The countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup continues, and in this week’s MLS Power Rankings, the Seattle Sounders move up to the top. Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake move down after suffering their first defeat of the year. Let’s take a look at this week’s MLS Power Rankings here on FanSided’s MLS Multiplex.
1. Seattle Sounders
Goals from Gonzalo Pineda (42′), Marco Pappa (55′), Chad Barrett (62′) and Obafemi Marting powered Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders to one of their biggest victories of the season: a 4-0 rout of Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. The Sounders return to action on June 7, when they travel to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. to take on LA Galaxy II. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps
In a wild shootout at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., a Pedro Morales brace in the 16th and 26th minutes paced Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps to a 4-3 victory over the Portland Timbers. Other goalscorers included Erik Hurtado (45′ + 4′) and Jordan Harvey (49′). Vancouver are back in action on June 7 against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN and MLS LIVE.
3. Colorado Rapids
Pablo Mastroeni’s Colorado Rapids were impressive in their 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Deshorn Brown scored a brace in the fifth and 35th minute while Kamani Hill added a third in the 51st minute of play. The Rapids have two matches this week. On June 4, they host the Chicago Fire at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. On June 7, the Rapids hit the road to face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.
4. San Jose Earthquakes
Goalst from Atiba Harris (27′) and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (45′) paced Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 win over FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. The Quakes hit the road on June 7 to face Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE and TSN.
5. D.C. United
A goal from Fabian Espindola in the 28th minute gave Ben Olsen’s D.C. United a 1-0 shutout win over Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. They will return to action on June 7 against the Columbus Crew at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.