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2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IApril 2, 2012

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

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    This week, the East strikes back in the 2012 MLS Power Rankings, with Sporting Kansas City checking in at the very top.

    Tumbling down the rankings are the Los Angeles Galaxy, who slide outside the top 10 after an embarrassing defeat to the New England Revolution. Meanwhile, the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC switch places at the cellar.

    Movers, shakers and more. We have it all in this week's MLS Power Rankings. Let's take a look.

19. Montreal Impact

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    Jesse Marsch's Montreal Impact put on a brave performance on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

    Sanna Nyassi opened up the scoring in the 18th minute and Justin Mapp made it 2-1 Impact in the 38th minute of play. But ultimately, it was too much New York, as they were trampled 5-2 on the road.

    It will not get any more easier for Montreal, who now have a couple of games on the way. On Wednesday, the Impact take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.

    On Saturday, Apr. 7, Montreal face Toronto FC at the Stade Olympique.

    Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET, and will be televised by TSN and RDS.

18. Toronto FC

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    A moral victory in CONCACAF Champions League play was outweighed by utter futility in league play for Aron Winter's Toronto FC.

    In their first leg of the CCL semis with Santos Laguna, Miguel Aceval recorded an equalizer to give Toronto a 1-1 draw heading into the second leg at Estadio Corona in Torreon, Mexico. Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

    Back in league play, the Reds were shut out by the Columbus Crew 1-0. Their next league match is a glorified Canadian pillow fight with the Montreal Impact.

    Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 12 p.m. ET, and will be televised by TSN.

17. Philadelphia Union

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    It has been nothing short of a difficult year for Peter Nowak's Philadelphia Union, who could not solve the Vancouver Whitecaps and were consigned to a scoreless draw at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

    And it won't get any easier for the Doopers, who now have to face the Columbus Crew on Apr. 14 after taking this week off.

    Kickoff at PPL Park is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by NBC Sports.

16. Chivas USA

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    Robin Fraser's Chivas USA put on a valiant display against Sporting Kansas City, but were shut out 1-0 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

    This Saturday, the Goats travel up the I-5 to the New Fortress, Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, OR, to face the Portland Timbers.

    Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. PT, and will be televised by KDOC-TV and KWHY-TV.

15. Portland Timbers

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    John Spencer's Portland Timbers are going through growing pains in their sophomore year, and in a firefight with Real Salt Lake, that proved to be the case, as they fell 3-2.

    Darlington Nagbe recorded a brace for Portland, with goals in the 48th and 65th minutes of play.

    The Timbers will look to rebound next Saturday, Apr. 7, when they take on Chivas USA at Jeld-Wen Field.

    Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by KPTV.

14. Chicago Fire

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    Frank Klopas's Chicago Fire knew they were in a heap of trouble when they faced the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

    They were right. Colorado proved too much for the Fire, who were doused 2-0.

    The Fire take the week off to rekindle, and will be back in action on Apr. 15, when they face the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

    Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Galavision and NBC Sports.

13. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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    Martin Rennie's Vancouver Whitecaps have to be wondering, just where in the world is the production?

    Answer: there was none, as they were held to a scoreless draw by the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

    Next question: Can this Whitecaps side ever get back on the winning track?

    Answer: yes, but it starts on Saturday, Apr. 7 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium, on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. 

    Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Rogers SportsNet Pacific.

12. Houston Dynamo

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    Dominic Kinnear's Houston Dynamo were off this week. Houston will return to action on Apr. 15 when they face the Chicago Fire.

    Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Galavision.

11. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy take the biggest tumble in this week's Power Rankings, moving down to 11th after a humiliating 3-1 defeat to the New England Revolution at the Home Depot Center.

    Robbie Keane scored a consolation goal in the 78th minute, but the damage had already been done.

    This will not be the best timing possible for LA, who now have to travel to the cauldron, Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS, to take on Sporting Kansas City, the beasts from the East.

    Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

10. FC Dallas

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    Schellas Hyndman's FC Dallas didn't fare any better, as they were picked apart by D.C. United on the road 4-1.

    Blas Perez scored the only goal for FC Dallas in the 41st minute of play.

    The Hoops return to action on Thursday, Apr. 5, when they take on the high-flying New England Revolution.

