MLS Power Rankings: Week 13

Black & Gold remain at #9 in this week's Power Rankings

Julius James

Photo Credit: 
Josh Couper / TheCrew.com

What do you say about a week where none of the Top 5 teams managed
to take three points? Where 4 of the 5 gave up late, back-breaking goals
and the other had 4 dropped on ‘em at home by a team that hadn’t won
since March? You say “Parity.”

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They hold the top spot by default after a disappointing 2-2 home
draw with Toronto FC. Yeah, they were playing short three starters – and
should have been down another for Beckham’s red card-worthy lunge on
Tony Tchani – but that’s not the type of error you expect from this
team.

  • Last Week: Tied Toronto, 2-2 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Colorado (9 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WWWTT

 

 

 

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The first 45 minutes against RSL was probably the best half Philly
have played all year. Problem is the finishing, which still isn’t there.
When they weren’t hitting crossbars they were shooting right at Nick
Rimando, and RSL made them pay with a second-half comeback.

  • Last Week: Tied Real Salt Lake, 1-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Vancouver (10 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LWWTT

 

 

 

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They get this week's mulligan. The committee is willing to chalk to
the loss to Sporting up to a fluke, but we are aware: We won't be so
kind if Hydman's bunch flops again at Chivas.

  • Last Week: Lost to Sporting, 4-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Chivas USA (10:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TWTWL

 

 

 

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They grimly held on for all three points against a pretty bad New
England team. Not exactly an inspiring result heading into a long,
short-handed road trip, but unlike everyone else in the top third of the
league, they got all three points.

  • Last Week: Beat New England, 2-1, (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Sunday at Portland (10 pm, Galavisión)
  • Last Five: TTTTW

 

 

 

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Pretty good for 75 minutes midweek, then plain awful for 15. Pretty
awful for 45 minutes on the weekend, then pretty good for the next 45.
Consistency is hard to find when fighting injuries and absences, but
it’s weird to see Kreis’s men lacking discipline as well.

 

 

 

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Maybe they should get a mulligan, too, but it was tough to overlook
that the Sounders needed a frantic comeback even before Hassli's wonder
goal ruined the night at Qwest Field. And beware: two home games into
the Cascadia Cup, and the Sounders have done nothing to separate
themselves from the pack.

 

 

 

 

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They went on the road to a tough place to play and found a late
goal for the win. That’s what champions do, even when they’re missing
key players. The Rapids have a long way to go to reach their best, but
they’re getting points along the way. It’s enough – for now.

 

 

 

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Lenhart for MVP! A tactical shift and Lenhart’s return to health
have made all the difference for San Jose this year. Frank Yallop
simplified the game for his team with the move to the 4-4-2 and the
focus on playing vertically to his No. 9. They’re 4-1-2 since he became a
starter.

  • Last Week: Beat D.C. United, 4-2 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Friday at Sporting (8:30 pm, Fox Soccer)
  • Last Five: WWTWW

 

 

 

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The midweek last-second home win is almost cancelled out by a
weekend last-second home loss to a team that hadn’t won in 77 days. And,
as always, profligate finishing and a disjointed attack.

 

 

 

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Houston, like half the Eastern Conference, ended a long winless
streak this weekend. They’ve always looked better than their record
indicates, and a return to form could see them shoot up the rankings.

  • Last Week: Beat Chivas USA, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Columbus (8:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TLTLW

 

 

 

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The mistakes are starting to come in bunches for Robin Fraser’s
young group, and Dan Kennedy can’t stand on his head to rescue a point
every week. The offense is sputtering a bit as well.

  • Last Week: Lost to Houston, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. FC Dallas (10:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTTWL

 

 

 

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The central defense looked mighty brittle this week, a theme when
playing against teams with big, powerful forwards (remember the
shellacking they took against Houston?). That needs to be addressed,
because the book is out on DC.

  • Last Week: Lost to San Jose, 4-2 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Real Salt Lake (9 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TTWTL

 

 

 

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A three-game losing streak - two at home - and suddenly the Timbers
look like the expansion team they actually are. And the forward line are
still nowhere to be found.

  • Last Week: Lost to Colorado, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Sunday vs. New York (10 pm, Galavisión)
  • Last Five: TWLLL

 

 

 

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They’re not going to win any beauty contests at the moment, but
they’re getting results. And now, thanks to some last-minute heroics by
Orr Barouch and Christian Nazarit, they’ve gotten a win. We’d like to
see them go the San Jose route and simplify the game for their young
lineup.

 

 

 

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KC christened their new home with a scoreless draw that should have
been a 1-0 win when they were inexplicably denied a late penalty. Then
they went on the road and took it out on what had been the league’s
hottest team with that 4-1 thrashing of FC Dallas. Moving away from the
4-3-3 was key.

 

 

 

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The Reds got their best result in quite a while thanks to Alan
Gordon’s brace, including an absolute stunner in stoppage (which somehow
managed to only be the fourth-best goal of the week). With Gordon,
Maicon Santos and Joao Plata, there’s hope for the TFC attack. The
central defense, though, still needs major surgery.

 

 

 

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They broke their 600-minute goalless streak from the run of play,
but muffed a half-dozen other great chances and couldn’t put away a
first-half penalty. And they lost Ousmane Dabo to injury again.

  • Last Week: Lost to New York, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Chicago (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WLLLL

 

 

 

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No matter what else happens this year, they’ll always have First Kick, the Kansas City comeback and Hassli’s golazo.

  • Last Week: Tied Seattle, 2-2 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs Philadelphia (10 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTTLT