2011 MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2011

2011 MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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    Readers on Bleacher Report, we are in the dog days of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. And while the Mexican Apertura kicks off, the 2011 Major League Soccer season continues with league action mixed with international friendlies.

    It's been another busy week of football here in North America, and after some moving and shaking, we have this week's MLS Power Rankings.

    Let's take a look.

18. Toronto FC

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    Soooo...who is this Torsten Frings bloke you speak of? Beer swiller much? Pretzel muncher extraordinaire? Washout?

    All shoulder-rubbing aside, it's another week in the poor house for the sorry bunch that is Aron Winter's Toronto FC.

    On Wednesday, they dropped a tough 1-0 defeat to FC Dallas at BMO Field in Toronto. Ironically, it was Frings that left his mark in his debut.

    “Torsten has done very well,” Winter told TorontoFC.ca's Larry Millson. “You can notice on the pitch that he’s always asking for the ball. And he sees the game so well. He needs maybe another game, then he will be very sharp. But today he played very well and he made possibly the difference on the pitch.”

    “It’s difficult because the team has played together for only one practice,” Frings said. “This is a young team, and I want to show them leadership and give them confidence and motivation because they’re kind of on a losing streak right now.”

    Obviously, Torsten. Did you even bother looking up their Wikipedia page to confirm the bad news coming out of TO? Hmmmm...

    "[Frings] keeps the game flowing,” said newly-acquired center back Andy Iro. “Once he gets a couple more games under his belt, gets accustomed to the MLS tempo, there's no reason why he can't show his quality for the rest of the season.”

    One of those games came on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. In spite of goals from Danny Koevermans in the 50th minute and Ryan Johnson in the 72nd minute, TFC came out unstuck in their 4-2 blowout defeat.

    Two games are on tap for TFC. On Wednesday, July 27, they host Real Esteli F.C. of Nicaragua in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. PT and will be televised by Rogers SportsNet.

    On Saturday, July 30, Toronto return to league action when they take on the Portland Timbers. Kickoff at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore., is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by GOLTV Canada.

17. Portland Timbers

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    It was tough going for John Spencer's Portland Timbers, who lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

    The Timbers will look to snap out of their funk when they host Toronto FC. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m. PT and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

    But before that... there is a friendly with Club Atletico Independiente of the Primera Division de Argentina. Kickoff at Jeld-Wen is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m. PT/11:00 p.m. ET.

16. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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    It was a tough battle at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., for Tom Soehn's Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

    Eric Hassli scored a brace in the 42nd and 61st minutes to give the Caps a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

    Key to the performance was winger Shea Salinas.

    “It’s nice, I’m glad it’s happening,” Salinas told MLSSoccer.com's Martin MacMahon. “But my stats don’t matter - the points do.”

    “We talked at halftime and we motivated him, and to his credit, he stepped it up and delivered...he was a handful,” Soehn said. “He can do that every game and that’s what we need out of him.

    "He had his mindset that no one was going to get in his way and he created our opportunities. For him, that last stretch was fantastic, but we have to turn it into 90 minutes.”

    Before that, the Caps lost to Manchester City 2-1 in an international friendly at Empire Field. Camilo scored in the 30th minute for Vancouver.

    "These games are such a unique opportunity, and while you would love to play your starters full out, it’s also good for our young guys, and it was a chance of a lifetime to play a team like Manchester City," Soehn told whitecaps fc.com's Simon Fudge. "They are a classy organization, and with all the talent they have, it was important that everyone got a feel of it."

    Next up for Vancouver is a match with the Los Angeles Galaxy at Empire Field on Saturday, July 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.

15. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Simply put, this was a week in the very bowels of hell for Frank Yallops' San Jose Earthquakes.

    Chris Wondowlowski scored a brace in the third and 54th minutes, but the Quakes were unable to hang on as they salvaged a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    It only got worse for San Jose as they faced Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The Quakes played down to 10 men after Bobby Burling was sent off at the hour mark as they were blown apart, 4-0.

    Yikes! Where's divine intervention when you need it?

    Could it come in the form of D.C. United? Kickoff at Buck Shaw is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

14. New England Revolution

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    After days and days of being lost in the wilderness, Steve Nicol's New England Revolution finally saw the light, bagging four out a possible six points in two games.

