MLS Player Power Rankings: Players on Hot Teams Thrive in Latest Poll

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2014

MLS Player Power Rankings: Players on Hot Teams Thrive in Latest Poll

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    After Week 11 in Major League Soccer, it is clear that two teams are in a class of their own in their respective conferences.

    Because of their stellar form, Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution have a combined eight players in the latest MLS Player Power Rankings. 

    One of those players was able to snag the top spot away from Bradley Wright-Phillips, who spent just a week at the top after taking down Clint Dempsey.

    Continue reading on to see which player earned the top spot on the list for the first time this season.

On the Way Out

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    Six players fell out of the top 20 this week because of international duty and better performances from other players across the league at their respective positions.

    Players Dropped Out of Rankings:

    • Matias Laba (Vancouver; Week 10 Ranking: 15)
    • Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 16)
    • Pedro Morales (Vancouver; 17)
    • Brad Davis (Houston; 18)
    • Chris Wondolowski (San Jose; 19)
    • Michel (FC Dallas; 20)

20. Mike Magee

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    Week 10 Ranking: Not Ranked

    Mike Magee scored both of Chicago's goals in the 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

    The 2013 Most Valuable Player scored his third and fourth goals of the season eight minutes apart from the penalty spot.

19. Diego Fagundez

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    Week 10 Ranking: Not Ranked 

    For the second consecutive week, Diego Fagundez scored in a five-goal outburst by the Revolution.

    The 19-year-old netted in the 26th minute of New England's 5-3 win over Philadelphia, and he also recorded his second assist of the season on the 67th-minute strike by Patrick Mullins. 

    Fagundez also completed 86 percent of his passes for the hottest team in the league at the moment.

18. Oriol Rosell

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    Week 10 Ranking: 14

    Oriol Rosell only played in one of Sporting Kansas City's two matches in Week 11, and in the loss to Philadelphia, he put together a pass accuracy of 91 percent. 

    In seven appearances this season, Rosell has recorded a pass success rate of 90 percent on an average of 73 passes per game.

17. Robbie Keane

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    Week 10 Ranking: 12 

    Robbie Keane was dropped further back on the pitch on Saturday against Houston, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena started Samuel and Rob Friend up front. 

    In his adjusted role, Keane made 48 touches and completed just 71 percent of his passes in the 1-0 defeat. 

    He did fire off two shots, but neither fell in the back of the net for the Irishman's sixth goal of the season.

16. Patrick Mullins

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    Week 10 Ranking: Not Ranked 

    For the third straight week, Patrick Mullins asserted his will on an opposing defense.

    Mullins, whose presence has brought an extra dimension to the New England attack, scored his third goal in three weeks in the Revolution's win over the Union. 

    During the three-game span, Mullins has had seven total shots, four of which have been on target.

15. David Horst

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    Week 10 Ranking: Not Ranked

    The main reason why Houston earned a clean sheet at home against L.A. on Saturday was the play of David Horst at center back.

    Horst's biggest contribution came in the 39th minute when he deflected an A.J. DeLaGarza shot off the line with his head. 

    The offseason acquisition from Portland made 14 effective clearances and blocked a total of three shots in the 1-0 win.

14. Chris Tierney

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    Week 10 Ranking: Not Ranked 

    Another defender who made a massive impact on his team's victory this weekend was New England left back Chris Tierney.

    Tierney's left foot was responsible for two goals, one of his own and one scored by A.J. Soares. 

    The 28-year-old was also a force on the defensive side of the ball with four tackles, four effective clearances and two interceptions.

13. Joao Plata

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    Week 10 Ranking: 10 

    Joao Plata provided Real Salt Lake with their first goal on Saturday, and in the process, he delivered the image of the week. 

    Other than scoring his sixth goal of the season, Plata was silent in the 2-1 win over Colorado with only 31 touches.

12. Erick Torres

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    Week 10 Ranking: 7

    Erick Torres may have been more excited when one of his teammates scored on Saturday than he has been after any of his eight goals this season. 

    His participation in the celebration of Marky Delgado's goal may have been his biggest contribution in the 1-1 draw with FC Dallas because for the first time this season, Torres failed to record a single shot.

11. Dom Dwyer

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    Week 10 Ranking: Not Ranked 

    Dom Dwyer moved closer to the lead in the Golden Boot race with two strikes in two games for Sporting Kansas City. 

