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A number of teams in Major League Soccer delivered…statement victories. No team delivered a bigger statement victory than Orlando City, who picked the right opponent and the right time to earn their first victory at the Citrus Bowl. As for the Philadelphia, they were no slouches either as they tried to win back the support of the Suns of Ben. And in Montreal, the seeds are potentially in motion for a “shock the continent” revival.
Let’s take a look at this week’s MLS Power Rankings. Just wanted to note a couple of teams are staying where they are as per Mother Nature’s…orders. Power Rankings will also be a bit more simplified, since the Galaxy’s season has…hit rock-bottom.
1. Seattle Sounders
Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders are the top team this week in the Power Rankings. A Chad Barrett brace in the fifth and 38th minutes saw the Sounders off to a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. The Sounders host Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on May 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
2. San Jose Earthquakes
Goals from Chris Wondolowski (55′) and Shea Salinas (60′) gave Dominic Kinnear’s San Jose Earthquakes a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The Quakes face the red-hot Orlando City on May 24 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
3. Orlando City
A tough loss for Adrian Heath’s Orlando City on the road was countered by a history-making victory at home. On Wednesday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Cyle Larin continued his hotstreak in the 11th minute of Orlando’s 2-1 defeat to D.C. United. But on Sunday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., the Lions scored their first-ever victory at home, defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0. Eric Avila (12′), Larin (34′), Kaka (56′) and Darwin Ceren (73′) contributed to its biggest win of the season to date.
Orlando will look to build momentum from this statement result on May 24 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Levi’s Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
4. Montreal Impact
The resurgence of the Montreal Impact is real. Frank Klopas’s Impact smoked Real Salt Lake, 4-1, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. Andres Romero scored a brace in the 20th and 29th minutes. Other goalscorers included Laurent Ciman (18′) and Dilly Duka (78′). On the docket for Montreal is a match with FC Dallas on May 23 at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
5. FC Dallas
After a scoreless draw with the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex., Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas will be looking to return to scoring form when they head to Stade Saputo to take on the Montreal Impact on May 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.