    Okay, maybe the light was a bit too bright for them down in Commerce City, Colorado, but I'll get to that shortly. Anyway, on Wednesday, the Revs cruised to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Stephen McCarthy scored in the 73rd minute for the Revs.

    "[The win] was big for us," goalkeeper Matt Reis told reporters. "We haven’t had a lot to be happy about this year and after our performance against Philadelphia on the weekend, we were really down in the dumps and it just shows a lot of heart and resolve in these guys. I still think this team is good enough to win and we definitely showed it tonight."

    "I felt like this is [the game to win]," McCarthy said. "If there’s a game that we’re going to win, now it’s going to be this one. The way things have been going [with] horrible luck and bad bounces – we got that [missed penalty kick] and I think the whole team was like, alright this has to be the one. So I think definitely [the missed penalty kick] was probably a game-changer."

    "We picked up good positions [in the second half]," Nicol added in regards to the team's defensive play. "[Josh] Wolff and [Dwayne] De Rosario are getting long in the tooth now, but they’re smart and if we let them get those in those seams then it can hurt us, and we did a good job of stopping that in the second half."

    Unfortunately for the Revolution, they were unable to replicate that success on the road at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City as they were consigned to a 2-2 draw.

    Benny Feilhaber opened his scoring account in the 25th minute and Shalrie Joseph equalized on a penalty kick in the 90th minute of play. The Revs played down to 10 men after Chris Tierney was sent off as per the DOGSO rule in the 64th minute.

    New England travel to Sporting Kansas City for a Saturday tilt at Livestrong Sporting Park. Kickoff is scheduled for July 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

13. Chicago Fire

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    Frank Klopas's Chicago Fire were off this week, but they did have a game with Manchester United to take care of. Cory Gibbs scored in the 13th minute as the Red Devils came back thanks to Wayne Rooney, Rafael, Nani and the rest of the gang in a 3-1 defeat at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    “You gotta understand what we’re playing against," Klopas told reporters after the game. "We put a very good challenge. For me, more than anything is that we made the game competitive and we have our midfield. And more than anything I wanted to make sure that every time we step on the field we try to improve and get better as a team.

    "Look, in the final third we still need to be working on stuff, the decision making, the final pass, those are things that we, over and over again, gotta keep doing. On the other hand with a good team like this one there were opportunities. I was very, very happy for my players.

    "And it was great. We had an opportunity like this one to get on the field.  Manchester United in the home city in front of a sold-out crowd, an atmosphere like this, I was very happy with the game.”

    For midfielder Logan Pause, the real item on the agenda were two simple words: league play.

    “We need points," Pause said. "We get a couple days to get away from the game and recharge the battery.  When we get back, we’ll be looking to get some wins.”

    “If we learned anything it’s just to be more organized, to stay compact when we go forward to hold our shape in the back and prepare for counters," Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson said. "It was definitely an experience we can take many things from.”

    The Fire will be off again this week before they open August with a couple of matches to begin the month. On Wednesday, Aug. 3, they host the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CT/9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by MY50.

    On Sunday, Aug. 7, the Fire will travel to Empire Field in Vancouver to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.

12. D.C. United

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    It was a miserable week for Ben Olsen's D.C. United. Actually, it might as well have been more miserable for Charlie Davies.

    On Wednesday, a missed penalty conversion by Davies told the story as they were upset by the New England Revolution 1-0 at RFK Stadium.

    "We put a good effort in for the first 45 [minutes] and the goal didn’t come, and then physically we tanked," Olsen told reporters. "I was disappointed we didn’t get through it a little bit more and find a way to get a result. We created very good chances, and they created pretty good chances too.

    "Again, you get these summer games were you are back and forth, you give up chances, you get chances – but you got to do well with yours. [New England] did well with one of them, and we didn’t do well with any of ours. It doesn’t really matter if we had more chances, because they took advantage of the one they had."

    The match marked the last one for Fred, who will join Melbourne Heart of the Hyundai A-League.

    "I’m very sad to leave [D.C. United], but I have to do this," said Fred. "The game today wasn’t good, but we put our best on the field and tried to get the points at home.

    "There were some very good friends that I made in [Washington], and the last three years have given very good memories. My heart is still here, even when I go to Australia."

    Marching on without the Brazilian, D.C. hosted Everton of the Premier League at RFK Stadium and fell, 3-1. Chris Pontius scored in the 47th minute for United.

