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D.C. United hold firm atop the MLS Power Rankings, Galaxy in free fall

D.C. United extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City, allowing it to hang onto the top spot in this week's MLS Power Rankings.

1. D.C. United (no change)

The black and red extended its unbeaten streak to seven games, but were left to rue another squandered lead at home. With Fabian Espindola out injured, Jairo Arrieta filled in capably, scoring DCU's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Kansas City.

2. New England Revolution (+1)

Overall, Jermaine Jones has filled in well at center-back, but his weakness in dealing with crosses was evident against Orlando as he was victimized on both OCSC goals. On the bright side, Charlie Davies' revival continues.

3. Seattle Sounders (-1)

A Seattle defense that was ranked first in the league heading into Saturday's match against Columbus committed a multitude of sins in a 3-2 loss, whether it was being slow to the ball or having too much space between the midfield and back lines.

4. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)

The Whitecaps did what they should, putting away a weak Philadelphia side. But David Ousted's stop from Andrew Wenger's shot on the doorstep had to be seen to be believed; an early save of the year candidate, no doubt.

5. New York Red Bulls (no change)

The Red Bulls drew first blood in the Hudson River derby, though they made life hard for themselves with Matt Miazga's sending off. Sacha Kljestan was fantastic for the home side, as was two-goal hero Bradley Wright-Phillips.

6. FC Dallas (no change)

Mauro "The Magician" Diaz was at it again against the Galaxy. His two assists inspired an impressive second-half fightback, a win made more impressive by the fact that both Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges were out injured.

7. Columbus Crew (+2)

Chalk one up for the Eastern Conference against a Seattle side that is arguably the West's best team. The Crew's attacking quartet of of Justin Meram, Federico Higuain, Kei Kamara and Ethan Finley was unstoppable against Seattle, with Kamara netting twice.

8. Sporting Kansas City (no change)

SKC ground out a creditable road draw against D.C. United. Dom Dwyer's form looks to be on the upswing as well, as he bagged his second goal in his past three games. The head injury sustained by Graham Zusi remains a concern, however.

9. San Jose Earthquakes (+2)

Oh, but what might have been, if San Jose could have held on to leads in Salt Lake City and Colorado in the past eight days. Still, five points from an onerous three-game road swing is nothing to sniff at, nor is the fact that the Quakes have survived playing seven of their first 10 on the road.

10. Real Salt Lake (+2)

Nick Rimando recorded his 100th win in RSL's 2-1 win over Chicago, and was up to his old penalty-saving tricks in the midweek draw against the Galaxy. How is it that he's never won goalkeeper of the year again?

11. LA Galaxy (-4)

Poor play in the last 15 minutes of games is absolutely killing the Galaxy at the moment. Not only has LA conceded four goals in that period this season -- including two on Saturday -- but Juninho failed to convert a stoppage time penalty in a midweek home draw against Real Salt Lake.

12. Portland Timbers (+4)

Last week Diego Valeri was back on the field. This week against Montreal he was back on the scoresheet, netting the eventual winner in a 2-1 win. If the Timbers can survive a stretch of three games out of four on the road to finish the month, it will set them up well for the summer months.

13. Houston Dynamo (+4)

If you saw Houston's road win over Toronto coming, head to Vegas. Immediately. Oscar Boniek Garcia and Will Bruin got the goals, but Giles Barnes was immense throughout in helping the Dynamo to just its second win in its past 10 games.

14. Toronto FC (-4)

Welcome home, TFC. (Thud.) And among those coming up second-best was Michael Bradley, who conceded a penalty and was left in Giles Barnes' wake on the Dynamo's game-winner. It was a sobering reality check for a club that has had far too many of these kinds of moments in its history.

15. Chicago Fire (-2)

It's been a season of streaks so far for the Fire; three losses followed by three wins and now two losses after Saturday's home defeat to RSL. While Frank Yallop lamented his side's lack of precision in the final third, the Chicago defense was badly pulled apart on both RSL goals.

16. Orlando City (-1)

Orlando still has yet to win at home, but Friday's draw with New England will put some spring in OCSC's step after coming back from two goals down. Rafa Ramos atoned for an earlier defensive gaffe with a peach of an assist on Cyle Larin's goal.

17. Colorado Rapids (-3)

The Rapids set a dubious league record by going winless at home in 11 straight games. It could have been worse but 11-year veteran James Riley picked a great time to score his third career goal in the 1-1 with San Jose. Colorado has won just once in 24 games spanning two seasons.

18. Philadelphia Union (no change)

The Union's season continues to unravel, with a 3-0 capitulation to Vancouver just the latest of what looks to be 1,000 cuts. Oh, and now the team has a keeper shortage due to injuries and Rais Mbolhi's exile, something not believed to be possible in preseason.

19. New York City FC (no change)

Defensive blunders and tactical naiveté proved fatal for NYCFC against the New York rivals. Sobering given that it had a man advantage for almost an hour. Mix Diskerud is finding life in MLS a little harder than he expected as well.

20. Montreal Impact (no change)

The Impact finally returned to the league grind after its CONCACAF Champions League exertions, and looked less like the CCL version and more like the outfit that finished last in 2014.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.


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