MLS Power Rankings: Colorado Rapids have transformed
MLS Power Rankings: May 10
Jermaine Jones has led the Colorado Rapids to the best record in Major League Soccer. The Rapids, which were second to last in the league a year ago, have quickly transformed into one of the league's best. They've moved up in CSN Chicago's MLS Power Rankings by Dan Santaromita.
1. Los Angeles Galaxy (5-1-3, 18 points)
Robbie Keane comes back from injury and scores two goals in the first half of a 4-2 win against New England on Sunday. Giovani dos Santos also scored a heck of a volley. If Gio is playing well in addition to Keane and Gyasi Zardes, the Galaxy's attack is going to be lethal.
2. Toronto FC (4-3-2, 14 points)
After a solid 11 points out of eight road games to begin the season, Toronto finally got to play at the renovated BMO Field. Just over 30,000 saw the Reds beat FC Dallas 1-0. There's some substance defensively this season to go with Sebastian Giovinco's style. Giovinco has six goals and four assists.
3. Colorado Rapids (6-2-2, 20 points)
Jermaine Jones scored again in the Rapids' 1-0 win against rival Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Jones has three goals in four games since debuting for Colorado. In 28 games with New England over the previous two seasons, he scored two.
4. Real Salt Lake (5-2-2, 17 points)
After being the last team in the league to lose a game, Real Salt Lake has now lost two out of three. However, those matches both came on the road and against the top two teams in the league standings (Colorado and LA).
5. Montreal Impact (4-3-3, 15 points)
Montreal has gone winless in four straight matches, with the last three being draws. The 4-4 draw at Columbus was the most dramatic. Ignacio Piatti (6 goals, 2 assists) scored two and the Impact came back from three goals down when Dominic Oduro scored in the 93rd minute.
6. Seattle Sounders (4-4-1, 13 points)
The Sounders dropped the first three matches of 2016 and have gone 4-1-1 since. The only concern is that all four of those wins have come at home and Seattle is still winless on the road. Six of Seattle's nine matches have been at CenturyLink Field.
7. FC Dallas (5-4-2, 17 points)
FC Dallas has become the weirdest team in the league. Dallas lost one of its first eight matches, but has now lost three in a row. All three were shutout defeats and FCD has gone 292 minutes without scoring.
8. Portland Timbers (3-4-3, 12 points)
The Timbers have been a middling team throughout the year. Through 10 matches Portland has yet to have a win, loss or draw in back-to-back games. Not exactly the form of a defending champion so far.
9. San Jose Earthquakes (4-3-3, 15 points)
Chris Wondolowski hit a penalty kick off the post late in the game at Seattle on Saturday. It would have tied the match at 1-1. Instead the Sounders put the match away with a stoppage time goal.
10. Philadelphia Union (4-3-1, 13 points)
Only the Fire have played fewer games than the Union. After a home draw against San Jose, Philly was off this past week. The Union host the LA Galaxy on Wednesday.
11. Sporting Kansas City (4-5-2, 14 points)
Since a 4-1 start Sporting KC is winless in six straight. Four of those six have been on the road, but something isn't right with this team. With 11 goals in 11 matches, SKC joins the Fire as the only two teams in the league not averaging more than a goal per game.
12. New York Red Bulls (3-6-1, 10 points)
The Red Bulls were too talented to endure a dreadful 1-6 start. With two wins and a draw in the last three matches it seems they are back. Sacha Kljestan, who leads MLS with six assists, is one of the best passers in the league.
13. Orlando City (2-2-5, 11 points)
It's hard to tell if Orlando is all that much better than last year. The Lions are winless in the past five matches and have just one win in five home matches this season (1-0-4).
14. New York City FC (3-3-4, 13 points)
Back-to-back wins for NYCFC have them in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. After winning 2-0 at D.C. on Saturday, NYCFC is 2-2 on the road but only 1-1-4 at home.
15. Vancouver Whitecaps (4-5-2, 14 points)
The Whitecaps got a Cascadia win against Portland on Saturday. Masato Kudo had a goal, his first in MLS, and an assist in the victory. Vancouver hosts the Fire on Wednesday.
16. Columbus Crew (2-4-3, 9 points)
The Crew had been playing better lately and after going up 4-1 in the second half against Montreal on Saturday it appeared that was going to continue. Then the Impact came back and tied the game with three goals in the last 35 minutes. Ouch.
17. D.C. United (2-4-4, 10 points)
The 2-0 loss to New York City FC was D.C. United's third home shutout defeat in five home matches this season. That's really bad. A couple surprise blowout wins aside, D.C. still looks like one of the worst teams in the league.
18. Chicago Fire (1-2-4, 7 points)
This isn't the start the club envisioned before the season and it could get worse with a tough three-game road trip looming. If the Fire can get four points from the trip, that would be reason for hope. If it's a point or less, another long season is likely in store.
19. New England Revolution (1-3-7, 10 points)
It goes without saying one win in 11 matches isn't very good. The Revolution have given up the most goals in the league (20) and should probably make a trade to give up some of their attacking depth for a defensive upgrade.
20. Houston Dynamo (2-5-2, 8 points)
Houston beat a struggling Sporting Kansas City team for its second win of the season. The Dynamo actually have an even goal differential, which is boosted by that 5-0 win against Dallas in March, despite having the worst record in the league.