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MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2013

MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

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    Major League Soccer returned to a full slate of nine games this weekend that was highlighted by a historic Sunday night in Houston.

    The Dynamo extended their home unbeaten streak to 35 games, which broke the previous record set by Real Salt Lake from 2009 to 2011, beating the Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium.

    In the other marquee game of the week, FC Dallas took down the Los Angeles Galaxy in a battle for Western Conference supremacy. 

    Across the rest of North America, only Portland, Colorado and New York were able to earn victories as four games resulted in draws.

    Find out where your favorite team ranks 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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    Joe Tansey (@JTansey90)—World football featured columnist

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19. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 6

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 7 Result: Draw with New England, 0-0.

    The Sounders could not cure their CONCACAF Champions League knockout blues at home on Saturday in a goalless draw with the Revolution. 

    Sigi Schmid's team were able to manage 13 attempts on goal and six shots on target but a crucial final touch to beat Bobby Shuttleworth in goal escaped them. 

    The search for the first win of the season continues for Seattle on Saturday when they visit Colorado. 

18. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 12 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 7 Result: Loss to Houston, 2-1.

    The Fire were unable to break Houston's record unbeaten run at home but they were able to take some positives out of the game. 

    One of those was that they were able to build on their goal-scoring prowess from last week by way of a 29th minute Chris Rolfe strike. 

    Chicago will look to win their second consecutive home game next week when they host Columbus at Toyota Park. 

17. D.C. United

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    Points: 15

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 7 Result: Loss to New York, 2-0.

    D.C. United sunk to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a loss to the Red Bulls at home. 

    In their first attempt to catapult out of the Eastern Conference cellar, United will take on another I-95 rival, Philadelphia, on Sunday at RFK Stadium.

16. New England Revolution

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    Points: 19 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Seattle, 0-0 

    The West Coast adventures of the Revolution saw them draw with lowly Seattle at CenturyLink Field. 

    Despite failing to get a shot on target, the Revs should be satisfied with taking a point away from of the league's most hostile environments. 

15. Toronto FC

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    Points: 33 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 1-1. 

    The celebratory backflip of Robert Earnshaw was on display on Saturday as the Welshman scored his fifth goal of the season in the 71st minute. 

    The Reds' high spirits were extinguished late in the match as the host Union snagged an equalizer in the 93rd minute. 

    With the draw, Toronto moved into a four-way tie for most draws this season. 

14. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 34 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 7 Result: Loss to Portland, 1-0.

    Nothing went according to plan at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday night for the San Jose Earthquakes.

    The reunited Bash Brothers failed to have an impact on the offensive end and Alan Gordon's sending off in the 69th minute for a second yellow card was the most involvement any of the three goal-scorers had against the Timbers.

    Luckily for Frank Yallop and company, they will be able to seek their first win in history against Portland in seven days at Buck Shaw Stadium. 

13. New York Red Buils

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    Points: 40 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 7 Result: Win over D.C., 2-0.

    The Red Bulls came away from RFK Stadium with their second positive result of the season against their I-95 rival D.C. United with a 2-0 victory.

    Mike Petke's team saw goals from an expected character, Thierry Henry (29th minute), and an unexpected defender, Jamison Olave (36th minute) to clinch their second win of the season.

    Olave, who came over from Real Salt Lake in the offseason, scored his third goal of the season with a deflection in front of the D.C. goal. 

12. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 44 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 7 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 1-0.

    Deshorn Brown's early penalty kick in the seventh minute was the difference in the Rapids' road win over Chivas USA on Saturday. 

    Brown, a rookie from the University of Central Florida, has had a strong start to season by playing in all seven of Colorado's matches and scoring two goals. 

11. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 45 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Real Salt Lake, 1-1. 

    The Whitecaps earned their eighth point of the season with a draw against RSL at BC Place. 

    Camilo equalized in the 83rd minute to hand the Whitecaps their second draw of the season. 

    The Whitecaps now face a Western Conference challenge when they visit leaders FC Dallas on Saturday.

10. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 48 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Toronto FC, 1-1.

    The tremendous start of Jack McInerney continued this week as the Union forward scored in the 93rd minute to hand his team a very important draw at home.

