Well some of the most interesting matches I have seen in a long time, Seattle exposed some issues with the Red Bulls, FC Dallas spanked the Portland Timbers, Chivas gives up late goals to drop points, and RSL starts to look like RSL is supposed to look like.
18. Toronto FC - even
It wasn't going to be easy for TFC coming into Rio Tinto with a number of injuries and they simply got dominated. For TFC the question is if the players on the roster can ever play the style that Aron Winters wants, I just don't think they can. Next up is a midweek match with Vancouver at home, and then a weekend match against Vancouver at home in the rescheduled Nurtralife Canadian Cup match.
17. New England Revolution - even
So I am going to say it and it isn't going to be liked but the issues in the stands at New England have nothing on the issues this team has on the pitch. It is clear that they often are out classed on the pitch and they have turned to playing a very ugly physical type of play that is going to get someone hurt. Up next for the Rev's is a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium, where they will be looking to shake some horrible past results (5-0 in 2010 and 6-0 in 2009).
the rest of the rankings after the jump:
16. Chivas USA - down 2
The recent trend of giving up points late in matches has hurt Chivas who now have 3 straight losses after a 3-2 loss at PPL Park on Saturday as the Union got a late goal to get the win. You have to know that Robin Fraser will be looking for a way to get his team to focus on defense after giving up 7 goals in their last 3 matches. On Saturday they will play host to the Chicago Fire who have become the MLS's draw machine.
15. Chicago Fire - up 1
Well getting two draws against top teams 0-0 against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and 1-1 with New York Red Bulls on Sunday, is a good thing but when you still have just two wins on the season you can't move up much in my rankings. It appears they have found out how to play defense much better, now they will need to figure out offense and their next match is Saturday at the Home Depot Center against Chivas USA.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps - down 1
Well a 2-1 loss to Sporting KC this weekend and the Whitecaps are the only team in the West with only 2 wins and unless something changes in a hurry they will drop to the bottom of the rankings. They get to face Toronto FC twice in the next week, Wednesday in MLS action, and Saturday to try to qualify for the Champions League.
13. Portland Timbers - down 2
The downward spiral continues for the expansion Timbers who now have 4 losses in their last 5 matches, and no matter what the coach thinks you can't blame the officials for that. You sure can't blame a 4-0 loss at the hands of FC Dallas on anything but the reality that your team isn't as good as you thought and MLS is a lot tougher than you thought. They get to play host to Sporting KC on Saturday as they will look to get back to their winning ways at home.
12. DC United - even
Well another week and another draw for DC United as they give up a late goal to Houston at home and settle for a 2-2 draw. It was funny that someone tweeted that the draw felt like a loss, hmm do you believe in karma? The Black and Red will stay at home as they play host to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday and you have to believe their fans will expect something better than a draw.
11. Sporting KC - up 4
Perhaps the hottest team in Major League Soccer with 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 matches, including a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday to build on a 0-0 road draw at Philly on Wednesday. Listen with 14 matches left at home and just 5 on the road, watch out because I think Sporting is going to make a huge run up the Eastern Conference. Can they get a result on Saturday as they head to Portland's JELD-WEN Field to face the Timbers.
10. Houston Dynamo - even
A 2-2 draw on the road against DC United is an improvement for a Dynamo squad that has been inconsistent of late. This team needs some help, a good creative midfielder is what I have to believe they will need to find when the transfer window opens, they have the OK of their ownership to find a big time DP. Houston will head to Colorado to face the defending MLS Champs on Sunday.
9. Colorado Rapids - down 1
Well down a man and clearly not focused on the task at hand the Rapids looked really bad against Columbus on Sunday in a 4-1 loss. Conor Casey got a early red card so they will be short handed when Houston comes to town on Sunday. The Rapids have just one win in their last 5 matches.
8. Columbus Crew - up 1
A big win over the defending MLS Champs may be just what the Crew needed as they try to battle their way back to the top of the Eastern conference, and a 4-1 score line was just that. Andres Mendoza is finally showing the flare that made the Crew excited to get him. It will be interesting to see how they can do when they head down to Dallas for a Saturday showdown.
7. San Jose Earthquakes - even
I was tempted to drop the Quakes, I mean when you can't score against LA with Mike Magee in goal (Ricketts was out hurt, and Saunders got a red card) despite taking 26 shots, well you just have to scratch your head. I am really confused why the Quakes playing at home a man up with a midfielder in goal for the Galaxy wouldn't even bother to use all their subs, more head scratching. Saturday they will host the New York Red Bulls, and hopefully they will figure things out by then.
6. New York Red Bulls - down 1
A 4-2 loss at Seattle on Thursday, followed by a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire on Sunday and now the Red Bulls are out of the top spot in the East. They should be excited to get back their centerbacks from Gold Cup duty and they will likely need them if they are going to get a result on Saturday when they head to San Jose.
5. Seattle Sounders - up 1
Well along with Sporting KC, the Sounders are one of the hottest teams in MLS with 3 straight wins. Thursday night they beat the New York Red Bulls 4-2 and Sunday they beat New England 2-1, both wins at home but enough to get them over the 30 point margin for the season. A 4th of July trip to the Home Depot Center to face off against the LA Galaxy is up next for them, a win would move them within a point of the Galaxy for the top spot in the West.
4. Philadelphia Union - even
A midweek draw at home with Sporting KC and then a late goal to get a 3-2 win over Chivas USA on Saturday night and the Union find themselves on top of the Eastern Conference. Which is great but a little reality check, they would be in 5th place in the West, so they still have some work to do. Their weekend will see them head to the nation's capital for a Saturday showdown with DC United.
3. Real Salt Lake - even
Well a rough 0-0 road draw on Wednesday in Chicago, and then a big 3-1 home win over Toronto FC as it looks as if RSL may be over the funk. The two goal effort from Alvaro Saborio may be the start of good things from last year's Newcomer of the Year as they mark his first league goals of the year. Real Salt Lake will play host to the New England Revolution on July 4th.
2. Los Angeles Galaxy - down 1
I get losing your keeper to injury, I have seen a team lose their backup keeper before, but the Galaxy didn't give up a goal and settled for a 0-0 draw at San Jose. I moved them down because they have just one win in their last 4 matches and the # 1 team has 3 in their last 4. It will be interesting to see what the Galaxy do with Ricketts injured and Saunders suspended when they have to play host to the now high scoring Seattle Sounders on the 4th of July?
1. FC Dallas - up 1
I am going to mark their 4-1 loss a couple weeks ago to Sporting KC as a fluke, as I believe the team that beat Chivas USA last weekend and beat Portland 4-0 this weekend is the real FC Dallas. They are 4 points behind the Galaxy in the standings but they have two matches in hand and I think they will close that gap. They will get a good test as they play host to the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
Well folks I suggest you mark you calendar now for July 9th in what could be the biggest match of the year that few people will get to see as FC Dallas will head to Rio Tinto Stadium to face off against Real Salt Lake.
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