    Kickoff at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, TX is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

9. D.C. United

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    Welcome back to the winning track, Ben Olson and Co. It was a home-cooking night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., as they sliced, diced and stir-fried FC Dallas to the tune of 4-1.

    Maicon Santos recorded a brace in the 28th and 73rd minutes of play. Also recording goals for D.C. were Nick DeLeon in the 60th minute, and Danny Cruz in the 66th.

    With the win, D.C. have plenty of confidence heading into their Apr. 7 match with the Seattle Sounders.

    Kickoff at RFK is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

8. Columbus Crew

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    Robert Warzycha's Columbus Crew were on the up-and-up, dismissing Trillium Cup rivals Toronto FC in a 1-0 victory at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont.

    Bernardo Anor delivered the goods in the 56th minute. The Crew will aim for an even bigger victory against the red-hot New York Red Bulls at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.

    Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 3 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio. 

7. New England Revolution

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    The student bests the master. Jay Heaps's New England Revolution utilized a conventional approach that proved to be effective in their 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

    Kelyn Rowe celebrated a happy homecoming with his first league goal in the 10th minute of play. Other goal scorers included Chris Tierney in the 13th minute, and Saer Sene in the 65th.

    New England will look to get on a hot streak against the Western Conference on Thursday, Apr. 5 against FC Dallas.

    Kickoff at FC Dallas Stadium is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

6. Seattle Sounders FC

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    Also taking a tumble this week are Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders, who were shut out by the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0.

    Ouch. Talk about being house broken after being on top the week before.

    Nonetheless, the Sounders are capable of bouncing back, and get to do so by stopping a potential D.C. United uprising at RFK Stadium.

    The Apr. 7 kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by KONG 6/16.

5. Colorado Rapids

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    Oscar Pareja's Colorado Rapids were firing on all cylinders as they doused the Chicago Fire, 2-0, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

    Omar Cummings opened the scoring in the 58th minute, and Kamani Hill opened his scoring account in the 92nd minute of play.

    Colorado's next part is Part 1 of the Rocky Mountain Cup with Real Salt Lake.

    Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.

4. New York Red Bulls

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    Hans Backe's New York Red Bulls were back in business, as they chased the Montreal Impact out of Red Bull Arena, 5-2.

    And it was the Thierry Henry Show once again, with Henry recording a hat trick with goals in the 28th, 56th and 89th minutes of play.

    Also on the score sheet for New York were Kenny Cooper in the 48th minute, and Mehdi Ballouchy in the 72nd minute.


    Up next for the Red Bulls is a match with the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium.

    Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 3 p.m. ET, and will be televised by MSG and Galavision.

3. Real Salt Lake

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    Jason Kreis's Real Salt Lake went back to work in coming back from a deficit to get a positive result.

    On Saturday, RSL rallied for a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field. Alvaro Saborio opened up the scoring in the 39th minute of play.

    With all signs pointing to a Portland win, Jonny Steele opened his scoring account with an 89th-minute equalizer. Kyle Beckerman delivered the game-winner in the 93rd minute of play.

    Real Salt Lake continue their season with two matches. On Apr. 4, they face the Montreal Impact at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET, and will be televised by CW30.

    On Apr. 7, RSL take on the Colorado Rapids in Part 1 of the Rocky Mountain Cup. Kickoff at Rio Tinto is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET, and will be televised by CW30.

2. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Frank Yallop's San Jose Earthquakes are on the rise, and they pulled off a statement victory on the road: 1-0 over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA.

    Who else but Chris Wondolowski to deliver the game-winner? Wondo's strike in the 24th minute was enough for the Quakes to come in at second in our Power Rankings.

    Up next for San Jose is a match with the Vancouver Whitecaps at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET, and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

1. Sporting Kansas City

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    Peter Vermes's Sporting Kansas City is proof that the East is not as weak as some pundits imagine it to be.

    Sporting were all business in their 1-0 shutout over Chivas USA on Sunday night at the Home Depot Center. C.J. Sapong provided the game-winner in the 47th minute of play.

    Next up for Sporting is a match with the LA Galaxy at Livestrong Sporting Park.

    Kickoff is scheduled for Apr. 7 at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET, and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

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