MLS Power Rankings: The New York Massacre
MLS Power Rankings: May 24
Major League Soccer decided to hype up a "Rivalry Week" and the most talked about game ended up in a 7-0 win for visiting New York Red Bulls at New York City FC. That caused a shift in CSN Chicago's MLS Power Rankings by Dan Santaromita.
1. Colorado Rapids (8-2-3, 27 points)
The biggest surprise in MLS keeps humming along. The Rapids' latest conquest was a 1-0 win in Seattle. Colorado was largely outplayed against the host Sounders, but hung on defensively and scored on a set piece.
2. LA Galaxy (5-1-5, 20 points)
Back-to-back draws drops the Galaxy from the top spot, but they still have the fewest losses in the league. Sunday's game against San Jose was a weird one with both goals of the 1-1 draw coming after the 80th minute. The Galaxy have the best goal differential in the league at plus-12, five better than anyone else in the league.
3. Real Salt Lake (6-3-2, 20 points)
Real Salt Lake's three-man forward tandem is one of the best in the league and has transformed RSL into a deadly attacking team. Burrito Martinez (goal), Yura Movsisyan (goal) and Joao Plata (assist) all contributed in the 3-1 win at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
4. FC Dallas (8-4-2, 26 points)
Dallas has been incredibly streaky this season. They have followed up a three-game losing streak in which the team didn't score a goal with a three-game winning streak.
5. San Jose Earthquakes (5-3-4, 19 points)
San Jose is not a particularly unusual MLS team in that they are doing very well at home (5-0-1) and are winless on the road (0-3-3). However, the 1-1 draw at LA on Sunday was a good performance.
6. Toronto FC (4-4-4, 16 points)
The thing about the positive 3-3-2 record on the road was that it was expected Toronto would perform better at home. TFC has just five points (1-1-2) in four home matches, oops.
7. Philadelphia Union (5-3-3, 18 points)
The Rapids are the unquestioned biggest surprise in MLS so far, but the Union aren't far behind. Philadelphia is unbeaten in five straight and Friday's 1-0 win against D.C. snapped a run of three straight draws.
8. Montreal Impact (4-4-4, 16 points)
Since a strong 4-2 start, the Impact are winless in six matches (0-2-4). Still, that run has them right in the thick of it in the weaker Eastern Conference.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (6-6-2, 20 points)
The Whitecaps had won three in a row before losing at Portland on Sunday. Pedro Morales (6 goals, 3 assists), Christian Bolanos (4 goals, 2 assists) and Kekuta Manneh (4 goals, 2 assists) lead one of the highest scoring attacks in the league.
10. Seattle Sounders (4-6-1, 13 points)
A team with Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris is one of the lowest scoring in the league. Go figure. Only the Fire have scored fewer goals. It's too early to think the Sounders can't turn it around, but they are now six points out of the last playoff spot.
11. New York Red Bulls (5-7-1, 16 points)
Houston beating Dallas 5-0 is still probably the most shocking result of the MLS season, but the Red Bulls putting seven on New York City FC in Yankee Stadium is pretty astounding. Maybe the Red Bulls have turned the corner, but there are still lingering issues with this team.
12. Portland Timbers (4-6-3, 15 points)
Sunday's 4-2 win against Vancouver snapped a three-match losing streak for the Timbers. Portland, which takes on the Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday, is the only team in the league without a shutout.
13. New York City FC (4-4-5, 17 points)
Just as the New York's blue team was putting together the best results in the short history of the club, NYCFC put up easily its worst performance in club history. NYCFC had a five-match unbeaten run, including two wins on the road, before getting destroyed 7-0 by the Red Bulls on national TV.
14. Sporting Kansas City (5-7-2, 17 points)
Despite its beautiful stadium and impressive atmosphere, SKC is just 3-3-1 at home this year. Real Salt Lake was the latest to come to Children's Mercy Park and leave with a victory, beating Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday.
15. Orlando City (3-3-5, 14 points)
The Lions knocked off Montreal 2-1 on Saturday to end a six-match winless streak. However, if Orlando couldn't beat a slumping Montreal team in Florida without Didier Drogba, there would be real alarm bells ringing.
16. D.C. United (3-5-4, 13 points)
Few teams, and maybe none, try to grind out results quite like D.C. United. The club isn't loaded with talent, but does have some veterans and a dash of flash to stay competitive. United took a setback with a last-minute goal in a loss at Philadelphia on Friday.
17. Columbus Crew (2-4-5, 11 points)
This photo of Ethan Finlay from the scoreless draw at Toronto on Saturday kind of says it all for Columbus. Frustration. Bewilderment. Disappointment. The Crew have managed two draws since the Kei Kamara trade and a turnaround seems less likely.
18. New England Revolution (2-4-7, 13 points)
Kei Kamara's addition should make New England better, but the Revs still need a lot of help defensively. At minus-7, New England has the worst goal differential in the league.
19. Chicago Fire (2-5-4, 10 points)
The 1-0 win against Houston kept the Fire out of the bottom spot in the rankings. It was probably the Fire's best performance of the season, but it was also against a team that is 0-6 on the road.
20. Houston Dynamo (3-7-2, 11 points)
Playing in Houston is tough and it's only going to get tougher as the weather gets warmer and warmer in the summer months. The problem is the Dynamo don't have a point on the road.