Week 4 had only a handful of games but there were still some surprises. Cincinnati taking a win on the road. Orlando going into the Red Bulls home and getting the win. LAFC snatching victory after a golazo from Zimmerman. Next week the league is back in full swing!
1. DC United
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No game this week as they lost Paul Arriola to International duty. They are rested and ready to travel down to Orlando for their next game. Though they have to take notice of Orlando’s win last weekend.
2. Seattle Sounders FC
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The week off, but several players went off to play for their national team. Lodeiro nabbed an assist in Uruguay’s match against Uzbekistan. Svensson got some time for Sweden. Jorstian Mordan got some time for the US. And now they come back together to travel north to Vancouver for their first Cascadia Cup match of the season.
3. Los Angeles FC
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The win was not convincing but it was a win none‐the‐less. Walker Zimmerman nails a banger from outside the box that leaves Rimando frozen in position.
4. Toronto FC
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The week off but they get the bump by the Red Bulls stumble.
5. New York Red Bulls
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Losing to Orlando? At home!? Come on Red Bulls, you’re way better than that. They head on the road to play against Toronto. Fitting that Toronto overtook them in the power rankings due to this week’s loss.
6. Atlanta United
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Off for the week with a few players off at international duty. They benefit in the rankings after Columbus’s result in Philadelphia.
7. Columbus Crew
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Losses on the road happen, but Philadelphia has not looked strong thus far this season and then they put together a 3 – 0 victory against Caleb Porter’s Crew.
8. Sporting KC
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No action. No news. But now they welcome Montréal to their home.
9. Houston Dynamo
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No action. No news. Houston takes their current form and head to Colorado.
10. LA Galaxy
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No action this week but I am left wondering what is the status of Zlatan? Will he return to the Galaxy as Portland comes to town?
11. Minnesota United
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They have had the break off, while a handful of players played for the home countries. Minnesota are on the road, heading to New England. Can they take a point away from the trip?
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NYCFC head to Toronto. Can the team with only draws finally get a win, on the road no less?
13. FC Cincinnati
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Two wins in a row, including one on the road. Sure it was over the floundering Revolution, but a road win is always an accomplishment in this league. Can they keep their home a fortress by getting another solid win over Philadelphia?
14. FC Dallas
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They got the win, 2 – 1 over the struggling Colorado. Now they get to travel to Rio Tinto and face the struggling Real Salt Lake side.
15. Montréal Impact
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Off for the break and now heading to Kansas City. It will be a hard test for Montréal.
16. Colorado Rapids
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Colorado lost against Dallas, now they welcome Houston into their home. Could this be their opportunity for their first win of the season?
17. Real Salt Lake
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Three red cards in two weeks. Two losses. Real Salt Lake need Petke to put a firm hand on the wheel to steer this ship. At least this week they are at home.
18. Philadelphia Union
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Drawing against Atlanta, and then winning 3 – 0 over Columbus. Could Philadelphia finally be finding their form?
19. Chicago Fire
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Chicago had the week off, a chance to recover from Seattle’s win at their home. Now things don’t get any easier as they hostthe Red Bulls this week.
20. Orlando City
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A ray of sunshine falls on Orlando after a player meeting that Nani led. Pulling off a stunning 1 – 0 win during their visit to New York, or New Jersey more properly. Now they are back home to welcome DC United.
21. Portland Timbers
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The week off, a chance for Savarese to try and stop the tumbling Timbers; help them before they travel to LA to face the Galaxy.
22. Vancouver Whitecaps
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It is a rebuilding year for Vancouver as they try to find their new way forward under Dos Santos. Unfortunately their road does not get easy as now they welcome the rolling Sounders to their home.
23. New England Revolution
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No action this week before setting up and hosting Minnesota. Will Friedel’s side be able to earn points?
24. San Jose Earthquakes
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Almeyda needs to find which way is up and which way is down with San Jose. The good news is they’ve hit rock bottom, so the only way to go is up. Can they manage some upward motion with a visit from LAFC? Unlikely, but it’s MLS so who knows what will happen.