June ended with arguably the most exciting Saturday to date of the 2013 Major League Soccer season. The two worst teams in the league were once again unable to win at home, while having the final weekend of June off didn't result in the kings of MLS power rankings being dethroned. Roller coaster KC continue to be maybe the most curious case in the league this year.
They'll definitely be an interesting side to follow between July and November.
2013 Week 18 MLS power rankings
19. DC United (2-12-3): Blaming the refs is what the coach of a bad team does, Ben Olsen. His side is the worst in all of MLS, so his post-game comments were fitting.
18. Chivas USA (3-10-3): Chivas couldn't pick up the win at home on Saturday. Insert your "Water Remains Wet" headlines here.
17. Toronto FC (2-8-6): Nick Rimando absolutely robbed Toronto of at least a point at the death of Saturday's showdown up north. TFC have every right to feel a bit unlucky.
16. Columbus Crew (5-7-5): It's looking more and more like this current Columbus squad doesn't have the goods to be among the top-five best in the MLS East. They need to get some help in July.
15. New England Revolution (5-5-6): The toothless New England attack from several weeks ago is back with a vengeance. Not being able to take three points from lowly Chivas is a sign of a team that isn't playing past October.
14. Houston Dynamo (6-6-5): Red Bull Arena has been a real house of horrors for Houston over the past couple of years. That they were without some key players certainly didn't help their cause.
13. San Jose Earthquakes (5-7-6): Just as I am about to bury the 2013 'Quakes, they bring back some late-game magic and stun the defending league champs. Will that result prove to be more than just their best highlight of the campaign?
12. Colorado Rapids (6-7-5): Now THAT'S how you end a winless streak. Their July 4 home match against RBNY will give the Rapids another opportunity to pick up a statement win.
11. LA Galaxy (7-7-3): Bruce Arena had every right to be upset about the collapse he witnessed on Saturday. I agreed with everything the LA boss had to say following the loss.
10. Chicago Fire (5-7-3): Seems that the only way to make sure Mike Magee doesn't find the back of the net is to keep him and the Fire off the pitch.
9. Seattle Sounders (6-5-3): Having some extra time off to recover from that 2-0 loss at RSL probably wasn't the worst thing for Seattle. Don't forget that they've thus far only played 14 league games this season.
8. Philadelphia Union (7-5-5): Ball don't lie, Philadelphia fans. The draw against Dallas was fair to both sides.
7. Sporting Kansas City (7-5-5): The talent for a MLS Cup winner is definitely there. KC constantly tripping over themselves is my biggest concern regarding their title hopes.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps (7-5-4): Style points mean nothing in the standings. The 1-0 win was just fine for the Whitecaps.
5. New York Red Bulls (8-6-4): New York are a completely different team with Sirs Olave and Cahill healthy and on the field. Those two will likely deserve co-MVP honors if the Red Bulls go on to win it all.
4. Montreal Impact (9-4-2): Surviving an entire season without a single home defeat is no easy task. How the Impact recover from their first loss in Montreal could tell you quite a bit about their toughness.
3. FC Dallas (8-3-6): Dallas sharing the point with Philly was justice considering all that occurred in the closing stages of that game. The visitors did well to fight up until the final whistle.
2. Real Salt Lake (10-5-3): Good things happen when you have maybe the league's best goalkeeper in your team. Rimando was nothing short of heroic at Toronto.
1. Portland Timbers (7-1-9): They may not be at the top of the conference standings, but Portland remain kings of all MLS power rankings after going through to the next round of the US Open Cup. The Timbers are real candidates to pull off the triple.
Zac has been covering New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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