Week 11 MLS Power Rankings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 13, 2013

Week 11 MLS Power Rankings

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    This week in Major League Soccer, records were broken and goals upon goals were scored. 

    With a slate of six matches played on Wednesday to go along with the usual nine-match slate over the weekend, MLS fans had plenty of action to take in and enjoy. 

    The biggest headline from this week's action was the loss at home by the Houston Dynamo for the first time in 36 matches. 

    Other headline-makers this week in MLS were the Portland Timbers, who extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches, and D.C. United, who continue to sink to new lows each week.

    Read on to find out where each MLS club ranks in this week's edition of the 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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    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 11 Results: Loss to Houston, 4-0; Loss to FC Dallas, 2-1. 

    The sinking ship otherwise known as D.C. United officially reached rock bottom this week in losses to Houston and Dallas. 

    United played a respectable match on Saturday against the Western Conference leaders, but the match involving D.C. that everyone will be talking about is Wednesday's home loss to the Dynamo.

    The two losses in a four-day span extended the losing streak of United to seven matches. 

18. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 12 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 11 Result: Loss to Philadelphia, 1-0.

    If matches were determined by possession and attempts on goal, the Fire would have easily won on Saturday at home against the Union. 

    However, those statistics did not matter when the final whistle blew at Toyota Park because the Fire gave up a late goal to Jack McInerney. 

    Frank Klopas' club will get a shot at avenging their loss to the Union seven days after their loss at PPL Park next weekend. 

T-16. New England Revolution

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    Points: 21 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 11 Results: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 2-1; Draw with New York, 1-1. 

    It was a rough week in Foxborough for the Revolution, as they could only manage one point against two strong opponents. 

    Against RSL, the Revolution gave away their one-goal lead and ended up losing to their visitors after Saer Sene's stoppage-time penalty was saved by Nick Rimando. 

    On Saturday against the Red Bulls, Diego Fagundez scored in the 54th minute before New York equalized just a minute later. 

T-16. Chivas USA

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    Points: 21 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 11 Result: Loss to Portland, 3-0.

    After a promising start to the season, Chivas USA found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout for the second consecutive week.

    The loss to Portland marked the fourth loss in five matches for the Rojiblancos. 

    Another depressing statistic that Chivas USA fans have to ponder at the moment is their 219-minute goalless streak. 

15. Toronto FC

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    Points: 22

    Last Week's Result: 16

    Week 11 Result: Loss to San Jose, 2-1. 

    Toronto FC suffered yet another defeat in the waning moments of a match on Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Earthquakes. 

    The loss extended the losing streak of the Reds to three matches, and it further extended the club's winless streak to eight matches. 

14. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 33

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 11 Results: Win over Toronto, 2-1; Loss to Seattle, 4-0. 

    The Earthquakes were badly beaten in Seattle on Saturday as their four-match unbeaten run came to an end. 

    Before they were kicked around by the Sounders, Chris Wondolowski handed the Earthquakes their third win of the season on Wednesday at home against Toronto with a 81st-minute match-winner.

13. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 36

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 11 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 3-1. 

    The Whitecaps made their one match of the week worthwhile as they took down the Galaxy at home. 

    Russell Teibert stole the show at BC Place by scoring two goals in the second half after coming on as a substitute in the 14th minute for the injured Daigo Kobiyashi. 

    Martin Rennie's club will now have a tough task on their hands on Saturday when they host a streaking Portland team. 

12. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 39

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 11 Result: Loss to Colorado, 2-0. 

    Give the Crew credit: When they have lost matches this season, they have been consistent in the goal-scoring department. 

    For the fourth time in their five losses this season, Columbus failed to score a single goal. 

    The club that have only scored 12 times in 10 matches will make a road trip to Canada on Saturday to play Toronto FC. 

11. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 46 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 11 Results: Win over Sporting KC, 1-0; Win over San Jose, 4-0.

    What a week it was for the Sounders. 

    On Wednesday, Sigi Schmid brought his club to Sporting Park, where they defeated Sporting Kansas City on a dramatic 94th-minute Djimi Traore goal. 

    The Sounders brought the momentum from Wednesday back home with them on Saturday as they destroyed the Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field. 

10. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 50

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 11 Result: Win over Columbus, 2-0. 

    The Rapids made a foray into Eastern Conference territory and came out with a victory over the Crew. 

