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.
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.
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.
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.
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.