Many teams settled for draws in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.
When people look back on the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season and want to define certain weeks of league play, they can file this week under the "Nobody Wanted To Win" category. Eight of the 13 matches played this week ended with both teams splitting points.
Not too many people saw this coming. Nine weeks into the 2016 MLS season, and the Colorado Rapids sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings. Tied on points with Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will look to remain unbeaten for a fifth consecutive game on Saturday.
The Rocky Mountain Cup is on line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as an RSL team that has looked strong on both ends of the field faces off against a Rapids team that has excelled as of late (9 p.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Sporting Kansas City may have dominated possession, and taken 10 more shots than Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, but RSL needed just three shots on goal to score three goals on the way to an impressive road victory.
Yura Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez scored goals and Movsisyan forced an own-goal by hitting a cross off Brad Davis to give RSL a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Children's Mercy Park.
For the first time in five weeks Sporting KC finally got a win on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Orlando City. Now with that monkey off of Sporting KC's back, the club needs to move forward and start to string some results together. This is especially important because while still early, Kansas City is below the red line in terms of playoff positioning and have played the most games in MLS so far this season (along with Dallas and Vancouver).
After a three game road trip that saw Sporting Kansas City take on three Western Conference rivals, Sporting Kansas City returns home on Sunday to take on another Western Conference opponent Sunday. Sporting KC welcome the LA Galaxy to Children's Mercy Park tomorrow in a game that will be shown on Fox Sports 1.
Who do you want to see in the Houston Dynamo starting XI this week?
The Houston Dynamo are coming off 2 wins in 3 games and are hoping to carry that momentum into their road match against league bottom the Chicago Fire. Despite a very poor showing in their midweek game against the San Jose Earthquakes, the team rebounded with a satisfying rematch victory over Real Salt Lake which showcased plenty of attacking potential originally demonstrated earlier in the season.
A semi-chance for the Dynamo early on in their game against Real Salt Lake showed what can happen when they put the ball in the box.
Plenty of positives for the Houston Dynamo to take from their victory against Real Salt Lake on Sunday. The team found some attacking success, and with two shutouts in their last two home matches, the defense appears to have found itself recently.
It's been proven that the Houston Dynamo have the ability to win at home. That's nothing new for them, and it's the norm in MLS. But on the road? They've struggled mightily over the last two seasons, and it's one of the major reasons why they've failed to make the playoffs last year.
Houston and Real Salt Lake were supposed to face off at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday but Houston's rainy weather caused the game to be postponed to Sunday. Kicking off at 1 pm CT there were still concerns about being able to fit the full game in before the weather once again became treacherous.
Houston play Real Salt Lake in this rematch. Houston looking to be turning the corner after a win over Sporting Kansas City but they fell flat in their midweek against against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The first rematch of this season is upon us. Since RSL came from behind in Salt Lake City to knock off the Dynamo they've played only one opponent; a 1-0 loss to league leaders the Colorado Rapids. Though the loss sent them down the ranks of the western conference RSL is one of the many teams challenging to be the best in MLS.
We spoke with Randal Serr at RSL Soapbox to talk about the rematch between Real Salt Lake and Houston.
The rollercoaster season for the Houston Dynamo has had far more falls than ups exemplified by a satisfying 2-0 performance against Sporting Kansas City and then 5 days later a 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes.
How should the Dynamo starting XI look to earn some desperately needed points?
The 3 games in 7 days stretch is coming to a conclusion Saturday as the Houston Dynamo take on Real Salt Lake the 2nd time this season. The Dynamo felt confident following their 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City and hoped to build on the momentum of the win only to have that momentum stopped following an embarrassing midweek defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes.
The Houston Dynamo have several special events and ticket packages coming up, including a visit from a Sith Lord.
During the 2016 season your Houston Dynamo have several special events and ticket packages in store for fans. The first event and special ticket package is for their game this coming Saturday the 14th against Real Salt Lake.
Sporting Kansas City head coach, Peter Vermes did not mince words after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo. Vermes laid into his team in a post game interview about their lack of effort of certain players and their intensity of the field. He hinted at changes coming for the next game, changes he couldn't necessarily make against Houston because of players getting tired.
Can the Dynamo continue to ride momentum from last Saturday's win? Who would you select in your XI to give them the best chance?
The Houston Dynamo currently sit in the 2nd to last place in the league after holding the last spot last weekend, but a 2-0 win over rivals Sporting Kansas City helped the team get its first win and clean sheet since March 12th.
How should the Dynamo starting XI look to earn some desperately needed points?
The Houston Dynamo currently sit in last place in the league and are searching for answers within its starting formation and lineup. Head Coach Owen Coyle had to make a few changes last week due to Alex Lima's and Tyler Deric's suspensions against Real Salt Lake.
The Houston Dynamo failed to hold onto a 1-0 lead which led to a 2-0 victory for home side Real Salt Lake.
1) The Dynamo are winless since their 5-0 win over FC Dallas and are 1-5-2 overall which gives them a league worst 5 points. Against RSL the Dynamo once again failed to hold onto a lead as they allowed momentum to shift to their opponents.
Analyzing Leonel Miranda's goal in the second half of the Dynamo's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake.
The last few installments of Dynamo Film Session haven't been the brightest for Dynamo fans. Going back and analyzing the time when the Dynamo gave away a crucial late goal against the Sounders or that game when they decided not to play defense against LA probably didn't lift your spirits.
Some observations from the Dynamo's 2-1 loss in Utah.
It was better from the Houston Dynamo.
It wasn't three points—or even one point—but it was a somewhat solid performance on the road against one of the league's best teams. Without some late-game offensive magic, Real Salt Lake would not have gotten a victory.
Dynamo get the first goal, but Salt Lake get the final two.
The Houston Dynamo managed to lose to Real Salt Lake in what is becoming typical Dynamo fashion. Houston was the first to score but then turned around and gave up multiple goals. Houston was called for 17 fouls and issues two yellow cards while RSL was called for just seven fouls all game.
In their eighth game of the season the Dynamo need to turn things around fast. They are sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference. They will be without Tyler Deric and Alex this week after Deric's in game red card and Alex' disciplinary committee decision.
At the current moment, it's hard to know how the Houston Dynamo will line up at Rio Tinto Stadium when they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. After the 4-1-4-1 formation's debut last week was cut short by an early red card, Owen Coyle doesn't have much information to work with when deciding whether it should be continued, although it looked serviceable in the 20 minutes it provided.
Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man provisional roster for Copa America. There's still Jorge Villafana for some bizarre reason, but hey, at least Eric Lichaj is listed. G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (