MLS rankings, Round 13: No. 1 to battle No. 2 as World Cup nears
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
American soccer fans might be the luckiest in the world. We are never without soccer. Just one week after Real Madrid claimed the European club title, Real Salt Lake will have a chance to break a Major League Soccer record for longest undefeated start to a season with a win or tie against No. 1-ranked Seattle.
1. Seattle Sounders
2. Real Salt Lake
Missing some key players for the World Cup — and possibly longer — RSL looked listless, but still undefeated, in its 0-0 draw with FC Dallas.
3. New England Revolution
What’s with the Revolution? New England has been blazing through MLS as of late, scoring goals in bunches and defying expectations.
4. Sporting KC
SKC did well to draw Red Bull New York midweek, and that is without its star winger Graham Zusi and solid defender Matt Besler. It may have to turn to its youngsters now.
5. Vancouver Whitecaps
Thanks to an intense 2-2 draw against Seattle, the Caps have strung together a five-game undefeated run.
6. L.A. Galaxy
Oh Landon! In the same week he was shockingly left off the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup roster, Landon Donovan scored two goals on Sunday to pass former RSL striker Jeff Cunningham to become MLS's all-time leading scorer — a title he already owns with USMNT.
7. Colorado Rapids
For all of the Rapids' strong play, they are in third place in the Western Conference. The team hasn't won two straight games since the first two weeks of April.
8. DC United
The Red and Black couldn’t get past the red-hot Revolution, but the strong duo of Fabian Espindola (remember him, RSL fans?) and Chris Rolfe was at it again, as Espindola notched DCU’s only goal.
9. Columbus Crew
The Crew are taking steps in the right direction, breaking its winless streak with a solid 2-0 win over Chicago.
10. FC Dallas
Despite an encouraging draw at Rio Tinto on Saturday, the Hoops are still looking for their first victory since April 19.
11. Red Bull New York
Tying last year’s MLS Cup champions is no easy feat, especially with midfielder Tim Cahill out for the World Cup. RBNY is starting to show signs of a revival after a slow start to the season.
12. Portland Timbers
After an eight-game winless start, the Timbers have claimed 11 points in their last five games. They will visit Rio Tinto on June 7.
13. Houston Dynamo
Yikes. A 3-0 loss to the subpar San Jose Earthquakes? The Dynamo don’t seem to be in form, which isn’t good given their talented left winger Brad Davis will be out with the USMNT for the World Cup.
14. San Jose Earthquakes
The ’Quakes had a busy week, announcing that they are now accepting Bitcoin, and they took down the luckless Houston Dynamo 3-0 to complete a Texas sweep.
15. Toronto FC
Toronto didn’t have an MLS match this week, but it did draw the Montreal Impact in the Canadian championship. With Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar out of the lineup, things may get a little tough for the Reds.
16. Chicago Fire
17. Philadelphia Union
Philly had a role to play this weekend — it just wasn’t to win. Instead, the team allowed Landon Donovan to break the all-time MLS goal scoring record — and add onto it.
18. Chivas USA
The poor Goats led the league in both red cards (five, tied with FC Dallas) and yellow cards (32). RSL, by the way, is one of just two teams to have not received a red card this season.
19. Montreal Impact
Bad week for the Impact overall. A 4-1 loss to Colorado was followed by a 1-1 draw with Toronto in the Canadian championship. Looks like we found our basement dweller.
20. Atlanta Silverbacks
The NASL team is struggling so far in league play, and will soon be crowded out by an MLS expansion team in 2016. It did, however, smash NPSL upstart Chattanooga FC 5-0 on Wednesday to earn the right to host RSL on June 14 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
The Eric Wynalda-led team will be looking for revenge from last year's rain-soaked 3-2 loss.
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