ProSoccerTalk’s weekly MLS rankings (in two parts)
Colorado and Dallas inch forward just a smidge, working their way a little further off the bottom. Here are Nos. 11-19 of ProSoccerTalk’s weekly rankings countdown.
(Nos. 1-10 are on deck …so check back)
19. Portland Timbers – Manager Gavin Wilkinson was talking up all the positive points after his team’s 1-1 draw at home with Dallas. But, uh, that’s a 1-1 draw. At home. With Dallas! Well, anyway … the fans were great, as always.
18. Toronto FC – The CONCACAF Champions League road ahead will be awfully tough, but Paul Mariner’s men did kick off the regional campaign in high style, shellacking CD Aguila in Canada, 5-1. A league match a few days later didn’t go as well as TFC lost an early lead and fell to Chicago, 2-1. Eric Hassli, recently acquired from Vancouver, debuted in TFC red.
17. Colorado Rapids – The Rapids snapped a club record six-game losing streak with a win over listless Real Salt Lake. Two in a row this weekend? The Rapids’ wayward playoff hopes may just be back in play. Midfielder Brian Mullan played in his 300th MLS match, the 15th man to do so.
16. FC Dallas – Brek Shea was back on the field and did look a bit refreshed, picking out the right pass for an important assist in Dallas 1-1 draw in Portland. On the other hand, Schellas Hyndman’s club went a man down for the sixth time this year – which is four or five times too many.
15. New England Revolution – With four losses and a draw in their last five – including last week’s home loss to Sporting Kansas City – the Revs’ playoff hopes are pretty much on the skids. Jerry Bengtson returns this week from the Olympics, so that’s something.
14. Philadelphia Union – The John Hackworth revival hit a snag last week in a 2-0 loss to Montreal. But it’s not like playoff soccer was in the cards for PPL Park anyway. (It’s still possible, but highly unlikely given that awful start.) Jack McInerney’s ejection was harsh and unfortunate. But same deal … it’s not like his absence will keep the Union from grabbing a playoff berth.
13. Montréal Impact – So long, Donovan Ricketts; they hardly knew ya. He’s gone to Portland now in exchange for Troy Perkins, who will backstop a defense that looks better and better for Alessandro Nesta’s reassuring presence. Jesse Marsch’s team downed Philadelphia last week, 2-0. MLS top pick Andrew Wenger is making the most of the late start to his rookie season.
12. Chivas USA – Robin Fraser’s team has collected points in four its previous five matches, just enough to hang in the race for the West’s fifth and final playoff spot. But it won’t mean much if they can’t find a way to win Sunday against the Galaxy; the next SuperClasico has something more than bragging rights on the line. The match is Sunday on ESPN2.
11. Vancouver Whitecaps – They just keep adding and subtracting around BC Place. A bye week provided a chance for new men, striker Kenny Miller and defender Andy O’Brien, to settle in. Real Salt Lake is up this week.