    "In the first half I was extremely disappointed with several players that didn’t get that you don’t just walk on the field – any field – and play 67 percent," Olsen remarked. "We’ve got some guys at times that don’t get what this means – and that’s disappointing. But in the second half the guys showed up, and I was proud of that.

    "I know it’s been a long week and [the players] ended up making a little bit too much of this because it is a friendly, but it just wasn’t good enough for me."

    "We didn’t start the game right," said a terse Pontius. "We went down two goals to a good team in the beginning, and we were playing catch-up the rest of the game – that’s not easy to do against a good team. I think the second half was a lot better, but it wasn’t enough."

    Midfielder Kurt Morsink put the loss in perspective.

    "Anytime you get to play a team of Everton’s caliber is an honor," Morsink concluded. "You try to take every game seriously, and although it was hot, we did that tonight. Both teams struggled early to find a rhythm, but I think the fans got a good show."

    On Saturday, July 30, D.C. United travel to Buck Shaw Stadium to face the San Jose Earthquakes in league play. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

11. Red Bull New York

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    Hans Backe's New York Red Bulls had a subpar week to speak of.

    On Wednesday, the Red Bulls were routed 4-1 by the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Thierry Henry scored his 10th goal of the season in the 67th minute to lead New York.

    “We made so many mistakes in between each other, the understanding, the knowledge in between,” Backe told MLSSoccer.com's Kristian Dyer. “I haven’t seen that many [mistakes] in one and a half years with the team. It wasn’t us at all.”

    “When you come to a place like Colorado with the altitude and everything, you have to start well,” midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy said. “It seemed like the legs were heavy for whatever reason and our shape, we didn’t slide for each other — we didn’t defend for each other.”

    Things were a little better for the Red Bulls as they hosted FC Dallas. Juan Agudelo scored in the 39th minute and Henry recorded his 11th of the season in the 85th minute as New York fought to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas.

    This week, the Red Bulls step aside from league play to take part in the Emirates Cup at the home of Arsenal FC: the Emirates Stadium in London.

    On Saturday, July 30, New York take on Paris St. Germain. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET. On Sunday, July 31, the Red Bulls face off against Arsenal. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. ET.

    New York's next league game is on Saturday, Aug. 6 when they face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.

10. Houston Dynamo

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    The weekend was one to forget for Dominic Kinnear's Houston Dynamo, who dropped a 3-0 decision to Chivas USA.

    Actually, the week altogether was forgettable, as they fell to Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League 2-0 in a friendly, the Dynamo Charities Cup.

    “We had some really good moments, and then we had some moments where we let ourselves down,” Kinnear told MLSSoccer.com's Darrell Lovell. “The attitude was good, and we pressed forward with some of the young guys coming on and giving some good energy.”

    “It was fun getting in to play against some guys that I grew up watching on TV,” the Dynamo's Will Bruin added. “Seeing these guys and playing against them gives you confidence.”

    It will be a tough ask for the Dynamo when the Seattle Sounders come to town. Kickoff at Robertson Stadium in Houston is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KHOU 11.2, Fox Sports Houston Plus and TV Azteca 51 on tape delay on Sunday, July 31 at 8:30 p.m. CT/9:30 p.m. ET.

9. Chivas USA

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    Robin Fraser's Chivas USA were firing on all cylinders in their 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

    Justin Braun scored a hat trick in the 31st, 40th and 86th minutes over a Dynamo side that played down to 10 men 20 minutes from time.

    Chivas will look to complete an improbable Texas two-step when they travel to Frisco, Texas and Pizza Hut Park to face off against FC Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision and Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

8. Sporting Kansas City

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    Only one match was in the cards for Peter Vermes' Sporting Kansas City this week, and that was against the hapless Toronto FC at Livestrong Sporting Park.

    It was a goal festival, with Sporting pulling away with a 4-2 victory. Kei Kamara scored a brace in the 28th and 34th minutes of play. Omar Bravo also scored a brace in the 37th and 64th minutes.

    “I didn’t know if I was going to play,” Kamara told MLSSoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe. “I woke up this morning with kind of a tight ankle. The trainer kept telling me that I should rest it, and I said no way. I just had a feeling about this game.”

    “As we have moved through this season, we have learned some lessons along the way,” Vermes added. “We haven’t made the same mistake twice. They’ve been very resilient in that regard. I had a lot of faith that we learned from (Vancouver).”

