MLS rankings: July 19

This weekend’s games: Toronto 1, New England 0; Kansas City 2, Columbus 0; Chicago 1, Vancouver 0; Dallas 2, Colorado 1; San Jose 5, Real Salt Lake 0; LA Galaxy 5, Portland 3; New York 2, Seattle 2; Houston 4, DC United 0

Wednesday’s games: New York 1, Chicago 0; Chivas USA 1, Portland 0; Toronto 2, Colorado 1; Montreal 2, New England 1; Houston 2, Kansas City 1; Vancouver 2, LA Galaxy 2; San Jose 2, Dallas 1

Team of the Week: San Jose Earthquakes. It seems most of the media attention is revolving around the Galaxy’s trio of highly paid superstars scoring five against Portland, but the Earthquakes solidified their hold on the Supporter’s Shield trophy by scoring five against the league’s second-best team. Now that is impressive.

Flop of the Week: Columbus Crew. It’s true, two wannabe top seeds gave up four or more goals this weekend, but both were playing on the road a man down. The well-rested Crew were hosting a Sporting Kansas City team that played on Wednesday and had only won once in their last six on the road. And Kansas City still won 2-0. Emilio Renteria, possibly the worst forward in the league this year, was especially wasteful.

1 – 1. San Jose Earthquakes (13-4-4 – 43 pts, 43 gf, 25 ga). This week: Beat Dallas 2-1; Beat Real Salt Lake 5-0. It’s true most of the goals came after Kyle Beckerman was sent off, but nevertheless, what better statement to make than putting five up on your nearest challenger? Up next: At Vancouver on Sunday

2 – 4. Sporting Kansas City (11-3-6 – 36 pts, 26 gf, 19 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Houston; Beat Columbus 2-0. The solid, efficient Kansas City team of the first two months of the season – the one that plays good defense and scores opportunistic goals? Looks like they’re back. Up next: New England on Saturday

3 – 5. New York Red Bulls (10-5-5 – 35 pts, 35 gf, 29 ga) This week: Beat Chicago 1-0; Drew 2-2 with Seattle. New signings Sebatian LeToux and Bill Gaudette as well as the departure of Dane Richards give the Red Bulls a little more depth going into the playoffs. LeToux scored against Seattle. Up next: Philadelphia on Saturday

4 – 2. Real Salt Lake (11-3-7 – 36 pts, 31 gf, 26 ga). This week: Lost to San Jose 5-0. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in coach Jason Kreis’s locker room after the pasting RSL took at the hands of San Jose. They’ll be back next week, and probably better. Or I hope so, anyway. Up next: Colorado on Saturday

5 – 3. DC United (10-3-6 – 33 pts, 34 gf, 26 ga). This week: Lost 4-0 to Houston. Sure, they were a man down for a long time after goalkeeper Bill Hamid was sent off early, but for the Eastern Conference leaders to submit so meekly to a thrashing from a mediocre Houston team doesn’t look good. Up next: At Columbus on Saturday

6 – 6. Seattle Sounders (8-7-5 – 31 pts, 25 gf, 21 ga). This week: Drew 2-2 with New York. The Sounders got a draw against New York, which is a decent away result. Still, we have to ask the question: Is it time for Fredy Montero to move on? Up next: At Colorado on July 28

7 – 9. Houston Dynamo (8-7-5 – 31 pts, 28 gf, 25 ga). This week: Beat Kansas City 2-1; Beat DC United 4-0. They’re clearly not 4 goals better than a full-strength DC team, but they definitely needed the three points and followed them up with a win against conference challenger Kansas City. Up next: Montreal on Saturday

8 – 8. Chicago Fire (9-4-7 – 31 pts, 22 gf, 22 ga). This week: Lost 1-0 to New York; Beat Vancouver 1-0. Another sort of ugly, low-scoring result for the Fire, but nonetheless, it IS a result, which is the only thing that matters heading into the playoffs. Up next: At San Jose on July 28

