Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 4/5 Power Rankings

1. FC Dallas (3-1-1) - Mauro Díaz is the engine that drives this team so to get a draw without him on the field is still a positive. Now they just have to figure out a way to keep him on the field. Last Week: 2
2. Sporting Kansas City (3-1-0) - Suffered their first loss of 2016, but at least they got Benny Feilhaber back. Last Week: 1
3. Orlando City SC (2-0-2) - If Orlando City gets performances like last night's from Kaká all season long, this will be a very tough team to beat. That Brek Shea guy is pretty good too. Last Week: 13
4. LA Galaxy (2-1-1) - Vancouver lost three starters in the first half and played most of the match a man down, but the injury-plagued Galaxy still couldn't score. With Robbie Keane and Gio dos Santos out, someone else is going to have to step up on offense. Last Week: 4
5. Real Salt Lake (2-0-2) - Played the league's last perfect team on Saturday night without Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Juan Manuel Martinez or Jámison Olave AND WON thanks to contributions from 19 year old Justen Glad and 20 year old Jordan Allen. Joao Plata has scored or assisted in every game this season (3 goals, 3 assists). Last Week: 14
6. Montreal Impact (2-2-0) - Looked flat against Seattle on Saturday night. Drogba time? Last Week: 3
7. San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-1) - Needed some late game magic from Adam Jahn to salvage a draw with DC United, but that's the kind of thing good teams do, right? Last Week: 7
8. Toronto FC (1-2-1) - At least Jozy Altidore survived the week without any hamstring relapses. Still, a 1-0 result against the Rapids isn't good. Last Week: 5
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-2-1) - Great result against the Galaxy after losing Pedro Morales and Kekuta Manneh to injuries and Matías Laba to an early red card. Now let's see if their depth can sustain them moving forward. Last Week: 10
10. Philadelphia Union (2-2-0) - Tough break against the lowly Fire with Creavalle getting sent off. That was certainly a missed opportunity for easy points. Last Week: 9

11. Portland Timbers (1-2-1) - They clearly need Liam Ridgewell to get healthy, and hopefully Chris Klute can help shore up left back. Darlington Nagbe isn't impacting games the way he was late last season. Last Week: 6
12. New York Red Bulls (1-3-0) - Their one win was a come-from-behind barn burner against the Dynamo. The Red Bulls started slow last year as well, but for a team that brought almost everyone back, they seem awfully out of sorts. Last Week: 8
13. Colorado Rapids (2-1-1) - They're a bad keeper drop from starting the season 3-1 and the job they did on Sebastian Giovinco on company this weekend was commendable. Last Week: 18
14. New York City FC (1-1-2) - They aren't playing badly, but with all the talent they have, they should be playing better. Last Week: 16
15. Seattle Sounders (1-3-0) - Showcased some depth against Montreal with youngsters Aaron Kovar and Dylan Remick getting nods over Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris, but the lack of cohesiveness on offense is still a problem. Last Week: 17
16. Columbus Crew (0-2-2) - I don't want to punish them for not defeating FC Dallas in Dallas, but at some point, they need to beat SOMEBODY. Last Week: 11
17. New England Revolution (1-1-2) - Got a win over the Red Bulls, but it wasn't without some controversy. We'll get into the ethics of playing on when an opponent is injured later this week, but regardless, the Revs needed an opponent's injury to get their first win of the season. Last Week: 15
18. Houston Dynamo (1-2-1) - The defense was better against Vancouver, but the offense didn't show up. Cubo Torres is still looking for his first goal as a member of the Dynamo. Last Week: 12
19. Chicago Fire (1-1-2) - Capitalized on a Warren Creavalle red card to knock off the Union 1-0, but this team is still a work in progress. Last Week: 20
20. DC United (0-2-3) - One of only two teams in the league without a win, and they let things slip away late against San Jose. Last Week: 19

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