Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

FC Dallas retained its perch atop this week's Rankings with a 2-0 victory over Vancouver on Saturday.
1. FC Dallas – “It’s obviously huge,” Hunt Sports Group vice president Dan Hunt said after Schellas Hyndman claimed the record for points won by a FCD coach. “He continues to win and continues to get results. I’m excited for Schellas, it’s a huge honor for a guy who has had a lot of success everywhere he goes and this is a unique team that can probably get him a lot more points. It’s a very special night for us all.” (1)

2. Los Angeles – Landon Donovan, goalscorer and matchwinner. It sounds just like the old days. (3)

3. Montréal – This veteran side probably could have used another bye or two in the second half of the campaign, eh? (2)

4. Houston – Good teams scrape out results when they don't play particularly well on the road. And make no mistake: the Dynamo is a good team. (4)

5. Sporting Kansas City – “I actually thought up until the goal we were actually pretty good,” Sporting manager Peter Vermes told reporters after Marcelo Sarvas handled in the buildup to the Galaxy's first goal on Saturday night. “Look, it’s a handball. It doesn’t get called and it breaks us a little bit right at that point. Now here we are, we already have the fatigue aspect to deal with and now we’re trying to chase the game after a goal gets scored based on an easy call by the referee and it doesn’t happen.” (5)

6. Real Salt Lake – If RSL continues to draw more than 8,000 for reserve matches, then the club may act on its desire to start its own PDL team sooner rather than later. (6)

7. Portland – One fact the Timbers will surely relish as they reflect on the draw in San Jose: they are the only team in the league yet to lose a game on the road this season. (13)

8. Philadelphia – In-form goalscorers have a way of boosting a team above its station. Now it is up to the Union to ride Jack McInerney until the goals cease and then show that the overall unit is capable of sustaining a playoff push. (11)

9. Chivas USA – El Chelis will have to conjure up a little magic to replace suspended starters Bobby Burling and Edgar Mejia this weekend. (8)

10. Columbus – Andy Gruenebaum can only do so much. (10)

11. San Jose – Another week, another late show. But the Earthquakes will wonder whether it should have been required this time. (7)

12. New York – Juninho Pernambucano received an extra one-match ban for his ridiculous action toward Jimmy Nielsen in midweek. His teammates will hope to replicate their four-goal outburst against New England in his continued absence. (12)

13. Vancouver – Perhaps the Canadian Championship tie against FC Edmonton on Wednesday will offer a chance for the Whitecaps to find their shooting boots. (9)

14. Colorado – Oscar Pareja's next starting XI: the only healthy players he can find. (14)

15. Chicago – On a night when the Fire generated plenty of opportunities against Columbus, Jeff Larentowicz scored the goal. It gave Frank Klopas' side the victory it sought and underscored the continued problems in front of goal. (17)

16. Toronto FC – Nothing quite sums up TFC's continued problems like a conceding a stoppage-time goal to a 10-man Houston side. (15)

17. Seattle – Obafemi Martins earned a portion of his generous salary by scoring the winner at Colorado on Saturday. Sounders FC will need more of the same as it attempts to recover lost ground in the Western Conference race. (19)

18. New England – Brandon Barklage's own goal concluded the club-record drought at 394 minutes, but no Revolution player has scored since opening day. (16)

19. D.C. United – Ending the drought in front of goal only matters so much when conceding three times inside the first half an hour … at home. (18)

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