Seattle Sounders stay first, LA Galaxy make their move up the rankings
Playing its third game in eight days, Seattle dug deep to defeat the New York Red Bulls and maintain the top spot in this week's MLS Power Rankings...
1. Seattle Sounders (no change)
Chad Barrett took a game-winning goal in stoppage time away from Clint Dempsey. Nobody cared, as the Sounders -- pushed to the limit by the visiting New York Red Bulls -- prevailed 2-1. The win saw Seattle take seven points out of nine from a three games in eight days stretch.
2. D.C. United (+1)
After a midweek loss in Portland, DCU returned to its grinding ways with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia. Luck played a part as well. Chris Pontius scored on a beauty of a header, but later should have seen red when he took down Sebastien Le Toux on a breakaway.
3. Sporting Kansas City (+3)
It took a while for Krisztian Nemeth to get going -- he was scoreless during the month of March -- but he's been ablaze over the last seven appearances, tallying five goals and two assists. He was instrumental in Kansas City's 4-0 demolition of FC Dallas.
4. New England Revolution (-2)
Lately, the Revs haven't been able to handle prosperity. Sunday's 2-2 with the L.A. Galaxy marked the fifth consecutive game it couldn't protect a lead, and New England is winless in that span. The groin injury sustained by Jermaine Jones doesn't bode well either.
5. Toronto FC (+3)
Toronto seems to have found its rhythm and a counter-punching, Sebastian Giovinco-led identity, and it paid off in a 3-1 win over San Jose. TFC still ranks 17th in the league defensively, but the trend is positive, with just four goals conceded in its last six league matches.
6. New York Red Bulls (-1)
The Red Bulls did plenty of good things against Seattle, yet couldn't find a way to close the deal, and ultimately fell in stoppage time. New York's talent level is impressive, but with just one win in its last seven league matches, one gets the feeling that something is missing.
7. FC Dallas (-3)
Teams are starting to target Zach Loyd on set pieces and he's getting overpowered. Colorado exploited the matchup last month through Dillon Powers, and this week it was Krisztian Nemeth of Kansas City. His red card capped off a miserable night. Something to ponder for manager Oscar Pareja.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1)
There are times when scoring goals is about optimism in the face of a lost cause. Cristian Techera adopted that attitude, and pounced on a defensive blunder to score the game-winner in a badly needed 2-1 win over RSL.
9. LA Galaxy (+5)
Five minutes into its match against New England, things were looking grim for the Galaxy as it was down a goal on the road without Robbie Keane. But LA young guns Ignacio Maganto, Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes came up big to help the Galaxy emerge with a 2-2 draw.
10. San Jose Earthquakes (-3)
For the third game in a row, the Quakes were good in possession -- this time to the tune of 56.6 percent. But with Matias Perez-Garcia sidelined by injury, it lacked the creativity to break down Toronto with any consistency. The hamstring injury to Clarence Goodson is a worry as well.
11. Columbus Crew (-1)
Michael Parkhurst is the epitome of fair play, but anytime an arm plays a part in preventing a ball crossing the goal line, a red card is the correct outcome. Meanwhile, Kei Kamara is in as rich a vein of form as he's ever been. He's one goal away from equaling his career high.
12. Portland Timbers (+7)
It was a near perfect week for Caleb Porter. Two wins, he rotated his squad, and Gaston Fernández is taking on some of the attacking burden created by Diego Valeri's injury-induced absence. And credit to Jack Jewsbury for a gut-busting run in stoppage time run to net the game-winner against the Rapids.
13. Chicago Fire (+2)
No team draws red cards from opponent's quite like the Fire. An opponent saw red for the fifth time this season in Saturday's 3-0 win over Montreal. Chicago -- 4-0-1 in those matches -- has yet to win this year when a game finishes 11 versus 11.
14. Houston Dynamo (-2)
Houston controlled much of the match against New York City FC, but still had Tyler Deric to thank as his late save preserved a 1-1 draw. Will Bruin remains on track for a career season after bagging his fifth goal of the campaign, and fourth in five games.
15. Orlando City (-2)
Like any team playing up a man should, Orlando scored twice against Columbus. The problem was they coughed one up as well, leading to another disappointing home draw. At least the club looks to have found a gem in forward Pedro Ribeiro, who netted the equalizer.
16. Real Salt Lake (-5)
What we had here was a failure to communicate between Nick Rimando and Elias Vasquez and it cost RSL a precious road point at Vancouver. Combined with a midweek loss in L.A. -- one that witnessed a stoppage time red card to Jamison Olave -- it was a brutal week for manager Jeff Cassar.
17. Colorado Rapids (-1)
Gordon Gecko was wrong. Greed isn't always good, as evidenced by the Rapids piling forward after equalizing only to give up a counterattacking goal thanks to a five-on-three break. As a result, conference foe Portland walked out of Dick's Sporting Goods Park with three points instead of one.
18. Philadelphia Union (-1)
After two straight wins, the Union returned to its hard luck ways, falling to late penalty from Chris Rolfe, who arguably could have been ejected earlier for kicking out at Vincent Nogueira. Still, Philly's form has improved in recent weeks. Can it take advantage when international duty robs opponents of players?
18. Montreal Impact (-1)
Marco Donadel always plays on the edge in terms of physicality, and against Chicago he went beyond it and was ejected for two yellows. Officially in five appearances, Donadel has four yellows and a red. Is the tradeoff worth it for Frank Klopas?
20. New York City FC (no change)
NYCFC's penchant for bad starts continued -- it's goal difference in the first 30 minutes of matches this season is now minus-eight -- but managed to crawl back to earn a 1-1 draw with Houston. Their winless streak now stands at 11 games.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.