9 – 7. Vancouver Whitecaps (8-7-6 – 31 pts, 23 gf, 25 ga). This week: Drew 2-2 with LA Galaxy; Lost 1-0 to Chicago. The Whitecaps are now winless in four. They just announced the signing of Scottish international forward Kenny Miller, which seems a curious signing, what with Mattock, Camilo and Hassli on the team already. Up next: San Jose on Sunday

10 – 11. LA Galaxy (8-3-10 – 27 pts, 35 gf, 34 ga). This week: Drew 2-2 with Vancouver; Beat Portland 5-3. Against Portland, the Galaxy had possibly their first match of the season where all three DP’s played well. They’ll be a team the likes of San Jose and RSL don’t want to face in the playoffs. Up next: Chivas USA on Saturday

11 – 15. Philadelphia Union (6-2-9 – 20 pts, 20 gf, 19 ga). This week: Beat Montreal 2-1. Don’t look now, but the Union are coming up fast on the final playoff spot in the East. Well, they’re 11 points behind. But still, it’s amazing what a head coach change and some roster solidity can do. Up next: At New York on Saturday

12 – 12. Columbus Crew (6-4-7 – 22 pts, 17 gf, 19 ga). This week: Lost 2-0 to Kansas City. The Crew have possibly the least effective striker force in the league, and that’s including Chivas, who are last in goals but at least have players who can put the ball in the back of the net at some point. This team needs something to kickstart them, and fast. Up next: DC United on Saturday

13 – 14. Montreal Impact (7-3-12 – 24 pts, 30 gf, 39 ga). This week: Beat New England 2-1; Lost 2-1 to Philadelphia. The Impact followed a disappointing late defeat to the Union by beating the Revs on the road. It’s probably too late to hope for consistency, but could they make a run for a playoff spot the last 10 matches? Up next: At Houston on Saturday

14 – 16. Chivas USA (6-5-7 – 23 pts, 12 gf, 18 ga). This week: Beat Portland 1-0. This team sure doesn’t score goals, but it also doesn’t concede. They’re a ways from a playoff berth, though. Up next: At LA Galaxy on Saturdy

15 – 10. New England Revolution (6-4-9 – 22 pts, 25 gf, 25 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Montreal; Lost 1-0 to Toronto. A week ago, the Revs were looking like a playoff team. Then last-place Toronto came to town and shut them down, then Montreal beat them, and once again they just look like a team that could be good next year. Up next: At Sporting Kansas City on Saturday

16 – 13. Colorado Rapids (7-1-12 – 22 pts, 27 gf, 28 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Toronto; Lost 2-1 to Dallas. I like what head coach Oscar Pareja is trying to do with this team and their style of play, but everyone is healthy now, and they’re teetering on the brink of freefall. Can he keep his job? Up next: At Real Salt Lake on Saturday

17 – 19. Toronto FC (5-4-11 – 19 pts, 24 gf, 36 ga). This week: Beat Colorado 2-1; Beat New England 1-0. Sure they might have lost their first 10 matches, and they might be without striker Danny Koevermans for the rest of the season, but Toronto sure are trying to get back into the playoff race. Up next: Houston on July 28

18 – 18. FC Dallas (4-7-10 – 19 pts, 20 gf, 30 ga). This week: Lost to San Jose 2-1;Beat Colorado 2-1. Dallas’s long winless streak finally ended, but this is a team with problems – one I just can’t see mounting a playoff streak, unless David Fereira drives them there by sheer force of will. Up next: Portland on Saturday

19 – 17. Portland Timbers (5-4-10 – 19 pts, 19 gf, 30 ga). This week: Lost 1-0 to Chivas USA; Lost 5-3 to LA Galaxy. Any hope that interim coach Gavin Wilkerson would kickstart this team back up the table is starting to fade. They need some sort of changes in the offseason if they want to keep the fanbase happy. Up next: At Dallas on Saturday

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