 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire will look to punch their ticket to the playoffs on Oct. 27 against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet Wisconsin.
8. Real Salt Lake
Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake were held to a scoreless draw with Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field and will look to head into the MLS Cup Playoffs in style on Oct. 23 against Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by CW30.
9. Montreal Impact
After dropping a 1-0 shutout defeat to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday at StubHub Center, Marco Schallbaum’s Montreal Impact rebounded with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. Marco Di Vaio (64′) and Karl Ouimette (84′) delivered for the Impact, who can book their spot in the playoffs with a win over Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. on Oct. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN and RDS.
10. Houston Dynamo
Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo are seeing their playoff dreams wither before their eyes, as seen in their 3-0 shutout defeat to the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium. This week will be life-or-death for the Men in Orange, with two big matches on the road.
On Oct. 24, they face Arabe Unido of Colon, Panama at the Estadio Agustín “Muquita” Sánchez in La Chorrera, Panama. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer Plus and Univision Deportes. On Oct. 27, they face a must-win game against D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC.
11. San Jose Earthquakes
Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes needed a win against the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center to stay alive in the playoffs. They only managed a scoreless draw and are just about burnt toast when it comes to their playoff dreams.
For the Quakes to leapfrog the Colorado Rapids, they need to beat FC Dallas on Oct. 26 by 13 goals at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. while hoping for the Vancouver Whitecaps to pull off a massive blowout victory against Colorado. Let’s be honest here: there is no way the gods of football will allow FC Dallas to play like American Samoa did against Australia many years ago.
But before that…there is the issue of defeating C.S. Heredia of Morales Izabal, Guatemala at Buck Shaw on Oct. 23. A win over Los Jaguares de Peten will be enough for the Quakes to win Group 5 of the CONCACAF Champions League. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer Plus. Kickoff for the match between San Jose and FC Dallas on Oct. 26 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
12. FC Dallas
Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas won’t be going to the postseason, but at least they added more misery to the Seattle Sounders in their 2-0 victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Matt Hedges (65′) and Michel (87′) scored for Dallas, who will look to see Schellas Hyndman off on Oct. 26 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
13. Vancouver Whitecaps
So long, playoffs for Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps in their 3-2 defeat to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kekuta Manneh (32′) and Camilo Sanvezzo (75′) scored for the Caps, who will finish their season against these same Rapids on Oct. 26 at B.C. Place Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by TEAM 1410.
14. Columbus Crew
Another team that won’t be going to the postseason is Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew, who fell 3-2 to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Dominic Oduro (59′) and Aaron Schoenfeld (71′) scored for the Crew, who will look to end their season on a winning note against the Revs at Crew Stadium on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
15. Philadephia Union
John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union are out of the MLS Cup Playoffs after their 2-1 defeat to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. Fabinho scored in the 29th minute for the Union, who finish their season on Oct. 26 against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.
16. Toronto FC
Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC were shut out 1-0 by the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park but can end their season on a winning note by pulling an upset win over the Montreal Impact on Oct. 26 at BMO Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN and RDS.
17. D.C. United
Ben Olsen’s D.C. United fell flat in their 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park and will look to finish their season on top at home against the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC.
18. Chivas USA
Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA were off this week and will finish the season off with a couple of games. The Goats travel to Rio Tinto Stadium on Oct. 23 to take on Real Salt Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by KWHY Super 22.2. On Oct. 26, Chivas finish their season against the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KDOC and KWHY.
19. Seattle Sounders
Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders fell 2-0 to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium but they did punch their ticket to the postseason with help from the Los Angeles Galaxy, who they will face on Oct. 27 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.