Seattle Sounders climb into first place, New York City FC languish in last
The Seattle Sounders went into B.C. Place and took down Cascadia rivals Vancouver 2-0. It was more than enough to take the top spot in this week's MLS Power Rankings...
1. Seattle Sounders (+2)
The Sounders' depth has revealed itself this season, especially in midfield. But on Saturday, it was forward Chad Barrett stepping in for the injured Obafemi Martins and delivering two clinical finishes to grab three points over Vancouver. Seattle defended smartly as well.
2. New England Revolution (no change)
The Revs are still unbeaten in their last nine, but have been bitten by the draw bug for the second week running, including Saturday's 1-1 draw with Toronto. Diego Fagundez is no doubt still agonizing over his late missed header.
3. New York Red Bulls (+2)
Felipe came to the Red Bulls' rescue against Dallas, as his kung-fu clearance off the line preserved a 0-0 draw. New York didn't create all that much, but it's still a good result for the Red Bulls.
4. FC Dallas (+2)
Dallas has done well the first part of the season, even if Saturday's 0-0 draw with the Red Bulls wasn't quite what it wanted. Now a team-record five-game road trip awaits. If FCD continues to defend like it did on Saturday, there's no reason it can't maintain its spot near the top of the Western Conference.
5. D.C. United (-4)
DCU's game against Philly had "trap game" written all over it, yet it got snared anyway. Fatigue played a part, as did a disallowed goal, not to mention Luis Silva's hamstring injury that forced the Black-and-Red to play a man short. Still, more was expected.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps (-2)
An inattentive Vancouver back line was punished twice for letting Barrett get in the clear and fell to Seattle at B.C. Place for the first time. The Caps' inconsistency at home -- they're 3-3-1 so far in league play -- continues.
7. San Jose Earthquakes (+2)
Playing for almost an hour with a man advantage no doubt helped, but the Quakes at last showed an ability to string some passes together in beating Columbus. There was some intricate combination play involving Matias Perez-Garcia and Shea Salinas on the latter's goal as well.
8. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
It was a night not fit for man or beast in Kansas City, as heavy rains resulted in the postponement of SKC's game against Colorado. Now a brutal four-game stretch that includes games against New England, Seattle (twice) and Dallas awaits.
9. Columbus Crew (-2)
Mohammed Saeid has filled in admirably for the injured Wil Trapp, but two spasms of indiscipline resulted in an ejection that paved the way for a 2-0 loss to San Jose.
10. Houston Dynamo (+3)
The balance from front to back has looked much better for the Dynamo the last two weeks, and now Houston is getting wins. Of course, it helps that striker Will Bruin is on fire, scoring twice against Portland to give him four goals in his last five games. Giles Barnes is tearing it up too.
11. Toronto FC (+3)
Last week, Michael Bradley was one of TFC's goats. Against New England he was the hero, scoring on a sensational solo run to help Toronto grab a road point at New England. Jozy Altidore's hamstring injury is a concern, however.
12. Real Salt Lake (-2)
RSL has suffered numerous injuries this season, but Chris Schuler's absence due to knee surgery has cut the deepest. The back line has suffered in the interim, though the midfield provided little help in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Montreal. Schuler is expected back in around two weeks.
13. Orlando City (+3)
The Lions finally recorded their first home win, and they did it with authority, trouncing the Galaxy. Cyle Larin is looking more and more like the real deal in all phases, and Kaka delivered.
14. Portland Timbers (-2)
The Timbers conceded in all manner of ways in losing to Houston 3-1, a defensive setback for a side that has improved considerably on that side of the ball over last season.
15. LA Galaxy (-4)
A patchwork back line was no match for a rampant Orlando side, with Tommy Meyer in particular having a day to forget. Bruce Arena can only hope that Omar Gonzalez's knee "tweak" is as innocuous as it sounds.
16. Chicago Fire (-1)
There are games each season that make a manager set up an appointment with his cardiologist, and Friday's encounter with NYCFC was just such an occasion for Frank Yallop. Up two goals and a man, the Fire couldn't see the game out, setting for a 2-2 draw. A head-shaking result for Chicago.
17. Colorado Rapids (no change)
The Rapids will have to wait to try to break their five-game winless streak, after inclement weather meant their game against Sporting Kansas City was postponed.
18. Philadelphia Union (no change)
There were fan protests at Sunday's home game against D.C. United. But there was also a win, as Zach Pfeffer responded in the best way possible to being left off the U.S. U20 World Cup roster by scoring a stoppage-time winner.
19. Montreal Impact (+1)
The Impact finally managed to win a league game, thumping Real Salt Lake 4-1. Andres Romero bagged two goals, but it was Ignacio Piatti and Dilly Duka doing the heavy lifting in the creativity department, with the latter adding a goal. Whether Montreal's defense can hold up for an extended stretch is the big question.
20. New York City FC (-1)
New York's winless streak is now at nine games, but there's a glimmer of hope after coming back from two goals down -- with 10 men no less -- to tie with Chicago.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.