Week 3 sure was a wild one. From Cincinnati’s echoing victory at home, to DC United’s 5 – 0 blow out over RSL, to Seattle winning big on the road… this season of MLS is heating up and looking to be a wild one.
The biggest climber this week: FC Cincinnati. Biggest fall: Portland Timbers.
1. DC United
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Rooney bags a hat trick. RSL did themselves no favors this game but they were unquestionably outmatched and DC did not show any mercy. Turns out that Rooney kid is good at soccer. I wonder if we’ll see him snapped up by some European club?
2. New York Red Bulls
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Coming back from their off week, they earned the win over San Jose. I have to imagine there was a twinge of panic when San Jose went up early, but Red Bulls made it look easy as they started scoring and didn’t stop.
3. Seattle Sounders FC
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Winning 4 – 2 on the road? Seems good. Sounders fans deserve to be excited about the team this season. But there should also be a bit of skepticism as we have not yet had to face a top team. The two goals Chicago scored left questions about the defense. Can they shore it up and be the complete package?
4. Los Angeles FC
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A draw on the road is nothing to sniff at, but it is also not enough to hold your top spot when the three teams below you all earned the W. LAFC and Carlos Vela look like a good team that will contend for the top spot this season.
5. Toronto FC
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They come back from their CCL attempt and get the win at home. Toronto are off to a solid start in their post Giovinco era.
6. Columbus Crew
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A win at home over FC Dallas, as much as they are struggling, is still a win. It was not a dominant performance, but it was enough to keep them atop the pack.
7. Atlanta United
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Atlanta fans are frustrated. Being the league champions and then waking up and discovering that you aren’t hot shit anymore is a tough pill to swallow. Can De Boer shake off Atlanta’s champion slump?
8. Sporting KC
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SKC held out for the draw, and now will likely turn their focus to advancing in the CCL. The only MLS team to advance to the semi finals. Power rankings shouldn’t concern them or their fans until that saga plays out.
9. Houston Dynamo
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Houston looks solid. Love their counter attacking offense and we will have to see if they can continue this early season form.
10. LA Galaxy
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Zlatan out and LA Galaxy looked phenomenal anyways. That’s what Galaxy fans have been waiting for. LA Galaxy could make their way back to the top of the pack if this form continues.
11. Minnesota United
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Losing on the road is a part of the MLS. Minnesota fans might have hoped for more but they can’t leave that game too angry, they looked solid more than not and just couldn’t score an equalizer.
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Another week, another draw. NYCFC have some truly excellent players but what I saw of their game against LAFC felt like the old Sounders when the team relied too heavily on Clint & Oba to score and if they were successfully neutralized the team struggled. I think NYCFC can break free of that, but we’ll have to wait and see.
13. Montréal Impact
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A road win is a big thing for teams in the MLS, the home team has a rather sizable advantage. Montréal should feel good about their 3 – 1 victory, even if it was over Orlando.
14. FC Cincinnati
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FCC is exceeding my expectations by a large margin. I tweeted last week that I was thinking FCC would win at home this weekend, and they proved me right. From the home stadium energy, to FCC looking competent, and Portland’s struggling form. Kudos to Alan Koch and the whole squad.
15. FC Dallas
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Pareja leaving to go to Mexico was a big hit to the organization. He did a lot of work building the squad and the strategy. Dallas is playing their kids and trying things out, both things I heartily support. Losses happen, the game goes on.
16. Colorado Rapids
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A draw at home against a, theoretically, better SKC. They would have had the win had Johnny Russell not managed to snag the late equalizer.
17. Real Salt Lake
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This week they collapsed in the worst possible way. Two red cards and five goals. It gave me flashbacks to the Sounders vs. Portland “Red Card Wedding.”
18. Chicago Fire
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Chicago should not feel destroyed by the Sounders win. Sure, they lost. But their offense looked solid and had a lot of shots. Similar to the Sounders last season, having a lot of shots means that eventually they are going to start to fall. Hang in there.
19. Philadelphia Union
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The Union managed a draw against Atlanta. In a vacuum that’s a very good result.
20. Portland FC
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They are in a tail spin. They need to figure their formation and tactics out, all while going on an extended long road trip. The good news for them, as mentioned elsewhere, is teams on extended road trips in the start of the season have never failed to qualify for the post-season.
21. New England Revolution
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New England Revolution have an amazing talent in Carles Gil. The question is, can they form a plan that utilizes, supports, and defends against all opponents.
22. Orlando City
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Orlando fans should be worried. I don’t want to mince words or give false hope but nothing I’ve seen from Orlando has given me any real hope of them turning their form. I hope I’m wrong and have to eat my words, but that’s my feeling.
23. Vancouver Whitecaps
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I feel like Vancouver shows flashes of competence and solid attack. But their defense is too porous and they can’t score enough goals to overcome it.
24. San Jose Earthquakes
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Being a bad soccer team is never fun. They had hoped they could turn it around after last season but so far they are only showing us how to lose games.
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