MLS Power Rankings: Dallas solidifies its top spot
MLS power rankings: April 26
FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City were the last two undefeated teams in Major League Soccer and met for the second time already this season. See how that game affected CSNChicago.com's MLS Power Rankings.
1. FC Dallas (4-0-2, 14 points)
Dallas remained undefeated and improved to a perfect 3-0 at home with a 1-0 win against fellow unbeaten Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. FCD also has key playmaker Mauro Diaz still on the way back.
2. Sporting Kansas City (3-1-3, 12 points)
Sporting did fall at Dallas, and has failed to score in two meetings with FCD already this season, but picked up a very impressive win at Portland the weekend before. KC's attack isn't world-beating, but its defense has surrendered just three goals in seven matches and has shutouts against Dallas, Toronto and Portland.
3. Portland Timbers (5-2-1, 16 points)
The Timbers bounced back from the 1-0 home loss to Sporting KC with a 2-1 win against Vancouver. Portland has a league-best 16 points, although it has played two more matches than Dallas.
4. Orlando City (5-1, 15 points)
Cyle Larin is carrying the Lions with six goals so far. Orlando is off to a 5-1 start despite Kaka playing just 11 minutes so far due to injury. The road win at New York City FC, in which Larin scored both goals, added a road win to the 4-0 home start and added a bit more legitimacy to the hot start.
5. Toronto FC (2-1-4, 10 points)
Sebastian Giovinco had a slow start to the season with one goal in six games, but playing the Fire got him back on track. Giovinco scored two and Toronto looked like the team that is favored in the Eastern Conference. The sharpness hadn't been there, but Toronto isn't going anywhere.
6. Atlanta United FC (3-2-2, 11 points)
Atlanta picked up five points in a four-game road trip, including a 3-1 win at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Now Atlanta has three of the next five at home, a good chance to climb up the standings. The opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium was pushed back, which will force Atlanta to play a road-heavy schedule deeper into the season.
7. New York Red Bulls (4-3-1, 13 points)
Back-to-back 2-0 home wins against Eastern Conference teams (D.C. and Columbus) signal that all is still fine in Red Bull land. The conference is looking more competitive, but the Red Bulls still look to be in the top tier.
8. Seattle Sounders (2-2-3, 9 points)
Nothing like playing at LA to bust a slump. Wait, what? The Sounders snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-0 win at the Galaxy. Seattle has played two of the first seven games at home so the 2-2-3 start is fine.
9. New York City FC (3-3-1, 10 points)
NYCFC has already lost twice to Orlando this season, the most recent was a 2-1 home loss on Sunday. This team hasn't looked threatening enough yet to show improvement from a year ago.
10. Houston Dynamo (4-2-1, 13 points)
The Dynamo are 4-0-1 at home and 0-2 on the road. Houston will have to prove itself on the road to get a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but this is a good start for one of the league's surprise teams.
11. Columbus Crew (4-3-1, 13 points)
The Crew picked up a statement win at home against Toronto, but followed up with a loss at the Red Bulls. Columbus looks to be a playoff contender, but there are more skeptical eyes on this team than others in the Eastern Conference.
12. Chicago Fire (3-2-2, 11 points)
The Fire got a reality check in a 3-1 loss at Toronto, but the Fire's season won't be decided by an April game in Toronto. If the Fire win most of their home games and pick up a few wins on the road, they will make the playoffs and mark a significant improvement over recent years.
13. San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-3, 9 points)
After going 2-0 to start the season, San Jose is winless in six straight. They could be punished in the rankings more for that, but only two of those games were at home and they came against Dallas and Seattle.
14. D.C. United (2-3-2, 8 points)
D.C.'s offensive woes seem to have been fixed. After going scoreless in the first three games of the season, D.C. has scored six in the past four. It looks like another year of middling success for United.
15. New England Revolution (2-3-3, 9 points)
New England has more talent than its record has shown the past couple years. The Kei Kamara addition seemed like a positive shake up last year, but that hasn't delivered much. Maybe it's time for another drastic move this season.
16. LA Galaxy (2-5, 6 points)
This must be bizarro world. The Galaxy are bad. Losing Bruce Arena has turned out to be a pretty big deal. There's still talent on this team, but three home losses before the end of April is a major problem.
17. Montreal Impact (1-2-4, 7 points)
This ranking is a bit harsh considering Montreal has played five games away from home as opposed to two in Quebec, but the 2-1 win against Atlanta was heavily aided by a questionable red card and going down three goals at Philadelphia, even if the Impact battled back for a draw, is not good.
18. Real Salt Lake (2-4-2, 8 points)
Things have gotten a bit better for RSL, which has won two of three after going winless in the first five matches of the season. Still, the 3-1 home loss to Atlanta showed there's still a long way to go for coach Mike Petke's new team.
19. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-4-1, 7 points)
Fredy Montero has delivered in his return to MLS with four goals and an assist so far. Where the rest of the attack will come from remains to be seen, but 16-year-old Alphonso Davies (pictured) has been impressive.
20. Minnesota United FC (2-4-2, 8 points)
Minnesota has moved up from punching bag to competitive team. A 2-1-1 record in the past four matches has made the overall start fairly competent for the expansion team.
21. Colorado Rapids (1-4-1, 4 points)
Colorado has had a dismal start to 2017. The Rapids have gone 0-4-1 since beating New England in the opener and have a league-worst 15 shots on target in six games, which is less than half the league average.
22. Philadelphia Union (0-4-3, 3 points)
Philadelphia is the last remaining winless team in the league and the Union may have hit rock bottom in the 3-3 draw against Montreal. The Union led 3-0 at home before conceding three straight and settling for a point.