    The 20-year-old American now has four goals in six games this season and is quietly finding his way on to the fringe of the United States men's national team discussion. 

    McInerney and his Union teammates will now look to take down D.C. United next week as they embark on a two-game road trip that takes them up and down the East Coast.

9. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 49 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Vancouver, 1-1.

    The first goal of the MLS weekend was scored by RSL's Olmes Garcia and it was quite the spectacular one.

    Garcia's superb strike from just outside the penalty area wonderfully curved into the right corner of the net to hand Jason Kreis' team the lead on the road at Vancouver.

    However, that lead would not be long-lived as RSL were equalized just 17 minutes later by their hosts.

8. Chivas USA

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    Points: 57 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 7 Result: Loss to Colorado, 1-0.

    Chivas USA fell behind early to the Rapids at home on Saturday and their search for an equalizer came up dry. 

    Despite falling to the Rapids, Chivas USA still have a lock on second place in the Western Conference with 10 points, a position that was not in danger this week due to the loss by the third-place Galaxy.

    With their four-game unbeaten run now over, the Rojiblancos will look to start a new streak in the Rocky Mountains on Saturday against Real Salt Lake. 

7. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 63 

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 7 Result: Win over San Jose, 1-0.

    Will Johnson's spectacular 78th-minute free kick gave Portland their second consecutive victory. 

    The second win of the Caleb Porter era boosted the Timbers all the way up to third place in the Western Conference standings. 

    The Timbers will be very familiar with San Jose after next week as they complete a rare MLS home-and-home series at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday. 

6. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 66

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Montreal, 1-1.

    The Crew had to wait an extra day to play up in Montreal due to snow but that wait did not affect the goal-scoring form of Dominic Oduro.

    Oduro delivered another impressive goal to add to his highlight reel with his 72nd-minute equalizer.

    With three goals to start the season, the Crew's acquisition of Oduro in exchange for Dilly Duka during the offseason is paying off quite well.  

5. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 72 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 7 Result: Loss to FC Dallas, 1-0.

    After making a living off playing against teams with 10 men this season, the Galaxy were on the wrong end of the man advantage on the road in Dallas. 

    Leonardo was sent off in the 60th minute for his tackle on Blas Perez in the penalty area. Carlo Cudicini saved the ensuing penalty taken by Kenny Cooper. 

    After holding their hosts without a goal for 27 minutes of the man advantage, Bruce Arena's team conceded with three minutes left in regulation and left FC Dallas Stadium without a point. 

4. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 80 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 7 Result: Draw with Columbus, 1-1. 

    The Impact braved the elements at the Stade Saputo on Sunday to earn a point against the Crew. 

    Marco Di Vaio delivered the fireworks for Montreal in the 68th minute with a blistering shot that soared past Columbus keeper Andy Gruenebaum. 

    With Sporting Kansas City off this weekend, the Impact were able to extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to two points. 

T-2. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 86 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 7 Result: Win over Chicago, 2-1.

    The Dynamo were history makers on Sunday as they extended their unbeaten run at home to 35 games.

    Houston did leave it late as Brad Davis had to score in the 81st minute to put the team past their pesky visitors from Chicago. 

    Davis sent in what looked like a cross toward the penalty area and without any deflections, the cross turned into the game-winning goal. 

    With the win, Houston broke Real Salt Lake's previous streak of 34 consecutive unbeaten games at home that was set from 2009 to 2011. 

T-2. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 86 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 7 Result: No Game Played

    Sporting Kansas City celebrated their first, and only, week on top of the power rankings at home as they were off this weekend. 

    Peter Vermes and company will be lucky that they were able to rest this week as they face two games in a three-day span against the Red Bulls and Galaxy next week.  

1. FC Dallas

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    Points: 95 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 7 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 1-0.

    It was an eventful final few minutes of the game for FC Dallas defender George John on Saturday against the Galaxy.

    After scoring the go-ahead, and eventual game-winning goal in the 87th minute, John was struck by a bottle that flew from the stands. 

    John would eventually walk off the head injury but it was a scary few moments for fans of FC Dallas and MLS as one fan ruined the entire image of MLS fans, at least for one week. 

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