Week 14 MLS Power Rankings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 3, 2013

Week 14 MLS Power Rankings

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    Major League Soccer was turned on its head this weekend with plenty of stars missing because of international duty. 

    Not only were some stars missing from certain matches, a few results turned the heads of plenty of fans and were easily labeled as surprises.

    The biggest surprise of them all came in Foxborough as the Revolution obliterated the Galaxy while Montreal's win at Sporting Park also raised a few eyebrows. 

    Find out where those four clubs, as well as the other 15 in the league, landed in this week's edition of the MLS Power Rankings. 

Criteria

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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from one to 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. 

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com

19. D.C. United

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    Points: 5

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 14 Result: Loss to Chicago, 2-0. 

    If things do not turn around quickly with D.C. United, this season could be chalked up as a loss. 

    United fell on the road to Chicago on Sunday to extend their winless streak to 11 matches. 

    Ben Olsen's club also has the dubious honor of holding a 215-minute goalless streak at the moment as well. 

18. Chivas USA

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    Points: 11

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 14 Result: Loss to Seattle, 2-0. 

    Chivas USA are quickly becoming the laughing stock of the league, if they were not already.

    In the same week where they sacked their manager, the Rojiblancos conceded an own goal by Mario De Luna that would have been considered a strong header had he did not beaten his own keeper, Dan Kennedy.

    As for Kennedy, he continues to be let down by his defenders and one can only wonder if he is the next young American star to leave the other club in Los Angeles. 

17. Toronto FC

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    Points: 18

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 14 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 1-1. 

    Just when you thought Toronto FC was done conceding late-match goals, they did it again. 

    After leading the Union for most of the match while playing with 10 men, the Reds were forced to settle for a point after Jack McInerney scored in second half stoppage time. 

    The draw also extended Toronto's winless streak to 11 matches. 

T-15. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 21 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 14 Result: Win over D.C., 2-0. 

    Chicago found the perfect way to break their poor form, by playing D.C. United. 

    Mike Magee capped off the victory at Toyota Park with his first goal for the Fire since joining the club in the Robbie Rogers trade. 

T-15. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 21 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 14 Result: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 3-0. 

    What is wrong with the Earthquakes has become the most flummoxing question to answer this season. 

    San Jose lost their third consecutive match on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium to Real Salt Lake and in the process they fell to eighth place in the Western Conference. 

    With the misery continuing in the Earthquakes camp, the United States national team stock of Chris Wondolowski has plummeted as well. 

14. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 36 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 14 Result: Draw with Toronto, 1-1.

    The man with the magic touch, Jack McInerney, sent the Union home from their trip to Canada with a draw.

    McInerney's 10th goal of the season came in the 91st minute to give the club a result that they did not deserve.

    The busy two-week stretch for Philadelphia will continue on Wednesday when they host Columbus at PPL Park. 

13. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 41 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 14 Result: Win over New York, 2-1. 

    Just three days after losing the Canadian Championship to Montreal, the Whitecaps went into Red Bull Arena and stole a win away from New York. 

    Kenny Miller scored the match-winner in the 83rd minute for the Whitecaps in the club's fourth win of the season. 

    Martin Rennie's club will look to carry their momentum into their Cascadia Cup match at Seattle on Saturday. 

12. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 44 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-9

    Week 14 Result: Draw with FC Dallas, 2-2. 

    The Rapids have Atiba Harris to thank for the extension of their unbeaten run to six matches.

    Harris found the back of the net twice for Colorado in their draw at home with the leaders of the Western Conference. 

    The draw also helped Colorado become the fifth club in the West to reach the 20-point mark this season.

11. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 45 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-9

    Week 14 Result: Draw with Houston, 1-1. 

    Columbus extended their unbeaten run against Houston to nine matches with their draw at Crew Stadium. 

    Federico Higuain's penalty helped the Crew draw level with the visiting Dynamo in the 69th minute. 

    Columbus will face a quick turnaround this week as they travel to Philadelphia to play the Union on Wednesday. 

10. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 54

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 14 Result: Loss to New England, 5-0.

    Just a week after dropping four goals on Seattle at home, the Galaxy conceded five goals on the road at New England. 

    Without Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez in the lineup, the Galaxy looked lost and playmaker Landon Donovan had a high level of frustration by the time the match ended. 

    The loss also marked the fourth time that the Galaxy have succumbed to defeat in their last six matches. 

T-8. New England Revolution

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    Points: 62 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 14 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 5-0.

    There is a revolution of sorts going on in New England at the moment.

    Jay Heaps' club have now won three consecutive matches after their thumping of the Galaxy at home on Sunday. 

    One of the main reasons for New England's recent success has been the play of Diego Fagundez, who has scored in each of the club's last four matches. 

T-8. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 62

    Last Week's Ranking: T-11

    Week 14 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 2-0.

    A week after being trounced by the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center, Seattle returned to the same stadium to defeat the lowly Chivas USA.

    Obafemi Martins got the Sounders on the board in the first half before Mario De Luna scored one of the best own goals in recent memory to double the lead. 

    The Sounders have now won four of their last five matches and they will look to better that streak in Cascadia Cup action against Vancouver at home on Saturday. 

7. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 63

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 14 Result: Loss to Vancouver, 2-1. 

    The Red Bulls played in their league-high 16th match of the season on Saturday, which was a home loss to Vancouver. 

    This week, Jamison Olave was not around to score a late equalizer as he was sent off in the 75th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match. 

    A 22-day wait now looms large on the schedule with a match against Philadelphia on June 23 being the 17th match of the season for Mike Petke and company. 

6. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 64

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 14 Result: Loss to Montreal, 2-1.

    Playing without a few star players, Sporting dropped an Eastern Conference showdown to Montreal at home. 

    One star who was in the lineup, Claudio Bieler, scored the only Sporting goal of the match on a penalty before things went downhill. 

    Sporting will now have to wait over 20 days to play their next league match against FC Dallas. 

5. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 68

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 14 Result: Draw with Columbus, 1-1.

    All of a sudden, the Dynamo are turning into road warriors. 

    Houston drew with Eastern Conference foe Columbus on Saturday and in the process they extended their road unbeaten streak to five matches. 

    The Dynamo will now have a full two weeks off before their next league match against Montreal on June 19. 

4. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 75 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 14 Result: No Match Played 

    The 11-match unbeaten run of the Timbers lived to see another week because they did not play a match this week.

    Portland will be back in action on Saturday in Chicago. 

3. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 81 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 14 Result: Win over San Jose, 3-0.

    Real Salt Lake took care of business at home on Saturday against a struggling San Jose side. 

    Robbie Findley's golazo in the 38th minute highlighted the three-goal first half in front of the home fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    Jason Kreis and company will stay at home next week as they host the Galaxy. 

2. FC Dallas

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    Points: 84

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 14 Result: Draw with Colorado, 2-2. 

    Blas Perez scored twice for FC Dallas in Colorado on Saturday but that would not be enough to earn a victory. 

    Perez's two equalizers were all the Western Conference leaders could manage and as a result their lead on top of the West shrunk to four points. 

    The margin on top of the Western Conference standings could be even slimmer by the next time they take to the pitch on June 15 against Portland. 

1. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 95

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 14 Result: Win over Sporting, 2-1. 

    Montreal delivered a statement to rest of the Eastern Conference that they can win in a tough road environment on Saturday by winning at Sporting Park. 

    What was even more impressive about the victory was that the Impact won without the scoring contribution of Marco Di Vaio. 

    Sanna Nyassi and Collen Warner were the goal scorers in the Impact's massive win over Sporting Kansas City that boosted them to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. 

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