Week 19 MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Week 19 MLS Power Rankings

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    All good things must come to an end sooner or later.

    That is exactly what has happened to the Portland Timbers' reign atop of the MLS Power Rankings.

    After their 15-match unbeaten run was broken by Columbus on Sunday, they were forced to relinquish their No. 1 ranking.

    Read on to find out who took over for Portland at the top of the B/R 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. D.C. United

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    Points: 6

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 19 Results: Loss to Seattle, 2-0; Draw with Colorado, 0-0.

    D.C.'s trip out to the West Coast ended in them earning one point, which came in Colorado on Sunday.

    The goalless draw in Colorado gave United their 10th point of the season, an achievement that should have happened much earlier in the season based on the club's preseason expectations.

18. Chivas USA

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    Points: 12

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 19 Results: Draw with FC Dallas, 0-0; Draw with Montreal, 1-1.

    Compared to their entire body of work so far this season, Chivas USA can look back on the last week and call it a complete success.

    The Goats drew on Thursday in Texas with FC Dallas and then followed that up on Sunday with a draw north of the border against Montreal.

    Chivas USA will continue their trip across the continent on Friday, when they visit PPL Park to play the Union.

17. Toronto FC

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    Points: 17

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 19 Result: Draw with Montreal, 3-3.

    The best offensive display of the season from the Reds came on Wednesday at home against Montreal.

    Before the inevitable second-half concession of goals began, Jeremy Brockie, Steven Caldwell and Darren O'Dea all scored goals for Ryan Nelsen's club.

16. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 18

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 19 Results: Loss to Chicago, 3-2; Loss to New England, 2-0.

    Any momentum that the Earthquakes carried into this week was quashed by the time their Eastern excursion ended on Saturday night in Foxborough.

    San Jose conceded five times in two matches this weekend, and their schedule does not get any easier as they host Seattle on Saturday.

15. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 27

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 19 Results: Win over San Jose, 3-2; Loss to Sporting, 2-1.

    Chicago suffered their first defeat in the Mike Magee era on Sunday at home to Sporting Kansas City.

    While the Fire did lose that match, the man who has become the spark plug to their entire season did score his league-leading 11th goal.

    Frank Klopas' squad will look to get back on track in Vancouver on Sunday.

14. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 35

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 19 Result: Loss to Los Angeles, 2-1; Win over Portland, 1-0.

    After suffering a heartbreaking defeat in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Crew rebounded in fine fashion by ending the unbeaten streak of the Portland Timbers.

    Bernardo Anor was the lone goalscorer for the Crew in their sixth win of the season on Sunday.

    Robert Warzycha's club will now face a 13-day layoff until they face New England at home on July 20.

13. New England Revolution

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    Points: 40

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 19 Result: Win over San Jose, 2-0.

    It was only fitting that a club named the Revolution came out victorious during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

    Saer Sene and Dimitry Imbongo each delivered a stunning goal in the Revs' win over San Jose at home on Saturday night.

    The win was the fourth in eight matches for Jay Heaps' club.

12. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 41

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 19 Results: Win over D.C., 2-0; Loss to Vancouver, 2-0.

    The Sounders were on both ends of a 2-0 scoreline this week, as they defeated D.C. and lost to Vancouver.

    The part of the Sounders' play this weekend that may have stood out the most was the debut of the blond hair that Eddie Johnson is now sporting.

    As for the play on the pitch, Obafemi Martins scored both goals in Thursday's win over D.C. at CenturyLink Field.

11. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 42

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 19 Results: Win over New York, 2-0; Draw with D.C., 0-0.

    Going up against two Eastern Conference foes at home this week, the Rapids earned four points.

    Oscar Pareja's club defeated the Red Bulls on Thursday before drawing with D.C. on Sunday.

    The goalless draw with D.C. was the first result of the kind during Pareja's managerial reign.

T-9. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 54

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 19 Result: Win over Philadelphia, 1-0.

