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ProSoccerTalk’s weekly MLS rankings (in two parts)

May 7, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Toyota Park

(Nos. 1-10 are on deck …so check back)

19. D.C. United – A five-game losing streak makes Wednesday’s home match against Houston absolutely critical. United should be rested, having not played since the 3-0 loss to Columbus on April 27, while the visitors will have traveled coast-to-coast after Sunday’s big win in Los Angeles. So, Ben Olsen’s team needs this one something fierce.

18. Toronto FC – Reports out of the UK say the Reds are trying to add Scottish international defender Steven Caldwell, perhaps on loan. He is currently at Birmingham City. Clearly, they need greater stability in the back. So if not Caldwell, they need to add somebody.

17. Chicago Fire – Same as above, except that Chicago should be even better rested. Philadelphia visits Toyota Park (pictured) on Saturday to face a side that has not played since April 27.

16. Seattle Sounders – Somewhat lost amid all the refereeing consternation Saturday at PPL Park was that Seattle accomplished something worthwhile: rallying with a second-half goal to draw on the road. Mauro Rosales looked better than he has in months. In fact, he had a goal and assist in a match for the first time since 2011.

15. New England Revolution – Lost amid Bobby Shuttleworth’s big night was that Jose Goncalves was good in the middle once again along the Revs’ back line. At six goals allowed (assisted by last week’s worthy, scoreless draw at Portland) the Revs have the second-lowest league total.

14. Chivas USA – Things came apart spectacularly as the Goats ran up against a motivated Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. Now they’ll be without standout goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for this week’s trip into Oregon for face in-form Portland. Chivas is winless in its last four.

13. Vancouver Whitecaps – The Whitecaps are 0-4-1 away from BC Place in 2013 following the latest road setback, a 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. At least Martin Rennie’s club doesn’t have a mid-week tournament match to worry about; those have been real buggers lately.

12. Philadelphia Union – We haven’t heard yet how much of a haircut manager John Hackworth will take for excoriating referee Jorge Gonzalez after Saturday’s contemptuous 2-2 draw at PPL Park. But it’s coming. We’ll see if it’s just a fine or something more; if he’s lucky, he’ll be on the bench for Saturday’s visit to Chicago.

11. Columbus – A lot of things went right as the Crew executed well enough against visiting New York – “well enough” except for finishing, that is. Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles saved a Federico Higuaín penalty kick, and that was pretty much that in a 1-0 loss. The Crew is now a very modest 1-1-2 at home in 2013.

  1. tylerbetts - May 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Steve – you’re either predicting this weekend’s result for the Crew, or being too generous with their home record. We’ve only got five points in our four matches at home. Draw against Earthquakes, Draw against Union, win over United, and loss to Red Bull. And five in four at home is like the bad hangover to the party that is seven points in five road games.

    I’d also argue that not everything was executed well enough except for finishing. Late game strategy was a nightmare. Failure to properly mark Cahill in the box is poor. And subbing out your best threat to get an equalizer in the final moments for a rookie non-impact midfielder? I don’t think I can use the language needed to discuss that decision.

    • Steve Davis - May 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Yup … looked at their road record by mistake, which IS 2-2-1. It’s fixed now. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. charliej11 - May 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    The Sounders are marching up the MLS Power Rankings one draw at a time. ;-)

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