Week 15 MLS Power Rankings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

Week 15 MLS Power Rankings

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    While it may have been a short weekend in Major League Soccer with just five matches played, fans of the league did have plenty to talk about when the matches ended. 

    In four of the five matches this week, more than three goals were scored and plenty of late-match heroics were shown as well.

    Read on to find out where your favorite club sits in this week's 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: 6

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 15 Result: Draw with New England, 0-0. 

    For the third consecutive match, D.C. United failed to find the back of the net. 

    However instead of losing like they did in their previous two matches, United left Foxborough with a point. 

    Ben Olsen's club will look to steal points from an Eastern Conference foe for the second straight week when they play Toronto on Saturday. 

18. Chivas USA

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    Points: 11 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    Luckily for Chivas USA fans, if there are any right now, they did not have to go through another week of awful play on the pitch. 

    The Rojiblancos will not take the pitch again until June 19 when they visit Vancouver. 

17. Toronto FC

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    Points: 16 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    Ryan Nelsen's Toronto FC club had the week off to try to fix the plethora of problems going on in Ontario this season. 

    The Reds will be back in action on Saturday when they visit D.C. United. 

16. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 20 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-15

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    The Earthquakes may not have played in a match this week, but they did stay in the headlines as they let go of manager Frank Yallop on Friday. 

    With Yallop now out in San Jose, assistant coach Mark Watson will look to right the ship as he was appointed as interim manager for the rest of the season. 

15. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 26

    Last Week's Ranking: T-15

    Week 15 Result: Draw with Portland, 2-2. 

    The Mike Magee era in Chicago continued its spectacular start as the Fire earned a resilient point at home against a streaky Portland club. 

    Magee ignited the two-goal comeback of the Fire in the 68th minute before Daniel Paladini secured a point for the club with a 82nd-minute free-kick goal.

    In the two matches that Magee has played in for the Fire since being acquired from the Galaxy, the club have recorded four points. 

14. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 33 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13 

    Week 15 Result: Loss to Seattle, 3-2.

    The Whitecaps were denied their third win in four matches as they fell victim to a second-half surge by Seattle in a Cascadia Cup match. 

    Camilo Sanvezzo scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the first half to hand Martin Rennie's side the early lead before they conceded twice in the final 30 minutes. 

13. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 41

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 15 Result: Loss to Philadelphia, 3-0. 

    Columbus had an awful showing in their Eastern Conference battle with Philadelphia on Wednesday.

    After conceding three goals in a six-minute span during the first half, the Crew failed to muster a single goal in a lackluster comeback attempt. 

    After a 10-day layoff, the Crew will be forced to rebound at home against the best club in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Impact. 

12. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 43 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    The Rapids were one of the many clubs to have the weekend off from league play. 

    Oscar Pareja's club will get back to the pitch on Saturday as they face the Earthquakes at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. 

11. New England Revolution

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    Points: 47 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-8

    Week 15 Result: Draw with D.C., 0-0. 

    A week after putting the league on notice with a five-goal outburst against Los Angeles, the Revolution dropped points at home against the worst club in the league, D.C.

    If there was any positive to take away from the scoreless draw in Foxborough, it is that the shutout streak of keeper Bobby Shuttleworth is now up to 395 minutes. 

    Shuttleworth will look to further extend his streak in Vancouver on Saturday against the Whitecaps. 

10. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 49 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 15 Result: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 3-1. 

    The Galaxy proved for the second consecutive week that they were badly missing both Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane. 

    Without two of their superstars in the lineup because of international duty, Los Angeles lost by two goals in Utah to Real Salt Lake. 

    The one Galaxy superstar that did play on Saturday, Landon Donovan, scored the club's only goal in the 45th minute. 

9. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 50 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 15 Result: Win over Columbus, 3-0. 

    Three goals in a six-minute span in the first half powered the Union past Columbus on Wednesday. 

    Brian Carroll, Sheanon Williams and Conor Casey all sent the crowd at PPL Park into a continuous uproar with a goal apiece during the six-minute span.

    Philadelphia will now get a well-deserved 18-day layoff until their next league match against New York on June 23. 

T-7. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 65 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    With 16 matches already under their belt this season, the Red Bulls have a much-needed three weeks off before they play next on June 23 against Philadelphia. 

T-7. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 65 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    Sporting Kansas City had the week off to enjoy the exploits of their players on the international level.

    Graham Zusi and Matt Besler starred for the United States on Friday night while Kei Kamara scored twice in Sierra Leone's draw with Tunisia on Saturday. 

6. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 66 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    By sitting out of the action this weekend, the Dynamo dropped down to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings behind Philadelphia. 

    When Dominic Kinnear's club get back on to the pitch, they will have an important match ahead of them as they face Montreal on June 19. 

5. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 72 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-8

    Week 15 Result: Win over Vancouver, 3-2. 

    In front of an astonishing number of fans, 53,679 to be exact, the Sounders scored two second-half goals to defeat Cascadia rival Vancouver.

    The Seattle comeback was sparked by Servando Carrasco's 70th-minute penalty, which was his first goal in MLS.

    Eleven minutes after Carrasco's goal, Lamar Neagle sent CenturyLink Field into a feverous uproar and in the process he handed his club their fifth win in six matches. 

4. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 73 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 15 Result: Draw with Chicago, 2-2. 

    The longest unbeaten streak in the league this season was extended for another week as the Timbers drew with Chicago at Toyota Park.

    However, the draw with the Fire was deemed a disappointing result as the Timbers conceded twice in the second half. 

    Before the Timbers left Toyota Park wanting more, they were able to celebrate two well-struck goals by Diego Valeri and Ben Zemanski. 

3. FC Dallas

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    Points: 85

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played

    As they sat on the sidelines this week, FC Dallas saw their lead in the Western Conference wither down to one point. 

    Before Real Salt Lake has a chance to snatch first place away from them, FC Dallas will get a chance to extend their lead at the top on Saturday in Portland. 

2. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 87

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 15 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 3-1. 

    Olmes Garcia's late-match heroics on Saturday propelled Real Salt Lake to their fifth win in seven matches.

    The 20-year-old Colombian scored twice in the final six minutes to send Jason Kreis' club within one point of Western Conference leaders FC Dallas.

    RSL will have a week off before they play in one of the most anticipated matches of the season against Seattle on June 22 at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

1. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 95 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 15 Result: No Match Played 

    Montreal finally got a week off to bask in their recent successes that included winning the Canadian Championship and rising to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. 

    The Impact will be back in action in Columbus on Saturday night. 

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