Editor’s note: After each weekend’s action, senior staff writer
Ives Galarcep ranks Major League Soccer’s 18 teams in FOX Soccer’s
Major League Soccer Power Rankings. Here is Ives’s order after the
sixth weekend of the 2011 Major League Soccer season:
Real Salt Lake
Last Week: Tied Monterrey, CONCACAF Champions League
Final first leg, last Wednesday
This Week: vs. Monterrey, CONCACAF Champions League
Final second leg, on Wednesday; at Portland on
Outlook: RSL can make history on Wednesday night by
becoming the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions
League. It?s hard to bet against them after earning a draw
in Mexico against the reigning Mexican champions.
Last Week: Beat Portland, 3-0, last Saturday.
This Week: at FC Dallas on Sunday.
Outlook: With a healthy Landon Donovan, and Chad
Barrett scoring in his second straight match, the Galaxy
looks like the title contender we expected before the
season began. A tricky game awaits against an FC Dallas
team playing without MVP David Ferreira. Could be a trap
game ahead of showdown vs. New York.
New York Red Bulls
Last Week: Beat D.C. United, 4-0, last Thursday.
This Week: vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
Outlook: The Red Bulls attack is riding high, having
scored seven goals in the past two matches, and now comes a
Sporting KC defense that has been vulnerable. The Red Bulls
could put up a big number against KC a week before their
big showdown vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Last Week: Bye
This Week: vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
Outlook: Union probably didn?t want a bye at this
time of year, but rest can?t hurt the veteran bunch,
especially injured midfielder Brian Carroll. Will be
interesting to see if Danny Mwanga is any closer to earning
a starting role. Reeling San Jose side a perfect candidate
for Union romp.
Last Week: Beat Colorado Rapids, 1-0, last
This Week: vs. Toronto FC on Saturday.
Outlook: Having Fredy Montero break his goal-less
streak and extending the team?s unbeaten streak to four
games were important, but losing Steve Zakuani for the
season with a broken leg is a devastating blue. Zakuani was
vital to Seattle?s attack and now the Sounders will need
others, including Erik Friberg and Alvaro Fernandez, to
start stepping up.
Last Week: Tied the Chicago Fire, 1-1,
This Week: vs. D.C. United on Friday.
Outlook: Dynamo gave up an early goal to
the Fire, but battled back and played the better soccer
despite being the road team against Chicago. Dynamo still
lacking a bit of a midfield spark, but Spanish forward
Sergio Koke should help the attack.
Last Week: Lost to the Seattle Sounders, 1-0, last
This Week: vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday.
Outlook: Losing a third straight match has to be
cause for concern, but emotional impact of Brian Mullan?s
horror tackle, and pending suspension, could take its toll.
Rapids should respond with a home game against a struggling
Last Week: Tied Toronto FC, 1-1, last Saturday.
This Week: vs. Vancouver on Saturday.
Outlook: A road point should be considered a
positive, but the Crew had to feel a little disappointed
not taking all three points at BMO Field. Pushing their
unbeaten streak to five is a positive, but the Columbus
attack is still lacking punch.
Last Week: Beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, last
This Week: vs. Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.
Outlook: Schellas Hyndman?s team showed great heart
and poise in battling back for a win without David
Ferreira, but losing Ferreira to a broken ankle is truly
devastating. Eric Avila will help pick up some of the
slack, but Hyndman will need to do a very good job
re-shaping his squad without Ferreira if Dallas is to stay
in the mix in the Western Conference.
New England Revolution
Last Week: Beat Sporting Kansas City, 3-2,
This Week: at Chivas USA on Saturday.
Outlook: Benny Feilhaber?s debut was a
successful one, and an influential one. He helped Shalrie
Joseph deliver his best game of the season and the attack
was as good as it has been all season. Feilhaber gets to
face the Chivas USA side that passed on him next.
Last Week: Lost, 4-0, to the New York Red Bulls last
This Week: at Houston on Saturday.
Outlook: Thoroughly beaten by New York last week,
D.C. did come away with some bright spots. most notably the
play of Branko Boskovic. Houston?s offense isn?t nearly as
dangerous as the Red Bulls, but the Dynamo defense will
provide the United offense with a stiff test.
Last Week: Lost, 3-0, to Los Angeles last
This Week: vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Outlook: Timbers were handily beaten by the Galaxy
last week, with early goals dooming Portland on the road.
The Timbers will have to wait a while to prove they can win
on the road, but they do face a stiff test against an RSL
side that just might rest some key starters after
Wednesday?s CONCACAF Champions League Final.
Last Week: Tied Houston Dynamo, 1-1, last
This Week: at Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
Outlook: Diego Chaves continued his goal-scoring
ways, but he and Marco Pappa have been two of the few
bright spots in a season that has quickly turned into the
disappointing season we expected from the Fire. Being
outplayed at home by Houston leaves you wondering if things
are going to get better any time soon.
Last Week: Lost, 3-2, at New England Revolution last
This Week: at New York Red Bulls on Saturday.
Outlook: The KC offense continues to score goals,
but another questionable red card doomed Sporting to a
loss. The red card didn?t help matters, but the defense
continues to show flaws, something the Red Bulls
high-powered attack could expose this weekend.
Last Week: Tied Columbus Crew, 1-1, last
This Week: at Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Outlook: Aron Winter?s squad has quietly been
putting together respectable results, the blowout loss to
D.C. United a week ago notwithstanding. Tony Tchani?s silly
red card spoiled what had the makings to be a very strong
home performance against Columbus.
Last Week: Beat San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1 last
This Week: vs. New England Revolution on
Outlook: The Rojiblanco offense finally got going,
with Justin Braun playing the role of catalyst in the win
against San Jose. The Chivas USA defense is playing very
well, and will face a good challenge from an improving New
England attack that will feature none other than Benny
Feilhaber, the player Chivas USA passed on.
San Jose Earthquakes
Last Week: Lost, 2-1, to Chivas USA last
This Week: vs. Philadelphia on Saturday..
Outlook: Consider it officially crisis mode in San
Jose, with a stunning loss against Chivas USA serving as
rock bottom for a club that has suddenly gone four matches
without a win. Frank Yallop has to be concerned with a
defense that suddenly looks extremely shaky. A road trip to
Philadelphia won?t make snapping that winless streak
Last Week: Lost to FC Dallas, 2-1, last
This Week: at Columbus Crew on Saturday .
Outlook: That promising start the Whitecaps got off
to looks so far away now. Vancouver shows promise
offensively, but defensive issues and the absence of Jay
DeMerit, has left the Whitecaps struggling. Winless in six,
Vancouver will be hard-pressed to post its first win in a
month against a stingy Columbus team.
Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for FoxSoccer.com covering
Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team.