MLS Player Power Rankings After Wednesday's Week 19 Games
To kick off play in Week 19, the stars of Major League Soccer showed up to deliver some goal-scoring theatrics to fans.
In the four games across the league Wednesday night, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Conor Casey all showed up on the scoresheet.
Wright-Phillips' goal for the Red Bulls extended his lead atop the Golden Boot chart to two over Erick Torres.
Continue reading on to see where those four players, and 16 others, ranked in the latest MLS Player Power Rankings.
On the Way out
Three players exited the latest top 20 because of an injury and two other stars that can't stop scoring at the moment.
Players Dropped out of Rankings:
Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia; Previous Ranking: 15)
Bill Hamid (D.C.; 19)
Ethan Finlay (Columbus; 20)
20. Dillon Powers
Previous Ranking: 18
Dillon Powers, whose Rapids did not play Wednesday, has recorded a goal or an assist in five of his last seven games.
Against his team's Friday opponent, Portland, Powers did not make much of an impact when the teams collided at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22.
19. Kyle Beckerman
Previous Ranking: 17
United States international Kyle Beckerman has found his shooting boots since returning from Brazil with seven shots in his last two games.
Beckerman, who attempted four against LA Saturday, will look to keep up his offensive output against Vancouver at home this weekend.
18. Diego Valeri
Previous Ranking: 16
With his team in search of their first win since June 7, Diego Valeri must rise to the occasion Friday against Colorado.
Valeri, who scored 10 goals and recorded 13 assists in 2013, will have to match his form from last season to help move the Timbers up from eighth place in the Western Conference.
17. Benny Feilhaber
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Benny Feilhaber's terrific season continued Wednesday night at Crew Stadium with a game-winning goal, and an assist, in Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 win.
Feilhaber's second goal of the season was a rocket that bounced of the top of the crossbar, and one that handed his side a big three points in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
16. Conor Casey
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Conor Casey found the back of the net for the second consecutive game in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over New York.
In the game where he scored his sixth strike of the season, Casey also earned an assist, as he got a small touch on the ball to direct toward Fred in the 51st minute.
Casey, who did not see much playing time at the beginning of the year, has scored all six of his goals in his last six games, all of which he has started.
15. Obafemi Martins
14. Gyasi Zardes
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Gyasi Zardes notched his fifth and sixth goals of 2014 in the Galaxy's 5-1 win over New England.
The brace extended the 22-year-old's terrific scoring run to five goals in five games, but this was the first game in which he scored more than once.
13. Brad Davis
Previous Ranking: 11
Brad Davis' play is one of the few positives coming out of the Houston camp at the moment.
The midfielder, who has been involved in a goal in his last nine games, is a bright spot on a team that has committed plenty of defensive errors during their seven-game winless streak.
12. Federico Higuain
Previous Ranking: 10
Federico Higuain's production level was not as high as usual against Sporting KC.
The Argentinian made just two key passes and could only fire one shot, which was not on target.
His pass accuracy rate was also low at 74 percent, which is eight percent below his season average.
11. Pedro Morales
Previous Ranking: 12
Pedro Morales was once again the engine room of the Vancouver attack in his team's 1-1 draw with Toronto.
The Chilean made a team-high 78 touches, but none of his four shots were able to challenge Joe Bendik in goal.
Morales also had a pass accuracy rate of 84 percent off of his 55 passes, which was the second-highest total on his team, behind Matias Laba, who attempted 58 passes.
10. Osvaldo Alonso
Previous Ranking: 8
Osvaldo Alonso was not one of the three Sounders named to the MLS All-Star Fan XI Wednesday night.
Three of his teammates, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Martins, were named to the team that will travel down the Pacific coast to Portland to take on Bayern Munich.
Alonso is deserving of an All-Star spot, but he has to rely on Timbers coach Caleb Porter and MLS commissioner Don Garber to select him.
9. Landon Donovan
Previous Ranking: 7
Landon Donovan started Wednesday night on the Galaxy bench, but he entered the match at the start of the second half, when the game was already 10 versus 10.
Donovan didn't do too much to help out the LA attack because Zardes and Robbie Keane were scoring all over the place.
8. Thierry Henry
Previous Ranking: 9
In a losing effort, Thierry Henry set up Bradley Wright-Phillips with an assist on the lone goal scored by the Red Bulls.
The assist extended his league-leading number to 10, which is two more than a conglomerate of five behind him on the chart.
7. Harry Shipp
Previous Ranking: 6
Harry Shipp had a chance to rest his legs during the week after playing 270 minutes over a 10-day span that ended July 13.
Shipp, who has been a pleasant surprise for Chicago in 2014, will look to propel the Fire to their fourth win of the season against Philadelphia at home on Saturday.
6. Robbie Keane
Previous Ranking: 13
Wednesday night belonged to Robbie Keane, who had two goals and two assists in LA's 5-1 thrashing of New England at home.
Keane opened and closed the scoring for the hosts, and he set up both goals put home by Zardes past Bobby Shuttleworth.
The 34-year-old now has nine goals and six assists this season.
5. Javier Morales
Previous Ranking: 5
With four terrific scorers in front of him on the list, Javier Morales will have to do something spectacular against Vancouver Saturday to break back into the top four.
The last time Morales and Real Salt Lake played the Whitecaps, they were held to a 2-2 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium.
4. Dom Dwyer
Previous Ranking: 3
Dom Dwyer wasn't much of a factor offensively for Sporting KC in the team's 2-1 road triumph in Columbus.
The scorer of 14 goals in 2014 failed to take a single shot in his side's ninth win of the year.
3. Jermain Defoe
Previous Ranking: 4
Jermain Defoe scored the lone Toronto goal at BMO Field, as he converted from the spot in the 64th minute against Vancouver.
The goal kept the English forward in fourth place in the Golden Boot race, but he is still five behind the current leader, Wright-Phillips.
2. Erick Torres
Previous Ranking: 2
It was always going to be a long shot for Erick Torres to be voted into the All-Star Game by the fans, but he still has a chance to head up to Portland in August if he gets named to the team as a reserve.
One has to think the 21-year-old Mexican, who has failed to score in just five of his 18 games, will be getting a call this weekend to book his flight to the Pacific Northwest.
1. Bradley Wright-Phillips
Previous Ranking: 1
The top scorer in the league struck for the 16th time this season in New York's loss at PPL Park to the Union.
The goal was the 15th for Bradley Wright-Phillips in his last 12 games, a span that was started with a hat-trick against Houston on April 23.
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