    Sporting will continue its home cooking carnival with a match of Saturday, July 30, against the New England Revolution. Kickoff at Livestrong Sporting Park is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.

7. Columbus Crew

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    It was a hit-and-miss week for Robert Warzycha's Columbus Crew, who had a 1-0 victory matched with a 1-0 defeat.

    The 1-0 defeat came on Wednesday when they faced the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. Columbus conceded 16 corners in the match.

    “We gave them a little bit too many corner kicks," Warzycha said to the press. "Other than that, I don’t think we gave them too much. They had one chance in the first half. Overall, I think we played pretty well. That last pass hurt us a little bit. And, they got a goal on a set piece.”

    “I thought we defended great," said goalkeeper William Hesmer. "I thought our defending was really good. Our guys were fighting hard, tough to play against, tough to breakdown. There is only so much pressure you can absorb before you give up an unfortunate goal.” 

    “I think we started off moving the ball pretty well," added midfielder Bernardo Anor. "In the last couple of minutes in the first half, we got a little bit distracted and they served good crosses. I think overall I think we did really pretty good. It was a shame that they scored the goal off a rebound.”

    That 1-0 defeat was followed up by a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at Crew Stadium on Saturday. Eddie Gaven scored the winner in the 79th minute of play.

    Next up for the Crew are a couple of matches. On Tuesday, July 26, they host Newcastle United in a friendly. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast online on TheCrew.com.

    On Saturday, Columbus travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by ONN-TV.

6. Colorado Rapids

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    Gary Smith's Colorado Rapids check in at sixth in this week's MLS Power Rankings after securing four out of a possible six points.

    On Wednesday, the Rapids opened the floodgates and drowned the New York Red Bulls 4-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Sanna Nyassi scored a hat trick in the second, the 30th and 61st minutes while Wells Thompson made it 2-0 Colorado in the 26th minute.

    "All players have got their qualities and understanding of the game," Smith said to reporters after the match. "I just felt that little bit more freedom in there. [Sanna]’s not been asked to necessarily defend as much, but we saw good work on the other side of the ball as well.

    "But what was the difference was in and around their penalty box. A change of pace, a bit of creation, and a real decisive movement. You wanted to get beyond their back four and really make something happen."

    "I know that whenever I’m given that chance I can bring something to the team and help them win," Nyassi said. "So I think I’m going take it from there, looking forward to the next team and playing against my brother."

    Sanna was referring to his brother Sainey, who plays for the New England Revolution. In a battle of the brothers, it ended in a 2-2 draw.

    Caleb Folan scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, while Kosuke Kimura opened his scoring account in the 82nd minute of play.

    Up next for the Rapids is a Friday night match with the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for July 29 at 5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

5. Seattle Sounders FC

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    Fresh off a scintillating result against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup, you would think Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders would successfully implement a little Nate Jaqua magic against Manchester United, right?

    Wrong.

    In one of the most lopsided results against the Sounders in recent memory, Manchester United made a mockery of Seattle's Open Cup success, insulting them by an American football touchdown on Wednesday at CenturyLink Field.

    Also known as a 7-0 result.

    “I felt we had an equal amount of good chances, but that’s the difference in the quality in the level of play - the ability to finish. 

    "I need to apologize to our fans because I thought we embarrassed ourselves in the second half, not to take anything away from Man United, because they’re a great team,” Schmid told soundersfc.com's Matt Gaschk.  “For me, I know it’s my most embarrassing loss, personally.”

    Hey Sounders, care to give the fans another wave of refunds, like last year against a team you all know?

    Think it over while the Rave Green keep marching on with a couple of matches this week. Next up is a contest with San Francisco F.C. of Panama in the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round. Kickoff in La Chorrera, Panama is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

    Seattle return to league play on Saturday, July 30 to take on the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16.

4. Philadelphia Union

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    Peter Nowak's Philadelphia Union were off from league play to take part in a friendly with Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

    Michael Farfan scored in the 80th minute, but the Union fell 2-1 to Los Blancos.

    “When we left New England last Monday, [Union manager] Peter [Nowak] talked about this being a very fun week for us,” assistant manager John Hackworth told MLSSoccer.com's Kevin Kinkead. “It was a break from the league matches, but we had two fantastic opponents in our hometown.

