MLS Power Rankings: Toronto back to its winning ways
MLS power rankings: May 10
Toronto FC won just one of its first six matches, but has now won four in a row and has moved into first place in the Eastern Conference. Check out the rest of CSNChicago.com's MLS Power Rankings to see where they sit.
1. FC Dallas (5-0-3, 18 points)
While many of Dallas' nearest rivals in the Western Conference lost on the road to mediocre opposition, FCD came up with a 3-0 win at Real Salt Lake. Dallas is the lone remaning undefeated in the league and appears to be clearly the best team.
2. Toronto FC (5-1-4, 19 points)
No MLS team had a better week than Toronto. TFC knocked off Orlando, the first team to six wins in the league, 2-1 in Ontario on Wednesday and followed up with a 1-0 win at defending champion Seattle on Saturday. The win in Seattle came while Toronto rested multiple starters, including Sebastian Giovinco. That’s four straight wins for Toronto.
3. Sporting Kansas City (5-2-3, 18 points)
The 2-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday was a bit of a surprise considering how poorly the Loons had started the season and that Sporting had only lost once so far in 2017. Despite the setback, KC still looks like one of MLS' best teams.
4. Portland Timbers (5-3-2, 17 points)
Like Sporting KC, Portland suffered a multi-goal shutout loss on the road this weekend. The Timbers lost 3-0 at San Jose. Like Sporting KC, this is likely a blip on the radar and not something to be worried about long-term.
5. Orlando City (6-3, 18 points)
Orlando got a wake up call in the past week. The Lions lost at Toronto midweek and then got hammered 4-0 in Houston a few days later. Orlando is perfect at home, but 1-3 on the road. Similar story to many MLS teams. The perfect home record should be tested next weekend against a solid Sporting KC team.
6. New York City FC (5-3-1, 16 points)
NYCFC has two road wins this season. Five other teams have that many, but none have more. The solid 3-1 win against Atlanta on Saturday in Yankee Stadium showed that this team is in the upper tier of the Eastern Conference again.
7. Houston Dynamo (5-3-1, 16 points)
Not only did Houston beat Orlando 4-0 on Saturday, the Dynamo also missed a penalty kick and hit the crossbar. That’s evisceration. Houston is 5-0-1 at home and 0-3 on the road. They will need to get something on the road to stay this high in the rankings, but the Dynamo have been as consistent at home as anyone.
8. New York Red Bulls (5-5-1, 16 points)
After going 3-0 on a homestand, the Red Bulls suffered a pair of road losses in the past two weeks. New York is 4-0-1 at home and 1-5 on the road. This trend is not uncommon in the league.
9. Seattle Sounders (2-3-4, 10 points)
Is it time to worry in Seattle yet? The past two home games were ugly. The Sounders fell behind 3-0 to New England of all teams before storming back for an exciting 3-3 tie, but the three-goal deficit is a red flag. The follow up was a 1-0 loss to Toronto, which left former league MVP Sebastian Giovinco at home and still got the win.
10. Columbus Crew (5-4-1, 16 points)
Ola Kamara has surpassed any expectations for him when he arrived last season. He has six goals and an assist in the Crew's 10 matches and has them solidly in a playoff spot for now.
11. Atlanta United FC (3-4-2, 11 points)
Atlanta finally looked like an expansion team in a pair of 3-1 loss, at home to D.C. and at New York City FC. The injury to Josef Martinez has been a big blow, but he should be back soon and Atlanta does have a run of home games coming up later this season.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (4-3-3, 15 points)
San Jose won its first two games of the season, then went winless for six straight. Naturally, they won back-to-back games the past two weekends, including a 3-0 win against Portland on Saturday, to move into a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
13. Vancouver Whitecaps (4-4-1, 13 points)
The Whitecaps had been plodding along before winning two straight on the road, at Montreal and Colorado. There are still legitimate questions about Vancouver's attack, but they have had seven different goal scorers.
14. Chicago Fire (3-3-3, 12 points)
The Fire's road troubles continued in a three-game road trip that netted one point. The improvement in the performances is there, but the results have not come around away from Toyota Park. Next up is a stretch of four games in 13 days.
15. D.C. United (3-4-2, 11 points)
D.C. United is doing what it did last season, which is start slowly and inconsistently. United beat Atlanta 3-1 for a first road win and then came home to lose to a struggling Montreal team. Last year, D.C. got hot to close. Can they do it again?
16. New England Revolution (2-4-4, 10 points)
The individual talent on New England continues to add up to less than the sum of its parts since the Revs were in the 2014 MLS Cup final. New England is winless in five straight.
17. LA Galaxy (2-5-2, 8 points)
It's bad enough that LA is struggling on the field, but now there might be some off the field drama. Captain Jelle Van Damme was subbed off in the first half of the Fire's 2-2 draw at StubHub Center without an injury and didn't talk to media after the game.
18. Montreal Impact (2-3-4, 10 points)
Bad news for the Impact: Montreal lost at home for the first time when Vancouver surprised the Impact with a 2-1 win. Good news for the Impact: Montreal bounced back with its first road win by beating D.C. 1-0 at RFK Stadium and the Impact have played just three of the first nine games at home.
19. Minnesota United FC (3-5-2, 11 points)
Minnesota has rebounded from its historically bad start by picking up three wins in its past six matches. Sunday's 2-0 win against Sporting KC was its first win against a good team. Christian Ramirez has been a standout with six goals.
20. Real Salt Lake (2-5-2, 8 points)
After being one of the most consistent teams in the league, a playoff spot looks unlikely for Real Salt Lake. Back-to-back 3-0 losses, at KC and at home to Dallas, show the gap between the best teams and RSL right now.
21. Philadelphia Union (1-4-4, 7 points)
Philadelphia finally got a win. Every team in MLS now has a win. The Union thumped the Red Bulls 3-0 at Talen Energy Stadium after a scoreless first half to get off the snide.
22. Colorado Rapids (1-6-1, 4 points)
Five straight losses for the Rapids, which only managed one shot on target at home against a mediocre Vancouver team. Colorado was the surprise of the league last year by finishing second in the Western Conference and making the conference final. Are they the surprise again for how quickly they’ve fallen?