By Avi Creditor
July 01, 2013
The San Jose Earthquakes have signed U.S. national team veteran center defender Clarence Goodson.
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Week 18 MLS Power Rankings
 
New Rank Old Rank Team
1 1 Portland Timbers (7-1-9)
The Timbers' unbeaten run stayed at 15 during the club's bye week, and even though Portland trails RSL in the Western Conference standings by three points, it still has a game in hand, the best goal differential (+12) and the most goals scored (28) in the league. Overcoming the losses of players like Will Johnson, Rodney Wallace and Frederic Piquionne to the Gold Cup won't be easy for Caleb Porter's side, however.
2 3 Real Salt Lake (10-5-3)
RSL won in Canada for the first time, benefiting from some late defensive heroics from Nick Rimando and Nat Borchers to complement Yordany Alvarez's screamer of a goal in a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC. The win was RSL's fourth in a row, and the club is unbeaten in six games. But RSL will get hit by the Gold Cup harder than any other squad: Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran, Rimando and Alvaro Saborio all will depart for international duty.
3 2 Montreal Impact (9-4-2)
What in the world happened to Montreal's disciplined and organized defensive shape? The Colorado Rapids went to town on the Impact in a wild affair at Stade Saputo, with Montreal conceding four times and blowing a 3-2 lead. The overall team lapses took away from Daniele Paponi's well-worked brace and Hassoun Camara's absurd goal, in which he flicked the ball to himself for a bicycle kick -- all from the seat of his pants.
4 4 FC Dallas (9-3-6)
Dallas was moments away from being robbed of a deserved draw before David Ferreira's blind flick found Blas Perez by the goalpost for the game-tying header in the club's 2-2 result with the Philadelphia Union. Dallas did not win in June, going 0-1-3, with late heroics providing single points in each of the last two matches. Rookie Walker Zimmerman did the honors against Sporting KC in the previous week and added his second career goal against the Union.
5 6 Sporting Kansas City (7-5-5)
Kei Kamara broke out for a brace that helped Sporting KC to a 3-2 victory over Columbus and snapped an under-the-radar four-game winless stretch. The club is still susceptible to the occasional major defensive lapse, with Seth Sinovic's awful back pass allowing Columbus to equalize for a second time prior to Kamara's heroics. Not losing Graham Zusi or Matt Belser to the USA for the Gold Cup group stage -- as had been agreed upon with U.S. Soccer -- is a major relief for SKC.
6 5 Philadelphia Union (7-5-5)
The Union should have been able to put away FC Dallas at home and walk away with three points that would have been especially valuable given first-place Montreal's loss. Despite the heroics from defenders Sheanon Williams and Amobi Okugo, though, the Union let a pair of points slip away, and the club now must brace for league-leading scorer Jack McInerney's departure for the Gold Cup.
7 10 New York Red Bulls (8-6-4)
It goes without saying that the Red Bulls are a much better, more complete side when Tim Cahill and Jamison Olave are healthy and roaming the field. The two stalwarts returned in time for the Red Bulls' clash with the Houston Dynamo and played major roles in the club's 2-0 victory that saw it rise back to second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
8 7 Los Angeles Galaxy (7-7-3)
The Galaxy have plenty of soul searching to do after allowing San Jose to score twice in stoppage time and steal a 3-2 result in the latest edition of the California Clasico. The rivalry has become one of the most entertaining the league has to offer, with Saturday's match coming on the heels of last year's 4-3 thriller that San Jose won at Stanford Stadium.
9 9 Seattle Sounders (6-5-3)
The Sounders' bye week was littered with major player transaction news, with word that Fredy Montero -- on loan in his native Colombia -- could be sold outright to Sporting Lisbon, while Honduran winger Mario Martinez's loan came to an end as the team attempts to negotiate new terms to retain him. Montero was hardly going to return at any point, but losing Martinez would put a significant dent into Sigi Schmid's depth chart.
10 11 Vancouver Whitecaps (7-5-4)
Camilo remained hot, scoring his seventh goal in his last six games (albeit this one from the penalty spot) in the Whitecaps' 1-0 victory over D.C. United. As Camilo goes, so does his club. Vancouver is 5-1-1 in its last seven games, but now faces the prospect of a two-game week against Sporting KC and Seattle without the services of integral young attacker Russell Teibert, who will be off on Canadian international duty for the Gold Cup.
11 8 Houston Dynamo (6-6-5)
The Dynamo are now winless in seven games following a drab showing at Red Bull Arena. Given that Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia both had to miss out -- and also given Dom Kinnear's track record -- there's every reason to think this is just a blip on the radar. Still, the Dynamo will need to overcome Gold Cup personnel losses to turn things around.
12 13 Chicago Fire (5-7-3)
Finally, a weekend went by without Mike Magee scoring. Then again, the Fire were on a bye week. Magee and his teammates will surely benefit from that rest in the week ahead, with games against San Jose and Sporting KC in a five-day span putting the resurgent club's five-game unbeaten run -- and Magee's seven-game scoring streak -- to the test.
13 15 Colorado Rapids (6-7-5)
Colorado's young guns keep getting the job done. Rookies Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown were at the heart of Colorado's impressive 4-3, come-from-behind victory in Montreal, in which the Rapids dominated a very good midfield en route to the win. Nathan Sturgis' performance was just the latest in a line of games demonstrating why the team could afford to part ways with longtime leader Pablo Mastroeni.
14 12 New England Revolution (5-5-6)
Chad Barrett's late equalizer salvaged a point for the Revs, who could not quite break the odd hex that Chivas USA has held over them. New England is now 0-5-2 in its last seven meetings against the Goats. Couple that with the club's loss to lowly D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, and it was a week to forget for the Revolution, who have failed to build off the momentum sparked by a 5-0 win over the Galaxy in early June.
15 16 San Jose Earthquakes (5-7-6)
The Goonies live, after all. San Jose's wild 3-2 victory over LA at Stanford Stadium reestablished the Earthquakes' late-game superiority, with Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon doing the honors in taking the two-time defending champion and California rival Galaxy down a peg. The result is just the kind the Quakes needed in order to build momentum after an uneasy first half to the season.
16 14 Columbus Crew (5-7-5)
Columbus twice battled back from 1-0 deficits in Kansas City only to succumb to a third goal and lose out on any points at Sporting Park. Jairo Arrieta scored for the first time in more than three months, but he won't get a chance to build off that at any point soon after being called into Costa Rica's squad for the Gold Cup at a time when Columbus could use his services the most.
17 19 Chivas USA (3-10-3)
Chivas snapped its seven-game losing streak, but failed to hold onto a late lead, allowing the Revolution to take a point at the StubHub Center. The losing skid may be over, but the unbeaten streak still lingers at 11 games with a murderer's row of consecutive road games coming up: FC Dallas, Montreal and Philadelphia are in the offing over the next couple of weeks.
18 17 Toronto FC (2-8-6)
It's hard to believe that Toronto FC did not score at the end of its 1-0 loss to RSL, as three golden chances were denied in the waning moments in spectacular fashion. Jeremy Brockie's persistence and energy up top was a welcome complement to Danny Koevermans, who made his first start since returning from an ACL tear. Given time to develop, the two could form a formidable strike tandem. Problem is, TFC doesn't have much time with which to play considering its current standing.
19 18 D.C. United (2-12-3)
It's certainly looking like Open Cup or bust for D.C. following another goalless league effort in Saturday night's 1-0 home loss to Vancouver. Manager Ben Olsen put referee Matthew Foerster on blast in his postgame comments for the penalty given to Vancouver and non-PK call that went against his side, and he is surely looking at a forthcoming fine from the league office.
 

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