    "We did what we wanted to do, by getting guys a lot of valuable minutes. You can’t say enough about the crowd. It was fun, but now we go back to work on the league side next Friday.”

    “I definitely think it was a great test for us,” Farfan added. “We showed we can play and I think it will help us for the rest of the season. We had a lot of chances, and we could have put a couple away. But that’s the game, and I think it was a fair result.”

    “These [friendlies] are nice, to play against different styles, teams you usually watch on TV—it's been fantastic” defender Danny Califf summarized. “But come Friday, it’s down to business. The rest of the year it’s about MLS, getting points, and getting into the playoffs.”

    Next Friday, the Union get back to business in MLS play when they host the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for July 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

3. Real Salt Lake

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    Jason Kreis's Real Salt Lake have finally returned to their winning ways, and are once again looking like a team to beat in Major League Soccer.

    Alvaro Saborio scored a brace in the eighth and 63rd minutes to propel Real to a 4-0 blowout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

    Also scoring for RSL were Kyle Beckerman off a penalty in the 78th minute and Jamison Olave in the 83rd minute.

    Up next for Real Salt Lake is a match with the Columbus Crew on Saturday, July 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT/9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by KMYU 2.2, Comcast SportsNet and Dish Network 12.

2. FC Dallas

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    Schellas Hyndman's FC Dallas had a solid week, with four points to show for it as they closed the gap on the Los Angeles Galaxy to a single victory.

    On Wednesday, Brek Shea scored his ninth goal of the season in the 48th minute to give the Hoops a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC at BMO Field.

    “One of the points that I brought up was: who is going to be the difference-maker?” Hyndman told FCDallas.com's Robert Casner. “The person who is going to be the difference-maker is the person who isn’t going to be average.”

    “Every time you score, you get more confidence and then you play with more confidence and that’s how my season’s been,” Shea said. “I keep building on what I’ve been doing and it’s helped my success.

    “We had a lot of chances in the first half—I thought we should have scored maybe a goal or two. But once we got that goal in the second half, we kind of sat back and finished the game out.”

    Dallas could have ended the week with a full complement of points and only trail the Galaxy by a single point in the overall standings. However, Thierry Henry denied the Hoops as they settled for a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

    Marvin Chavez scored a brace in the 51st and 78th minute to pace FC Dallas.

    Two matches are on the cards for FC Dallas. First up is the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round against Alianza FC of San Salvador, El Salvador. Kickoff at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at 9:00 p.m. CT/10:00 p.m. ET.

    On Sunday, July 31, FC Dallas host Chivas USA at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest and Galavision.

1. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy were in need of a quick pick-me-up after a disastrous week of results against the Seattle Sounders and Real Madrid.

    They got it...in the form of Sean Franklin.

    In the 70th minute, he scored his first league goal off a rebound that in turn came off a David Beckham set piece in the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday.

    “Good win for our team. Difficult game, both teams played hard," Arena noted to reporters. "We had some chances to get a goal, probably, in the first 60 minutes of the game to make things a little easier. Columbus defended well, got out on the break pretty well, and were dangerous right until the end of the game.”

    “I think what’s more frustrating is that we’ve had a lot of chances and we just aren’t putting those in," said Franklin. "We know we have to get three points at home. Tonight we did that, and hopefully, three points at home will start to come a little more easily.”

    “We did a good job, for the most part, of being organized," said team captain Landon Donovan. "We got a little stretched out at the end of the game. They took some chances and made some opportunities, but for the most part it was relatively comfortable.”

    “I felt like it was a good performance by us," forward Juan Pablo Angel remarked. "The team that we played against is a very a solid team. I think we as a team looked better today, although we created a number of chances that we could have probably get another goal or two. I’m pretty happy with the performance.”

    Beckham will not be available against the Vancouver Whitecaps due to yellow card accumulation.

    “It’s frustrating," Beckham said of the set piece snafus. "We had 16 corners and we’ve got chances. They had a couple of big guys…unfortunately when you have big guys in the middle like that its tough for us to get on the end of them. We had enough chances to win the game tonight and I think we deserved to win the game in the end. It was a tough night.”

    The Galaxy will step aside from league action on Sunday to take on the Citizens of the Manchester City Football Club in the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge. Kickoff is scheduled for July 24 at 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.

    Then it's back to league action for Los Angeles, when they travel to Empire Field to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.