Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsWith most teams having been off for the international break, there isn't much movement in this week's power rankings, but a few teams in action earned some solid points for themselves.
The New England Revolution are the big winners of the weekend, as their 5-2 dismantling of Minnesota United will bump them up the standings while leaving the Loons stranded at the bottom.
Real Salt Lake was a playoff team in 2016, the way the season went made it tough to call it a successful campaign.
After a hot start that saw RSL open the season undefeated through six matches, and a middling mid-season slate, the floor fell out from RSL late in its 2016 campaign. Real Salt Lake dropped points in each of their last seven matches of the regular season, going 0-4-3, but managed to barely sneak into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just ahead of the defending champion Portland Timbers.
With two draws and now two wins, Real Salt Lake is unbeaten on the season.
The team stayed on track with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas, and Real Salt Lake made a statement with that win by calling upon several players who aren't regular starters.
Multiple man marks from RSL lead to a stagnated Sounders attack that couldn't accomplish anything from deep areas
The Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday was disappointing. Mired by injury already with the loss of Stefan Frei and Brad Evans, a tilt in Rio Tinto was always going to be a defensive challenge for the Sounders.
LAUDERHILL, Fla. Jeff Cassar would not say directly that Yura Movsisyan is returning to Real Salt Lake, but he sure came close.
Movsisyan has been heavily linked with a move back to RSL in recent days, and his agent, Patrick McCabe, even told the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that there were discussions taking place between he and the club over a deal for the 28-year-old forward.
RSL has been very good going forward recently, but it looks like they'll be pretty vulnerable defensively tonight.
For the only time in 2015 - well, barring an MLS Cup pairing way down the road - D.C. United will face Real Salt Lake tonight. RSL is in an odd place at the moment: They've won two straight and have just one loss in their last five league games, but are also outside the playoff spots in the West and have a -4 goal difference on the season.
Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Wednesday:
CASSAR KEEPS HIS WORD
Former FCD goalkeeper and keepers coach Jeff Cassar, who is in his first year as the head coach for Real Salt Lake, truly is a man of his word. Of course, this is far from news to anyone who knew him from his time here in Dallas.
SANDY, Utah. -Real Salt Lake was on the verge of making history heading into their match against FC Dallas. All they had to do was not lose and they would tie the longest unbeaten streak to start the season for an MLS team.
In a rather uneventful 90 minutes, FCD clogged the midfield and RSL was unable to do anything to break them down.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
Despite being a reported target for multiple head coaching positions this offseason, New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke doesn't believe that assistant coach Robin Fraser is leaving the club any time soon.
Both the Jamaican Football Federation and the Colorado Rapids are reportedly currently considering the Jamaican-American to be their next head coach (with Real Salt Lake also previously showing interest before choosing Jeff Cassar).
In this edition of your morning Freedom Kicks, we have coaches changing jobs, USL Pro news, and DeRo going home.
While there was plenty of D.C. United news yesterday, there were actually things happening elsewhere in the league as well. Let your morning Freedom Kicks keep you up to date as we give you a sampling of news from around the league.
OTF's Stephen Mangatis putting on his formal attire...
In This Book Title is Invisible, author Jarod Kintz wrote "A tie is like an arrow pointing to my crotch." While he probably was referring to a neck tie, Chicago Fire can relate to the quote since their string of ties is pointing right at their crotch, which is now being kicked by MLS opponents.
Earlier this week, someone with ties to both the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas eras got a head coaching job in MLS. Of course, we're talking about former Burn and FCD goalkeeper Jeff Cassar, who also served as Dallas' keepers coach for a short time.
Cassar was named the new head coach for Real Salt Lake earlier this week after serving ably as Jason Kreis' top lieutenant since 2007.
You have to admire the sheer efficiency of the Real Salt Lake ownership for how quickly they have moved to name two finalists to replace Jason Kreis as head coach.
Not even a week after they lost to Sporting Kansas City in MLS Cup 2013, the RSL powers that be have named former FCD goalkeeper Jeff Cassar and Robin Fraser, one-time Chivas USA head coach who before that had some productive years in Salt Lake as a player, as their two finalists to replace Kreis, who left the club earlier this week to become the first head coach of expansion side New York City FC.