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2016 MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

Gyasi Zerdes #11 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his second goal of the night during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against San Jose Earthquakes at the StubHub Center on March 19, 2016 in Carson, California. The LA Galaxy won the match 3-1 March 19, 2016| Credit: Shaun Clark

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy may be emerging from preseason form in terms of goal production, but they are at StubHub Center, doing the work is a given. Home-cooking has seen a shakeup in the MLS Power Rankings on The Stoppage Time so let’s take a look at how things went down.

1. Los Angeles Galaxy

The Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 in the  61st edition of the California Clasico, one of the best intrastate derbies around, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Gyasi Zardes scored a brace in the 45th and 62nd minutes while Robbie Keane got back on the score sheet in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

With the international break on hand, LA are one of a number of teams taking the week off. Vancouver away on Apr. 2 is next.

2. Sporting Kansas City

Brad Davis‘s 70th minute strike gave Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 win over Toronto FC at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Not even an 84th minute red card to Roger Espinoza could prevent Sporting from securing all three points. Sporting are off and will host Real Salt Lake on Apr. 2.

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3. New York Red Bulls

Brazilian Felipe Martins scored a brace in the 77th and 83rd minutes to give Jesse Marsch’s New York Red Bulls a 4-3 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Other goalscorers include Sacha Kljestan (22′) and Mike Grella (63′). New York has the week off and will hit the road on Apr. 1 to face the New England Revolution. (And that is not an April Fools’ joke either; that’s an actual match date. Really.)

4. Orlando City

Cyle Larin continued to show his form in the seventh minute as Adrian Heath’s Orlando City defeat New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. The Lions head home to host the Portland Timbers at the Citrus Bowl on Apr. 3.

5. Philadelphia Union

Jim Curtin’s Philadelphia Union are rounding into form and rising. A C.J. Sapong brace (18′, 33′) and an insurance strike from Frenchman Sebastien Le Toux in the third minute of second half stoppage time saw the Union doop the New England Revolution 3-0 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The Union return to action on Apr. 2 against the Chicago Fire on the road.

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6. Colorado Rapids

Dillon Powers scored in the 69th minute, but Pablo Mastroeni’s Colorado Rapids could not follow up their 1-0 statement win over the Galaxy at home and were consigned to a 1-1 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Colorado return home to host Toronto FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Apr. 2.

7. Vancouver Whitecaps

Of course, not all teams were able to home cook, and the really good teams in this league can get big scalps away. Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps is one of them. A Pedro Morales penalty brace in the 10th and 74th minutes powered the Caps to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders in a Cascadia Cup clash at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Vancouver return home to host the Houston Dynamo on Mar. 26 at BC Place.

8. Portland Timbers

Also scoring a brace this past weekend was Fanendo Adi of Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers. Goals in the 79th and 84th minutes salvaged a 2-2 draw for PTFC against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.  After their bye week, the Timbers hit the road to face Orlando City on Apr. 3.

9. Real Salt Lake

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Joao Plata (16′) and Yura Movsisyan (58′) got on the board for Jeff Cassar’s Real Salt Lake but had no answer for Fanendo Adi as they were held to a 2-2 draw by the Portland Timbers away. RSL’s roadshow continues on Apr. 2 against Sporting Kansas City, following the bye week.

10. FC Dallas

Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas were able to turn the Montreal Impact into Texas-style smoked meat in their 2-0 victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Argentine duo Mauro Diaz (79′) and Maximiliano Urruti (87′) scored for Dallas, who have a match this weekend away to D.C. United on Mar. 26.

11. Houston Dynamo

A Will Bruin brace in the 35th and 41st minutes to go with a 65th minute strike from Alex were not enough for Owen Coyle’s Houston Dynamo, who had no answer for Felipe late in the 4-3 defeat to the New York Red Bulls away. Unlike a number of other teams, Houston do have a match this week, and it’s on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps away on Mar. 26.

12. San Jose Earthquakes

Dominic Kinnear’s San Jose Earthquakes finished a man down in their 3-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy. Simon Dawkins was sent off in the first half injury time. Chris Wondolowski did continue his form in the 89th minute of play. San Jose are off this week and host D.C. United on Apr. 2.

13. Montreal Impact

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After getting shut out 2-0 by FC Dallas on the road, Mauro Biello’s Montreal Impact will have a week to think about their lack of production ahead of their Apr. 2 away trip to CenturyLink Field, where a desperate Seattle Sounders outfit awaits.

14. D.C. United

Fabian Espindola‘s 80th minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw between Ben Olsen’s D.C. United and Colorado Rapids at home. D.C.’s home stand continues on Mar. 26 against FC Dallas.

15. Toronto FC

Greg Vanney’s Toronto FC couldn’t take advantage of being a man up late and fell 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City away. The road trip doesn’t get any easier for TFC: while they are away this week, they continue their road trip on Apr. 2 away to the Colorado Rapids.

16. New York City FC

After falling 1-0 at home to Orlando City, Patrick Vieira’s New York City FC will need to pick up the pieces ahead of their next home match, a Mar. 26 clash with the New England Revolution.

17. Chicago Fire

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Veljko Paunovic’s Chicago Fire came up empty in their scoreless draw with the Columbus Crew at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Chicago continue their season on Apr. 2 at home against Philadelphia.

18. Columbus Crew

Also coming up empty was Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus Crew in their scoreless draw with the Chicago Fire away. Their road trip continues on Apr. 2 against FC Dallas, following their bye week.

19. New England Revolution

Jay Heaps’ New England Revolution were abysmal away in their 3-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Union. They are in action this weekend when they travel to the Big Apple to face New York City FC on Mar. 26.

20. Seattle Sounders

Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders have hit rock bottom. They have yet to register a win this season. Despite a goal from Andreas Ivanschitz (52′), the Club America hangover will carry over into April after their 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. The home stand continues on Apr. 2 against the Montreal Impact.

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