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MLS Power Rankings Week 2: Red Bulls and Dynamo Lead the Pack.

March 13, 2017

 

Most would have thought the MLS hierarchy would start to become clear after the second week of futbol, most would’ve been wrong. Although a few teams separated themselves from the pack, at the top and bottom, most teams are big question marks. I could see scenarios where 20 out of the 22 teams in this league could hold the MLS Cup at the end of the season. So knowing that fact I am going to rank every team 1-22, and I know I am right. Well, I can pretend to know that I am right. 

 

 

 

 

1. New York Red Bulls (LW: 2)

 

Two weeks and two wins for the Red Bulls and both coming against quality opponents. Bradley Wright-Phillips and company are a special team and have started 2017 strong.

 

2. Houston Dynamo (LW: 4)

 

There is a storm of soccer excellence brewing in Houston, Wilmer Cabrera has managed Houston utilizing a 4-3-3 counter-press style and has unlocked the potential of a dangerous frontline featuring Elis, Torres, and Quioto with Midfielder Alex sitting behind them. Brilliant.

 

3. FC Dallas (LW: 1)

 

Dallas couldn’t find a goal on the road but still found a draw. This team is still good, but momentum from Houston and New York is why they fell from the top.

 

4. Portland Timbers (LW: 3)

 

Portland’s offense looked dangerous again but better competition in LA Galaxy slowed them down. I’m still not 100% sold on Portland, but man can they get up the field.

 

5. Atlanta United (LW: 9)

 

This team full of South Americans played in the unfriendly snow of Minnesota and CLOBBERED the Loons. This team is good, forget the “expansion” worries, Miguel Almiron is a special talent. Atlanta is a real threat in the East.

 

6. New York City FC (LW: 7)

 

Oh no! NYCFC lost to Orlando in week one! David Villa on the decline? Nope. The blues in New York reestablished themselves with a dominant showing versus D.C. United.

 

7. San Jose Earthquakes (LW: 12)

 

I underestimated this team, San Jose has talent across the board and can compete with anyone in the West. Anibal Godoy and Chris Wondolowski lead a dangerous Earthquakes attack that came back from 2-0 down to win at home this week.

 

8. Seattle Sounders (LW: 8)

 

After losing to a surprising Dynamo team in week one the defending champs found themselves down 2-0 to Montreal. No worries, they came back to salvage a road point and salvage their place in the rankings.

 

9. Orlando City SC (LW: 6) 

 

The Lions game against New England was postponed due to weather and that’s a great sign for Orlando. It gives KaKa more time to recover and lead Orlando to their first playoff appearance.

 

10. Chicago Fire (LW: 21)

 

The road draw against Columbus seems less impressive after the Crew laid an egg. Chicago is improved significantly this season, but a flukey win versus Real Salt Lake shouldn’t excite anyone.

 

11. Colorado Rapids (LW: 10)

 

Tim Howard is an American legend, and he proved it again as he miraculously kept Colorado in the match versus the Red Bulls. Colorado needs to learn to score though to be a real contender in the West.

 

12. Montreal Impact (LW: 17)

 

Almost the Colorado in reverse with the amazing attacking play from Ignacio Patti but a lacking back line. Piatti is the front-runner, in my mind, for MVP. Two goals in two games is right on pace for the Argentinian who scored 31 goals in 2016. However, Montreal needs to improve as a whole to compete in 2017. 

 

13. Toronto FC (LW: 5)

 

The proverbial favorites out East before the season have disappointed through two matches. Losing Giovinco wont help this team either, they have fingers crossed for his health in Toronto.

 

14. LA Galaxy (LW: 11)

 

Did anyone realize how important Bruce Arena was for the LA Galaxy? This team is struggling despite a roster filled with talent. They will still make the playoffs, but nothing more.

 

15. Sporting KC (LW: 16)

 

I feel bad for Sporting KC fans, not only has their team appeared frighteningly average they’ve been involved in back-to-back 0-0 matches. Yawn.

 

16. Philadelphia Union (LW: 14)

 

A missed penalty from Bedoya allowed Toronto to salvage a draw and it looks like Philadelphia will fall into the average category once again.

 

17. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (LW: 13)

 

A disappointing start for Vancouver after blowing a 2-0 lead in San Jose, this team has to regroup and figure out what has gone wrong in the opening weeks.

 

18. Real Salt Lake (LW: 15)

 

We have entered the bad teams in the league, and Real Salt Lake gets the award for shiniest turd. The shine on the turd in Utah is keeper Nick Rimando who is the reason Salt Lake has any prayer at the MLS playoffs.

 

19. Columbus Crew SC (LW: 19)

 

If Columbus continues on this path it will be a worse season than the disappointing 2016 campaign. The inexperience on the squad hurt them again with keeper Zack Steffen making a terrible pass in front of his own goal, leading to one of the three goals Columbus conceded.

 

20. New England Revolution (LW: 20)

 

New England gets to prolong their eventual fall in the standings due to the cancellation of their game. Lucky them.

 

21. D.C. United (LW: 18)

 

I said last week the glory days are gone in D.C. well allow me to correct myself. They are way gone, they took a beating on Sunday and haven’t scored a goal yet this season.

 

22. Minnesota United (LW: 22)

 

Minnesota have lost their first two matches, both on national TV I might add, by a combined score of 11-2. It is without a doubt the worst backline in the world (in top-flight soccer). It is an embarrassment to the MLS what has transpired with the back four in Minnesota, kind of ruins their cool logo.

 

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