Week 10 MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2013

Week 10 MLS Power Rankings

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    Fans of Major League Soccer had to wait until the final match of the weekend to see two of the league's marquee clubs square off. 

    Houston took care of business at the Home Depot Center by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy by a goal. 

    Elsewhere across the league, two four-goal draws highlighted the Saturday slate of matches, while Sporting Kansas City scored four goals of their own at home on Sunday.

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

     

    Meet Our Voters

    Joe Tansey (@JTansey90)—World football featured columnist

    John D. Halloran (@JohnDHalloran)—MLS and United States national team featured columnist

    Eduardo Mendez (@MendezFC)MLS featured columnist 

    Alan Hainkel (@FntnCitySoccer)MLS featured columnist

    Peter Brownell  (@PBNoRegard11)World football featured columnist 

19. D.C. United

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    Points:

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 10 Result: No Match Played

    The miserable season for D.C. United was put on hold this week as they had a bye. 

    United will need all the rest they can get, as they face two tough opponents from Texas in Houston and FC Dallas in the next week. 

18. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 12 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 10 Result: No Match Played

    The Fire also had off this weekend, but unlike D.C., Frank Klopas' club will play just one match next week on Saturday at home against Philadelphia. 

17. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 19 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 10 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 2-2. 

    The Sounders made their first trip to the East Coast this season and ended up playing to a draw with the Union. 

    Eddie Johnson got the Sounders on the board early on in the 10th minute, and then Mauro Rosales equalized in the 64th minute after the hosts struck back with two goals. 

    In the final five minutes of the match, Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin were both sent off to add to the ongoing depth problems for Sigi Schmid's club. 

16. Toronto FC

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    Points: 24 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 10 Result: Loss to Colorado, 1-0. 

    Toronto FC has had one unforgiving theme to their matches this season and that is conceding late goals. 

    The latest issue for the Reds came on Saturday in Colorado, as they gave up a goal in the 86th minute to Edson Buddle. 

    The West Coast trip for Ryan Nelsen and company will continue on Wednesday when they visit Buck Shaw Stadium to play the Earthquakes. 

15. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 26

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 10 Result: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 2-0. 

    The Whitecaps' winless streak was extended to seven matches on Saturday as they fell to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    Vancouver only managed three shots on goal and controlled just 39.7 percent of the possession in one of their worst performances of the season. 

14. New England Revolution

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    Points: 28

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 10 Result: Draw with Portland, 0-0. 

    New England played in a rare Thursday night match at Jeld-Wen Field against the Timbers and played to a scoreless draw. 

    Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth made nine saves and held the Timbers without a goal for the first time this season.  

13. Chivas USA

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    Points: 38 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 10 Result: Loss to Sporting Kansas City, 4-0.

    Any positive momentum that Chivas USA had going into their Sunday match with Sporting Kansas City was halted after they lost by four goals. 

    After giving up the opening goal in the 41st minute to Claudio Bieler, Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy was sent off in the 54th minute for his tackle on Paulo Nagamura. 

    The Rojiblancos will have to wait an entire week to get the bad taste of losing out of their mouths as they visit Portland on Sunday. 

12. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 41 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 10 Result: Draw with Montreal, 2-2. 

    The Earthquakes were drawn a tough hand as they kicked off at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday against the Impact to start off the weekend of MLS play. 

    After falling behind by two goals, Adam Jahn and Sam Cronin scored a goal each to bring the Earthquakes back from the depths of defeat. 

    The draw extended San Jose's unbeaten streak to three matches, but they have failed to win a match since March 23. 

11. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 43 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 10 Result: Win over Toronto, 1-0. 

    Edson Buddle's first goal in a Rapids uniform came at the perfect time.

    Buddle, who joined Colorado from the Galaxy in the offseason, scored in the 86th minute to hand the Rapids a home victory over Toronto FC. 

    Buddle and the Rapids will now look to extend their unbeaten streak to three matches when they visit Columbus on Saturday. 

10. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 45 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 10 Result: Draw with Seattle, 2-2. 

    The Union felt like they were robbed of a match-winning penalty right before the final whistle blew against Seattle, as Leonardo Gonzalez's handball in the penalty area was not called. 

    Before the Union's strong disagreement with the decision-making of referee Jorge Gonzalez, Danny Cruz scored two goals in two minutes to temporarily hand the club the lead in the second half.

    Sheanon Williams was also sent off in the 85th minute for his shoving match with Seattle's Lamar Neagle, who was also sent off for the scuffle. 

9. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 55 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 10 Result: Loss to New York, 1-0.

    The Crew were unable to halt the blistering form of the Red Bulls at home on Saturday.

    After holding their opponent to 79 minutes of scoreless play, Tim Cahill finally delivered the Crew just their third loss of the season. 

    The Crew will play their third consecutive home match on Saturday when they host Colorado at Crew Stadium. 

8. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 61 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 10 Result: Win over Vancouver, 2-0.

    Luis Gil and Javier Morales were the beneficiaries of assists by Joao Plata in RSL's home victory over Vancouver. 

    Gil netted his goal in the 47th minute, while Morales beat Whitecaps keeper Joe Cannon in the 71st minute for his second goal of the season. 

    With his two assists, Plata took sole possession of the league lead with four. 

7. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 66

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 10 Result: Draw with New England, 0-0.

    Just five days after breaking through at the home fortress of Sporting Kansas City, the Timbers failed to defend their own home field. 

    Portland played to a scoreless draw with the Revolution on Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest. 

    The draw was the fifth of the season for Caleb Porter's club, who also extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches. 

6. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 71 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 10 Result: Win over Columbus, 1-0.

    All of a sudden the early season struggles of the Red Bulls seem like a distant memory.

    The Red Bulls won their third consecutive match and fourth in five matches in Columbus on Saturday.

    Tim Cahill scored his third goal in two matches in the 80th minute right after Luis Robles made a crucial penalty save on Federico Higuain. 

5. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points:  75 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 10 Result: Loss to Houston, 1-0. 

    The Galaxy failed to capitalize on their scoring chances at home against the Dynamo.

    The biggest miss of the match came in the 25th minute when Landon Donovan sent a soft penalty kick into the arms of Houston keeper Tally Hall. 

    The Galaxy will now travel up to British Columbia to face the Whitecaps on Saturday. 

4. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 76 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 10 Result: Draw with San Jose, 2-2. 

    The Impact had a strong start to their match out West against San Jose, but they failed to finish off the always-pesky Earthquakes. 

    Justin Mapp scored twice for the Impact before the host club finally woke up and scored two goals in the second half. 

    Montreal will now be forced to make the trip over to East Coast for a top-of-the-table showdown on Wednesday with the Red Bulls in New Jersey. 

3. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 83 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 10 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 4-0.

    Sporting Kansas City made sure that they did not lose their second consecutive match at home to an opponent from the Western Conference. 

    Claudio Bieler scored twice in the four-goal rout of 10-man Chivas USA at Sporting Park. 

    Graham Zusi and C.J. Sapong also contributed a goal each in the club's fifth win of the season. 

2. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 90 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 10 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 1-0.

    The Dynamo finally erased their West Coast demons on Sunday night at the Home Depot Center. 

    Andrew Driver's 65th-minute strike handed the Dynamo a well-deserved victory over the Galaxy, a club that has defeated them in the last two MLS Cup finals. 

    What was even more impressive about the win is that Houston did it without the suspended Brad Davis in the lineup. 

1. FC Dallas

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    Points: 91 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 10 Result: No Match Played 

    Before they embark on a four-day stretch during which they will play both Portland and D.C. at home, FC Dallas had the weekend off. 

    With the two home matches in the next week, FC Dallas will have the opportunity to further extend their lead at the top of the Western Conference standings. 

    Currently, the lead for FC Dallas on second-placed Los Angeles is five points.