MLS Player Rankings: Dempsey Stays on Top, Felipe Rises, Larin and Wondo Debut

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 19, 2015

MLS Player Rankings: Dempsey Stays on Top, Felipe Rises, Larin and Wondo Debut

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    The wild and wonderful world of Major League Soccer handed us some wacky results in Week 11, and it also saw a few unsung players step into the spotlight. 

    Due to the drop in production from some of the league's stars in Week 11, a few under-the-radar players were able to break into the league-wide conversation. 

    One top player who contributed to yet another goal for his side was Clint Dempsey, who remains atop the MLS Player Rankings for the second consecutive week. 

    Joining Dempsey on the list after Week 11 are guys like Cyle Larin and Chris Wondolowski, who have been consistent up top for their respective sides. 

    Continue reading on to see who else featured in this week's compilation of MLS' 20 best players. 

On the Way Out

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    Due to injuries and poor performances in Week 11, this quintet of players fell out of the top 20. 

    Players Dropped Out of Rankings

    Mix Diskerud (New York City FC; Previous Ranking: 14) 

    Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; 15)

    Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers; 18)

    Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps; 19)

    Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; 20)

20. Brad Davis, LM, Houston Dynamo

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    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

    It's not really a surprise to the regular observers of MLS that Brad Davis is producing at a consistent rate in the assists department once again. 

    In the ninth minute of the Houston Dynamo's 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night, Davis lofted a perfectly taken free-kick onto the head of Will Bruin. 

    The assist Davis recorded on the first goal of the match was his fourth of the season for manager Owen Coyle's side. The 33-year-old is also averaging 2.5 key passes and 1.7 shots per game through 11 contests. 

19. Chris Wondolowski, FW, San Jose Earthquakes

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    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

    Chris Wondolowski is once again on pace to score over 10 goals for the San Jose Earthquakes this season. 

    One of the most consistent scorers in league history powered his 99th career goal into the back of the net on Saturday night against the Columbus Crew. 

    Wondolowski, who has averaged 17.2 goals per season over the last five years, has six tallies to his name in 2015. 

18. Michael Bradley, CM, Toronto FC

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    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked 

    In the buildup to his first goal of the season, Michael Bradley made a marauding individual run through the New England Revolution defense. 

    Bradley's 53rd-minute equalizer allowed Toronto FC to leave Gillette Stadium with a point to its name. 

    On the defensive side of the ball, Bradley is averaging 2.8 tackles and 2.4 interceptions per contest to go along with his 1.4 key passes and 2.3 shots per match in the final third. 

17. Osvaldo Alonso, CM, Seattle Sounders

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    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

    Osvaldo Alonso is no stranger to putting up strong numbers in the passing department, but he outdid himself on Saturday night in the Seattle Sounders' 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. 

    The midfield stalwart completed 95.6 percent of his 90 attempted passes, and he totaled 10 accurate long balls in the impressive team performance put in by the Sounders. 

    Alonso currently holds the top pass-success rate in the league, with a percentage of 92.1 on an average of 59.4 passes per game. 

16. Charlie Davies, FW, New England Revolution

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    Previous Ranking: 16

    Charlie Davies may not have done anything overly impressive in Week 11, but he also didn't hurt his international stock with the CONCACAF Gold Cup looming in the near future. 

    The 28-year-old put one of his three shots on target in a match during which top United States men's national team forward Jozy Altidore pulled up lame with a hamstring injury in the first half. 

    Davies and the Revolution will face a big midweek test against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night at Sporting Park. 

15. Cyle Larin, FW, Orlando City

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    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

    The highest entrant in this week's poll is also the new front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award. 

    Cyle Larin extended his scoring streak to three games with a strike in each of Orlando City's matches in Week 11. 

    With confidence flowing through his veins and a playmaker like Kaka providing him with quality service, Larin could easily score in double digits in his first MLS season. 

14. Kaka, AM, Orlando City

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    Previous Ranking: 17 

    After we used up this space in last week's list to lament Kaka's creation of chances in the final third, it is only fitting he was one of the best players on the pitch Sunday at the Citrus Bowl. 

    The Brazilian scored his fourth goal of the season—and first since April 12—in the 56th minute of Orlando City's 4-0 trouncing of the depleted LA Galaxy. 

    Before he put his name into the scoring column, Kaka provided Larin with his second assist of the 2015 campaign on the rookie's 34th-minute strike. 

13. Lloyd Sam, RM, New York Red Bulls

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    Previous Ranking: 13 

    Instead of featuring in a scoring spectacular against another dynamic attack in FC Dallas, Lloyd Sam and the New York Red Bulls ended in a goalless stalemate with the Hoops on Friday night. 

    Sam failed to put a shot on target during his 90-minute shift at Toyota Stadium, but he did dish out two key passes in the tie. 

    The English winger may be set up for his best game of the season in Week 12, as Philadelphia's defensive situation is not the best at the moment. Maurice Edu will be out due to a yellow-card suspension, and Raymon Gaddis exited the Union's last match with an injury. 

