MLS Week 5: Power Poll is up and Atlanta United drops

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 (4-0-1)

Last week: 1.

Won at San Jose 5-0.

I think LAFC and Sporting KC are easily the two most complete teams in MLS.

2. Seattle (3-0-1)

Last week: 2.

Drew at Vancouver 0-0.

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

Last week: 3.

Won at Orlando 2-1.

A sign of a good team is an ability to finish games. D.C. was able to hold on at Orlando.

4. Houston (3-0-1)

Last week: 4.

Won at Colorado 4-1.

I want to buy into this team. I really do. But they’ve burned me before.

5. L.A. Galaxy (3-1-0)

Last week: 6.

Defeated Portland 2-1.

6. Columbus (3-1-1)

Last week: 7.

Defeated Atlanta United 2-0.

7. Dallas (3-1-1)

Last week: 10.

Won at Real Salt Lake 4-2.

8. Sporting KC (2-1-1)

Last week: 13.

Defeated Montreal 7-1.

Before the season, I wondered who would score the tough goals for Sporting KC. Maybe they won’t need to score any tough goals.

9. Toronto (3-0-0)

Last week: 11.

Defeated NYCFC 4-0.

I’m going to be THAT guy for a second because I have grown beyond tried of everyone calling most good goals GOLAZOs. The fantastic chip by Alejandro Pozuelo was not a golazo. It was a great goal. It wasn’t a GOLAZO, as I read it described as a few hundred times on twitter on Thursday.

For me, a golazo has three ingredients: the first is everyone is doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing with maximum effort. The defender(s) are trying their darnedest to stop the shot. The goalie is in perfect position and the shooter in control. The second is the shot has to be accurate and from long distance. The third, obviously, it has to go in.

On Pozuelo’s chip, which against was a great goal, the two NYCFC defenders in front of him are very slow to close him down. Second, Sean Johnson is way off his line. 

So, to me, great goal but no golazo.

10. Philadelphia (2-2-1)

Last week: 15.

Defeated Cincinnati 2-0.

David Accam is looking really good.

11. Montreal (2-2-0)

Last week: 5.

Lost at Sporting KC 7-1.

Ummmm. Seven goals allowed.

12. New York Red Bulls (1-2-1)

Last week: 8.

Defeated by Chicago 1-0.

Alarm bells may be ringing for the Red Bulls, which can’t generate any offense.

13. Cincinnati (2-2-1)

Last week: 9.

Lost at Philadelphia 2-0.

14. Minnesota (2-2-0)

Last week: 12.

Lost at New England 2-1.

Losses like this are why I will never trust Adrian Heath as a manager. An inexcusable loss and points given up.

15. Orlando (1-2-2)

Last week: 14.

Defeated by D.C. United 2-1.

16. Real Salt Lake (1-3-1)

Last week: 16.

Defeated by Dallas 4-2.

17. Chicago (1-2-1)

Last week: 21.

Defeated Red Bulls 1-0.

18. New England (1-3-1)

Last week: 22.

Defeated Minnesota 2-1.

Maybe everyone does need to try a little bit harder.

19. NYCFC (0-1-3)

Last week: 17.

Lost at Toronto 4-0.

Dome Torrent may be the first manager to go. This team is not good, and it has great parts.

20. Atlanta United (0-2-2)

Last week: 18.

Lost at Columbus 2-0.

21. Portland (0-3-1)

Last week: 19.

Los at L.A. Galaxy 2-1.

22. Colorado (0-3-2)

Last week: 20.

Defeated by Houston 4-1.

23. Vancouver (0-3-1)

Last week: 23.

Drew with Seattle 0-0.

24. San Jose (0-4-0)

Last week: 24.

Defeated by LAFC 5-0.

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