MLS Power Rankings -- Week 8: FC Dallas back on top
FC Dallas relinquished the top spot in the Power Rankings last week. Their response? To beat the team that jumped them.
A number of teams grabbed much needed wins, including Seattle, Toronto, and Orlando City. The Galaxy and Real Salt Lake slipped up. See below where each team sits going into Week 8.
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|TEAM||RANKING (Last Wk)|
Philadelphia Union: After Montreal’s 3-goal comeback, Alejandro Bedoya said it’s “hard to stomach” what feels like another loss. It’s only April, and the aura is already discouraging.
Colorado Rapids: Since beating New England, they’ve scored four goals in their last five. Losing to Minnesota is painful.
Montreal Impact: A crazy comeback and a rescinded red card have netted Montreal four points over their last two, but the big picture still screams struggles.
|19 (21)||Minnesota United: It came against hapless Colorado, but a win is a win is a win. Seven points in the last four. A solid defensive record. A chance to build further comes against San Jose.|
|18 (15)||LA Galaxy: The transition away from Bruce Arena is an obvious excuse for a truly bad start, but the squad also looks porous. Questions may be asked soon.|
|17 (13)||Vancouver Whitecaps: With a tough immediate schedule ahead, Vancouver could be headed for a second-half fightback just to make the playoffs. Can’t dig too deep a hole.|
|16 (17)||New England Revolution: This team’s all over the place. A lot like DC United in that they seem to have good moments and bad moments each week.|
|15 (16)||DC United: Positives and negatives taken from the draw with New England. Sums up the season so far.|
|14 (14)||San Jose Earthquakes: No matter the home form, winless in five is very concerning.|
| ||13 (18)||Seattle Sounders: Well. They certainly needed that. Soundly trouncing the Galaxy is promising, and games against New England and Toronto are a huge chance to truly turn the poor start around.|
|12 (9)||Real Salt Lake: Oops. Maybe last week’s leap of faith was slightly premature. Falling in to Atlanta’s fantastic start isn’t the end of the world, but losing momentum from a 2-game winning streak hurts.|
| ||11 (11)||Houston Dynamo: Great at home. Not a single road point. Will we learn anything more about Houston when they visit Toronto? They’re still hard to gauge, but seem more dangerous than not.|
|10 (6)||Columbus Crew: Road travels are tough no matter where you go in MLS play, but the Crew cannot turn two straight road losses into a bigger habit.|
|9 (12)||New York Red Bulls: Soundly beating Columbus means they get to jump the Crew on this list, and a win over Chicago next time out would see them climb further up the Top 10.|
|8 (10)||Toronto FC: Their table position is still slightly unnerving given the team’s talent, but a win Friday over defensively challenged Houston would give Toronto a much more deserved location.|
| ||7 (7)||New York City FC: All 3 of NYCFC’s losses have come by 1 goal. It’s early, and those are correctable. Moving up after a loss is rare, but this team is well-managed and dangerous.|
|6 (5)||Chicago Fire: There’s little shame in losing to a pair of Giovinco goals on the road, but the manner of the loss is somewhat startling. Outpossessed Toronto, yet obliterated 9-1 in shots on target.|
|5 (8)||Atlanta United: After forever on the road, Atlanta returns home in fantastic position. The one concern has to be discipline - they picked up four more yellows in the RSL win.|
| ||4 (4)||Portland Timbers: A home win over a Cascadia rival goes a long way towards putting a bad four-game stretch to bed.|
|3 (1)||Sporting KC: A lack of goals has been mitigated this season by a fantastic defensive unit, but that proved their downfall against FC Dallas, and could be an issue going forward against better attacking teams.|
| ||2 (3)||Orlando City: Jason Kreis emphatically put to bed the thought that Orlando City couldn’t win on the road. Cyle Larin is absurdly good. But can they survive shouldering the entire goalscoring responsibility on one man?|
|1 (2)||FC Dallas: After dropping to #2 last week due to a lack of marquee results, they promptly went out and became the first team to beat Sporting KC this year. Welcome back to the top spot.|