Los Angeles Soccer: Alain Rochat

MLS Power Rankings: Worth watching II

June, 21, 2011
6/21/11
10:55
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It's been a feast of great goals in Major League Soccer the last couple of weeks, even with so many stars away at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and for other international duty, and here's a few from last week that have to be seen.

Galaxy midfielder Juninho celebrated his return from Brazil, where he was married the previous weekend, with a rocket to the upper-left corner from about 35 yards. That's three goals this season by the rising star, all from distance.

Some of MLS's biggest names might be elsewhere, but the biggest name in the league -- the biggest name ever to play in the league -- is New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry, who has a knack for making really classy, difficult goals look easy. Like this one in the 3-3 draw at Portland. The Frenchman was red-carded about 20 minutes later.

Nice strike by Seattle's Fredy Montero, in the 90th minute, to beat Toronto FC.

MLS's Goal of the Week is still being determined in an online ballot, and we had to vote for this masterpiece by Vancouver's Alain Rochat, which beat Philadelphia to end the Whitecaps' league-record winless streak.

Best of the week might have come from the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Mexico's Andres Guardado serving up a really tasty dish in a group-stage romp over Costa Rica.

Guardado's second goal against Costa Rica was pretty sweet, too.

This week's rankings:




1. GALAXY (9-2-7, 34 points), Last week: 1
Week 14:
Juninho scores on a long-range blast, starts sequence leading to Chad Barrett's goal as Beckham-less L.A. topples Rapids, 3-1
Remark: Denver media shames Galaxy for David Beckham's absence, but back spasms could keep him home again this weekend
Best to wear the shirt: All respect to Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos, David Beckham and Robin Fraser. But it's Landon Donovan
Next:
Saturday at San Jose, 3:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel); Tuesday in third round of the U.S. Open Cup vs. L.A. Blues at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium, 7 p.m.

2. FC DALLAS (8-4-4, 28 points), Last week: 2
Week 14: Brek Shea
scores another beauty, Jackson Goncalves nets the late winner in 2-1 win at Chivas USA
Remark: Hoops are third MLS team, after Galaxy and D.C. United, to reach 200 victories
Best to wear the shirt: Hard to argue against David Ferreira. But Colombian midfielder Leonel Alvarez, from the early years, might trump MLS's reigning MVP
Next: Saturday vs. Portland, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick); Tuesday in third round of the U.S. Open Cup vs. Orlando City FC, 6 p.m.

3. NEW YORK RED BULLS (5-2-8, 23 points), Last week: 5
Week 14: Dwayne De Rosario
's 96th-minute penalty kick splits the points in a wild 3-3 draw at Portland
Remark: Henry's red card deep into stoppage was “inexplicable,” Sporting Director Erik Soler says in a statement, a product of a “completely unacceptable” level of refereeing. His expectation is that the red card “will be rescinded”
Best to wear the shirt: Henry is the best, Juan Pablo Angel the most accomplished in an N.Y. jersey
Next: Thursday at Seattle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes); Sunday at Chicago, 11 a.m. (ESPN); Tuesday in third round of the U.S. Open Cup vs. FC New York, 5 p.m.

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