MLS Power Rankings: Week 13 – Seattle go top as Sporting KC rise too

Week 13 of the 2015 MLS season is done after a round of 13 matches with a total of 36 goals scored. We may be more than a third of the way through the campaign but both conferences continue to change by the week.

Teams across MLS are struggling to find consistency as the quality of play has improved this year, but the Sounders have been steadily picking up wins and now sit at the top of the MLSGB Power Rankings after back-to-back wins against Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls this week.

They were one of six sides to play twice in Week 13, with the Portland Timbers the only other side to pick up six points this week, moving them into a playoff position and up into 11th in our rankings.

Sporting KC were another Western Conference outfit on the rise after beating FC Dallas 4-0 on Friday night. SKC have not lost in sixth and are slowly climbing the standings.

Over in the Eastern DC United, Chicago Fire and Toronto FC were the only sides to win this week as the bottom three in our rankings remain the same as Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and New York City FC make up the last places.

Here’s how our Power Rankings look after Week 13’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 13

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Do Seattle Sounders deserve to be top? 

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MLSGB Goal of the week – week 13

This week we had a tough choice of choosing between two wonderful goals scored during this weekend’s action but were all stunned by the quality of the goal scored by Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson in their thrilling 4-3 Cascadia Cup loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

San Jose’s Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi came close to taking the honour after his long range striker won the game for the Earthquakes against FC Dallas but Johnson’s goal was sublime, particularly the hold up play and assist provided by Fanendo Adi.

MLS: Key takeaways from week 13’s action

There were 34 goals scored in the 11 matches in Week 13, an average of 3.09 goals per game so it was another thoroughly entertaining week of action. Here are our key takeaways:

1. Real Salt Lake’s streak comes to an end.

Salt Lake went into their game at Seattle as the only remaining unbeaten team this season, and were on a streak of 16 in MLS games. However they were brought crashing down to earth with a 4-0 thumping at the hands of the impressive Sounders who never looked in trouble. Real Salt Lake are missing several key players, but they would not have expected to lose by four goals. They must bounce back against Columbus tonight.

2. Montreal did what?!

Montreal Impact beat the New England Revolution. Wow. What a result that is. Undoubtedly the most surprising scoreline of the weekend came in Montreal as the Impact beat the high-flying Revs 2-0. New England went into the game as clear favourites, on a win-streak of five, and were stunned by the early goal and as a result couldn’t get back into the game as Montreal picked up a huge win in front of their own fans.

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3. Cascadia Cup clashes don’t disappoint.

After last week’s dramatic four-goal game in Vancouver, few would have expected this week’s match to better it, but it did. Seattle drew 2-2 with the Whitecaps last weekend in the series, and Portland hosted Vancouver in Sunday night’s seven-goal thriller. It was a relentless game that saw spectacular goals, two penalties and near misses. The Whitecaps eventually held on to win 4-3 despite late fightback from the Timbers and they are now unbeaten in seven games. We’re already counting down to the next Cascadia Cup game on July 5 when Vancouver host Seattle again.

4. Fanendo Adi will do some damage.

Portland’s on-loan striker started his first game last Wednesday against Chivas and marked the occasion with a brace that saw the Timbers win 2-0. The big, powerful forward then came on against the Whitecaps and made a difference as they fought their way back into the game following the introduction of Adi. The assist for Will Johnson’s goal was sensational, and the strike is already a contender for goal of the season.

5. What has happened to the Champions?

Sporting Kansas City picked up just one point from a possible six in a double gameweek, and they 2013 MLS Cup winners are now without a win in five games, losing five of those. They drew 1-1 with the Red Bulls last Wednesday before losing 1-0 at DC United on Saturday night and they will need to desperately start picking up points from here on. They have been stripped of central defenders but are not performing at the other end of the pitch either and Graham Zusi’s absence is hurting them. They travel to an out of sorts Houston on Saturday night.

Key stats heading into this weekend’s MLS action

With nine matches to look forward to, this weekend should provide plenty of drama and goals. Several team’s are without key players who are at World Cup training camps but we take a look at five key statistics to bear in mind:

1. Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake

The two best team’s in Major League Soccer so far this season go head-to-head on Saturday night, with Salt Lake undefeated in their last 16 MLS matches. That record will be fully tested as Seattle have won their past four home matches, and have kept a clean sheet against Salt Lake in six of their last eight meetings at home in all competitions. Expect this to be tight, but a fully entertaining contest nonetheless.

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2. Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution

It’s not looking good for Montreal as the Impact have failed to win 11 of their last 12 matches in MLS, and they entertain the league’s most in-form side on Saturday night in the Revs. New England have won five on the bounce, scoring at least two in each of those games, and should be far too strong for Montreal this weekend.

3. DC United vs Sporting Kansas City

Sporting have a fantastic recent record against DC United, having not lost in seven meetings between the two. Kansas City have won six of those last seven, and have kept a clean sheet in five of the matches. They do come into this game in poor form however, and are without a win in four. DC have not lost at home in six matches and will be confident of ending a terrible run against Kansas City when the Eastern Conference rivals meet on Saturday night.

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4. FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes

Dallas are without a win in seven MLS matches now, and must stop the rot soon. This will be a challenge for them this weekend though, as they have only won one of their last eleven matches against the Earthquakes. San Jose won the meeting between the two earlier this month in a 2-1 victory and will be looking to add to Dallas’ misery this weekend.

5. Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy

The Galaxy turned their season around last week, winning twice in five days, and will hope to make it three from three in Sunday nights match against the Fire. LA have won the past four meetings between the two, scoring at least twice in each of those games. Chicago lost 2-0 to Columbus last weekend to end a two-game win streak. Keane and Donovan will cause plenty of problems for the Chicago defence, and an LA win is looking more than likely.

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