2014 MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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Jul 4, 2014; Frisco, TX, USA; A view of the post game Fourth of July fireworks show after the match between FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas defeats Philadelphia Union 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Independence Day Weekend saw nothing but offensive fireworks across the country in Major League Soccer. In this week’s MLS Power Rankings, FC Dallas are back at the top, while the Vancouver Whitecaps and D.C. United also make moves up after some impressive victories. Let’s take a look at this week’s MLS Power Rankings here on the FanSided Network’s MLS Multiplex.

1. FC Dallas

A 26th minute goal from Tesho Akindele and an own goal from Sheannon Williams in the 49th minute of play gave Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. On July 9, FCD travels to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. to take on the Carolina RailHawks in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET.

Jul 5, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; The Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate a win against the Seattle Sounders during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

2. Vancouver Whitecaps

Sebastian Fernandez was the hero for Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring in the 12th minute to give the Caps a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. The Caps host Chivas USA at BC Place on July 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN2.

Jul 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; D.C. United midfielder/defender Perry Kitchen (23) celebrates his goal with D.C. United defender Sean Franklin (5) during the second half in a game against Toronto FC at BMO Field. D.C. United won 2-1.Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

3. D.C. United

Goals from Nick DeLeon (54′) and Perry Kitchen (69′) gave Ben Olsen’s D.C. United a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. D.C. return to action against the San Jose Earthquakes on July 11 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBCSN.

Jul 5, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Seattle Sounders defender Zach Scott (20) and defender Jalil Anibaba (4) battles for the ball against Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekuta Manneh (23) during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

4. Seattle Sounders

After a 1-0 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium, Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders will have to pick up the pieces when they host the Portland Timbers at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on July 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ussoccer.com. Both teams will be clashing again, this time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on July 13 in league play. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Jul 5, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Chivas USA fans cheer forward Erick Torres (9) celebrating his goal that won the game in extra time against the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

5. Chivas USA

Erick Torres can never be replaced at Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA because he IS Chivas USA. A 53rd minute goal against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium and a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time against the Montreal Impact on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. gave the Goats a new lease on life and a couple of 1-0 victories. Torres and Chivas return to action on July 12 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

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