- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 9, 2008

POWER RANKINGS

Drew Hansen ranks the MLS from top to bottom.

1. NEW ENGLAND (10-4-3) - The victory over the Dynamo in the SuperLiga final has the Revolution looking like a club more serious than ever about winning cups this season. A first-ever American treble could be in the cards.

2. HOUSTON (6-4-8) - After a somewhat lifeless start to the season, the Dynamo are finding the net after building momentum in the SuperLiga.

3. COLUMBUS (9-6-4) - Acquiring forward Pat Noonan should give the Crew an offensive boost down the stretch.

4. REAL SALT LAKE (7-6-6) - RSL hasn’t lost an MLS game since June and got news its state-of-the-art stadium will be completed in time to host two regular-season matches this year.

5. D.C. UNITED (8-8-1) - Reinforcements have arrived in midfielders Joe Vide and Ivan Guerrero, giving United some depth as it awaits the return of playmaker Marcelo Gallardo from injury.

6. CHICAGO (8-5-5) - Rookie Patrick Nyarko needs to keep scoring as the Fire wait for newly acquired Brian McBride to return from U.S. Olympic duty.

7. FC DALLAS (6-6-7) - Schellas Hyndman said he’s looking to add an attacking player to pair with forward Kenny Cooper (13 goals, three assists).

8. CHIVAS USA (6-7-4) - With Brad Guzan having transferred to Aston Villa of the English Premier League, Chivas turns to Zach Thornton (formerly of Chicago) in goal.

9. LOS ANGELES (6-8-5) - A league-leading attack hasn’t translated to victories. General manager Alexi Lalas and coach Ruud Gullit are feeling the heat as they wheel and deal players.

10. TORONTO FC (6-8-4) - After a promising start, Toronto FC is in the midst of a disappointing 11-match winless streak in all competitions.

11. KANSAS CITY (5-6-7) - Josh Wolff found the net in his return to MLS after a season in Germany, but a hamstring injury has since sidelined the forward.

12. SAN JOSE (4-9-6) - The attack looked much improved in a win over the Galaxy with the addition of Arturo Alvarez from Dallas.

13. COLORADO (6-9-3) - As goes the health of midfielder Christian Gomez, so go the Rapids.

14. NEW YORK (5-6-7) - After losing key players to transfers and retirement, coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the Red Bulls are constructing a new team midstream.

GOAL OF THE WEEK

U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden vs. Japan

The Scotland-born midfielder who plays his club ball with the Houston Dynamo used a hard driving shot from 10 yards out to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Japan on Thursday in the opening match of group play in Tianjin, China. The win gave the Americans, who have not won an Olympic medal in 104 years, a two-point lead in the Group B standings over favorites Nigeria and the Netherlands.

See the goal at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmR94B3qlJg

TRANSFER TO WATCH

Robinho to Chelsea

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari appears close to landing his biggest target of the summer, offering Real Madrid 19.75 million pounds (about $40 million) for the Brazilian striker. Madrid isn’t used to having players ask to leave its ranks, but Robinho made his unhappiness known when the Spanish side offered to give him up in an attempt to land Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Robinho believes he can compete in the physical English Premier League and his possible addition to Chelsea should make last season’s runners-up the league’s most improved team.

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