Goal MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

New York climbs to the top of this week's Rankings after a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.
1. New York – Tim Cahill reinforced his recent resurgence with the winner in the high-profile victory over Los Angeles on Sunday. When the Australian international midfielder contributes in the final third, the Red Bulls are a particularly difficult team to handle. (3)

2. Portland – Another high-character showing from the Timbers extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches and pegged Vancouver back in the 2-2 draw at B.C. Place on Saturday. (2)

3. FC Dallas – Consider the trip to CenturyLink Field a baptism of fire for the young FC Dallas rearguard. (1)

4. Montréal – As the other teams at the top of the table flailed around a bit and struggled through their matches, the Impact just sat through another off weekend and waited for the Canadian Championship final second leg to come. (4)

5. Sporting Kansas City – Most of the focus on the disappointing draw will settle on the misstep of the assistant referee. And the frustration remains valid. No team should suffer at the hands of such a poor decision. But perhaps Sporting should also wonder how it did not manage to turn the game in the remaining 60 or so minutes in order to collect the three points anyways. (5)

6. Seattle – Few MLS defenses can cope with this Sounders FC group in full flight. If Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle continue to work their way into open spaces and receive ample service, then this Seattle outfit will continue to score plenty of goals. Expect opposing rearguards to set their lines a bit more conservative than FC Dallas did on Saturday night, though. (10)

7. Los Angeles – No excuses for veteran goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini: his decision to stay on his line cost the visitors a point in second-half stoppage time at New York on Sunday. (7)

8. Colorado – Even in the matches where the Rapids should drop points, they somehow find a way to wring out a draw. Those sorts of qualities bode well over the protracted MLS campaign. (8)

9. Real Salt Lake – RSL needed to accomplish two objectives to collect the points in Carson on Sunday night: (1) show up on time and (2) watch Chivas USA self-destruct. The neat play through the high Red-and-White line just increased the margin of victory. (9)

10. Houston – Two home losses in two attempts hardly constitutes a crisis, but the Dynamo aren't used to losing in Houston, either. A good reminder of the work ahead, then. (6)

11. Philadelphia – Is Jack McInerney ready for the CONCACAF Gold Cup? Jürgen Klinsmann will ponder that question intently if the young striker continues to produce inside the penalty area. (11)

12. Columbus – Nothing to see here, just another Crew result along the way toward a potential playoff push. (12)

13. Vancouver – No excuses for dropping a pair of points at home to Portland under those circumstances. At some point, this side has to start producing victories. (13)

14. New England – Can the Revs use a surprising win in Houston as a platform to build upon for the remainder of the campaign? (15)

15. San Jose – Remember when this team bashed its way to the Supporters' Shield last year? Now it settles for home draws with Colorado. Frank Yallop and his charges have plenty of time to turn matters around, but the lingering mediocrity inspires some doubt that the revival will eventually arrive. (14)

16. Chicago – A pair of narrow defeats to Philadelphia merely underscores the lack of firepower at Frank Klopas' disposal right now. Not even Arne Friedrich can cure that problem. (16)

17. Chivas USA – The past three matches – one goal scored, 11 goals conceded – delivered the shambles most people expected to see at the start of the season. (17)

18. Toronto FC – Ryan Nelsen must work every single contact he has in English football to procure players during the summer transfer window. Even with the recent arrivals, his squad still needs strengthening in every outfield department. (18)

19. D.C. United – United finally ended its seven-match losing streak with a 1-1 home draw with Sporting Kansas City. The satisfaction gained from a stalemate at R.F.K. Stadium reveals plenty about the state of Ben Olsen's side at the moment. (19)

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