Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

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MLS Preview: Chivas USA - FC Dallas
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MLS Preview: Chivas USA - FC Dallas

1. FC Dallas FCD just keeps churning out results week after week. The midweek draw against Portland – even with the aid of an iffy penalty decision – stands out as a particularly important result because... (1)

2. Portland – ...the Timbers aren't dropping a ton of points right now. Caleb Porter's men extended their unbeaten run to nine matches with a perfunctory 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.  (6)

3. New York – Forget about those early season wobbles: the Red Bulls haven't lost in their past five outings after claiming a 1-1 draw at New England on Saturday night. (7)

4. Montréal – Veteran striker Marco Di Vaio continues to lead from the front. He rides the line better than any other striker in the league at the moment. If he continues to produce and stays off the training table, then the Impact's bright start will not fade into something altogether less satisfying. (2)

5. Sporting Kansas City The next trick for Sporting after dispatching the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday night: finding a way to replicate the feat when the stakes are higher. (5)

6. Houston – The entire week – six points out of nine, all on the road – represents a job basically well done. The end of a 36-match home unbeaten run in all competitions at the hands of Sporting Kansas City still stings, though. (3)

7. Los Angeles – Perhaps the only silver lining from the Galaxy's defeat at B.C. Place: Gyasi Zardes' first MLS goal. Once the former CSU Bakersfield star adjusts to the speed of play, he should bag quite a few more. (4)

8. Colorado – Six results in seven matches counts as a significant fillip for a side still ravaged by injuries. Oscar Pareja has done a wonderful job to coax points out of this unheralded group. (10)

9. Real Salt Lake Matteo Ferrari's late winner robbed RSL of a point at Stade Saputo on Saturday. The performance – combined with the gritty 2-1 victory at New England – offered plenty of encouragement for a side that has sputtered at times this season due to availability concerns. (8)

10. Seattle – A five-match unbeaten run – punctuated by the 4-0 victory over San Jose on Saturday – should steady those frayed nerves nicely. (14)

11. Philadelphia – It is much easier to smash and grab three points with Jack McInerney leading the line. The league's scorer nicked a 1-0 victory at Chicago with a typically deft and opportunistic finish.  (11)

12. Columbus – The downturn in result isn't difficult to trace: the Crew simply isn't scoring goals right now. Robert Warzycha's side has scored one or fewer goals in five of the past six matches. (9)

13. Vancouver – The ideal scenario – a multiple-goal win over Los Angeles with Darren Mattocks finally landing on the scoresheet – unfolded at B.C. Place on Saturday. Now the Whitecaps must continue that sort of success ahead of the Canadian Championship first leg at Montréal on Wednesday. (17)

14. San Jose – Perhaps the 4-0 thumping in Seattle will serve as a wakeup call for the Earthquakes. Right now, this particular group does not look capable of replicating its feats from a week ago. (12)

15. New England – The recent switch to a 4-1-4-1 setup placed the likes of Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe in positions to influence the game more frequently. All three players have done so at points (and Fagundez offered a man-of-the-match display against New York on Saturday), but the Revs need more consistency from that trio of players to spark the flagging attack. (15)

16. Chicago – Patrick Nyarko supplied plenty of activity and little end product during his shift up front. His presence in that spot – and Frank Klopas' decision to start him there over Sherjill MacDonald – reinforces the glaring need to improve the options in the final third sooner rather than later. (16)

17. Chivas USA – Remember the glory days of early in the season when the Red-and-White won games instead of losing them heavily? They may not return again for quite some time. (13)

18. Toronto FC TFC president Kevin Payne lashed out at just about everyone but himself during a typically candid exchange with the media on Monday. A little accountability isn't a bad thing, but his decision to criticize his players drew some warranted criticism north of the border. (18)

19. D.C. United United hit rock bottom with that ugly midweek home defeat to Houston. A revamped lineup could not avoid a seventh straight defeat in Frisco on Saturday, but that group of players at least submitted the required effort. Ben Olsen will need more grit and more quality from his players to extricate the club from this mire. (19)

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