MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

Crew remain steady in this weeks rankings after a dramatic win in Vancouver

William Hesmer

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The jockeying atop the Power Rankings keeps getting better and
better. After a brief, one-week stint at No. 1, FC Dallas dropped back a
spot on the heels of a loss at Real Salt Lake, while both RSL and the
Seattle Sounders kept pace with the best in the league.

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All match times for this week's games are ET; only MLS regular-season games reflected on schedule.

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They showed depth and toughness all over the pitch, which is
important with a loaded schedule (USOC, CONCACAF Champions League, World
Football Challenge) coming up over the next couple of months. Gotta
wonder if there’s room for another forward, though — the
Ángel/Barrett/López threesome have scored just eight times all year.

  • Last Week: Beat Chicago, 2-1(RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Bye Next: July 20 vs. Columbus (10:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TWTTW

 

 

 

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George John chose a bad time to lay an egg. With d-mid Daniel
Hernandez getting a rest, the big man needed to be a leader; instead he
had several unfortunate giveaways and perhaps his worst game in months.
RSL punished them, but the good news for FCD is they have a chance for
revenge in the USOC this week.

  • Last Week: Lost at RSL, 2-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. D.C. United (9 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LWWWL

 

 

 

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Remember at the start of the year when some Seattle fans were
wondering if the league had passed Sigi Schmid by? Emphatically,
undeniable foolish speculation on their part. He’s got his team closer
to football d’arte than anyone in the league, with speculation that there’s another big, classy attacker on the way.

  • Last Week: Beat Portland, 3-2 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Colorado (4 pm, Fox Soccer)
  • Last Five: WWWTW

 

 

 

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Welcome back! Yeah, RSL were going up against something less than a
full-strength FCD, but they did what a good team should do: Find the
weak points and go right at them. The only blemish was Álvaro Saborío
throwing a sulk when he was subbed off at the end. It’ll be interesting
to see what, if anything, comes of that.

  • Last Week: Beat FC Dallas, 2-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Vancouver (4 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TTWTW

 

 

 

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It’s officially halfway through the season and the Union still can’t
put together consistent offense. This time they made a go of it without
new signing Veljko Paunovic and old hand Carlos Ruiz, and generally
created enough chances to find net, but were stymied repeatedly by poor
touches in the final third.

  • Last Week: Tied San Jose, 0-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Sunday at New England (7 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTWTT

 

 

 

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The midweek thumping of Toronto was more than counterbalanced by
the listless home loss against DC. The lack of creativity in the central
midfield is a major concern, as was the inability to get any offense up
the left flank. Defensively, at least, they look solid again with the
return of Tim Ream, who had a monster performance.

  • Last Week: Beat Toronto FC, 5-0 (RECAP/WATCH), Lost to D.C. United, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Chivas USA (10:30 pm, Galavisión)
  • Last Five: LTTWL

 

 

 

 

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It took a penalty save and a last-minute goal to seal a 1-0 win at
Vancouver, but three points on the road is a plus no matter how you
manage it. They looked a bit fragile without Rich Balchan and Emmanuel
Ekpo in the central midfield; once those two are back, it looks like the
Crew should compete for the Eastern crown.

  • Last Week: Beat Vancouver, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. San Jose (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LWWLW

 

 

 

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They needed some last-minute heroics from Omar Bravo to salvage a
point at home, but that’s what DPs are for. And against anyone but Dan
Kennedy — the best 'keeper in the league this season — they’d have been
up 3-1 by then, anyway. Sporting are still coming together a bit, but
their unbeaten streak is now double-digits. That says a lot.

 

 

 

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Maybe now people will start appreciating how important Conor Casey
is. The big man had two goals and created a third, and has put a
sputtering Rapids team on his broad shoulders. As he and Omar Cummings
both get back to fitness and back on the field together, the Rapids will
climb the rankings.

  • Last Week: Tied Sporting KC, 1-1 (RECAP/WATCH), Beat Vancouver, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Seattle (4 pm, Fox Soccer)
  • Last Five: LLTTW

 

 

 

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Dwayne De Rosario scored the winning goal and Brandon McDonald
provided organization, leadership and steel to the young back line.
That’s about as much as you could hope for from a pair of midseason
acquisitions, and suddenly a young DC team that looked to be a year away
now has a playoff berth in sight.

  • Last Week: Beat New York, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at FC Dallas (9 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTTTW

 

 

 

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In a league full of underrated guys, nobody stands out more than
Nick LaBrocca and Dan Kennedy. They’ve put the Rojiblancos on their
back, dragged their team kicking and screaming into the playoff hunt.
Whether they stay there through the dog days of summer is now up to the
other nine guys on the pitch.

  • Last Week: Beat San Jose, 2-0 (RECAP/WATCH), Tied Sporting KC, 1-1(RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs New York (10:30 pm, Galavisión
  • Last Five: LLTWT

 

 

 

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Where oh where has the offense gone? Not only are the Quakes not
scoring, but they’re not even looking particularly threatening. Frank
Yallop has to make another adjustment or risk watching most of the
Western Conference pull away from his struggling side over the next few
weeks.

  • Last Week: Lost to Chivas USA, 2-0 (RECAP/WATCH), Tied Philadelphia, 0-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Bye Next: July 20 vs. Vancouver (10:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTTLT

 

 

 

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The Dynamo did what they should do: get a multi-goal win against one
of the league’s weak sisters. That said, they weren’t particularly
convincing, gave TFC a number of chances to equalize when it was 1-0,
and didn’t salt the game away until the end. Hopefully for Houston one
of the new trialists will stick around and revive their season.

  • Last Week: Beat Toronto FC, 2-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Sporting KC (8:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WLTTW

 

 

 

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The Fire finally lost again, but did so in style, at least, in their
2-1 defeat in LA. Cristian Nazarit’s performance looked to be something
build upon, and there’s no doubt Chicago can bring some heat down the
flanks. They’re still starved for creativity and movement through the
middle, and need time to work that out.

 

 

 

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This one had to be the most painful of losses, twice allowing
Seattle to come back and folding over the last 20 minutes. The positive,
though, is that the switch to a 4-1-4-1 looked promising, Diego Chara
played well in the second half and his friend and countryman Jorge
Perlaza had his best game of the season.

 

 

 

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They didn’t play this week, so the big question around Revs camp is,
“Will a new face be brought in when the transfer window opens on
Friday?” There are plenty of intriguing possibilities out there and New
England badly need an infusion of speed and class in front of goal.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Sunday vs. Philadelphia (7 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTTLT

 

 

 

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Another week and two road losses provides the lead-in to the
Frings/Koevermans era. They won’t make their bows until next Wednesday
with a big test against FC Dallas. They’ll need to jell quickly, and it
would help to have a healthy, motivated Julian de Guzman and Alan Gordon
in the lineup with them.

  • Last Week: Lost at New York, 5-0 (RECAP/WATCH), Lost at Houston, 2-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Bye Next: July 20 vs. FC Dallas
  • Last Five: LLWLL

 

 

 

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They weren’t badly outplayed in either game this week, but they
ended up on the wrong side of the score line both times. The ‘Caps are
the first team in the league with double-digit losses, are tied for the
fewest wins, have a four-game winning streak, and are generally
suffering through a pretty miserable stretch.