    With his clean sheet in Columbus, Rapids keeper Clint Irwin extended his shutout streak to 204 minutes. 

    Irwin will look to continue his streak on Saturday in San Jose against the Earthquakes. 

9. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 53

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 11 Result: Win over Chicago, 1-0.

    Jack McInerney played the role of poacher in the Union's win over Chicago at Toyota Park. 

    McInerney scored his league-leading seventh goal in the 75th minute after receiving a pass from Sebastian Le Toux, whose quick free kick led to the setup of the goal. 

    McInerney and his teammates will face a quick turnaround this week as they will host the Galaxy at PPL Park on Wednesday night. 

8. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 58

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 11 Results: Win over New England, 2-1; Loss to Montreal, 3-2. 

    Real Salt Lake's trip to the East Coast saw a mixed bag of results. 

    In Foxborough on Wednesday, Devon Sandoval and Olmes Garcia scored in the second half to propel a comeback against the Revolution.

    In Montreal on Saturday, RSL conceded late in the match to fall to the Impact. 

    Jason Kreis and company will now exchange the East Coast for the West Coast as they head to California to play Chivas USA on Sunday. 

7. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 66

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 11 Result: Loss to Vancouver, 3-1. 

    The only shining moment for the Galaxy on Saturday came in the form of Gyasi Zardes' 86th-minute goal. 

    Bruce Arena's club, who have scored one goal in their last two matches, face a brutal East Coast trip next week, with matches against Philadelphia and New York in a four-day span. 

6. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 73 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 11 Results: Loss to New York, 2-1; Win over Real Salt Lake, 3-2. 

    Matteo Ferrari had to wait until right before the final whistle to go from goat to hero in Montreal's win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday. 

    Ferrari scored an own goal in the seventh minute before he secured three points for the Impact in the 93rd minute.

    The dramatic win at Stade Saputo helped erase the loss on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena from the minds of everyone at the club. 

T-4. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 78

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 11 Results: Win over Montreal, 2-1; Draw with New England, 1-1. 

    After a strong win over Montreal on Wednesday, the Red Bulls experienced the expected letdown in Foxborough against the Revolution. 

    Luckily for most fans of the Red Bulls, everyone is still talking about Thierry Henry's golazo to win Wednesday's match at Red Bull Arena. 

    With a five-match unbeaten run going right now, the Red Bulls have moved up to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with four clubs sitting one point behind them in a tie for second. 

T-4. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 78

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 11 Results: Win over D.C., 4-0; Loss to Sporting Kansas City, 1-0.

    The Dynamo experienced jubilation and heartbreak this week in their two matches.

    Dominic Kinnear's club slaughtered D.C. on Wednesday before losing their 36-match unbeaten streak at home to Sporting Kansas City. 

    The first chance for the Dynamo to begin a new streak at home will come on Saturday when the Revolution visit BBVA Compass Stadium. 

3. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 81 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 11 Results: Draw with FC Dallas, 1-1; Win over Chivas USA, 3-0. 

    All of a sudden, the Timbers have skyrocketed up to second in the Western Conference standings. 

    With a draw against conference leaders FC Dallas on Wednesday and a total obliteration of Chivas USA at home on Saturday, the confidence of Caleb Porter's club continues to rise. 

    Portland will have plenty of chances to gain more ground on FC Dallas with Vancouver and D.C. on the schedule in the next few weeks. 

2. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 83 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 11 Results: Loss to Seattle, 1-0; Win over Houston, 1-0.

    It was only fitting that the club which suffered heartbreak at home on Wednesday delivered the end to Houston's 36-match unbeaten run at home on Sunday.

    Aurelien Collin played the role of hero in the 73rd minute, as he headed home the winning goal at BBVA Compass Stadium. 

    As a reward for taking down the mighty Dynamo, Sporting will travel to the nation's capital to play lowly D.C. on Sunday. 

1. FC Dallas

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    Points: 95 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 11 Results: Draw with Portland, 1-1; Win over D.C., 2-1. 

    Kenny Cooper and Je-Vaughn Watson took turns playing the role of hero for FC Dallas this week.

    Cooper scored a 77th-minute equalizer to earn a draw with Portland on Wednesday, while Watson did one better and scored the match-winner in the 77th minute against D.C. on Saturday.

    The four points that Schellas Hyndman's club collected this week kept them on top in both the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings for another week. 

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