MLS Power Rankings: Tight race forming in East
MLS Power Rankings: April 11
Dallas, Portland and Kansas City are off to positive starts in the Western Conference, but the Eastern Conference is a jumbled mess currently. See how everything gets sorted out in CSNChicago.com's latest MLS Power Rankings.
1. FC Dallas (3-0-1, 10 points)
FCD was knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in the semifinals last week, but is still unbeaten in MLS. Dallas has given up two goals in its four MLS matches so far.
2. Portland Timbers (4-1-1, 13 points)
Portland continues to impress early in 2017. The Timbers picked up a second road win of the season by winning 3-1 at Philadelphia and are the first MLS team to four wins.
3. Toronto FC (1-0-4, 7 points)
It's a familiar story for Toronto. TFC went unbeaten and picked up five points in three road games to start the season, but came home and got two draws. Toronto hasn't been clinical, but it is still one of three unbeaten teams in MLS.
4. Sporting Kansas City (2-0-3, 9 points)
SKC has given up two goals in five games and one of those was an added time penalty kick when already up 3-0 against Colorado on Sunday. Last season Sporting also got off to a strong start through five games (4-1), but then went winless for seven straight. What will KC do this year?
5. Seattle Sounders (1-1-3, 6 points)
Nothing exceptional from the defending champs, but this ranking is more reflective of expectations than results for now. Nicolas Lodeiro scored a must-see goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw at San Jose.
6. Atlanta United FC (2-1-2, 8 points)
Atlanta's first two wins didn't impress many based on the opponents (at Minnesota and at home against Chicago), but the scorelines (6-1 and 4-0) turned some heads. Now the expansion team earned draws at each of last year's MLS Cup finalists, Seattle (0-0) and Toronto (2-2). The draws came with leading scorer Josef Martinez out injured as well.
7. New York Red Bulls (2-3-1, 7 points)
The Red Bulls are winless in four straight since winning the first two matches of the season. New York has lost three straight on the road, but possibly more concerning is the scoreless draw at home against a struggling Real Salt Lake. Don't forget that the Red Bulls were 1-6 to start 2016 and finished three points behind Dallas for the best record in the league.
8. New York City FC (2-2-1, 7 points)
A very pedestrian start from a New York City team that has high expectations. David Villa has three goals and three assists. As long as he is still doing his thing, NYCFC is dangerous.
9. Houston Dynamo (3-2, 9 points)
The jury remains somewhat out on Houston because it's home and road form is so disparate. Houston is 3-0 at home and has outscored opponents 9-3. On the road Houston has a pair of two-goal losses. Cubo Torres leads the league with six goals.
10. Orlando City (3-1, 9 points)
Like Houston, Orlando is 3-0 at home and doesn't have any points on the road. The Lions seem to be getting a big advantage from playing at its new stadium.
11. Columbus Crew (3-2-1, 10 points)
The Crew lead the Eastern Conference thanks to a three-game winning streak that was snapped by the Fire on Saturday. There was a road win and a win against Portland in that streak so there's legitimacy to it, but this ranking remains conservative until they prove it for a bit longer.
12. LA Galaxy (2-3, 6 points)
The Galaxy got back on track with a 2-0 win against Montreal. Jermaine Jones (pictured) scored his first goal with the team. New addition Romain Alessandrini has three goals and two assists so far.
13. San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-1, 7 points)
Chris Wondolowski (pictured) keeps doing his thing. He scored a late equalizer to give the Quakes a 1-1 home draw against Seattle on Saturday. He has two goals and two assists so far.
14. Chicago Fire (2-1-2, 8 points)
Bastian Schweinsteiger's addition has sparked a bit more confidence within the Fire, but there's still a lot of wait-and-see from the outside. After hosting New England on Saturday, the Fire will embark on a tough three-game road trip that should show a lot about what to expect from the Fire's 2017.
15. Colorado Rapids (1-2-1, 4 points)
The Rapids were the surprise team of MLS in 2016, but early signs are that they could be taking a step back in 2017. The Rapids gave up three goals in a 3-1 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. In 2016, Colorado gave up three goals just twice.
16. New England Revolution (2-2-1, 7 points)
Since an 0-2 start, New England is unbeaten in three with home wins against Minnesota and Houston and a draw at Portland. Count the Revs among five teams with seven points in the Eastern Conference right now.
17. D.C. United (2-2-1, 7 points)
D.C. had one points and no goals through three games, but has followed up with back-to-back home wins against Eastern Conference opposition. It's early but there are only three points between first and ninth in the East right now.
18. Montreal Impact (0-2-3, 3 points)
Montreal is one of two remaining winless teams in MLS. Part of that is due to the Impact having only one home game and it coming against defending champion Seattle.
19. Real Salt Lake (1-3-2, 5 points)
Mike Petke is now in charge and got RSL's first win Saturday against Vancouver. The 3-0 win produced some of the best pictures from the weekend with the white field and orange ball stealing the show.
20. Vancouver Whitecaps (1-3-1, 4 points)
Vancouver was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League in the semifinals midweek and then lost 3-0 in the snow at Real Salt Lake. Outside of the four goal explosion against LA, the Whitecaps have struggled offensively again this season.
21. Philadelphia Union (0-3-2, 2 points)
The Union have three straight losses and have the fewest points in MLS currently. On the bright side, C.J. Sapong has three goals in five games despite three of those appearances coming off the bench.
22. Minnesota United (1-4-1, 4 points)
Yes, Minnesota finally won its first game, and yes, the addition of Sam Cronin (pictured) should help a lot. However, this team still has a long way to go. Christian Ramirez has proven to be the real deal with four goals for the Loons.