SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

The Seattle Sounders have climbed to the top of the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings, and aren’t the only team to climb closer to the top after Week Nine’s results.


SBI MLS Team of the Month: New England Revolution

The Revs collected 10 points from a combined 8-1 scoreline, earning SBI MLS Team of the Month for their four-game performance in April.

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MLS Week 9: The SBI Rewind

D.C. United showed why it is the cream of the crop in the Eastern Conference, the Seattle Sounders duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins stayed red-hot, and more SBI thoughts from Week 9 in MLS.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 9


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The league’s last remaining unbeaten team has now been beaten, while a series of victories by some other Eastern Conference contenders headline this past weekend’s MLS action.

Entering unbeaten, the New York Red Bulls now have a loss on their resume after falling to a surging New England Revolution side that continues to establish itself as a contender. Meanwhile, D.C. United remained hot as well, defeating the previously hot Columbus Crew in a statement victory.

Out west, the Sounders thrashed New York City FC, 3-1, behind the attack of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey, signaling the team’s status as the class of the Western Conference.

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United


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D.C. United continues to take on, and usually defeat, all challengers that have entered the club’s path.

The Columbus Crew served as D.C. United’s latest victim, as the reigning Eastern Conference champions captured a 2-0 victory to earn SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Unbeaten in six straight with four victories, D.C. United put on yet another clinical performance on Saturday in dispatching a fellow Eastern Conference contender. Once again, D.C proved impossible to break down, while the returning Fabian Espindola provided on the other end of the field by contributing a goal and an assist.

D.C. United’s defeat over a red-hot crew team was enough to earn honors as SBI MLS Team of the Week, beating out the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas for this week’s honors.

What did you think of D.C. United’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Dominique Badji

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The Colorado Rapids have started to turn things around after starting the season having been shut out in four straight matches, and as the goals have started to come, so have the minutes for rookie forward Dominique Badji.

The 67th overall selection in the 2015 MLS Draft, Badji stepped into a starting role for the Rapids and helped his team compile a 1-1-2 record in the four matches he featured in. Badji’s efforts, including his first career goal, helped Badji earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Month honors.

Badji made three starts in April, including the Rapids’ 4-0 win against FC Dallas, which is the match that saw him score his first MLS goal.

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SBI MLS Team of the Month: New England Revolution


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The New England Revolution’s defeat of the Red Bulls may have kicked May off in style, but it was the club’s April performance that solidified the Revs’ status as contenders.

Collecting 10 points from four games, the Revs catapulted right to the top of the Eastern Conference while earning April’s SBI MLS Team of the Month honors.

The Revs kicked off the month with a commanding 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids before a draw with the surging Columbus Crew forced the Revs to settle for their only dropped points of the month. Following that up was a victory over the hapless Philaelphia Union, but the Revs’ performance of the month came in the team’s final game, a 4-0 demolition of visiting RSL.

With a combined scoreline of 8-1, the Revs were absolutely dominant in April, earning SBI MLS Team of the Month honors over the Columbus Crew, D.C. United and Seattle Sounders.

What did you think of the Revs’ April performance? Which team stood out to you in the month of April?

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MLS Week 9: The SBI Rewind

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Two Eastern Conference clubs continued to punish the opposition, while two Seattle Sounders veterans did exactly the same.

Week 9 in MLS revealed plenty about where some of the teams and players are headed in 2015, especially in the case of D.C. United and the New England Revolution. Both clubs extended their recent good runs of form, beating out fellow Eastern Conference contenders to move to the top of the table in the east.

As for the West, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins put on their latest show to help the Seattle Sounders pick up a 3-1 road win over New York City FC. The dynamic duo not only combined to make up the Sounders’ three goals, but it is also showed off its impressive chemistry and propensity to pull off the incredible in a dazzling effort at Yankee Stadium.

Here is what SBI is mulling over aft Week 9 in MLS:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It was not the result Greg Garza or Club Tijuana wanted, but the U.S. Men’s National Team defender ended a personal drought this weekend that dated back more than two years..

Garza found the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 16, 2012, on Friday, scoring Club Tijuana’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to fellow American Edgar Castillo and Atlas. The tally came via a close-range finish following a cross from the right and put Tijuana ahead just before halftime. Unfortunately for the Xolos, they allowed the lead to slip away and now hold a slim one-point advantage for one of Liga MX’s playoff spots.

A pair of Americans squared off in Germany, as John Brooks and Fabian Johnson both started for their respective clubs in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 home loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Brooks went the distance for Hertha in the match, and Johnson lasted until the 79th minute before being replaced. The win kept third-placed Moenchengladbach in control of the Bundesliga’s final guaranteed UEFA Champions League spot.

It was not all good news this weekend, however. Brad Guzan was surprisingly not given the nod for Aston Villa on Saturday, and instead demoted to the bench while Shay Given started in between the pipes in a 3-2 win over Everton. It marked the first time this season that Guzan did not start in league play for the Villans, snapping his streak at 34 games.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

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USL Week 7: A Look Back


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Charleston Battery fans must be getting tired of Matthew Delicate.

The Richmond Kickers attacker scored the decisive equalizer in a 2-2 draw between the Eastern Conference rivals on Saturday in the marquee match of the weekend. Delicate struck in the 80th minute, denying the Battery a valuable win and keeping both teams unbeaten through seven weeks this season.

Richmond native Brian Ownby opened the scoring in the 35th minute for the Kickers. Zach Prince then pulled one back for the visiting Battery with his first goal of the season just after halftime, and a minute later Ricky Garbanzo put them in the lead by deflecting Maikel Chang’s shot into the net.

Facing defeat, the Kickers’ all-time leading scorer stepped up. Sacha Goerres’ corner kick was sniffed out by Delicate, who headed the ball into the upper corner.

Here are more recaps from the past few days in USL:

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NYCFC look to Sounders as model for expansion success


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NEW YORK — Building a team from the ground up is no walk in the park, and Jason Kreis knows that, but after watching his club’s winless streak extend to seven matches with a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, the New York City FC head coach is left searching for answers on how to turn this team around.

But perhaps he doesn’t have to look too far to find some inspiration.

“I think there’s a lot of models out there, but Seattle being a team that came from expansion, a team that has a very good fan-following in a fantastic stadium and a fantastic city,” Kreis said after the game. “There’s a lot of things we can model ourselves after them.”

That’s not a bad choice for a paragon by Kreis and NYCFC, as the Sounders have been one of the most successful teams in the MLS since joining the league in 2009, making the playoffs each season while advancing to the conference finals of the MLS Cup twice and winning the U.S. Open Cup four times.

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