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ProSoccerTalk’s weekly MLS rankings

Sep 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

Oduro headshot

19. D.C. United – They made the Revolution work hard for a 2-1 win outside Boston. There’s that, at least.

18. Toronto FC – Not that it will matter in the big picture, but the MLS reffing bugaboo bit Ryan Nelsen’s team in a 2-1 home loss to Kansas City. Hard.

17. Chivas USA – The progress seen over the last 30-60 days went “poof” into the Texas night in a big, 5-1 loss at Houston.

16. FC Dallas – A late own goal kept the visiting Texans from splitting the points at New York on Sunday in the round’s final match. Dallas slipped from sixth to eighth.

15. Columbus – Federico Higuain and Dominic Oduro (pictured right) took care of the offense once again in a huge win over 10-man Chicago. Tony Tchani also made a big imprint in midfield – and how often do we get to say that?

14. Chicago Fire – Losing to Columbus in Ohio could seriously come back to punish Frank Klopas’ men. Stumbling Montreal visits this weekend, a must-have three points for the Fire.

13. New England Revolution – One of the league’s top young stars, Diego Fagundez, scored his 11th goal in a win over D.C. United; the kid is just 18. Lee Nguyen failed from the penalty spot – but then stepped up to make the one that really mattered.

12. Philadelphia Union – The Union had a weekend off – and they could use it, now in full prep for a Friday visit to Sporting Kansas City.

11. Vancouver Whitecaps – A great 3-0 win Montreal for Martin Rennie’s men was a lot closer than looks; the visitors were hanging on when Camilo came in and hit two late goals. He is tied for second in league goals with 16, behind only Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio.

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10. Houston Dynamo – Dominic Kinnear has his full roster available now, and the results are showing. The Orange followed last week’s road win (at Philly) with a demonstrative 5-1 Goat beating (over Chivas USA, that is).

9. Montreal Impact – A second consecutive loss at Stade Saputo, plus Marco Schallibaum’s latest stack-blower, should have everyone wondering if this thing is unraveling before our very eyes. Drop one more at home and a playoff spot will be in jeopardy for the Impact.

8. Colorado Rapids – Oscar Pareja’s young men couldn’t quite get the job done in Portland, falling 1-0 on a goal borne of sloppiness in possession along the back. The Rapids get a weekend off before a huge Oct. 5 match against Seattle at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

7. San Jose Earthquakes – The ‘Quakes playoff hopes look quite a bit better today than three days back. A win in Utah over Real Salt Lake won’t get Mark Watson’s team there; still miles to go. But it’s a big win just the same, and clearly the proud side won’t go down without a big fight.

6. Portland Timbers – Diego Valeri was The Man as Portland, perhaps learning how to win games via the grind, outlasted Colorado, 1-0 at Jeld-Wen Field.

5. Real Salt Lake – Maybe this business with Jason Kreis, out of contract and apparently considering the NYCFC coaching position, is proving a distraction. Something is wrong when RSL drops two in a row, including the weekend’s 2-1 loss to a San Jose side that very well may not make the playoffs.

4. LA Galaxy – The Galaxy had a potential game-winner by Gyasi Zardes called back for … for, uh … well, someone will have to ask referee Silviu Petrescu. He was Major League Soccer’s referee of the year in 2012, you know, even though he hates to call fouls. That says a lot about MLS, eh? At any rate, it was a nice, if fairly physical match, the 1-1 draw with Seattle.

source: Getty Images3. New York Red Bulls – Thierry Henry and Co. had the better chances, but couldn’t push one into Dallas goal. So, a late own goal for the visitors will have to do. The points count just the same, right? And they were points that put New York right back into the East’s top spot, Supporters Shield hopes still very much in sight.

2. Sporting Kansas City – Next time Peter Vermes goes on about getting jobbed (and every coach will at some point) someone needs to remind him how lucky his club was to get all three points out of Toronto, a result aided measurably by poor officiating. Still, they did get the job done thanks to two goals by C.J. Sapong (pictured, above left).

1. Seattle Sounders – The Sounders were a bit lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw, but they did create some quality chances, enough on the road to feel good about splitting the points against the two-time defending champs. Besides, with the recent run of these good results, Sigi Schmid’s team has bought the right to be OK with a draw; they remain well positioned at the top of the West.

  1. jramsdale - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Steve, it’s unfair to say the goal in LAG-SEA was called back since the whistle blew well before the ball went in the net. You could see Seattle stopping their play. You may argue about whether the call was warranted or not, but you can’t legitimately say that it was a goal called back.

    • Steve Davis - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Hmmmm. Fair point … but I don’t think anyone would have stopped that ball from going in. Just my opinion, though

    • mlsconvert88888 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      You might not be able to legitimately say it was a goal called back, but it was a phantom foul that was called at a very dangerous time for the Sounders (whether the sounders could’ve stopped the shot sans the whistle is debatable) and to top it off, the ref who called the phantom foul was consistently letting actual fouls go all night. Lucky for me I didn’t really care how that game ended up, but I could sympathize with the Galaxy fans’ frustration.

      I’d just say also, that when these refereeing gaffes happen, it helps defeat any perception of shadyness if the team that benefits from it hasn’t been given 9 million dollars by the league to build their team previously in the year.

      • charliej11 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Let’s be conservative and say the Sounders draw 50k for all their games if they win MLS Cup next year. That is an extra 10k tickets, at $20 a ticket x 17 games = $3.4 million.

        Now add more expensive tickets for the final two home games in the playoffs. Let’s say $35 a ticket x 68,000 x 2 games = $4.75 million.

        Wow, that is $8.15 million dollars, well that paid for Dempsey quickly huh ?
        Seattle has to win it all, where else are they going to get $8.15 million over night.

        Just adding fuel to the fire…….

        Build a bonfire, Build a bonfire,
        Put Timbers on the top,
        Put the Whitecaps in the middle and will burn the whole lot up !!!!

  2. talgrath - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    There’s a lot of talk about the LA phantom foul/offsides, but there was a first half non-call on a penalty for Seattle too. I don’t like the way Petrescu refs at all, he lets too much go and the games frequently get a bit out of hand because of it. Admittedly, Petrescu is generally pretty consistent, but consistently bad is still bad.

  3. mikeevergreen - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    The Jason Kreis thing – RSL could be in for a rude awakening if they don’t ink him NOW. End the distractions. Otherwise he could end up in Chicago or Columbus, or possibly overseas. Overdue for a US manager in the Premier League, and Kreis would br the guy.

  4. charliej11 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Will the Revs be able to hold onto Fagundez ? Man I hope so. He is very good and should be great some day.

  5. bobinkc - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Steve,

    I have a question specifically for you. Are you the only one consistently blogging about MLS? It takes forever to find even one posting about MLS and that is drowned in 20 or more about EPL. Is this the new look for ProSoccerTalk or is my imagination running away with me?

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