2015 MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

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May 3, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York City FC forward David Villa (7) shakes hands with Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) after their soccer game at Yankee Stadium. The Sounders FC defeated the New York City FC 3 – 1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Back at the top of the MLS Power Rankings are the Seattle Sounders, who are coming off a strong performance on the road. Meanwhile, D.C. United and FC Dallas also picked up victories to remain near the top of the rankings. This is the MLS Power Rankings on The View From Avalon and it begins…now.

1. Seattle Sounders

A brace from Obafemi Martins (23′, 66′) and a 58th minute strike from Clint Dempsey gave Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders a 3-1 win over New York City FC at Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y. The road trip continues for the Sounders as they face the Columbus Crew on May 9 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

May 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen (L) celebrates with United midfielder/forward Chris Pontius (R) after United

2. D.C. United

Ben Olsen’s D.C. United consolidated their position as the team to beat in the MLS Eastern Conference with a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Fabian Espindola (15′) and Sean Franklin (41′) scored for D.C., who are back in action on May 9 against Sporting Kansas City at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

May 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; FC Dallas forward Fabian Castillo (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. FC Dallas won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

3. FC Dallas

Goals from Ryan Hollingshead (9′), David Texeira (21′), Mauro Diaz (52′) and Fabian Castillo (65′) paced Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas to a 4-1 demolition over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Dallas host the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 9 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

May 2, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; The New England Revolution wave a flag during the second half against the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. The New England Revolution won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

4. New England Revolution

Charlie Davies (9′) and Teal Bunbury (60′) powered Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. New England return to action on May 8 against Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT and will be televised by Univision Deportes.

May 3, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura (6) is congratulated by midfielder Graham Zusi (8) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire in the second half at Sporting Park. Kansas City won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

5. Sporting Kansas City

Paulo Nagamura scored in the 75th minute to give Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting hit the road on May 9 to face D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

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