August 19, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan salutes Josef Martinez after he scores the MLS season tieing record goal number 27 against the Columbus Crew in a MLS soccer match on Sunday, August 19, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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MLS Power Poll Week 4: Another new No. 1

Because no one asked for it, I decided to bring back my weekly MLS Power Poll. Here are the results, which only take into account the results and not potential:

1. LAFC (3-0-1)

Last week: 2.

Defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1.

Lawrenceville’s Walker Zimmerman scores a great goal for the win.

2. Seattle (3-0-0)

Last week: 1.

Did not play.

Jordan Morris played for the U.S. men’s national team last week. I would argue that he hadn’t yet earned a spot after two tough years featuring injuries. However, I also understand that this team should feature the players who will participate in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup (which is what should have been done during the last World Cup cycle). So, he should be called up. Having said both things, he didn’t look good. People say he’s not a dribbler, he’s not a creator. He’s a scorer. I’m not a big fan of those type of excuses for players. Though he looked good against Chile on Tuesday because he did handle all the requirements of the position, it’s among the reasons I think Michael Bradley is overrated (he’s not supposed to tackle; he’s not supposed to have assists; he’s not supposed to win balls; he needs another tackling midfielder beside him). As for Morris, if you can’t beat someone off the dribble, or lack the want to try to do so, and you are attacking player, then you may want to work on that skill.

3. D.C. United (2-0-1)

Last week: 3.

Did not play.

A club in Turkey is now interested in Luciano Acosta. This comes on the heels of PSG’s out-of-left-field interest in the playmaking midfielder. His agent is doing a heck of a job.

4. Houston (2-0-1)

Last week: 4.

Did not play.

I find Houston as a soccer city fascinating. It has the one big thing that other, older clubs in the league do not: a decent stadium downtown. Still, it doesn’t draw supporters. 

5. Montreal (2-1-0)

Last week: 6.

Did not play.

6. L.A. Galaxy (2-1-0)

Last week: 7.

Did not play.

If David Beckham is voted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame before Carlos Bocanegra, I may have to swear off Carvel Ice Cream for the rest of the season. That’s a big ask.

7. Columbus (2-1-1)

Last week: 5.

Lost at Philadelphia 3-0.

Not a good performance for the Crew which will now face Atlanta United.

8. New York Red Bulls (1-1-1)

Last week: 8.

Defeated by Orlando 1-0.

Losing at home with several internationals could normally be excused, but not to Orlando.

9. Cincinnati (2-1-1)

Last week: 12.

Won at New England 2-0.

A confidence-building road win for Cincy against an abjectly bad Revs squad.

10. Dallas (2-1-1)

Last week: 13.

Defeated Colorado 2-1.

A win is a win, even against Colorado.

11. Toronto (2-0-0)

Last week: 9.

Did not play.

12. Minnesota (2-1-0)

Last week: 10.

Did not play.

13. Sporting KC (1-1-1)

Last week: 11.

Did not play.

I realize that Sporting KC is ranked way too low, but this is based upon MLS results this season.

14. Orlando (1-1-2)

Last week: 14.

Won at Red Bulls 1-0.

A good road win but it came against a Red Bulls team missing many of its better players.

15. Philadelphia (1-2-1)

Last week: 18.

Defeated Columbus 3-0.

David Accam shows flashes of why the Union traded for him, and condolences to his family.

16. Real Salt Lake (1-2-1)

Last week: 14.

Defeated at LAFC 2-1.

17. NYCFC (0-0-3)

Last week: 16.

Did not play.

How much longer will Dome Torrent be around?

18. Atlanta United (0-1-2)

Last week: 17.

Did not play.

19. Portland (0-2-1)

Last week: 19.

Did not play.

20. Colorado (0-2-2)

Last week: 20.

Lost at Dallas 2-1.

21. Chicago (0-2-1)

Last week: 22.

Did not play.

21. New England (0-3-1)

Last week: 21.

Defeated by Cincinnati 2-0.

I think Brad Friedel’s time is going to end sooner rather than later.

22. Vancouver (0-3-0)

Last week: 23.

Did not play.

23. San Jose (0-3-0)

Last week: 24.

Did not play.

San Jose’s manager said that he wants players who play for the love of the game rather than the money. I wonder if he’s managing for a pittance?

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Doug Roberson
Doug Roberson
Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.
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