Major League Soccer decided to use the Independence Day holiday as an opportunity to spread a plethora of matches out over half of a week. This resulted in more than a few scorelines that left fans and analysts scratching their heads. The worst team in the MLS West picked up road points against two of the best clubs in the league, while the Eastern Conference's top side dropped points against lesser opponents. Surging up the standings and MLS power rankings are LA Galaxy, who are all of a sudden just four points off the league leaders.
2013 Week 19 MLS power rankings
19. DC United (2-13-4): DC haven't scored in league play since June 22. They are currently 16 points off of a playoff spot.
18. Toronto FC (2-8-7): Blowing a two-goal lead to Montreal summed up Toronto's 2013 campaign to date. Their inability to hold leads at home has them just three points ahead of DC in the league table.
17. Chivas USA (3-10-5): Chivas aren't losing games at the moment, but draws against even the top teams in the league won't cut it. They need wins and plenty of them if they're going to climb anywhere near fifth place in the conference.
16. San Jose Earthquakes (5-9-6): The Gold Cup couldn't have come at a worse time for SJ. This past week was rather unkind to the 'Quakes, who sit above only Chivas in the MLS West table.
15. Columbus Crew (6-8-5): Two very controversial calls cost Columbus big time at LA. Their win over Portland on Sunday helped ease any pain caused by a defeat that probably should have, at the very least, been a draw.
14. New England Revolution (6-5-6): Beating up on a weakened San Jose side had to feel good. New England's upcoming home game against Houston may not be as fun for the Revs.
13. Chicago Fire (6-8-3): I think the Fire were the better side in both of their games that occurred this past week. When you give up two goals in the first eight minutes of a match as Chicago did against KC on Sunday, however, you don't deserve the three points.
12. Philadelphia Union (7-6-6): Philly, like SJ, had a rough holiday week. That home game against Chivas USA isn't necessarily a gimme for the Union right now.
11. Seattle Sounders (7-6-3): Just as I'm convinced that the Sounders are finding their form, Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton puts in a heroic effort to keep Seattle off the scoreboard. Sometimes, it's just not your night.
10. Houston Dynamo (7-6-5): It took multiple looks at goal and some bad misses, but Houston finally found the back of the net against Philly and a win at home. That was their first league victory since May 8.
9. Colorado Rapids (7-7-6): The win over New York on Thursday should have meant six points from six for Colorado, but the Rapids were far too wasteful in the final third against lowly DC on Sunday. Those could prove to be two massive points dropped.
8. New York Red Bulls (8-7-4): "I am shocked the Red Bulls lost on July 4 to Colorado." - Not a single RBNY fan anywhere.
7. Montreal Impact (9-4-4): Is it "summer swoon" time for the Eastern Conference's top team? Draws against TFC and Chivas have to be considered to be poor results by Montreal's standards.
6. Sporting Kansas City (8-5-6): Good teams win ugly, which is exactly what Kansas City did at Chicago on Sunday. SKC will be in first place in the conference sooner than later if Montreal really are about to take a tumble.
5. FC Dallas (8-4-7): Unable to defeat Chivas at home. Thoroughly beaten by LA. Dallas have had better weeks this season.
4. Portland Timbers (7-2-9): Portland's undefeated streak ended at an impressive 15 games. A home game against the Galaxy could mean the beginning of a different kind of run for the Timbers.
3. Vancouver Whitecaps (8-5-5): The previously mentioned Knighton certainly earned POTW honors for his stellar play against Seattle. The 'Caps have gone unbeaten in their last five, winning four of those matches in the process.
2. LA Galaxy (9-7-3): Where the heck did LA come from?!? Maybe the Galaxy won't be waiting until the beginning of fall to flip the switch.
1. Real Salt Lake (10-5-4): Gold Cup time is all about survival for the kings of MLS power rankings. It's "so far, so good" for RSL.
Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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