Seattle's dominant win vs. Dallas keeps it on top of Power Rankings
Not much to go on this week, with only five games on the schedule. Nevertheless, the Seattle Sounders reinforced their status as the No. 1 team in the league with a resounding victory.
Obafemi Martins is one tricky forward. The Nigerian's goal was the peach of the Sounders' 3-0 win over FC Dallas, but there was nothing wrong with Lamar Neagle's or Leonardo Gonzalez's goals as well. The Sounders now sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings thanks to D.C. United's loss.
Like half the league, Sporting was off this week. The more rest the better for the banged-up but in-form SKC. Most of the team chatter revolved around the strange comments from Orlando's Adrian Heath about his interest in Dom Dwyer.
TFC sitting idle meant it didn't have to worry about playing a fatigued Michael Bradley after U.S. national team duty. It also gives the rest of the league a chance to try to figure out how to stop Sebastian Giovinco, who's on fire with seven goals and six assists in 12 appearances.
It was a return to the right side of the results for New England, who won for the first time in seven matches with their 2-0 victory over Chicago. Diego Fagundez, who scored in the match, is back on the trajectory that made him a homegrown star two seasons ago.
United couldn't pull off another come-from-behind win when it faced Orlando City in a 1-0 loss. D.C. was toothless in attack and that remains the overriding question area for a team that maintains its hold on first in the East.
No match for the Whitecaps this weekend. Vancouver plays next in Harrison against the Red Bulls on Saturday night and will do so without Darren Mattocks, who is away on Copa America duty with Jamaica.
Idle, which considering the three-game losing streak that the Red Bulls are in, probably doesn't make for much fun. Manager Jesse Marsch needs to find a solution to the club's defensive woes.
Last week's big jump came after a win against New England, which took the Timbers' winning streak to three. A few more strong performances could put Portland in contention for a top seed out west.
Sebastian Lletget's first Galaxy goal in the 1-1 draw vs. the Columbus Crew showed how the 22-year-old earned his way to West Ham as a teenager and why the team brought him in to reinforce its squad.
It was a week off for Houston ahead of a matchup against Portland next weekend. Will the break of rhythm hurt Will Bruin's form (six goals in five matches)?
No match for San Jose, which is mostly fretting about the possibility of losing Chris Wondolowski for significant time after his name appeared on the U.S.'s provisional roster for the Gold Cup. Will get Tommy Thompson back from U20 U.S. duty this week after the team lost on penalties to Serbia in the U20 World Cup.
A goal is a goal, even when it comes from a penalty (scored by Kaka) that might not always get called. Credit Orlando for doing on their third try what they couldn't do two times before -- hold on against D.C. and secure three points.
Give credit to Columbus for maintaining something approaching focus in their 1-1 draw against LA after an incredibly long weather delay and an initial burst out of the gates by the Galaxy. Will likely rue not taking their chance to beat a Robbie Keane-less team at home.
14. FC Dallas (-1)
There were flashes of what made FC Dallas so good to start the season up in Seattle on Saturday; it just wasn't enough to earn them anything out of the trip. Fabian Castillo must be sharper in front of net. Dallas is now winless in its last five matches.
Nothing about the Fire this season indicated that they might be capable of getting anything out of the game in New England. Sure enough, it was a disappointing day out that failed to produce a goal in a 2-0 loss. Missing Shaun Maloney and Joevin Jones due to international duty didn't help.
RSL gets Kyle Beckerman back for a showdown with Sporting next weekend, and it will need him. Manager Jeff Cassar's tactical experimentation match to match continues to produce underwhelming results.
Falling to NYCFC isn't a good look for anyone, but Montreal's performance in its 3-1 loss to New York reopens questions over whether its recent form is more flash in the pan than proof it can contend for a playoff spot.
Philadelphia had the week off and there weren't any controversies. That might be something of a victory without playing.
It only seems right to move NYCFC up a spot with its first-ever winning streak now in the books. Manager Jason Kreis finally has some momentum, and with some of the young players making contributions like Kwadwo Poku scoring, there's reason to be excited about the immediate future at Yankee Stadium.
Yes, it's rough to be dropped a spot without playing a game. Sadly, that's what comes from sitting at the bottom of the standings with the lowest goal total in the league.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.