MLS Player Power Rankings: Top Scorers Rise to the Top After Week 18

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

MLS Player Power Rankings: Top Scorers Rise to the Top After Week 18

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    Week 18 in Major League Soccer was all about scoring. 

    To make things even better, the top five scorers in the league found the back of the net at least once.

    The top four on the scoring chart all have places in the top four spots of the latest MLS Player Power Rankings. 

    Continue reading on to see which member of the scoring quartet topped the latest ranking of the top 20 players in MLS. 

On the Way out

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    Because of the terrific attacking displays put on by the stars of the league, five players fell out of the top 20 this week.

    Players Dropped out of Rankings: 

    Lee Nguyen (New England; Last Week's Ranking: 14)

    Diego Fagundez (New England; 16)

    Bobby Boswell (D.C.; 18)

    Carlos Bocanegra (Chivas USA; 19)

    Fanendo Adi (Portland; 20) 

20. Ethan Finlay

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    Last Week's Ranking: 17 

    The Columbus Crew did not have a stellar day in attack against the Red Bulls Saturday, but Ethan Finlay did serve up his second assist of the season on the team's lone goal. 

    Finlay took advantage of an error by Matt Miazga, which allowed him to flick the ball on to Adam Bedell, who scored his first career MLS goal in the 39th minute of the 4-1 defeat. 

19. Bill Hamid

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    Last Week's Ranking: Not Ranked

    For the second consecutive week, Bill Hamid performed well in goal to lead D.C. United to a 2-1 victory.

    Hamid made seven saves against the Earthquakes, who attempted their trademark late-goal rally once again Friday night. 

    In his three games since the World Cup break, Hamid has made 14 saves. 

18. Dillon Powers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Dillon Powers scored a goal, and notched an assist, in Colorado's 3-3 draw at PPL Park with Philadelphia.

    Powers played the role of provider for Dillon Serna on his 18th minute goal before he struck from the spot in the 79th minute. 

    In 16 games this season, the 23-year-old has four goals and five assists. 

17. Kyle Beckerman

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    Last Week's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Since his return from Brazil, Kyle Beckerman has made an impact on all sides of the pitch for Real Salt Lake. 

    The 32-year-old star of the World Cup for the United States tried to ignite an RSL comeback against the Galaxy on Saturday, but his four shots were not good enough. 

    The four shots were the most by Beckerman in an MLS game since August 24, 2013, when he took five against Columbus. 

16. Diego Valeri

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    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    In Portland's 2-0 loss to Seattle, Diego Valeri didn't make a massive impact on the Timbers attack. 

    Valeri made just one key pass, and he attempted just one shot on target, for the eighth-place team in the Western Conference. 

     

15. Cristian Maidana

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    Last Week's Ranking: Not Ranked 

    Ever since moving into a more central role in midfield in the absence of Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana has thrived for the Union. 

    The 27-year-old recorded an assist in the 31st minute against Colorado, when his corner kick met the head of Sheanon Williams. 

    In his last five games, the Argentinian has six assists, which has put him just one behind Thierry Henry for the league lead. 

14. Obafemi Martins

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    Last Week's Ranking: 10 

    Obafemi Martins made his first appearance for the Sounders since June 7 when he came off the bench in the 51st minute of the Cascadia Cup match with Portland. 

    The entrance of Martins handed Seattle an extra dimension to its attack, which produced two second-half goals. 

13. Robbie Keane

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    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Robbie Keane took the most shots he had taken since May 25, but he was unable to find the back of the net for the fourth straight game.

    The Irishman took a total of five shots, two of which were on target, in LA's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. 

12. Pedro Morales

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    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Pedro Morales continued to be one of the most active players in the league during Vancouver's 3-1 loss at home to Chivas USA.

    Morales touched the ball 108 times at BC Place, one of which was an assist on Carlyle Mitchell's 27th-minute goal. 

