MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2013

MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

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    It was quite the unorthodox week in Major League Soccer with a Eastern Conference showdown being played on Friday night and five teams sitting on the sidelines. 

    With just 14 teams in action because of the participation by the Sounders and Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League, each of the seven games played this weekend was thrust into the national spotlight at some point. 

    Sporting Kansas City opened the weekend with a win at home over D.C. United on Friday while the Chicago Fire closed out the slate of seven games on Sunday with a home victory of their own over the New York Red Bulls.

    Sandwiched in between those games were five clashes on Saturday that saw Portland and Colorado both earn their first win of the season.

    Find out where your favorite MLS team landed in this week's edition of the MLS power rankings. 

Criteria

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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from 1-19.

    Each team will be given a point total for its specific ranking.

    For example, the team that is ranked No. 1 is given 19 points, while the last-place team receives just one point. 

    We will compile the votes each week, and the team with the highest point total will be placed atop the power rankings.

     

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19. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 5

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 6 Result: No Game Played 

    After falling to Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, the Sounders were given the weekend off by the league. 

    Sigi Schmid and company will now take their one-goal deficit to Torreon on Tuesday as they look to reverse their fortunes against Santos Laguna. 

18. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 16

    Last Week's Ranking: T-9

    Week 6 Result: Loss to Chicago, 3-1. 

    The misery of the Red Bulls continued at Toyota Park on Sunday as Mike Petke's team fell to the Fire by two goals. 

    Things were looking bright for New York early on as Jamison Olave scored a brilliant goal off of a corner kick in the 17th minute, but it was all downhill from there. 

    The Red Bulls defense gave up three unanswered goals to their hosts on the way to their third loss of the season. 

17. New England Revolution

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    Points: 17

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 6 Result:  No Game Played

    After playing the fewest amount of games in MLS during March, the Revolution were off during the first week of April. 

    The Revolution will look to rebound from their difficult March in Seattle on Saturday as they take on the Sounders at CenturyLink Field. 

16. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 21 

    Last Week's Ranking: 19 

    Week 6 Result: Win over New York, 3-1.

    Not many players can have as big an impact on a MLS game in such little time as Maicon Santos had on Sunday for the Fire.

    Santos came off of the bench in the 63rd minute to replace Sherjill MacDonald and in the final 10 minutes of the game, he delivered two goals to clinch the first victory of the season for Chicago. 

    Dan Paladini also had a strong performance for the Fire by heading in the first Fire goal in the 44th minute and assisting on the first Santos goal. 

15. D.C. United

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    Points: 23 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 6 Result: Loss to Sporting Kansas City, 1-0. 

    Kansas City was heartbreak city for D.C. United on Friday night as they fell victim to a late goal by Sporting. 

    United managed only one shot on target and only held 40.3 percent of the possession during their visit to Sporting Park. 

    Ben Olsen's team will now have to wait until Saturday against New York to win their second game of the season. 

14. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 28

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 6 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 1-0.

    The Rapids earned their first win of the season in dramatic fashion on Saturday night in front of the home crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. 

    Atiba Harris scored the only goal of the game in the fifth minute after he cleaned up a mess in the penalty area that was created by Edson Buddle, who was making his first start in a Colorado uniform. 

    However, that would not be the biggest play of the game. That play would come in the 10th minute as Clint Irwin saved an Alvaro Saborio penalty to preserve the lead. 

    The Rapids will now need just one point against RSL on August 3 at home to earn their first Rocky Mountain Cup title since 2006. 

13. Toronto FC

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    Points: 35

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 6 Result: Draw with FC Dallas, 2-2. 

    For the second consecutive week, Toronto FC played in a thrilling 2-2 draw at BMO Field. 

    This week, it was the Reds who pulled back a two-goal deficit to earn a point. 

    Justin Braun and Darel Russell scored a goal apiece in the waning moments of the second half to give Ryan Nelsen's team a point.

    Russell's goal in stoppage time has to be a candidate for goal of the week, and even possibly goal of the month.

12. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 46

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 6 Result: Loss to Colorado, 1-0.

    It was a rough night for Real Salt Lake on Saturday as they fell to their Rocky Mountain Cup rival Colorado. 

    RSL had plenty of chances on goal, including a saved 10th-minute penalty, but they were unable to convert on any of them. 

    Next up for Jason Kreis and company is a trip to Vancouver on Saturday to play the Whitecaps. 

11. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 48

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 6 Result: Win over Houston, 2-0.

    To say the Timbers put together a dominant performance on Saturday against Houston would be an understatement. 

    The relentless pressure from the Portland attack finally resulted in a goal in the 55th minute from the left foot of Ryan Johnson.

    Johnson struck again in the 73rd minute to hand Caleb Porter his first win as Timbers manager. 

10. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 49

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 6 Result: Draw with Vancouver, 1-1.

    The Bash Brothers may have been reunited on Saturday, but it was not enough for the Earthquakes to earn a victory at home over the Whitecaps. 

    Chris Wondolowski and Alan Gordon combined for the opening goal as Gordon assisted on Wondo's third goal of the season. 

    Wondolowski's goal was his seventh against the Whitecaps, which is the most by any opposing player against the team from British Columbia. 

9. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 52

    Last Week's Ranking: T-9

    Week 6 Result: Draw with San Jose, 1-1. 

    The Whitecaps took advantage of a rule technicality in San Jose to equalize their game with the Earthquakes on Saturday night.

    With two San Jose players changing their shoes on the sidelines, Corey Hertzog scored in the 62nd minute to steal a point away from the Earthquakes. 

    After playing three straight games on the road, the Whitecaps will finally head back to BC Place to play Real Salt Lake on Saturday.  

8. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 56 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 6 Result: Draw with Columbus, 1-1. 

    Jack McInerney continued his hot start to the season for the Union by scoring his third goal of the season in the 34th minute in Columbus on Saturday. 

    The goal by the 20-year-old would not be enough for Philadelphia, as the Crew equalized through Dominic Oduro in the 72nd minute.

    Despite failing to earn the full three points in Columbus, the Union have to be pleased with their start to the season which has seen them earn seven points in five games. 

7. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 65

    Last Week's Ranking: T-6

    Week 6 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 1-1. 

    Dominic Oduro took the goal-scoring reins away from Federico Higuain, at least for this week, when he equalized in the 72nd minute against Philadelphia. 

    The draw put the Crew in good position to take over a spot in the top three in the Eastern Conference standings if they defeat Montreal on Saturday at Saputo Stadium. 

6. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 69

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 6 Result: Loss to Portland, 2-0.

    After reaching the top of the power rankings last week, the Dynamo failed to win on the road for the second time this season. 

    Dominic Kinnear and company were thoroughly dominated by the Timbers in the second half as they fell by two goals at Jeld-Wen Field. 

    The Dynamo will return home on Sunday to play the Fire as they look to extend their home unbeaten streak to 35 games. 

5. Chivas USA

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    Points: 76

    Last Week's Ranking: T-6

    Week 6 Result: No Game Played

    After a strong March, Chivas USA were forced to wait an extra week to kick off in April. 

    The second-place team in the Western Conference will host Colorado at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. 

4. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 83

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 6 Result: No Game Played

    The surprise story in the Eastern Conference this season had the week off after their first loss of the season to Sporting KC last week. 

    The Impact will return to Saputo Stadium on Saturday to host the Crew in an Eastern Conference showdown. 

3. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 84

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 6 Result: No Game Played

    The Galaxy suffered a massive heartbreak in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals against Monterrey by giving up two goals in the final eight minutes at home. 

    Bruce Arena's team had the weekend off from MLS play as they prepare to visit Estadio Technologico on Wednesday night.

2. FC Dallas

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    Points: 87

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 6 Result: Draw with Toronto, 2-2. 

    For 84 minutes, FC Dallas had a firm grip on their game against Toronto FC. For the final six minutes and change, Schellas Hyndman's team lost all hope of leaving Ontario with three points. 

    Andrew Jacobson (34th minute) and Blas Perez (59th minute) scored a goal each before the host team pulled back two late goals. 

    Despite losing, FC Dallas remained on top of the Western Conference standings with 13 points. 

1. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 90

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 6 Result: Win over D.C., 1-0.

    It took Sporting Kansas City 89 minutes to find the back of the net on Friday night, and when they did, it was due to a spectacular piece of play by Soony Saad.

    Saad, who came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute, provided Claudio Bieler with a strong pass from the left side of the penalty area and the designated player finished the play off with the only goal of the game. 

    On the defensive end, Sporting held their fourth consecutive opponent to a clean sheet.

    In total, Peter Vermes' team has not conceded a goal in 429 minutes.