Week 13 MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2013

Week 13 MLS Power Rankings

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    All eyes this week in Major League Soccer were squarely focused on the Los Angeles Galaxy.

    The Galaxy acquired Robbie Rogers from Chicago, and on Sunday, he became the first openly gay player in American professional sports. 

    Aside from Rogers' appearance, the Galaxy had a big weekend as a whole, as they stormed past the Sounders at home.

    Read on to see where the Galaxy and the other 18 MLS clubs rank in this week's power rankings. 

Criteria

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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from one to 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. D.C. United

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    Last Week's Ranking: 19 

    Week 13 Result: Loss to Portland, 2-0.

    After a promising result against Sporting Kansas City last week, D.C. returned to their losing ways on Saturday. 

    The eighth loss in nine matches for United came against Portland in front of their home fans at RFK Stadium. 

    United will have plenty of room to improve on their futile start in June with Chicago, New England and Toronto up next on the schedule. 

18. Chivas USA

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    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 13 Result: Loss to Colorado, 2-0. 

    Chivas USA are beginning to challenge D.C. for the title of worst club in MLS. 

    Chivas lost for the sixth time in seven matches on the road at Colorado. 

    Unlike D.C., the schedule for Chivas does not get easier, as they take on Seattle at the Home Depot Center this Saturday.

17. Toronto FC

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    Points: 14 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 13 Result: Loss to New England, 2-0.

    Toronto FC have traded in their habit of losing late in matches for just plain losing matches. 

    The Reds lost their fifth consecutive match at the hands of New England on Saturday, and they have officially joined Chivas USA and D.C. United in the group that contains the worst clubs in MLS. 

16. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 15 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 13 Result: Draw with Real Salt Lake, 1-1. 

    Sean Johnson and Quincy Amarikwa shared the role of hero for the Fire in Utah on Saturday night. 

    Johnson made eight saves, while Amarikwa scored an 84th-minute equalizer to hand Chicago plenty of positive momentum heading into the month of June. 

15. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 23 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-14

    Week 13 Result: Loss to FC Dallas, 1-0. 

    The Earthquakes continued their season mantra of being a team that is hard to figure out this weekend. 

    San Jose fell on the road to FC Dallas, and in the process, they extended their winless streak to three matches. 

    It seems like something is not clicking right now in the Earthquakes' lineup, but once they figure it out, they could go on a strong run of form. 

14. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 25 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 13 Result: No Match Played

     The Whitecaps had the weekend off from MLS play. 

    They will be back in action on Saturday as they visit the New York Red Bulls. 

13. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 28 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 13 Result: Loss to Montreal, 5-3. 

    Defense was the missing component in the Union lineup as they made the trip north of the border to play Montreal.

    Philadelphia conceded five goals, three of which came in the first half, on their way to losing their fifth match of the season.

    In defeat, Jack McInerney once again scored for the Union, but he is now just tied with Marco Di Vaio in the Golden Boot race with nine goals each after the Italian scored a hat trick against the Union. 

T-11. New England Revolution

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    Points: 34 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-14

    Week 13 Result:  Win over Toronto, 2-0. 

    On Saturday, the Revolution announced to MLS that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference this season. 

    Diego Fagundez scored his third goal in three weeks to give the Revolution an early lead before Juan Agudelo clinched the victory in the 93rd minute, as he scored his second goal for the club. 

    New England will have a chance to prove their recent form is no fluke on Sunday when they host the Galaxy. 

T-11. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 34 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 13 Result: Loss to Los Angeles, 4-0.

    Apparently, two good weeks at home fails to translate on the road. 

    After scoring four goals in each of their last two matches, the Sounders laid an egg at the Home Depot Center on Sunday. 

    The Sounders have to be disappointed after their loss to the Galaxy, which was a match that was supposed to be a Western Conference showdown.

T-9. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 40 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 13 Result: Draw with New York, 2-2. 

    Columbus started their match with New York off in brilliant fashion on Dominic Oduro's second-minute goal. 

