Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 6 Power Rankings

1. Sporting Kansas City (4-1-0) - With Benny Feilhaber back in the mix, Sporting will be as dangerous as ever. Now they just have to avoid any more injuries at the back. Last Week: 2
2. FC Dallas (3-1-2) - I think we can all agree that this team needs Mauro Díaz on the field. Last Week: 1
3. Real Salt Lake (3-0-2) - I'm guessing not a lot of people had Real Salt Lake as the league's last unbeaten team before the season started. Joao Plata is just one assist away from matching his offensive output from all of 2015. Last Week: 5
4. Montreal Impact (3-2-0) - Bounced back nicely after a disappointing performance against Seattle last week, and these guys still have Didier Drogba in the wings. Last Week: 6
5. LA Galaxy (2-1-2) - With all the big names on their roster it's easy to overlook the contributions the Galaxy get from players like Daniel Steres, Sebastian Lletget, Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidić, Brian Rowe, and others. Last Week: 4
6. Orlando City SC (2-1-2) - After Kaká's lights out performance against the Timbers last week, we failed to see the magic against Philadelphia. It's also worth noting that Orlando is clearly a different team with Brek Shea on the field. Last Week: 3
7. San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-2) - Is there a more productive forward tandem in MLS this season than Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa? Last Week: 7
8. Philadelphia Union (3-2-0) - Tranquillo Barnetta's game winning free kick was pure brilliance as the Union find themselves in unfamiliar territory near the top of the Eastern Conference. Rookie Keegan Rosenberry is having a fine start to his first MLS season. Last Week: 9
9. Toronto FC (1-2-2) - Jozy Altidore made his first start of the season and didn't leave with a hamstring injury, so there's that. Last Week: 8
10. Portland Timbers (1-2-2) - Chris Klute became Portland's fourth left back in five games, and will hopefully be the last one they use for a while. Unfortunately, Darlington Nagbe's injury at the hands of Nigel de Jong looked real bad. Last Week: 11

11. Colorado Rapids (2-2-1) - You kind of wonder where this team would be if they'd had Tim Howard in net all season. Last Week: 13
12. New England Revolution (1-1-3) - Finally showed some glimpses of the team that made it to the MLS Cup Finals in 2014. Some tough luck on an offsides call may have cost them three points, but it's better stuff than we've seen recently from New England. Last Week: 17
13. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-3-1) - I realize they were playing short-handed, but a 4-0 loss is always ugly, especially when it comes to a team that has been struggling to score goals. Last Week: 9
14. New York City FC (1-1-3) - They don't seem to have a problem creating chances, but they do seem to have a problem converting them. Last Week: 14
15. Seattle Sounders (1-3-1) - Needed a last gasp equalizer against Houston to avoid dropping to 1-4. Changes in formation and personnel haven't been able to jump-start this attack. Last Week: 15
16. New York Red Bulls (1-4-0) - New York may need to shake things up as what they're doing week in and week out clearly isn't working. The injuries in central defense are forgivable, but we expected more from the midfield quintet of Grella, Sam, Kljestan, Felipe and Dax McCarty. Last Week: 12
17. Houston Dynamo (1-2-2) - Had a chance for three points against Seattle and let it slip away late. Cubo Torres still has no goals with the Dynamo. Last Week: 18
18. DC United (1-2-3) - United's RSL connection of Saborío and Espíndola combined for four goals in the win over Vancouver. How much magic do the two veterans have left in them? Last Week: 20
19. Chicago Fire (1-1-3) - Matt Lampson is quickly making people forget that Sean Johnson is still on the Fire's roster. Last Week: 19
20. Columbus Crew (0-3-2) - We're at that point in the season where, regardless of how good you might be, if you are the only team with no wins, you are ranked last in the power rankings. Last Week: 16

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