MLS Power Rankings Week Thirteen—Clash of the Titans

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MLS Power Rankings Week Thirteen—Clash of the Titans
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For the first time since week six, somebody other than Chivas USA will be occupying the top slot in our power rankings.

Thanks to their victory over Chivas, the Houston Dynamo have taken over as the team to beat in MLS.

At the opposite end of the table, New York continues to act like they're Derby County struggling through the Premiership.

How does Juan Carlos Osorio still have a job?

He may be on his way out soon, but that move will come several weeks too late whenever it happens.

Last week's rankings in parentheses

 

1. Houston Dynamo (two)

Houston has now taken over the top spot in all MLS thanks to their pair of victories this past week.

One of those victories was in a key match against Chivas.

That's a five-match winning streak and a 10-match unbeaten streak for MLS' hottest team and best defense. They're returning to the form that won them back-to-back MLS Cups.

 

2. DC United (three)

DC took over top spot in the Eastern Conference this past week thanks to a head-to-head victory over Chicago.

United scored twice in the first half and hung on for dear life as they watched Brian McBride miss a second half penalty.

 

3. Chivas USA (one)

Chivas stumbled quite a bit this past week, losing both of their games.

Despite not taking a single point, they still remain near the top of the standings thanks to the massive lead they took into this week.

Chivas has a great chance to right the ship with the upcoming Superclasico.

 

4. Seattle Sounders FC (seven)

Seattle picked up their first win since Apr. 25 with a victory over San Jose.  Sounders fans should be encouraged by Fredy Montero's return to the score sheet.

We'll see if they can continue to build momentum this Wednesday when DC United comes to visit.

 

5. Chicago Fire (four)

Chicago continues to slide with their third loss in a row.

The streak of poor form has seen DC take over the top spot in the East. Now Kansas City, Columbus, and Toronto are all nipping at Chicago's heels in the standings.

They need to pick up a win soon or risk sliding out of the playoff spots.

 

6. Colorado Rapids (six)

Colorado was idle this week.

 

7. Kansas City Wizards (nine)

Kansas City picked up a big 3-1 victory over New England this week.

The Wizards took advantage of an early New England red card and rode the man advantage to three first half goals. After a slow start, KC suddenly finds themselves in a three-way tie for third place in the East, good enough for a playoff spot.

 

8. Columbus Crew (10)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto moved into the lead for the Golden Boot after bagging his ninth and 10th goals against Chivas.

He still hasn't registered an assist though, which is disappointing for a guy who, prior to this season, had registered 45 assists in 50 career MLS matches.

 

9. New England Revolution (five)

One week after a huge 4-0 win over New York, New England was embarrassed 3-1 by Kansas City thanks in part to an early red card.

No Taylor Twellman meant a return to the poor form that we witnessed from the Revs earlier this season.

 

10. Toronto FC (11)

Victory this past week was huge for Toronto, even if it was over New York.

Sam Cronin tapped in a penalty miss in the third minute to set the tone for TFC as they rolled to a 2-1 win.

Despite the win, I still refuse to move TFC farther through the rankings until they show even the slightest bit of consistency.

 

11. Los Angeles (eight)

Los Angeles may have been exposed without the services of Landon Donovan in this one.

Minus Donovan, LA allowed the Salt Lake midfield to dominate the match. Even worse, an Eddie Lewis red card crushed all hope Los Angeles had of a comeback.

 

12. Real Salt Lake (14)

Salt Lake picked up their first win in nearly two months with a 2-0 victory over Los Angeles.

They needed that win badly, but they're still far away from the playoff spots.

 

13. FC Dallas (12)

Dallas was blown away by a superior Houston squad, not much else to say.

The 3-1 scoreline was actually pretty flattering for Dallas, who were down 3-0 before Drew Moor clawed one back.

 

14. San Jose Earthquakes (13)

San Jose is back where they belong, fighting with New York for position in the cellar of MLS after a 2-1 loss at the hands of Seattle.

The Sheriff of Nottingham chipped in with a goal, though.

 

15. New York Red Bulls (15)

Thanks to Juan Carlos Osorio, New York now has a 19-match road winless streak.

Their overall winless streak stands at six, and Osorio has to be on his way out shortly.

 

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