    The Crew ended the match in heartbreaking fashion, as they allowed a late equalizer by Jamison Olave.

    Robert Warzycha and company will look to rebound at home on Saturday against Houston. 

T-9. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 40 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 13 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 2-0. 

    The club that no one is paying attention to at the moment extended its unbeaten streak to five matches on Saturday. 

    Atiba Harris and Nathan Sturgis scored for the Rapids in their fairly easy win over a struggling Chivas USA team. 

    Sturgis now has two goals this season for Colorado, a total that doubles his total from his 88 previous matches in MLS. 

8. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 50 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 13 Result: Draw with Chicago, 1-1. 

    Real Salt Lake squandered a chance of beating Chicago at home on Saturday when they conceded a late goal off a throw-in that, according to manager Jason Kreis, was illegal. 

    The throw-in was not illegal as the RSL manager adamantly claimed, and the club earned just a single point at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    Before the debate began about the throw-in, Alvaro Saborio scored on a clinical header in the 78th minute. 

7. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 51 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 13 Result: Draw with Sporting Kansas City, 1-1.

    With revenge on their mind, the Dynamo could only manage a draw at Sporting Park on Sunday. 

    Brad Davis scored right before the halftime whistle, a goal that came just a few minutes after he was denied a penalty. 

    The road warriors of Houston will continue on their travels on Saturday, when they make a trip up to Ohio to play the Crew. 

6. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 58 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 13 Result: Win over Seattle, 4-0.

    Emphatic would be the correct word to describe the Galaxy's first-half performance against Seattle.

    Celebratory would be the correct word to describe the mood after the match saw Robbie Rogers become the first openly gay athlete to play in American professional sports with his appearance in the 77th minute. 

    The other Robbie on the roster, Keane, scored a first-half hat trick and assisted on Sean Franklin's opener in the 12th minute. 

5. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 60 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 13 Result: Draw with Houston, 1-1. 

    The heart-shaped hands of Kei Kamara returned to Sporting Park on Sunday, as the forward scored his first goal of the season. 

    Kamara, who spent the first two months of the season on loan at Norwich City, came on as a substitute in the 52nd minute and scored the match equalizer 16 minutes later. 

    With Kamara back in the fold, there is no doubt that Sporting will become an even better team than they already are. 

4. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 63 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 13 Result: Draw with Columbus, 2-2.

    Note to the rest of MLS: Jamison Olave should not be given open space in front of goal anymore. 

    The towering defender made a spectacular move in the penalty area that let him score an equalizer against Columbus on Sunday.

    The goal was the fourth of the season for Olave, who was acquired from Real Salt Lake in the offseason.

    The first goal of the match for New York was also a stunner, as Thierry Henry chipped in a goal after Tim Cahill provided him with a beautiful assist. 

3. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 68 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 13 Result: Win over D.C., 2-0.

    The league's longest unbeaten streak lived to see another week after the Timbers took care of business in the nation's capital. 

    Rodney Wallace and Darlington Nagbe scored a goal in each half to propel Portland to their second win in three matches. 

    With the win, Portland extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches. 

2. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 71 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 13 Result: Win over Philadelphia, 5-3. 

    The latest edition of the Marco Di Vaio show took the Stade Saputo by storm on Saturday.

    The Italian scored a hat trick in a 30-minute span to give Montreal an advantage that they would never relinquish. 

    Andrew Wenger and Blake Smith added goals in the second half to put the nail in the Philadelphia coffin. 

1. FC Dallas

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    Points: 73 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 13 Result: Win over San Jose, 1-0. 

    Fabian Castillo's 33rd-minute winner helped FC Dallas rebound from a rough loss in Seattle last week. 

    Schellas Hyndman's club took advantage of their home comforts at FC Dallas Stadium and were able to take down the Earthquakes. 

    FC Dallas also became the first club to reach eight wins on the season as they took back the lead in the Supporters' Shield race over New York.