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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
MLS Power Rankings, Week 14: Worth watching

By Scott French

It was a big weekend for big goals in Major League Soccer -- and, so, a big weekend for online videos of those goals.

Alan Gordon's stunning stoppage-time volley gave Toronto FC a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, the club Gordon served from 2004 until August of last year.

Also worth seeing: Graham Zusi's 45-yard bomb in Sporting Kansas City's 4-1 romp at FC Dallas.

Even better was Eric Hassli's jaw-dropping, eyes-closed, lots-of-luck-and-a-little-pluck volley off the far post to give Vancouver a 2-2 draw at Seattle.


Want to see something all the greater? Check out Portland Timbers manager John Spencer in this ad for team-jersey sponsor Alaska Airlines.

This week's rankings:

1. GALAXY (8-2-7, 31 points), Last week: 1
Week 13:
Two leads wiped away -- the last after Juan Pablo Angel's would-be stoppage-time winner -- by former L.A. forward Gordon in 2-2 draw with Toronto FC
Remark: Shutout streak lasts 479 minutes, 42 shy of the team record set at the end of 2009 and start of 2010
Most goals, ever: Landon Donovan passed Cobi Jones last year, now has 79
Next: Saturday at Colorado, 6 p.m. (Fox Sports West, 8 p.m.)

2. FC DALLAS (7-4-4, 25 points), Last week: 2
Week 13:
Hoops lose the plot in the second half, can't take advantage of K.C. red card in 4-1 home loss to Sporting
Remark: End of nine-game unbeaten streak comes with fourth loss, matching last year's season total
Most goals, ever: Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis netted 91
Next: Saturday vs. Chivas USA at Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket and KWHY/Channel 22)

3. REAL SALT LAKE (6-3-3, 21 points), Last week: 3
Week 13:
Royal Lions can't hold on in 2-1 loss at Columbus, manage 1-1 draw at Philadelphia
Remark: Every week, another step forward for Garden Grove teen Luis Gil, who makes his first start in RSL's midfield
Most goals, ever: Robbie Findley scored 29 before heading off to Nottingham Forest
Next: Saturday vs. D.C. United, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

4. PHILADELPHIA UNION (6-3-4, 22 points), Last week: 4
Week 13: Keon Daniel
's emphatic header, his first MLS goal, gives Union a share of the points vs. Real Salt Lake
Remark: Wildomar's versatile Michael and Gabriel Farfan challenge the Nyassis as MLS's best twins
Most goals, ever: Fourteen of Sebastien Le Toux's 15 were scored last year
Next: Saturday at Vancouver, 7 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

5. NEW YORK RED BULLS (5-2-7, 22 points), Last week: 5
Week 13: Thierry Henry
creates own goal, scores a beauty as Red Bulls end six-game winless streak with 2-1 victory over New England
Remark: Long-awaited win comes with a price: Henry, Luke Rodgers, Joel Lindpere, Teemu Tainio ailing
Most goals, ever: Galaxy newcomer Angel scored 54 for New York
Next: Sunday at Portland, 7 p.m. (Galavision)

6. SEATTLE SOUNDERS (5-4-7, 22 points), Last week: 6
Week 13: Mauro Rosales
and Osvaldo Alonso score three minutes apart, but lead can't hold against Hassli magic in 2-2 draw in 123rd meeting (over four decades) with Vancouver
Remark: Alonso starts as goat (fouls Camilo for early Whitecaps PK), transforms to hero (84th-minute strike sure to stand up as winner, right?), finishes as goat (missed pass in the box feeds Hassli's stunner)
Most goals, ever: During the MLS era, it's Fredy Montero, with 24
Next: Saturday at Toronto FC, 4 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

7. COLORADO RAPIDS (5-3-7, 22 points), Last week: 7
Week 13: Drew Moor
's garbage goal in stoppage delivers 1-0 win at Portland
Remark: Omar Cummings' tender ankle still isn't ready, but he's aiming for L.A. this weekend
Most goals, ever: Conor Casey has two this year for 44
Next: Saturday vs. Galaxy, 6 p.m. (Fox Sports West, 8 p.m.)

8. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (5-4-4, 19 points), Last week: 8
Week 13:
Yorba Linda's Steven Lenhart is MLS Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick, assisting the fourth in 4-2 win at D.C. United
Remark: MLS's most high-powered offense? It's the Quakes', averaging 1.54 goals a game, even with Chris Wondolowski at the Gold Cup
Most goals, ever: Ronald Cerritos' 61 is the top mark, but Wondolowski's 27 is best since the 2008 rebirth
Next: Friday at Sporting Kansas City, 5:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes)

9. HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-5-6, 18 points), Last week: 11
Week 13: Brad Davis
sets up Geoff Cameron header and Heath Pearce own goal in 2-1 win over Chivas USA
Remark: Eddie Robinson, whose past two seasons were waylaid by knee issues, suffers MCL sprain
Most goals, ever: Brian Ching has 46 (and 25 more when the team was still in San Jose)
Next: Saturday vs. Columbus, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

10. CHIVAS USA (4-5-5, 17 points), Last week: 10
Week 13:
Goats give away another lead, can't defend set pieces in 2-1 loss at Houston
Remark: Pearce set to throw out first pitch at Dodgers' game Sunday.
Most goals, ever: Ante Razov, the pride of Long Beach, Fontana, Hermosa Beach and UCLA, holds the Goats' record: 30
Next: Saturday vs. FC Dallas at Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket and KWHY/Channel 22)

11. D.C. UNITED (4-5-4, 16 points), Last week: 9
Week 13: Andy Najar
gives D.C. a lead, Blake Brettschneider nets equalizer before halftime, but United has no answer for Lenhart in 4-2 loss to San Jose
Remark: One week D.C. shuts down Galaxy's attack, next week Earthquakes run wild
Most goals, ever: MLS all-time leader Jaime Moreno scored 131 of his 133 for D.C.
Next: Saturday at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

12. COLUMBUS CREW (4-4-6, 18 points), Last week: 13
Week 13: Andres Mendoza
scores fan-repelling penalty kick, assists Josh Gardner's winner in 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake; Crew falls in stoppage, 1-0, to Chicago
Remark: Mendoza's refusal to let designated penalty-taker Jeff Cunningham match Jaime Moreno's MLS careers goals record draws criticism within and without and jeers from fans … but he scored, which means he was right
Most goals, ever: Cunningham and Brian McBride share the record, with 62
Next: Saturday at Houston, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

13. PORTLAND TIMBERS (5-6-2, 17 points), Last week: 12
Week 13:
Moor scores in stoppage and Colorado, with 1-0 victory, is second team to beat Timbers at Jeld-Wen
Remark: Spencer sent off, can expect hefty fine after blasting referee Abiodun Okulaja for a “poor, poor performance” and saying a blown missed penalty occurred on a foul his “67-year-old mother-in-law can see from the club deck”
Most goals, ever: In MLS terms, it's Kenny Cooper, Jack Jewsbury and Jorge Perlaza, with three apiece
Next: Sunday vs. New York, 7 p.m. (Galavision)

14. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (2-6-4, 10 points), Last week: 15
Week 13:
New stadium debuts with 0-0 draw vs. Chicago, Zusi scores twice and assists a third in 4-1 romp at FC Dallas
Remark: All that time on the road, and Sporting gets just one home game? No problem -- win at Dallas makes massive statement
Most goals, ever: Former Chivas USA head coach Preki, a two-time MLS scoring champ, netted 71
Next: Friday vs. San Jose, 5:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes)

15. TORONTO FC (2-5-8, 14 points), Last week: 18
Week 13:
Gordon comes off the bench, scores twice vs. old team, giving Reds 2-2 draw at the Galaxy
Remark: Worst team in the league? TFC outplayed MLS's best, at least after Gordon arrived
Most goals, ever: Dwayne De Rosario netted his 27th before he was shipped off to New York
Next: Wednesday at New England, 5 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick), Saturday vs. Seattle, 4 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

16. CHICAGO FIRE (2-4-8, 14 points), Last week: 16
Week 13:
Winless streak hits 11 in 0-0 draw at K.C.; Woodland Hills' Orr Barouch sparks 1-0 stoppage-time triumph at Columbus
Remark: Cristian Nazarit's stoppage-time winner begins MLS Cup-like celebrations; Cory Gibbs happy “that we know how it feels to get three points.”
Most goals, ever: Razov has the top mark for the Fire, too, with 76
Next: Saturday at New England, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

17. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (3-7-4, 13 points), Last week: 14
Week 13: Shalrie Joseph
's missed penalty kick means plenty in 2-1 loss at New York
Remark: Revs have lost four in a row, in danger of becoming irrelevent
Most goals, ever: Taylor Twellman scored 101 before concussions ended his career
Next: Wednesday vs. Toronto FC, 5 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick); Saturday vs. Chicago, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

18. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (1-6-8, 11 points), Last week: 17
Week 13:
Hassli's pair makes for 2-2 draw at Cascadia Cup rival Seattle
Remark: One amazing goal does not success make: 'Caps' winless streak is at 14 at counting
Most goals, ever: Hassli has the MLS mark, with six
Next: Saturday vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

Note: Most goals … in MLS regular-season play
All times Pacific