2015 MLS Power Rankings: Week 4
By Jo-Ryan Salazar
Mar 28, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted (1) celebrates the win against the Portland Timbers during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Unh! Good Great and Holy Monday of Football morning, fleet of readers of The View From Avalon, the premier Los Angeles Galaxy news source on the FanSided Network of sports awesomeness, period! This is your Commander, your Admiral, your…editor, Jo-Ryan Salazar, speaking on behalf of the View’s crew. Breaking news from the View…Vancouver are now the team on top of the MLS Power Rankings, unseating FC Dallas.
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Meanwhile, the home team on this blog, the Los Angeles Galaxy, are on a slump and are falling like angels that deserve to die in the Armenian rock power ballad known as “Chop Suey.” Movers. Shakers. Ship personifications with torn clothes sinking in water-no, scratch that, we don’t have that here. Do we? *turns around* Okay, I stand corrected.
And oh yes, a whole lot more that we do have, and some, in this week’s MLS Power Rankings. Let’s do this. One more thing: ladies…*tosses personifications new clothes* please get changing. *personifications exit the room* Thank you.
1. Vancouver Whitecaps
Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps are at the top of the MLS Power Rankings after a 2-1 win over rivals Portland Timbers at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Nicolas Mezquida (15′) and Robert Earnshaw (90′) scored for the Whitecaps, who continue their homestand on Apr. 4 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN1.
Mar 28, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Red Bulls celebrate after a goal by forward Mike Grella (13) against Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium. New York won the game 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
2. New York Red Bulls
Jesse Marsch’s New York Red Bulls defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips (49′) and super sub Mike Grella (67′) powered the Red Bulls, who are back in action on Apr. 11 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
Mar 28, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; FC Dallas fans hold up scarves after the game against the Seattle Sounders FC at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas tied Seattle 0-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
3. FC Dallas
After a scoreless draw with the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex., Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas are back in action against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. on Apr. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
Mar 28, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United midfielder/forward Chris Pontius (13) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
4. D.C. United
Chris Pontius was the hero once again for Ben Olsen’s D.C. United against the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring in the third minute of second half stoppage time to give D.C. a 1-0 win over LA at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Up next for United is a road trip to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. to take on Orlando City on Apr. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.
Mar 29, 2015; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake defender Jordan Allen (7) gestures to the crowd after scoring a goal during the second half against Toronto FC at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
5. Real Salt Lake
Goals from Luke Mulholland (38′) and Jordan Allen (89′) powered Jeff Cassar’s Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 win over Toronto FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. RSL return to action on Apr. 5 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.
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