    The 23-year-old Englishman netted a second-half goal in both of his team's 2-1 defeats in Week 11 to bring his season total to eight. 

    In his last three games, Dwyer has four goals and seven shots on target.

10. Andrew Farrell

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    Week 10 Ranking: 9

    The fourth New England player to feature this week is center back Andrew Farrell, who despite one minor hiccup, had a solid game against Philadelphia. 

    Farrell conceded a penalty in second-half stoppage time when he took down Antoine Hoppenot in the box, but other than that, he continued to be a defensive stalwart for the Revolution. 

    The 22-year-old made 10 effective clearances, four interceptions and three tackles in the 5-3 victory at PPL Park.

9. Alvaro Saborio

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    Week 10 Ranking: 8

    After notching three goals in his last three games for Real Salt Lake, Alvaro Saborio departed for Costa Rica's World Cup camp before the clash with Colorado. 

    In 10 games this season, Saborio has six goals and two assists for the Claret and Cobalt.

8. Clint Dempsey

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    Week 10 Ranking: 3

    Clint Dempsey also departed for a World Cup camp before his team could step on the pitch in Week 11.

    Before leaving for the United States camp at Stanford University, Dempsey scored eight goals in nine games for Seattle.

7. Osvaldo Alonso

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    Week 10 Ranking: 11 

    Osvaldo Alonso was his usual self in the midfield for Seattle in its 1-0 win over San Jose. 

    Alonso attempted a team-high 77 passes, 92 percent of which he successfully completed. 

    The Sounders midfielder also had seven accurate long balls and two key passes on the home turf at CenturyLink Field.

6. Lee Nguyen

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    Week 10 Ranking: 13

    The biggest gain in this week's list was made by Lee Nguyen, who once again delivered a masterful midfield performance for the Revolution on Saturday night. 

    Nguyen scored once, recorded four key passes and put two of his four shots on target in the sixth win of the season by the Revolution. 

    The 27-year-old also made big contributions off the stat sheet, as his hustle and determination helped create the first two New England goals of the match.

5. Harry Shipp

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    Week 10 Ranking: 

    Harry Shipp may not have scored a hat trick like he did last week, but he continued his clever play in the midfield for Chicago. 

    Shipp made a terrific pass in the sixth minute that found Quincy Amarikwa, who then drew a penalty that was converted by Magee.

    The Rookie of the Year favorite made a total of three key passes in the 2-1 win over Sporting.

4. Bradley Wright-Phillips

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    Week 10 Ranking: 1

    The good news for Bradley Wright-Phillips is that he is still the leader in the Golden Boot race after Week 11. 

    The bad news for the Red Bulls forward is that he didn't have a good game against Toronto, and there are a few players champing at the bit to take away his title of top scorer. 

    In the 2-0 loss to Toronto, Wright-Phillips made just 36 touches, and he attempted one shot, which did not go on target.

3. Federico Higuain

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    Week 10 Ranking: 6

    After a few off weeks, Federico Higuain returned to the scoresheet in emphatic fashion in Columbus' 3-3 draw with Portland. 

    Higuain scored the first of his two goals from 25 yards out, a strike that in any other week would be the hands-down Goal of the Week. 

    The sixth goal of the season for the 29-year-old came from the spot in the 45th minute after Giancarlo Gonzalez was held by Futty Danso in the box.

2. Obafemi Martins

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    Week 10 Ranking: 4

    The reason why Higuain will not win Goal of the Week honors from Week 11 is Obafemi Martins.

    Martins put everyone in awe, especially Jon Busch, with his eighth-minute goal from an impossible angle. 

    Outside of his wonder strike, Martins made 65 touches and two key passes in the 1-0 Sounders victory.

1. Javier Morales

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    Week 10 Ranking: 2

    Consistency is key to placing atop this list, and that is exactly what Javier Morales has possessed over the last few weeks for Real Salt Lake. 

    Morales scored a goal for the second straight week and recorded an assist for the third consecutive match in RSL's home win over Colorado.

    The Argentinian midfield maestro also made four key passes and earned a team-high 78 touches for a side that has not lost in its first 11 matches of 2014. 

     

    All statistics obtained from MLSsoccer.com and WhoScored.com.

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