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MLS Power Rankings Week 5: FC Dallas Back on Top

April 4, 2017

 

After a week off from MLS Power Rankings due to the international break there have been a lot of movers. Some teams played two games over the past two weeks and some teams were not at full-strength. The MLS added a star in Bastian Schweinsteiger and there were even a few trades over the past two weeks. Where do the teams stand? Let us look and see.

 

1. FC Dallas (LW: 2 HIGH: 1 LOW: 3)

 

FC Dallas is full of homegrown players that know how to win, the only hurdle remaining for FC Dallas is playoff success. They can't worry about that goal now, but another Supporter's Shield is a possibility.

 

2. Houston Dynamo (LW: 7 HIGH: 2 LOW: 7) 

 

Houston made a statement win on Saturday thumping the New York Red Bulls 4-1. I've been on their train since the beginning, and Wilmer Cabrera has turned Houston into a real danger in the MLS.

 

3. Portland Timbers (LW: 1 HIGH: 1 LOW: 4)

 

Portland had won every match when they sat atop of the Power Ranking's two weeks ago; now they have a loss and a draw. Portland is still extremely talented, but a couple of disappointing results causes their fall from the top. 

 

4. New York City FC (LW: 6 HIGH: 4 LOW: 7)

 

Other than an opening week loss in Orlando, NYCFC has looked impressive, as expected. The attacking talent on this team is immense, and it shows. The scary thing is that I don't think NYCFC has unlocked their full attacking potential, or even half of it. Very Scary. 

 

5. Atlanta United (LW: 4 HIGH: 4 LOW: 9)

 

Another team that I believed in earlier than most, Atlanta earned a hard fought draw in Seattle and have proved they can play with, and on occasion dominate all of the MLS. Add in a crazed fan base and Atlanta has something special brewing.

 

6. Columbus Crew SC (LW: 15 HIGH: 6 LOW: 19) 

 

Wow. In two weeks Columbus knocked off two undefeated teams and looked brilliant while doing it. A dramatic 3-2 win over Portland and a 2-0 silencing of Orlando City SC proved that Columbus is back to that 2015 Eastern Conference Champion form. Justin Meram has catapulted himself into MVP discussions and Higuain finally looks right in the middle. Add in new attacking addition Kekuta Manneh from Vancouver and Columbus is a dangerous team. They could easily move up these rankings with another good performance. 

 

7. Seattle Sounders FC (LW: 5 HIGH: 5 LOW: 8)

 

A draw at home was nothing to ride home about, but Seattle is still in the upper echelon of MLS squads. Plus if Dempsey keeps his form from International play (4 goals) then Seattle will be just fine. 

 

8. New York Red Bulls (LW: 3 HIGH: 1 LOW: 8)

 

What in the world is wrong with the Red Bulls; they continue to fail in execution of the 4-2-2-2 formation and are underperforming, They are 0-2-1 (W-L-T) in their last three with two bad losses, It isn't time to panic yet, but New York needs to take a long look in the mirror. 

 

9. Orlando City SC (LW: 8 HIGH: 6 LOW: 9)

 

I have held the opinion that Orlando City SC sit near the MLS elite since the beginning of the year. Even though they suffered a tough loss to Columbus, my opinion on them hasn't changed much. When KaKa returns they can do some damage. 

 

10. Toronto FC (LW: 10 HIGH: 5 LOW: 13)

 

Another draw for Toronto FC, and this team every week looks closer to being the over-hyped team in the preseason. 

 

11. San Jose Earthquakes (LW: 9 HIGH: 7 LOW: 12)

 

After opening the season 2-0-0 San Jose has lost two straight games. They lost unfortunately when their keeper Bingham made a fatal error and to a tough NYCFC. The talent on the roster, however, keeps them high on this list. 

 

12. Sporting Kansas City (LW: 12 HIGH: 12 LOW: 16)

 

If Sporting Kansas City is on your TV just turn it off; they are one of three undefeated teams left in the MLS. Yet, three of the four games have been 0-0 draws. Yawn, Yawn, YAWN!.

 

13. Montreal Impact (LW: 13 HIGH: 12 LOW: 17)

 

Montreal is till searching for their first win of the year, but even without Piatti they still look like a strong squad. When they can figure out how to close out wins this team is a playoff team. 

 

14. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (LW: 18 HIGH: 13 LOW: 18) 

 

Impressive work from Vancouver over the LA Galaxy as they dominated the Los Angeles squad. Still, I need to see more from Vancouver to be sold on their top-10 potential. 

 

15. New England Revolution (LW: 19 HIGH: 15 LOW: 20)

 

A late road draw in Portland opened some eyes, this team has some attacking talent and could maybe threaten for a playoff spot. 

 

16. Chicago Fire (LW: 16 HIGH: 10 LOW: 21)

 

The soccer loving child in me wanted to put Chicago at number one because of their new addition. Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German legend and is my favorite player of all-time. I love the addition so much, I think Chicago will be a playoff team come October. 

 

17. Colorado Rapids (LW: 14 HIGH: 10 LOW: 17)

 

The Rapids have taken a quick dive in these rankings due to mainly other teams rising but also this vaunted defense surrendered 2 goals last time out. Although they had a week off, I'm still worried about this Colorado squad.

 

18. D.C. United (LW: 22 HIGH: 18 LOW: 22)

 

I bashed this team when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Columbus at home, but with recent performances by Columbus making that seem less embarrassing and them finally SCORING A GOAL AND WINNING A GAME. They earned a move back up in the rankings.

 

19. LA Galaxy (LW: 11 HIGH: 11 LOW: 19)

 

With an embarrassing 4-2 loss in Vancouver the LA Galaxy fell to 1-3-0 and look nothing like any of the LA Galaxy teams in recent history. This is not a good team right now, and the panic button should be getting ready to be pressed in LA. 

 

20. Minnesota United FC (LW: 21 HIGH: 20 LOW: 22)

 

THEY WON! OH MY MINNESOTA WON! What a shock as the team with one of the worst backlines in MLS history pulled out a win against Real Salt Lake. Although Minnesota has an awful defense they actually have a pretty good attacking game led by Christian Ramirez. 

 

21. Philadelphia Union (LW: 17 HIGH: 14 LOW: 21)

 

When a team is near the bottom of these rankings and loses to the team in last, they are going to drop. Philly hasn't impressed all year and the loss to D.C. was a good example of that. 

 

22. Real Salt Lake (LW: 20 HIGH: 15 LOW: 22) 

 

Real Salt Lake is a dumpster fire. They have already fired their manager and just suffered a terrible defeat to the worst team in MLS. Not to mention that this team has almost no talent outside of Goalkeeper Nick Rimando. It could be a long year in Salt Lake City. 

 

 

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