Week 17 MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2013

Week 17 MLS Power Rankings

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    The race for the top spot in the Major League Soccer power rankings is heating up just as the calendar officially switches over to summer.

    Three clubs can make a case to be No. 1, but only one of them can reign supreme on top of the power rankings this week.

    Find out who won the battle for No. 1 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 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.

     

    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. 

     

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com

19. Chivas USA

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    Points: 5

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 17 Results: loss to Vancouver, 3-1; loss to Los Angeles. 1-0.

     

    It was yet another disappointing week for Chivas USA as they lost twice in a five day span.

    Against their rival Los Angeles, the Goats once again fell flat in the one-sided rivalry.

18. D.C. United

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    Points: 10

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 17 Result: win over San Jose, 1-0

     

    Sixteen weeks after they were victorious for the first time in the 2013 season, D.C. United recorded their second win at home against San Jose.

    All United needed was an 11th-minute Chris Pontius penalty to earn a win that seemed like it would never appear.

17. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 20

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 17 Result: loss to D.C., 1-0

     

    Just when the San Jose Earthquakes seemed to reach a turning point in their season, they did the worst thing a club could do this season, lose to D.C. United.

    Maybe a cross-country road trip had something to do with the poor play of the Earthquakes, but there are no excuses at this point for a club that has already sacked its manager in a disappointing season after winning the Supporters' Shield in 2012.

16, Toronto FC

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    Points: 22

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 17 Result: draw with Houston, 0-0

     

    Words fail to describe the lack of excitement from Toronto's match with Houston on Saturday.

    So instead of boring you with the details of the goalless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium, I will just mention that the Reds are just three points above last-place D.C. in the Eastern Conference standings after this weekend.

15. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 27

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 17 Results: loss to Chicago, 2-1; loss to Portland, 3-0

     

    It was not good a week for anyone associated with the Colorado Rapids.

    Oscar Pareja's club scored just one goal in 180 minutes of play, and in the same time period, they conceded five goals to two in-form sides.

    Colorado will have to figure something out before their clash with the Impact on Saturday, or they will end up extending their current losing streak to four matches.

14. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 38

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 17 Results: win over Colorado, 2-1; win over Columbus, 2-1

     

    Mike Magee's arrival in Chicago has done the same magic that Michael Jordan's "Special Stuff" did to the ToonStars at halftime of the movie Space Jam.

    Magee scored yet another two goals for the Fire this week as his new club racked up six more points to put their season total at 18.

    Surprisingly enough, the Fire are now just five points away from the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

13. New England Revolution

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    Points: 39

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 17 Result: no match played

     

    Amongst the multitude of matches this week, the New England Revolution were vacant from the schedule.

    The Revolution will be back out on the pitch on Saturday when they make their second consecutive trip out West to play Chivas USA.

12. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 40

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 17 Result: loss to Chicago, 2-1

     

    A week after triumphing over Montreal, the Columbus Crew fell at home to an old Eastern Conference foe, Chicago.

    Federico Higuain did score a goal for the Crew, but after conceding two second-half goals, a comeback was not in the cards for Robert Warzycha's club.

11. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 44

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 17 Result: win over Chivas USA, 3-1

     

    Vancouver got their moneys worth out of their only match of the week on Wednesday at home against Chivas USA.

    After conceding early on in the match, the Whitecaps fought back in style with three second-half goals.

    Two of those goals were provided by Camilo Sanvezzo, who now has five goals in his last three matches.

    Russell Teibert also assisted on two of the three goals scored by the Whitecaps, and he now sits in second in the league in assists with six.

10. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 49

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 17 Result: loss to Philadelphia, 3-0

     

    An already depleted New York side were kicked while they were down by Philadelphia on Sunday.

    Lloyd Sam's reckless challenge in the 28th minute saw him get sent off to the showers early, and his club faced a man disadvantage for the rest of the match.

    Lacking inspiration in attack, Mike Petke's club suffered a three-goal defeat and saw their second-place spot in the Eastern Conference disappear as well after the loss.

9. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 51

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 17 Result: loss to Real Salt Lake, 2-0

     

    After a two-week layoff, the Seattle Sounders could not take down an old foe at Rio Tinto Stadium.

    The loss to Real Salt Lake was only the fifth of the season and second since the start of April for Sigi Schmid's club.

    After another week off, Seattle will play three matches in a 10-day span to kick off July.

8. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 57

    Last Week's Ranking: T-6

    Week 17 Results: loss to Montreal, 2-0; draw with Toronto, 0-0

     

    Houston's close encounters with the Canadian kind did not end well this week.

    On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo lost to Montreal in a clash of Eastern Conference superpowers.

    On Saturday, they fell short at home against a Toronto side that they should have easily defeated.

7. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 62

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 17 Results: draw with Portland, 0-0; win over Chivas USA, 1-0

     

    With a full complement of superstars back in the Los Angeles Galaxy lineup, Bruce Arena's side were able to take four points from two home matches this week.

    The lone goal scorer for Los Angeles this week was Gyasi Zardes, whose header took down Chivas USA in the SuperClasico on Sunday night.

6. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 68

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 17 Result: win over New York, 3-0

     

    Not only did the Philadelphia Union find someone else to score goals other than Jack McInerney on Sunday, but they also delivered their best performance of the season as well.

    Conor Casey delivered two goals and Antoine Hoppenot found the back of the net once against rival New York, but the star of the match was Sebastien Le Toux, who was a powerful force out on the wing.

    The national spotlight will not stray from Philadelphia next weekend, as they host FC Dallas on  Saturday on national television.

5. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 70

    Last Week's Ranking: T-6

    Week 17 Result: draw with FC Dallas, 2-2

     

    If MLS matches were played for just 87 minutes, we would be talking about a Sporting Kansas City victory from Saturday night.

    However, Peter Vermes' club failed to defend for the final few minutes of the match and conceded two late goals to FC Dallas.

    Sporting will look to recover on Saturday at home against Columbus.

4. FC Dallas

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    Points: 78

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 17 Result: draw with Sporting, 2-2

     

    A spectacular end-of-the-match sequence handed FC Dallas a draw that they did not deserve at home on Saturday.

    After Andrew Jacobson handed the club a glimmer of hope in the 88th minute, Walker Zimmerman's thunderous header in the 90th minute completed the unthinkable in front of his home fans at FC Dallas Stadium.

    Schellas Hyndman's club will get another chance to prove their growing list of critics wrong when they visit Philadelphia on Saturday in front of a national audience.

3. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 88

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 17 Result: win over Houston, 2-0

     

    The Montreal Impact put away visiting Houston early on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo.

    Felipe and Marco Di Vaio found the back of the net in the first half to propel Montreal to their ninth win of the season.

    At the moment, the Impact are the only Eastern Conference club near the top of the Supporters' Shield standings with 29 points.

2. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 89

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 17 Result: win over Seattle, 2-0

     

    For almost 24 hours, Real Salt Lake were the only club in MLS to have eclipsed the 30-point mark.

    Jason Kreis' club reached that achievement after taking down Seattle at home on Saturday night.

    Kyle Beckerman scored on a golazo to open the scoring late in the first half before Robbie Findley guaranteed a full three points with his 46th-minute strike.

    RSL will now carry their five-match unbeaten streak north of the border as they take on Toronto on Saturday.

1. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 93

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 17 Results: draw with Los Angeles, 0-0; win over Colorado, 3-0

     

    Portland's unbeaten streak now sits at 15 matches after they survived two matches in a five-day span against intra-conference opposition.

    The Timbers could only manage a goalless draw at the StubHub Center against the Galaxy on Wednesday, but they responded to that result in exhilarating fashion on Sunday.

    A three-goal outburst against Colorado at home earned Caleb Porter's club their seventh win of the season and made them the second club to reach 30 points this season.