2014 MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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Jul 13, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey (2) gives a thumbs-up while signing autographs following a 2-0 victory against the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The FIFA World Cup is history, and Germany have earned their fourth star after shutting out Argentina at the Maracana, 1-0. Of course, this article isn’t about the DFB-Elf making history, this is about the recent edition of the MLS Power Rankings, which see the Seattle Sounders return to the top after a perfect week. Meanwhile, Chivas USA are making waves after yet another impressive victory on the road.

Movers, shakers, and a lot of goals. We have it all in this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the MLS Multiplex.

1. Seattle Sounders

Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders had a perfect week with a sweep of the Portland Timbers. In the US Open Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, goals from Osvaldo Alonso (69′), Kenny Cooper (110′) and Marco Pappa (115′) gave Seattle a 3-1 win over the Timbers at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

In league play at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., goals from Clint Dempsey (71′) and Pappa (86′) were enough to give the Sounders a 2-0 victory over the Timbers. Seattle will take the week off before hosting the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 28 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes and TSN2.

Jul 9, 2014; Cary, NC, USA; FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja looks on during the second half of the game against the Carolina Railhawks at WakeMed Soccer Park. FC Dallas won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

2. FC Dallas

The only action for Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas was U.S. Open Cup action against the Carolina RailHawks. A hat trick from Blas Perez (22′, 34′, 90′ + 3′) combined with goals from Fabian Castillo (44′) and Mauro Diaz (89′) powered Dallas to a 5-2 win at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. FC Dallas return to action on July 19 against the New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

July 11, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) celebrates with defender Sean Franklin (5) after the game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. D.C. United defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

3. D.C. United

Ben Olsen’s D.C. United took out the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Eddie Johnson (12′) and Luis Silva (25′) scored for United, who return home to RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on July 20 to host Chivas USA. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by UDN.

Jul 12, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chivas USA midfielder Mauro Rosales (7) congratulates goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (1) after the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. Chivas USA won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

4. Chivas USA

Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA are the hottest team in the league right now and are piling on the wins. At B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C., goals from Agustin Pelletieri (47′), Erick Torres (81′) and Leandro Barrera (90′ + 4′) were enough to give the Goats an emphatic 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Chivas will look to put their streak to the test on July 20 at RFK Stadium against D.C. United. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by UDN.

Jul 12, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare (4) celebrates with goalkeeper Sean Johnson (25) after defeating the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

5. Chicago Fire

Also with a perfect week of matches were Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire. In U.S. Open Cup play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park in Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, goals from Quincy Amarikwa (50′), Jeff Larentowicz (82′) and Alex (85′) gave the Fire a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks despite playing down to 10 men with Mike Magee sent off in the 31st minute of play. On Saturday at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Amarikwa was the hero in the third minute, giving the Fire a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution. Chicago return to action on July 19 against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

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