As the USA Men’s National Team wraps up its run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Major League Soccer was back in full swing with U.S. Open Cup action and league action. The Seattle Sounders remain at the top of the league following a gritty U.S. Open Cup victory and a solid win in league play. Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not in this week’s MLS Power Rankings.
1. Seattle Sounders
On Tuesday, following a 1-1 draw, Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders won on penalties, 4-1, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Kenny Cooper scored in the 26th minute for the Sounders. Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle converted their spot kicks for Seattle. On Saturday, a 39th minute goal from Chad Barrett gave the Sounders a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Sounders continue their season on July 5 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
2. Philadelphia Union
Jim Curtin’s Philadelphia Union had a breakthrough week. On Tuesday, goals from Sebastien Le Toux in the 57th and 114th minute gave the Union a 2-1 win over the New York Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., despite playing down to 10 men late. Against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday, Le Toux also scored a brace in the 42nd and 78th minute and Danny Cruz added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute to power the Union to a 3-1 victory. Philadelphia travel to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. to face FC Dallas on July 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
3. FC Dallas
Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas are on their way up after a decent week of results. On Tuesday, Dallas edged the Houston Dynamo, 3-2, in the U.S. Open Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Fabian Castillo (35′), Andres Escobar (59′) and Tesho Akindele (98′) scored for FC Dallas in that contest. On Sunday, Dallas and the Columbus Crew played to a scoreless draw at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. FC Dallas continue their season on July 4 against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
4. Chicago Fire
Also on the way up are Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire. On Wednesday, Juan Luis Anangono scored a brace in the 83rd and 108th minutes to give the Fire a 4-2 win over the Columbus Crew in extra time at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. in the U.S. Open Cup. This week, the Fire have a couple of matches. On July 2, they host Toronto FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. On July 6, the Fire travel to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. to take on Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes and TSN.
5. New England Revolution
On Wednesday, goals from Saer Sene (11′) and Kelyn Rowe (32′) gave Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution a 2-1 win over the Rochester Rhinos in the U.S. Open Cup at Stevenson Field on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I. Sene scored again in the 73rd minute against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Gillette Stadium but the Revs were #doop-ed, 3-1. New England travel to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, to take on Real Salt Lake on July 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.