MLS Power Rankings, Week 15: Slow and steady, Real Salt Lake make their move

Maybe that "nice-weather goal explosion" we talked about last week is actually going to happen. Four of the five games had at least three goals, and three teams scored at least three themselves. Pretty nice haul as midseason looms.

Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at, and all comments are written by Matthew Doyle. All game times are Eastern.

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They're getting used to the view at the top. You know what view we want to get a little bit used to? That of Justin Mapp in a US national team uniform. There's not a better winger in the league at the moment.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: D-L-W-W-W
  • This Week: Saturday at Columbus (7:30 pm, MLS Live)

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How was George John not on the All-Star ballot? How was he not on the preliminary 35-man Gold Cup roster? Has everybody forgotten that there's soccer happening in Dallas?

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: D-W-L-W-D
  • This Week: Saturday at Portland (5 pm, ESPN)


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How many teams could ship out two All-Star caliber players – Will Johnson and Jámison Olave – and still compete? RSL have hit the jackpot all over the field with their kids, led – this week, anyway – by Olmes García.

  • Last Week: Won vs. LA, 3-1
  • Last Five: L-W-D-W-W
  • Next MLS Game: June 22 vs. Seattle

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As Caleb Porter pointed out, this team is learning valuable lessons while still taking points – on the road, no less. But there has to be some concern given how rudderless they looked once Diego Valeri came off the field.


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Very quietly, Roy Miller's redemption has been one of the stories of the season. The PK gaffe will be remembered forever, but he's been lockdown for the Red Bulls out left since then, and is scoring game-winners for Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying to boot.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-D-W-D-L
  • Next MLS Game: June 23 at Philadelphia

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Sporting had the week off and a chance to focus on Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Kei Kamara lighting it up in World Cup qualifying. All three players are integral parts of their respective national teams, and all three are playing very, very well.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-W-D-D-L
  • Next MLS Game: June 22 at FC Dallas


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That last five is pretty as all get out, but did you know that the Rapids have lost just once in their last 10? Clint Irwin's not the only story, by the way – Marvell Wynne has reclaimed his spot as one of the best defenders in the league, and Drew Moor is in that discussion as well.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-W-D-W-D
  • This Week: Saturday vs. San Jose (9 pm, MLS Live)

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The Power Rankings Politburo is very impressed by Lamar Neagle's recent play, but worried by this fact: It took until Andy O'Brien's injury for the Sounders to really put the screws to Vancouver last weekend. Seattle are winning a lot, but there's still improvement needed.


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Are the Galaxy too reliant upon Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez to win the Supporters' Shield? The answer appears to be "yes." But quite clearly, this is a team built for the Cup.


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Given the injuries to Omar Cummings – is he ever going to fully recover? – and Calen Carr, the Dynamo might be the contenders ripest for a midseason DP addition. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake would be a nice fit, wouldn't he?

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-L-L-D-D
  • Next MLS Game: June 19 at Montreal


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The unbeaten streak continues, but that has to be considered two points dropped at home to United. New England remain near the top of the heap defensively, but the attack does still come and go a bit.


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It looks like John Hackworth has hit upon something with Sébastien Le Toux's move to wide midfield. The Frenchman now leads the league in assists, and is developing some nice chemistry with Jack McInerney and Conor Casey.


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So, so close to an epic four-game run. If they'd actually secured that win at Seattle, it would most likely have been the best stretch in Vancouver's MLS history. As it stands, though, it's just another missed opportunity.


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So it turns out that Mike Magee isn't simply a product of the talent that was around him in LA. He officially hit a career high in goals with his eighth of the year, and has the Fire playing their best ball of the season.


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The pressure is ratcheting up on Robert Warzycha. The Crew haven't beaten anybody but Chivas USA, D.C. United and Toronto FC this season. You don't get to the playoffs if those are your only scalps.


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New interim head coach Mark Watson is promising a tighter, more organized defense and a bit more patience in midfield possession. That sounds like a positive step forward, but unless he can help these guys find their finishing boots, it could all be for naught.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-L-D-L-L
  • This Week: Saturday at Colorado (9 pm, MLS Live)


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How will Ryan Nelsen work Danny Koevermans back into the fold? Can you play him and Robbie Earnshaw up top and still have both possession and defensive bite in midfield? We don't have the answers just yet.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-L-L-L-D
  • This Week: Saturday at D.C. United (7 pm, MLS Live)

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Seems like the three-man backline is going to be nixed by the new regime, which will have wingers all over the league weeping. Over the past two months, there was no easier mark than just attacking the Goats from out wide.
  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-L-L-L-L
  • Next MLS Game: June 19 at Vancouver

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The draw in New England means D.C. have now taken three out of the last 36 points available to them. They've scored five goals in that span.