Week 8 MLS Power Rankings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 22, 2013

Week 8 MLS Power Rankings

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    This week in Major League Soccer was all about the return to form of Landon Donovan.

    Donovan and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates delivered a dominant performance over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in front of a national audience. 

    But that was not the only entertaining moment of the MLS weekend as the Dynamo and Earthquakes both equalized in stoppage time against Toronto and Portland respectively.

    Find out where those six teams and the other 13 teams in MLS landed in this week's edition of the MLS power rankings. 


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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from 1-19.

    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 

19. D.C. United

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    Points: 6

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 8 Result: Loss to Philadelphia, 3-2. 

    The miserable start to the season for D.C. United continued on Sunday in their loss to the Union. 

    Perry Kitchen and Lionard Pajoy contributed goals but it was not enough in the end to earn a point.

    Ben Olsen's team is now the worst team in MLS at the moment with just four points from seven games. 

18. New England Revolution

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    Points: 9

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 8 Result: Loss to New York, 4-1. 

    After an emotional week in Boston, the Revolution made the trip down the Eastern seaboard to play the Red Bulls and it did not end well. 

    The Revolution conceded four goals to their hosts and to make matters worse, their only goal did not come from one of their players but from a Brandon Barklage own goal. 

    The loss extended New England's winless streak to five games, a streak that they will look to break at home against Philadelphia on Saturday. 

17. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 17 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 8 Result: Loss to Seattle, 1-0. 

    The home comforts of Dick's Sporting Goods Park were not kind to the Rapids on Saturday as they lost to Seattle. 

    The loss saw a strong offensive effort from the Rapids, who had 16 attempts on goal and three shots on target, go to waste. 

    Oscar Pareja and company have a big task on their hands on Sunday when they visit the fortress of the Houston Dynamo, BBVA Compass Stadium, in an attempt to derail the Dynamo's home unbeaten streak. 

16. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 23 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 8 Result: Win over Columbus, 1-0. 

    After a dull first half at home against the Crew, Chicago burst forward in attack in the second half and eventually scored the game-winner through Jeff Larentowicz in the 83rd minute. 

    The goal was the first in a Fire uniform for Larentowicz, who came to the Windy City from the Colorado Rapids in the offseason. 

    Frank Klopas and company will look to win their third game of April next week when they visit Stade Saputo to play the Montreal Impact. 

15. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 29 

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 8 Result: Win over Colorado, 1-0.

    It was only a matter of time before Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders broke out of their slump and into the win column and that is exactly what happened on Saturday in Colorado.

    Obafemi Martins' goal in the 29th minute powered the Sounders, who now have five points, past the Rapids. 

    Unfortunately for the Sounders, the win did not catapult them out of the bottom of the Western Conference standings. 

14. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 35 

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 8 Result: Loss to FC Dallas, 2-0. 

    The Whitecaps ran into the blistering hot FC Dallas on Saturday and fell by two goals to the best team in MLS at the moment. 

    Martin Rennie and company will not have to wait long to avenge their loss as they take on FC Dallas at home on Saturday. 

13. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 40 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 8 Result: Loss to Chicago, 1-0.

    Things did not go as planned for the Crew on Saturday night at Toyota Park as they failed to take control of their game with the Fire. 

    Robert Warzycha's team failed to get a single shot on target and held just 49% of possession in their worst performance of the season. 

12. Toronto FC

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    Points: 42 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 8 Result: Draw with Houston, 1-1. 

    It was yet another cruel finish at BMO Field for Toronto FC on Saturday as the Reds conceded a goal late in the second half for the third time in four games.

    This time it was Houston's Warren Creavalle who spoiled the splendors of victory for Ryan Nelsen's ever-improving side.

    Before giving up the goal to Creavalle in the 94th minute, the Reds had the lead for 36 minutes after Jeremy Hall opened the scoring in the 58th minute.  

11. Chivas USA

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    Points: 45 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 8 Result: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 1-0.

    If you are going to talk the talk, then you must walk the walk. 

    Chivas USA failed to walk the walk in Utah on Saturday after their manager, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola or "Chelis" as he is known by the press, unleashed a verbal rant on the state he was playing in this weekend (via MLSSoccer.com). 

    To make matters worse for Chivas, Edgar Mejia was forced into the locker room early because of a stoppage time red card.

    Coincidentally, Chelis had already made his way into the locker room to avoid the post-match banter he would have received from the Real Salt Lake fans. 

10. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 47 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 8 Result: Draw with Portland, 1-1

    For the second time this season, Adam Jahn provided the Earthquakes with some late-game heroics. 

    Jahn equalized in the 92nd minute to hand the Quakes a draw at home against the Timbers on Sunday night. 

    Next week, the Earthquakes will finally play someone different as they visit Chivas USA after playing Portland for two consecutive weeks. 

9. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 54 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 8 Results: Loss to Sporting Kansas City 1-0; Win over New England, 4-1

    It was a busy week in Harrison, New Jersey as the Red Bulls hosted two games in four days that saw opposite results. 

    New York was the victim of a stellar set piece by Sporting on Wednesday before they erupted for four goals against struggling New England on Saturday. 

    Dax McCarty, Fabian Espindola, Thierry Henry and Jonny Steele all found the back of the net for the Red Bulls while Brandon Barklage did the same on a sixth-minute own goal. 

8. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 61 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 8 Result: Draw with San Jose, 1-1. 

    The Timbers were two minutes away from winning their second straight game over San Jose and then they were equalized late. 

    Diego Valeri put the Timbers ahead in the 59th minute in his first game back from injury. 

    The Timbers, who have recovered from their slow start, now have 10 points from the first seven games of the Caleb Porter era. 

T-6. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 64 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 8 Result: Win over D.C., 3-2.

    The blazing hot form of Jack McInerney continued on Sunday as the young American scored twice in the Union's first victory at RFK Stadium in franchise history.  

    McInerney scored two of the three Union goals, all of which came in the first 26 minutes of the game, while Conor Casey also scored in the victory. 

    Despite how strong their first half performance was, the Union did have a few defensive miscues in the second half that made the end of the game a bit nervous for the Sons of Ben. 

T-6. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 64 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 8 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 1-0. 

    Who knows if Real Salt Lake used Chelis' comments from earlier in the week as motivation but one thing was for sure on Saturday and that was that RSL were the better team on the pitch. 

    Javier Morales put RSL ahead in the 53rd minute with a header that connected with an Alvaro Saborio cross. 

    While the goal by Morales was a massive play in the game, Nick Rimando's 35th minute penalty save of Edgar Mejia was the defining moment from the game at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

5. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 70 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 8 Result: No Game Played

    The Impact had the week off as they prepare for two crucial games next week.

    Before hosting Chicago on Saturday in MLS action, the Impact will take on Toronto FC in the semifinals of the Canadian Championship on Wednesday. 

4. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 82 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-2

    Week 8 Result: Draw with Toronto, 1-1. 

    Warren Creavalle provided the Dynamo with some late-game heroics for the second time this season in Toronto on Saturday.

    While it may not have been a winner like the one he scored against Vancouver on Match 23, Creavalle's goal rescued a point at BMO Field in the final minute of the game. 

    The Dynamo will now look to extend their record home unbeaten run to 36 games on Sunday against Colorado. 

3. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 83 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-2

    Week 8 Results: Win over New York 1-0; Loss to Los Angeles, 2-0. 

    It was quite the jet-setting week for Sporting as they played at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night and then trekked across the country to play the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. 

    In the win over the Red Bulls, Aurelien Collin delivered a powerful headed goal off of a Graham Zusi corner. 

    However, in Los Angeles three days later, the result would not be the same for Sporting as they fell victim to fatigue and Landon Donovan in their two-goal loss. 

2. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 84 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 8 Result: Win over Sporting Kansas City, 2-0. 

    Landon Donovan and the Galaxy silenced all the critics on Saturday with a win in dominant fashion over Sporting Kansas City at home. 

    Donovan assisted on the first goal of the game by Marcelo Sarvas in the 27th minute before he finished off of a pass from Robbie Keane in the 74th minute. 

    The American was not the only star of the night as Keane linked up well with him during the game in which the Galaxy could have scored four of five goals. 

1. FC Dallas

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    Points: 95 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 8 Result: Win over Vancouver, 2-0. 

    FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to six games after their win over the Whitecaps. 

    Schellas Hyndman's team were the beneficiaries of a 29th minute Brad Rusin own goal that found the back of the net 21 minutes before Blas Perez sealed the deal with a headed goal. 

    With the win, the Western Conference leaders extended their lead atop the West to eight points and their lead in the Supporters Shield to five over Sporting Kansas City. 

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