MLS Power Rankings: Week 20

A familiar face has become a new threat in the Power Rankings. Enter the Colmbus Crew, who used a cathartic win over Real Salt Lake (on the road, no less) to reach their highest point this season in the polls, leaping one spot clear of conference rivals Philadelphia. Colorado and New England are also on the move, while the Timbers fall another notch after a disappointing draw at home.

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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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At some point, the doubters have to just face the fact that this Galaxy team is one of the most efficient, effective and devastating the league has seen in years. To wit, Landon Donovan & Co. take advantage of one slip up and turn it into a rout.

  • Last Week: Beat Vancouver, 4-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Wednesday at Portland (10:30 pm, ESPN2), Saturday vs. FC Dallas (10:30 pm ET, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TTWWW

 

 

 

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The weather in Dallas isn't the only thing sizzling. FCD cooked up a 1-0 win over Chivas USA in 102-degree weather at “The Oven” — otherwise known as Pizza Hut Park — despite coming in tired after a midweek CCL play-in win and a long flight delay in El Salvador. Watch out, Galaxy, you’re up to the plate next week. If FCD can beat LA, they’ll be right up there at the top of the table.

  • Last Week: Beat Chivas USA, 1-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday at LA (10:30 pm ET, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LTWTW

 

 

 

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It looks as though the dog days of summer have arrived for the league's hottest team. Following a long midweek trip to Panama and back for Champions League duties, the Sounders looked sluggish and uninspired in Houston. Time will tell if that becomes a recurring theme as the schedule starts to clog up.

  • Last Week: Lost at Houston, 3-1 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday at Sporting KC (8:30 pm ET, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WTWWL

 

 

 

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Folks, we have a new boss in the East. The much-maligned Robert Warzycha is suddenly in the Coach of the Year conversation after squeezing yet another result out of his no-frills melange of vets, rookies and unknowns. And if Robbie Rogers continues to play as he did at Rio Tinto, the race for the conference crown should become interesting.

  • Last Week: Beat Real Salt Lake, 2-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Friday at Colorado (9:30 pm, Fox Soccer)
  • Last Five: WTLWW

 

 

 

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Despite playing with 10 men for most of the second half, the Union tried to erase a disastrous first stanza but fell just short at the end, dropping their first home match of the season. That, however, was overshadowed by the news that Carlos “El Pescadito” Ruiz — the team’s leading scorer — will be swimming off to a new pond. At least Roger Torres seems to have “the fish” celebration down.

 

 

 

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Sanna “Man, I’m Fast” Nyassi and Pablo “I’ve Got Moves” Mastroeni made sure to give the Rapids the lead, but it was Matt “Big Hands” Pickens that made sure it held up as the defending champs gave the Union their first home loss of the season. Another big result, and Gary Smith’s men may just keep movin’ on up.

  • Last Week: Beat Philadelphia, 2-1 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Friday vs. Columbus (9:30 pm, Fox Soccer)
  • Last Five: WLWTW

 

 

 

 

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Jason Kreis can try and put a happy face over his concerns on Jámison Olave’s injury all he wants, but here’s what’s clear: Losing their center back in the All-Star game was a worst-case scenario. Add in the rare home loss to Columbus that followed, and there’s some immediate concerns for these guys.

 

 

 

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Eventually SKC will have to stop with the dramatics, right? Yes, they’ve shown amazing resilience in the last month, but this team should be good enough to put some better results in the bag. Maybe Teal Bunbury’s breakthrough goal will shake the rust off his feet and give Sporting another push, but they need to start delivering sometime soon to run with the best in the league.

 

 

 

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A week away from MLS action should revitalize this lackluster, underperforming New York side, right? They won the Emirates Cup by going unbeaten against two top European sides, so there's life in there, surely? Problem is, they've got lots to prove and they'll need to do it away from home at RSL.

  • Last Week: Bye 
  • This Week: Saturday at Real Salt Lake (9 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WLTLT

 

 

 

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After his brace in San Jose, the Dwayne De Rosario victory tour rolls on this Saturday when DC host Toronto FC. DeRo seems to save it up for games against his old teams, and he’ll relish the opportunity to stick it to Aron Winter. United clearly play with more purpose with him in the lineup — they’re 2-1-2 in league play since acquiring him.

  • Last Week: Beat San Jose, 2-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Toronto FC (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TWTLW

 

 

 

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Inconsistency — often due to injuries — has been a major problem for the Dynamo for quite some time. But when their core players — namely Brian Ching, Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis — are on the top of their game, Houston look as though they could be up there with the best. A big win against a West rival (albeit an exhausted one) should boost Kinnear's men.

 

 

 

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Shut down and shut out. Clearly affected by the thermometer-topping temperatures in Dallas, Chivas USA wilted under the heat and under FCD’s pressure, failing to put together anything of note to see their five-game unbeaten streak come to an abrupt end. Not the best way to start a five-game road swing.

  • Last Week: Lost at FC Dallas, 1-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday at New England (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WTTWL

 

 

 

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Even after coughing up a potentially titanic win at Livestrong, it’s past time to give Steve Nicol’s group some dap. The Revs have suddenly strung together a three-game unbeaten streak against some quality competition, and they’ve got another winnable chance looming against some cross-country journeymen from Chivas USA. We are impressed.

  • Last Week: Tied Sporting KC, 1-1 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Chivas USA (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TLWTT

 

 

 

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Four seasons since they were reestablished, four straight years of midseason tinkering. But the Quakes will need a lot more than just Jacob Peterson, Alan Gordon and Nana Attakora to turn things around. If Frank Yallop doesn’t get some healthy bodies and better effort out there from his charges, the season could end prematurely in the South Bay.

  • Last Week: Lost to D.C. United, 2-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Portland (10:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TTTLL

 

 

 

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The reality of an expansion season is slowly settling in after a July in which the Timbers won just once in five league games: It’ll take a minor miracle to get Portland into playoff contention now. Still, if young stars like Darlington Nagbe, Kalif Alhassan, Sal Zizzo and Rodney Wallace keep developing, there’s a massive power core in store.

  • Last Week: Tied Toronto FC, 2-2 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Wednesday vs. LA (10: 30 pm, ESPN2), Saturday at San Jose (10:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LLWLT

 

 

 

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More than one member of the PR committee scratched their head at the Pável Pardo signing, mostly for one reason: How does that solve their goal-scoring problems? Yes, he’s valuable in the locker room, but this team needs more than just Christian Nazarit up top if they’re going to make a push.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Wednesday vs. Philadelphia (9 pm, MatchDay Live), Sunday at Vancouver (7 pm, Galavisión)
  • Last Five: TTTLL

 

 

 

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Aron Winter has done so much dealing this season, even the players admit they’re figuring out chemistry during actual matches. But the new guys are contributing: Peri Marosevic and Danny Koevermans salvaged a massive draw in Portland, and though they still haven’t posted a league win in five straight, there’s swagger again in Toronto.

  • Last Week: Tied Portland, 2-2 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Saturday at D.C. United (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LLLLT

 

 

 

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They huffed and puffed for about 45 minutes, but then LA blew the house down. No shame in losing to the Galaxy, though. And Designated Player Mustapha Jarju looked dangerous in just his second game in the league.

  • Last Week: Lost to LA, 4-0 (HIGHLIGHTS)
  • This Week: Sunday vs. Chicago (7 pm, Galavisión)
  • Last Five: LLLTL