Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Week 7 Power Rankings

1. FC Dallas (5-1-2) - Just when you thought FC Dallas might be vulnerable, they storm back with a six point week. But, can they sustain this success without Matt Hedges while he recovers from his knee injury? Last Week: 2
2. Real Salt Lake (4-0-2) - Are these guys for real? With a good mix of youngsters and veterans, and Joao Plata playing like an MVP candidate, nobody should be taking the league's only undefeated team lightly right now. Last Week: 3
3. Montreal Impact (4-2-0) - Drooooooooooooooooogbaaaaaaaaaa! The Impact were already dangerous on the attack and now they've got Didier Drogba back in the mix. With Columbus and the Red Bulls off to slow starts, the Impact are seizing the opportunity and could run away with the East. Last Week: 4
4. LA Galaxy (3-1-2) - Can Gio dos Santos produce like he did last week on a regular basis? If so, the Galaxy are going to be all right. Last Week: 5
5. Colorado Rapids (4-2-1) - Jermaine Jones wasted little time making an impact for his new club, and suddenly the Rapids look like contenders. Marco Pappa's injury will be a good test of their depth. Last Week: 11
6. Sporting Kansas City (4-3-0) - Suffered a pair of disappointing losses this week and missed an opportunity to move up the ladder in the hyper-competitive Western Conference. Last Week: 1
7. Orlando City SC (2-1-3) - Really tough call on the Nguyen PK, but this still has the look of a playoff team. Last Week: 6
8. Toronto FC (2-2-2) - Probably underachieving, but it's still early. A win against Montreal this weekend will be a big confidence boost. Last Week: 9
9. San Jose Earthquakes (3-2-2) - Just Wondo being Wondo as the opportunistic striker moved into 4th place all-time on the MLS Scoring Charts. The loss to Portland was excusable, but the Quakes don't have a lot of room for error in the West. Last Week: 7
10. Philadelphia Union (3-3-0) - Stayed competitive despite Roland Alberg's ejection and we saw Josh Yaro make his MLS debut in central defense. All indications are that this is a much different Union team than what we saw last year. Last Week: 8

11. Portland Timbers (2-3-2) - Already playing without Liam Ridgewell and now they're down right back Alvas Powell as well. On the plus side, Fanendo Adi is tied for the league lead in goals, and Jack McInerney keeps delivering despite limited playing time. Last Week: 10
12. New England Revolution (1-1-5) - Granted, the Orlando tie probably should have been a loss, but at some point, the Revs will need to start WINNING some of these games. Last Week: 12
13. Seattle Sounders (2-3-1) - Took six games, but Jordan Morris is on the board. Unfortunately, we're six games in and Chad Marshall is Seattle's leading scorer... Last Week: 15
14. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-4-1) - The Whitecaps have six goals this season in seven matches: four penalty kick goals by Pedro Morales, and goals by defenders Kendall Waston and Jordan Harvey. That's just not going to cut it. Last Week: 13
15. New York City FC (1-2-3) - Maybe City was wrong to blame last year's shortcomings on Jason Kreis? Last Week: 14
16. Columbus Crew (1-3-2) - Finally got that elusive first win thanks to a big game from Justin Meram. There's no reason this team should stay at the bottom of the East for long. Last Week: 20
17. Houston Dynamo (1-3-2) - The Dynamo have scored the second most goals in the league (13), but they've also given up 13 goals in six games. Last Week: 17
18. DC United (1-3-3) - If you discount their 4-0 win over Vancouver, DC United is 0-3-3 and have been outscored 10-3. Last Week: 18
19. Chicago Fire (1-2-3) - If nothing else, at least Chicago is getting their youngsters experience. Last Week: 19
20. New York Red Bulls (1-6-0) - Outscored 15-5 through 7 matches, nothing has gone right for the Red Bulls this year. Last Week: 16

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