MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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.

 

 

 

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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 losing streak, and are generally suffering through a pretty miserable stretch.