    Houston took to the pitch just once this week, and they got the most of that one match as they defeated Philadelphia at BBVA Compass Stadium.

    Ricardo Clark was the lone scorer for the Dynamo as the club began to reassert their status as a strong home side.

    Dominic Kinnear and company will not have a chance to extend their home unbeaten streak to three until July 27 against Chicago.

T-9. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 54

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 19 Result: Loss to Colorado, 2-0.

    The Red Bulls celebrated the Fourth of July in less than ideal fashion in Colorado, as they fell to the Rapids.

    Luis Robles conceded two goals in the second half as New York lost their third match in their last four matches.

8. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 57

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 19 Results: Draw with Real Salt Lake, 2-2; Loss to Houston, 1-0.

    A depleted Philadelphia squad suffered two brutal results on the road this week.

    In Utah on Wednesday, the Union conceded a last-minute penalty to throw away what was supposed to be a well-deserved win.

    On Saturday, the Union once again failed to earn a result in Houston as they fell to the Dynamo.

    Luckily for John Hackworth's club, the ultimate slumpbuster, Chivas USA, will visit PPL Park on Friday.

7. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 69

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 19 Results: Draw with Sporting, 1-1; Win over Seattle, 2-0.

    Just two days after earning a draw at Sporting Park, the Whitecaps earned their first Cascadia Cup win in the MLS era over Seattle at BC Place.

    In their 180 minutes of play this week, the Whitecaps had three different goalscorers in Camilo, Kenny Miller and Darren Mattocks.

    In the win over Seattle, Brad Knighton delivered one of the best goalkeeping performances of the season with seven saves and a clean sheet.

6. FC Dallas

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    Points: 70

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 19 Results: Draw with Chivas USA, 0-0; Loss to Los Angeles, 2-0.

    Playing against the two Los Angeles-based clubs this week, FC Dallas could only manage to earn one point.

    Schellas Hyndman's club have now gone five matches without earning the full three points from a match, and they are in danger of making a free fall down the Western Conference standings with clubs like Los Angeles and Portland one point behind them in the race for second place.

T-4. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 73

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 19 Results: Win over Columbus, 2-1; Win over FC Dallas, 2-0.

    Do not look now, but here come the Galaxy.

    Los Angeles won twice during the holiday weekend, and in the process they inched closer to Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake in the standings.

    In the two victories, Robbie Keane continued his spectacular season by scoring two penalties against Columbus and assisting on the club's two goals against FC Dallas.

T-4. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 73

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 19 Results: Draw with Toronto, 3-3; Draw with Chivas USA, 1-1.

    The only word that perfectly describes the last week of the Montreal Impact was disappointing.

    Against two of the worst clubs in the league, the Impact faltered and earned a meager two points.

    After all the dust settled, Montreal somehow remained on top of the Eastern Conference standings with 31 points, which is just one point ahead of Sporting.

3. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 85

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 19 Result: Loss to Columbus, 1-0.

    The Timbers added another number to the loss column for the first time since March 9, as they fell on the road to Columbus.

    The loss snapped a league-best 15-match unbeaten run that Caleb Porter's club had going into Sunday's match.

    The Timbers will have a big test in front of them on Saturday, as they host the Galaxy in front of a national audience.

2. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 86

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 19 Results: Draw with Vancouver, 1-1; Win over Chicago, 2-1.

    Three first-half goals handed Sporting four points in four days, taking them to second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

    Against Chicago, Sporting scored twice in the first eight minutes to quell the momentum that their opponents had carrying into the match at Toyota Park.

1. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 92

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 19 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 2-2.

    Real Salt Lake were handed a present in the final minute of the second half against Philadelphia on Wednesday, with Javier Morales converting on a penalty.

    Morales' penalty kick was the second goal that RSL scored in the final 15 minutes, after Luis Gil netted the first equalizer of the match in the 75th minute.