This week had its share of surprises, though few of those surprises were stunning upsets. Definitely fewer major swings in the power rankings below than in previous weeks.
Biggest climber: Orlando City SC. Biggest loser: New York Red Bulls.
1. Los Angeles FC
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LAFC continue to dominate, this time with their 4 – 0 rout of DC United. Sure, Rooney got a red card but it didn’t look his presence would have changed this game’s outcome.
2. Seattle Sounders FC
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A win is a win. It wasn’t the prettiest, it wasn’t the offensive monster we saw in early weeks, but it was a win. And the Sounders are having the best start for their franchise.
3. Toronto FC
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Pozuelo looks to be an exciting signing for Toronto and I can’t wait to see more of him in the league, but they only managed a draw with Chicago. Surprised it wasn’t a win.
4. DC United
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It isn’t cause for panic, sometimes you take a shot on the chin and fail to regain your footing.
5. Sporting KC
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SKC went on the road to Cinci and left with a point, a point on the road is a fine result. Had they not given up the penalty, they might have left with a win though.
6. Columbus Crew
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Twelve points in their last five games has to feel good for Caleb porter and the team. Will be curious to see how they handle the trip up to Montréal this week.
7. LA Galaxy
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The Galaxy heard my criticisms last week and went to Vancouver to make a statement. Now they get to return home and welcome Philadelphia for next week. Zlatan playing on turf is something I am extremely here for.
8. Houston Dynamo
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9. Minnesota United
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They stop their losing skid and get a win on the road in New Jersey against the Red Bulls. They get a win for some confidence just in time to return home next week and open their new stadium. Should be quite the celebration.
10. FC Dallas
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Dallas nearly got out of Philadelphia with a point, only to have it snatched away by Alejandro Bedoya in the final moments of the game. Had Minnesota not jumped them, this loss wouldn’t have affected their power ranking.
11. Philadelphia Union
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A third win in a row for Philadelphia is impressive. Bedoya gave them the W, but the team worked to keep them in a position for it.
12. FC Cincinnati
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Cinci were disappointed with a draw against the western powerhouse of SKC, that is the right mentality and a result they should be satisfied with. Cinci have really impressed me thus far this season and I am eager to see how their inaugural season unfolds.
13. New York Red Bulls
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Three losses in a row. Red Bulls are officially in crisis as they try and halt their skid. Also two of these losses occurred at home, which is a bitter pill to swallow.
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Seeing NYCFC as a powerhouse of the east seems so long ago. I wonder how much they wish they still had David Villa in their roster.
15. Atlanta United
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16. Chicago Fire
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A draw on the road is an acceptable result in most cases. For it to be a draw in a match that you could easily see being a loss is a great outcome.
17. Montréal Impact
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A draw is, you guessed it, a fine result. But Montréal needs to do more and keep climbing in the east.
18. Real Salt Lake
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A fourth loss in a row is tough for Petke and his crew. As a Sounders fan they looked dangerous and had some bad luck in not walking away with a point. But thanks to Colorado dropping, they get a bump in the ranking.
19. Orlando City
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A win over Colorado isn’t the biggest of results, but for Orlando it was another spark in their engine as they try to figure out their system.
20. Colorado Rapids
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Three points in their last four games is not good. They are destined for the basement if they can’t get a win soon.
21. Vancouver Whitecaps
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One point in their last five matches. At this point, I think their coach could be the first one fired this season.
22. New England Revolution
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Four points after six games is not a good result. Friedel’s seat has to be getting quite warm as pressure to deliver mounts.
23. San Jose Earthquakes
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San Jose gets their first win in 220 days with their victory over Portland. Even more, they didn’t look awful. Could they finally be waking up?
24. Portland Timbers
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Portland is bad and Merritt + Gio should feed bad. The team needs a reboot.