Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

Kyle McCarthy
April 23, 2013
MLS Preview: Chivas USA - FC Dallas

1. FC Dallas – “It’s obviously huge,” Hunt Sports Group vice president Dan Hunt said after Schellas
Hyndman claimed the record for points won by a FCD coach. “He continues to win and continues
to get results. I’m excited for Schellas, it’s a huge honor for a guy who has had a lot of success
everywhere he goes and this is a unique team that can probably get him a lot more points. It’s a very
special night for us all.” (1)

2. Los Angeles – Landon Donovan, goalscorer and matchwinner. It sounds just like the old days. (3)

3. Montréal – This veteran side probably could have used another bye or two in the second half of the
campaign, eh? (2)

4. Houston – Good teams scrape out results when they don't play particularly well on the road. And
make no mistake: the Dynamo is a good team. (4)

5. Sporting Kansas City – “I actually thought up until the goal we were actually pretty good,”
Sporting manager Peter Vermes told reporters after Marcelo Sarvas handled in the buildup to the
Galaxy's first goal on Saturday night. “Look, it’s a handball. It doesn’t get called and it breaks us a
little bit right at that point. Now here we are, we already have the fatigue aspect to deal with and now
we’re trying to chase the game after a goal gets scored based on an easy call by the referee and it
doesn’t happen.” (5)

6. Real Salt Lake – If RSL continues to draw more than 8,000 for reserve matches, then the club may
act on its desire to start its own PDL team sooner rather than later. (6)

7. Portland – One fact the Timbers will surely relish as they reflect on the draw in San Jose: they are
the only team in the league yet to lose a game on the road this season. (13)

8. Philadelphia – In-form goalscorers have a way of boosting a team above its station. Now it is up to
the Union to ride Jack McInerney until the goals cease and then show that the overall unit is capable of
sustaining a playoff push. (11)

9. Chivas USA – El Chelis will have to conjure up a little magic to replace suspended starters Bobby
Burling and Edgar Mejia this weekend. (8)

10. Columbus – Andy Gruenebaum can only do so much. (10)

11. San Jose – Another week, another late show. But the Earthquakes will wonder whether it should
have been required this time. (7)

12. New York – Juninho Pernambucano received an extra one-match ban for his ridiculous action
toward Jimmy Nielsen in midweek. His teammates will hope to replicate their four-goal outburst
against New England in his continued absence. (12)

13. Vancouver – Perhaps the Canadian Championship tie against FC Edmonton on Wednesday will
offer a chance for the Whitecaps to find their shooting boots. (9)

14. Colorado – Oscar Pareja's next starting XI: the only healthy players he can find. (14)

15. Chicago – On a night when the Fire generated plenty of opportunities against Columbus, Jeff
Larentowicz scored the goal. It gave Frank Klopas' side the victory it sought and underscored the
continued problems in front of goal. (17)

16. Toronto FC – Nothing quite sums up TFC's continued problems like a conceding a stoppage-time
goal to a 10-man Houston side. (15)

17. Seattle – Obafemi Martins earned a portion of his generous salary by scoring the winner at
Colorado on Saturday. Sounders FC will need more of the same as it attempts to recover lost ground in
the Western Conference race. (19)

18. New England – Brandon Barklage's own goal concluded the club-record drought at 394 minutes,
but no Revolution player has scored since opening day. (16)

19. D.C. United – Ending the drought in front of goal only matters so much when conceding three
times inside the first half an hour … at home. (18)

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