Our weekly re-ordering of Major League Soccer teams, following 18 rounds of play:
19. D.C. United – In league games, Ben Olsen’s team has not scored in the run of play since Kyle Porter knocked one in back on May 19. That’s six games without a goal that didn’t come from the penalty spot. Oh, my.
18. Chivas USA – Carlos Bocanegra’s first game could be July 12 at Philadelphia. (The former U.S. captain was signed Monday.) And Erick “Cubo” Torres may be en route, too. Are there signs of life here?
17. Toronto FC – The only good news from 1-0 loss at home to Real Salt Lake: Danny Koevermans got back into the starting lineup for the first time in almost 12 months.
16. San Jose Earthquakes – Are the Goonies back? A spirited three-goal rally in Saturday’s win over the Galaxy (3-2) before a packed Stanford Stadium has the look of one to build on.
15. Columbus – After an initial win, the Crew is now 0-2 since glue-man midfielder Eddie Gaven and center back Glauber fell to season-ending injuries.
14. Chicago Fire – Frank Klopas’ team had the weekend off and now prepare to face San Jose. Anyone remember the beauty Chris Rolfe scored against the Earthquakes last year?
13. LA Galaxy – Bruce Arena was understandably unhappy after his team blew a 2-0 lead. “I’m absolutely embarrassed at that performance,” he said. “It’s disgraceful”
12. Colorado Rapids – A comeback 4-3 win at Montreal is surely one of the best “Ws” in two years under manager Oscar Pareja. Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown keep building their Rookie of the Year cases.
11. Houston Dynamo – Another match, another day of bankrupt offense in the latest blanking, a 2-0 loss in New York. Perhaps Will Bruin’s departure for Gold Cup duty is a blessing in disguise, as a lineup adjustment can perhaps shake something loose.
10. New England Revolution – A 1-1 draw at Chivas USA puts the Revolution record at 3-1-3 since early May. Diego Fagundez got another assist in his ongoing, outstanding season.
9. New York Red Bulls – Finally, Fabian Espindola (pictured, above) got another goal! The former RSL man hit his first in more than two months in a 2-0 win over Houston.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps – After such a long run with very little success away from B.C. Place, Martin Rennie’s team has picked up points on four of its last five road matches. They team is 2-1-2 in that time – which is pretty darned good.
7. Philadelphia Union – Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath howled, feeling he was fouled on the sequence that led to Blas Perez’s late equalizer. But, uh … what in the world was he doing trying to catch that ball rather than aggressively punch it into next week?
6. Seattle Sounders – A big opportunity awaits Wednesday: With the weekend off to rest up, Sigi Schmid and his Sounders get a reeling D.C. United in town.
5. Sporting Kansas City – Kei Kamara made his case for Player of the Week with two very well-taken goals in a 3-2 win over Columbus. Makes you wonder why it took so long for him to get back into SKC’s starting 11 after returning from England.
4. Montreal Impact – A month after giving up three goals at home to Philadelphia, the Impact concedes four at home to Colorado (in a 4-3 loss). Those are sure warning signs that something isn’t quite right in the back.
3. FC Dallas – Another week, another white knuckle comeback. Blas Perez scored one in stoppage time that didn’t count. No matter … he scored another one, this one even deeper into injury time, and it counted as the equalizer in a 2-2 draw in Philadelphia.
2. Real Salt Lake – Tough personnel times are ahead as Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio will miss significant time while on Gold Cup duty.
1. Portland Timbers – The Timbers next chance to extend that showy unbeaten streak (now at 18 games in all competitions, 15 in league play) happens in Columbus this weekend.