Monday, September 14, 2015

Weekly Power Rankings


*With the light schedule last week, we skipped the power rankings so this will cover the last two weeks of games. The "last week" notes refer to two weeks ago.

1 - LA Galaxy (13-8-8) - Held scoreless by Montreal after losing to San Jose, but come on, does anyone believe these guys aren't still the favorites to win it all? Last Week: 1
2 - FC Dallas (14-8-5) - With 20 year-old Jesse Gonzalez in net, FC Dallas has won three in a row and look like a team that could challenge the Galaxy in the West. Last Week: 4
3 - New England Revolution (12-9-7) - Lee Nguyen has four assists in New England's last two matches and the Revs are winners of five in a row and are unbeaten in their last seven. Feels like last year, doesn't it? Last Week: 5
4 - New York Red Bulls (13-7-6) - Showed a lot of heart rallying from a 2-0 deficit to knock off the pesky Fire 3-2. Sacha Kljestan has an assist in five straight matches and in six of his last seven. Last Week: 2
5 - Vancouver Whitecaps (15-10-3) - They don't always look pretty, but the Caps can proudly claim they're the first team in MLS to 15 wins this season. Last Week: 3
6 - DC United (13-10-6) - United is winless in their last four after a three game winning streak. They've been outscored 9-2 during this latest stretch of games with Bill Hamid twice conceding three goals. Last Week: 6
7 - Columbus Crew (12-9-8) - Bounced back from a bad loss against Dallas to knock off the Union 2-1. Kei Kamara is the 16th player in league history to score 20 goals in a season. Last Week: 7
8 - Portland Timbers (11-9-8) - Adam Kwarasey leads MLS with 12 shutouts this season, but the better news - for U.S. fans at least - is that Darlington Nagbe is now eligible to play for the National Team. Last Week: 11
9 - San Jose Earthquakes (11-11-6) - No question San Jose's defense is much improved with the addition of Anibal Godoy, but the blown lead against Seattle could really come back to haunt them. Last Week: 9
10 - Sporting Kansas City (11-8-8) - Rough week saw Sporting pick up just one point out of a possible six and Sporting is now winless in their last five and now they'll lose Dom Dwyer to a suspension. Sporting fell apart last season around this point too. Last Week: 10
11 - Seattle Sounders (13-13-3) - Starting to play better, but just lost new toy Román Torres to a knee injury. Injuries have not been kind to Seattle this season. Last Week: 12
12 - Toronto FC (11-12-4) - With a roster that has Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, these guys should not be below .500. That said, if they can stay above the red line and make the postseason, they'll be a handful for whoever they face. Last Week: 8
13 - Montreal Impact (9-11-5) - Didier Drogba showed off what he could do in Montreal's win over Chicago and then the defense showed up in a scoreless draw against LA. Can Montreal put together both sides of the ball down the stretch? Last Week: 16
14 - Real Salt Lake (9-11-8) - Possibly a season saving win over the Dynamo as RSL can't afford to drop many more points. Last Week: 15
15 - Colorado Rapids (8-10-10) - Really needed the full three points against DC United this week, but settled instead for a draw, their league leading tenth of the season. Last Week: 13
16 - Houston Dynamo (9-11-8) - Costly loss to Real Salt Lake. Giles Barnes hasn't scored for the Dynamo since mid-May. Last Week: 14
17 - Philadelphia Union (8-15-6) - Couldn't stop Kei Kamara, but few teams have. That said, this isn't a team that a lot of clubs will look forward to facing down the stretch. Last Week: 18
18 - Orlando City SC (8-13-8) - Youngster Bryan Róchez scored his first MLS goal and Brek Shea made his long awaited return, but is it too little too late for Orlando? Last Week: 20
19 - Chicago Fire (7-15-6) - The Fire have surrendered seven goals in their last two matches. But on a positive note, they have also scored five goals of their own. Last Week: 17
20 - New York City SC (7-14-7) - We're midway through September and City has yet to win a game this season that Frank Lampard plays in. Last Week: 19

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