12. Bradley Wright-Phillips, FW, New York Red Bulls

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    Previous Ranking: 9

    Bradley Wright-Phillips recorded his lowest shot total as a starter since March 28 in the goalless draw between the Red Bulls and FC Dallas. 

    The 2014 Golden Boot winner attempted two shots on Friday night, but only one of them went in the direction of Dan Kennedy in the FC Dallas net. 

    In three games against Week 12 opponent Philadelphia in 2014, Wright-Phillips netted a single goal. 

11. Benny Feilhaber, CM, Sporting Kansas City

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    Previous Ranking: 8

    Mother Nature denied Benny Feilhaber the opportunity to impress us in Week 11, as Sporting Kansas City's clash with the Colorado Rapids was postponed due to inclement weather. 

    The cancellation may be a blessing in disguise for Sporting KC, as they earned a few extra days of rest ahead of matches with New England and Seattle in Week 12. 

10. Mauro Diaz, AM, FC Dallas

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    Previous Ranking: 11

    Mauro Diaz did his best to try and create chances in the final third for FC Dallas on Friday night. 

    The Argentinian playmaker made three key passes and took three shots, but all of those attempts wandered off target. 

    After featuring in seven matches in 2015, Diaz is averaging as many key passes (1.9) as shots per game. 

9. Giles Barnes, FW, Houston Dynamo

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    Previous Ranking: 10 

    Giles Barnes found the back of the net for the sixth time this season in Houston's home win over Portland on Saturday night. 

    The Jamaica international finished off a give-and-go in the box with Alex Lopez by powering the Dynamo back into the lead with a shot that went past Adam Kwarasey. 

    The goal put Barnes one behind only Clint Dempsey and Kei Kamara in the Golden Boot standings. 

8. Omar Gonzalez, CB, LA Galaxy

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    Previous Ranking: 5

    On Sunday, we found out just how valuable Omar Gonzalez is to the LA Galaxy defense. 

    Gonzalez sat out the match against Orlando City because he slightly tweaked his knee in training, per ESPN's Doug McIntyre

    Without the towering center back in the fold, the Galaxy were dominated by the Lions during their fourth loss of the season. 

7. Obafemi Martins, FW, Seattle Sounders

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    Previous Ranking: 4

    Obafemi Martins also missed out on his side's Week 11 clash because of an injury.

    The Nigerian forward sat out Seattle's trip to BC Place due to a shin bruise, per Sounders play-by-play man Ross Fletcher.

    Martins' replacement fared much better than the backups to Gonzalez, as Chad Barrett bagged a brace in the forward's absence. 

6. Octavio Rivero, FW, Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Previous Ranking: 6

    Octavio Rivero was lucky to put one shot on target against the stifling Sounders on Saturday night. 

    Rivero and the Whitecaps were outclassed in every facet of the game in the Cascadia Cup showdown at BC Place. 

    Vancouver should be able to recover from the loss in Week 12, when they face a weaker Colorado defense at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. 

5. Felipe, CM, New York Red Bulls

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    Previous Ranking: 12 

    Of the five players on this list who participated in the draw between the Red Bulls and FC Dallas, Felipe turned in the best performance on Friday night. 

    Felipe led all players with 89 touches and seven shots, while he also recorded two key passes and four interceptions. 

    The one stat category in which Felipe failed to impress us was passing percentage, as he completed just 73 percent of his 63 passes. 

4. Sebastian Giovinco, AM, Toronto FC

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    Previous Ranking: 7

    Sebastian Giovinco was the most active attacker in a Toronto FC shirt on Saturday night, as he contributed three shots on target and two key passes in the 1-1 draw with New England. 

    The little Italian also picked up his fourth assist of the year after he set up Michael Bradley's tremendous individual effort on the Reds' lone goal of the contest. 

    Giovinco should be able to put on a show in front of the home fans at BMO Field in Week 12 against a Portland defense that is quite shaky at the moment. 

3. Fabian Castillo, AM, FC Dallas

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    Previous Ranking: 3

    Just like the other star attackers who featured in the 0-0 draw at Toyota Stadium, Fabian Castillo turned in a decent, but far from efficient, shift. 

    The dynamic Colombian attempted three shots for the second consecutive week, but none of them reached the target. 

    If he wants to stay this high on the list for another week, Castillo must dazzle on the road against Montreal in Week 12. 

2. Kei Kamara, FW, Columbus Crew

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    Previous Ranking: 2

    Any attacking game plan the Columbus Crew brought with them to Avaya Stadium on Saturday night was thrown out the window in the 33rd minute, when Mohammed Saeid was sent off for a second yellow. 

    Despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the match, the Crew received solid production from Kei Kamara up top. 

    The Sierra Leone international produced four key passes and put both of his shots on target in the 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Earthquakes. 

1. Clint Dempsey, FW, Seattle Sounders

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    Previous Ranking: 1

    As long as Dempsey continues his ridiculous streak of games with a goal or an assist, he will remain on top of this list. 

    Dempsey delivered a delicious ball to the feet of Chad Barrett in the fifth minute to create Seattle's first goal of Week 11. 

    The USMNT captain now has at least one goal or assist in his last 10 regular-season starts dating back to last season. 

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