Monday, March 21, 2016

Week 4/5 MLS Power Rankings

1. Sporting Kansas City (3-0-0) - Nice to see Brad Davis get a winner in his new home. Only one MLS team has wins in each of their first three matches so hard to argue someone else should be number one. Last Week: 2
2. FC Dallas (2-1-0) - This is the Dallas people expected to see, as opposed to whoever those guys were that took the field against the Dynamo last week. Last Week: 5
3. Montreal Impact (2-1-0) - Didier Drogba returned, but FC Dallas was too much for the Impact as Montreal suffered their first defeat of 2016. Last Week: 1
4. LA Galaxy (2-1-0) - On paper this makes sense, but in practice, this is probably still too high for the Galaxy. At least they capitalized on their man advantage with San Jose. Last Week: 7
5. Toronto FC (1-1-1) - Finally had Jozy Altidore back in uniform, but that wasn't enough to stop red hot Sporting KC. Last Week: 3
6. Portland Timbers (1-1-1) - Took advantage of two Real Salt Lake red cards to salvage a 2-2 draw with the claret and cobalt. Liam Ridgewell's absence is definitely being felt at the back. Last Week: 4
7. San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-0) - LA and San Jose were tied at 0 when Simon Dawkins was sent off in first half stoppage time, so hard to fault them for their loss to the Galaxy when a man down. That Wondolowski guy is pretty good by the way... Last Week: 6
8. New York Red Bulls (1-2-0) - Felipe bailed out the defense with a pair of late strikes as the Red Bulls snapped an early losing streak in a wild 4-3 win. The reigning Supporter's Shield winners are clearly working some kinks out early in the season. Last Week: 10
9. Philadelphia Union (2-1-0) - Last week is was Chris Pontius, this week it was C.J. Sapong, as the Union have now dispatched the Crew and Revolution in back-to-back matches. Last Week: 17
10. Vancouver Whitecaps (1-2-0) - Took what they were given converting a pair of penalty kicks in knocking off their rivals, the Sounders for their first win of 2016. The Caps aren't playing up to their potential, but it's still early. Last Week: 11
11. Columbus Crew (0-2-1) - Defense stepped up against the feable Fire attack, but the Crew's first win of 2016 continues to elude them. Last Week: 9
12. Houston Dynamo (1-1-1) - Even without Giles Barnes or Cristian Maidana, the Dynamo offense exploded for three more goals. Now if only the Dynamo defense could capitalize on that... Last Week: 8
13. Orlando City SC (1-0-2) - Cyle Larin has a goal in every game this season for Orlando City and he's still just 20 years old. Last Week: 14
14. Real Salt Lake (1-0-2) - Finished the match against the Timbers with just nine men and now get set to face perfect Sporting KC without Kyle Beckerman or Jámison Olave. At least Joao Plata is off to a terrific start. Last Week: 15
15. New England Revolution (0-1-2) - Have twice allowed three goals in a game this season, and Jermaine Jones isn't walking through that door any time soon... Last Week: 12
16. New York City FC (1-1-1) - Shut out by their expansion rivals despite a nearly 2:1 advantage in time of possession. When will we get to see Kwadwo Poku again? Last Week: 13
17. Seattle Sounders (0-3-0) - No points through three matches as chemistry between Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey continues to be an issue. I think everyone still thinks this group will be fine, but at some point, they need to stop losing matches for that to be true. Last Week: 16
18. Colorado Rapids (1-1-1) - Should've come away with three points against United, but a draw on the road isn't a terrible result. Marco Pappa has added life to the offense and soon Jermaine Jones will join the fold, as will Tim Howard. Last Week: 19
19. DC United (0-1-2) - Needed a goalkeeping blunder by Zac MacMath to avoid a shutout loss at home against lowly Colorado. A lack of continuity in the attack continues to be a problem for United. Last Week: 18
20. Chicago Fire (0-1-2) - Solid defensive effort kept the Crew scoreless (and winless), but the offense was hurting without David Accam on the field. Last Week: 20

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