A record ten Examiners participated in our most widespread election yet. One guesses that the ease of penning in Los Angeles Galaxy at number one helped, as tests are always more appreciated if the first question is easy. The choice was unanimous.
Houston Dynamo moved up four places after their win, and New York bounced three places back up to fifth.
But the biggest jumpers were the San Jose Earthquakes whose 2-0 win over New England saw them leap five places to ninth.
Chivas USA slipped three places to 14th while TFC and DC United remain rooted to the foot of the table. FC Dallas first loss saw them sink three places.
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LA rolled on with their fourth win, this time over Champions Real Salt Lake. Despite a brief half hour where they at last looked vulnerable, LA have now beaten two of their fiercest Western Conference rivals. For now, it seems Columbus in the East are their only real challenge for the Supporters Shield.
That’s much better, three goals and a convincing win. Despite an out of form opposition in Chivas (who they never lose to anyway), it’s still a good result that sees them overtake match free Columbus. Lovel Palmer and Dominic Oduro being up for goal of the week tops it off, with Palmer currently leading with a clear majority of the votes.
No game so Houston overtake. RSL are next up in the game of the weekend, which will end 14 days without a league game.
Sounders eked out a win but only their most easily fooled supporters are not seeing issues. They could also note the side has nicked four points while playing poorly against form sides. An improvement in form is necessary to keep the points flowing, but a trip to Dallas looks like a good place to begin.
They became the first side to beat Dallas, although they needed penalties to do so. Nonetheless, hosting Philadelphia could bring three more points and establish them as genuine Eastern Conference challengers. After that, they have DC United. Six points from those games and they will find themselves full of the joys of life before some tougher games.
The 100% record came to a halt after a late loss of concentration in Seattle. They will need to hold that for all 95 minutes as LA come calling. The Galaxy visit could revert KC to a 50% record or a shock win could reveal the Seattle loss to be the blip.
RSL did enormously well in Los Angeles, but fell to the incredible form of Edson Buddle. They were defied by the woodwork too. RSL are playing well, and soon they will get the breaks they need to start racking up points.
The Rapids beat Toronto 3-1 with Conor Casey providing a goal and a penalty and Jeff Larentowicz the other tally from a free kick. Who needs open play? De Rosario, of course, scored for Toronto. Claudio Lopez will be available pending receipt of his visa, possibly before Colorado visits New England this weekend
The Quakes shut out New England 2-0, but frankly that didn’t look like it took a lot of effort. The Quakes have a good chance of collecting another three points from Chivas this week.
The Revolution have a gaping hole down their spine that prevents promising new forwards Marco Perovic and Zack Schilawski from doing their job. Coach Steve Nicol’s line-up seldom changes regardless of individual performance, so this situation looks long-term due to increasing injury problems with Shalrie Joseph.
They beat DC United which raises them two places in the rankings. The Fire needed the 2-0 result for confidence before Houston visit this week. Brian McBride scored the second goal in the 89th minute and assisted on Marco Pappa’s goal in the 80th.
Finally beaten and it may not be the last time, although it took a late penalty. They share the honour with DC United of not having won yet in 2010. They will get a chance on Thursday when off/on Seattle visit. A loss would harm FC Dallas severely, as they glance up at the resultant Western Conference table and see everybody and no games in hand over any of them, bar the side they just lost to.
No game since they were mugged in Canada. That should give Peter Nowak time to reassess the challenges in the division, and the players time to heal the bruises. A trip to New York on Saturday could be more interesting than a casual glance suggests.
Their second straight loss leaves Chivas ahead of just FC Dallas, and they could be bottom by Thursday night if Dallas draw. They hadn’t beaten Houston in ten matches so the loss was no surprise. The visit of San Jose in a California derby now looms as a must-win for Martin Vasquez, if he doesn’t want to risk overtaking Preki as coach most likely to be fired.
This is shaping up to be Toronto FC’s season of their discontent. Only four games in, supporters are showing signs of doubt new coach Preki and original GM Mo Johnston actually have a plan behind wholesale roster changes that have reduced a team one or two key players away from playoff last year to a team that appears weaker than the inaugural season.
A home defeat to a poor side in the same conference is as bad as it can get.
However there is great news around the corner. They have no game this weekend.
The ratings were compiled by the FC Dallas Examiner with contributions from New England Revs Examiner, Philadelphia Union Examiner, Houston Dynamo Examiner, Toronto FC Examiner, Chivas USA Examiner, Sounders FC Examiner, LA Galaxy Examiner, Colorado Rapids Examiner, and MLS Examiner