    With the assist, the 29-year-old Chilean moved his assist total up to seven. 

11. Brad Davis

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    Brad Davis' patented left foot struck the ball into the net twice in the first 30 minutes of Houston's 4-2 loss at BMO Field to Toronto. 

    The brace marked the eighth straight game in which Davis has been involved in at least one Dynamo goal. 

    The streak started back on March 29 against Vancouver before injuries and the World Cup break forced the 32-year-old midfielder out of nine games. 

10. Federico Higuain

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    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    In his first start since June 4, Federico Higuain could not spur the Crew to a victory. 

    The designated player made three key passes, and attempted five shots, but none of them were on target. 

    In a sign of some rust, Higuain completed just 75 percent of his passes in the loss to New York.

9. Thierry Henry

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    Last Week's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Thierry Henry was unstoppable at home against Columbus on Saturday at Red Bull Arena, with a goal and three assists.

    The French designated player, who was in no mood to celebrate after his 45th-minute goal, moved into the league lead in assists with nine. 

    In his three starts after the World Cup break, Henry has recorded four assists, and he has attempted two shots in each game. 

8. Osvaldo Alonso

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    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Osvaldo Alonso commanded the midfield in Seattle's rivalry victory over Portland with a pass accuracy of 94 percent. 

    The fresh Alonso, who missed his first game since October 19, 2013 last week due to a yellow-card suspension, also made two tackles and an interception against a Timbers attack that failed to score. 

7. Landon Donovan

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    Landon Donovan once again played a big role in the Galaxy attack without scoring in his team's sixth win of the season. 

    Donovan made three key passes, and had a pass accuracy of 87 percent, for a Galaxy side that hasn't lost since May 18. 

6. Harry Shipp

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    With his teammates in defense catching a ton of headlines for the 1-0 road win over New England, Harry Shipp's solid showing flew under the radar. 

    All four of the rookie's shots were on target, but he could not put one past Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth. 

    Of the 27 shots Shipp has attempted in 2014, 11 have been on target. 

5. Javier Morales

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    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    The drop suffered by Javier Morales this week had nothing to with his play against LA and everything to do with the rapid amount of scoring in Week 18.

    Morales touched the ball 88 times, and made three key passes, in the attacking part of the midfield for RSL, but he could not lift his team to an equalizing goal at the StubHub Center. 

4. Jermain Defoe

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    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Jermain Defoe is one of four players who can't stop scoring right now in MLS.

    Defoe powered Toronto FC to a 4-2 win over Houston Saturday night with a second-half brace that proved to be the deciding factor in the match.

    Believe it or not, the two goals were the first for the Englishman since June 27, but before that he scored in four of five games. 

3. Dom Dwyer

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    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Unfortunately for selfie lovers, Dom Dwyer did not celebrate his two goals against Montreal with another photographic memory, but he did win the game late for Sporting Kansas City.

    Dwyer scored off a long throw by Matt Besler in the fourth minute before he delivered an 89th-minute goal to inch the defending champions past the Impact.

    In the three games in which he has faced Montreal this season, Dwyer has scored twice in each game. 

2. Erick Torres

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    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    For the fifth consecutive week, Erick Torres found the back of the net for Chivas USA, a team that is suddenly on a four-game winning streak. 

    Torres put the Goats ahead in the 81st minute against Vancouver, a strike that came 11 minutes after Jordan Harvey was shown a red card for the hosts. 

    The 21-year-old will have to fight hard against the D.C. United defense Sunday to extend his scoring streak to six games. 

1. Bradley Wright-Phillips

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    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    For the fifth time in six games, Bradley Wright-Phillips found his way onto the scoresheet. 

    In Week 18, the leader in the Golden Boot race knocked home the opening goal in the 4-1 rout by the Red Bulls at home against Columbus. 

    The 17th-minute goal was the 15th of the season for the Englishman, who leads Dwyer by a goal in the race to become the league's top scorer in 2014. 

     

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