It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego.
1. NYCFC (12-4-4)
Last week: 3
Result: 3-0 win vs. Montreal and 2-0 vs. Columbus
Three consecutive wins and NYCFC is nipping at Atlanta United’s heels.
How they got here: WWWDWWDLWLDWLWDWLWWW
2. New York Red Bulls (11-5-2)
Last week: 4
Result: 3-2 win vs. Sporting KC
The Red Bulls bounce back from last week’s disappointment to keep pressure on in the East.
How they got here: WLWLWLWWWWDLDWWWLW
3. Atlanta United (12-4-5)
Last week: 1
Result: 1-1 draw vs. Seattle
Seattle’s bunkering formula wasn’t new, but it is something Atlanta United will likely see in most of its remaining games. It needs a plan.
How they got here: LWWWWDWWWLWLDWDWDWLWD
4. Portland (8-3-6)
Last week: 2
Result: 0-0 draw at LAFC
Unbeaten in 12 consecutive, but are they a true threat in the playoffs?
How they got here: LLDDLWWWWWWDDDWWD
5. L.A.F.C. (10-4-5)
Last week: 5
Result: 0-0 draw vs. Portland
They have a mostly full complement of players with talent coming.
How they got here: WWLLWWWDWDLDLWWWDWD
6. Dallas (11-3-5)
Last week: 6
Result: 3-1 win vs. Chicago
This was the kind of performance that contenders need to have.
How they got here: DWDDWWLDWDWWWWLWWLW
7. Montreal (9-12-0)
Last week: 9
Result: 3-0 loss at NYCFC and 2-0 vs. San Jose
Now, can it beat the good teams? No. But it’s still beating the bad teams.
How they got here: LLWWLLLLWLLLLWLWWWWLW
8. Sporting KC (9-5-6)
Last week: 7
Result: 3-2 loss at New York Red Bulls
Well, Sporting KC is starting to get healthy, but it’s still dropping way too many points.
How they got here: LWWDWWDWLWWDDWDWLLDL
9. Columbus (8-7-6)
Last week: 8
Result: 2-0 loss at NYCFC
Gyasi Zardes again held scoreless and the Crew again lose.
How they got here: WWDWLLLDWDWWWDDDLLWLL
10. L.A. Galaxy (8-7-4)
Last week: 14
Result: 3-2 win at New England
The team is unbeaten in six. I wasn’t too high on them, but am starting to come around.
How they got here: WLDWLWLLLLWWLDWDDWW
11. Real Salt Lake (9-9-2)
Last week: 10
Result: 3-2 loss at Minnesota United
God bless Mike Petke, who unleashed an annual epic rant about refereeing after the loss.
How they got here: DLWLWLWLLWLWWWLDLWWL
12. Houston (7-6-4)
Last week: 11
Result: Did not play
How they got here: WLDLDWLWDWWLLWLDW
13. Philadelphia (7-9-3)
Last week: 16
Result: 4-3 win at Chicago
Following last week’s devastating loss to Atlanta United, the Union bounce back with a solid win.
How they got here: WDLDLLWLLWWDWLWLLLW
14. New England (7-5-7)
Last week: 12
Result: 3-2 loss vs. L.A. Galaxy
Two wins in the past nine. It’s time for Brad Freidel to come up with a Plan B to get results.
How they got here: LWDWWLDWDWLDDWDDWDL
15. Vancouver (7-8-5)
Last week: 13
Result: 2-0 loss at D.C. United
Losing to D.C. United on the road is something that Atlanta United can empathize with.
How they got here: WWLDWLLLWLDDDDWWLLWL
16. Chicago (6-10-5)
Last week: 15
Result: 4-3 loss vs. Philadelphia and 3-1 loss at Dallas
Six points lost. The team needs something to shake it up.
How they got here: LLDWLWDLWLLWLWDDDWLLL
17. Seattle (4-9-5)
Last week: 17
Result: 1-1 draw at Atlanta United
One point really doesn’t do them any good.
How they got here: LLLDWLDWLLLWLDLWDD
18. Minnesota United (7-11-1)
Last week: 18
Result: 3-2 win vs. Real Salt Lake
The team’s roller-coaster of a season continues, but includes more magic from Darwin Quintero.
How they got here: LWWLLLLWWLLDWLLLWLW
19. Orlando City (7-11-1)
Last week: 19
Result: 2-1 win vs. Toronto
The team breaks its nine-game losing streak, but the quality of the opponent they beat shouldn’t result in much of a confidence boost.
How they got here: DLLWWWWWWLLLLLLLLLW
20. D.C. United (3-7-5)
Last week: 23
Result: 3-1 win vs. Vancouver
Yamil Asad scores the first goal in a new stadium for a team. Sound familiar?
How they got here: DLDLLWLLWDLDLDW
21. Colorado (4-11-4)
Last week: 20
Result: 0-0 draw vs. Houston
That actually seems like the perfect result considering the two teams.
How they got here: LDWDWLLLLLLLLDWWLLD
22. Toronto (4-11-4)
Last week: 21
Result: 2-1 loss at Orlando City
After two more goals were scored with play coming right down the middle of the pitch, Michael Bradley was finally subbed off after a yellow card. It’s something that should have been done earlier in the season. A friend of mine at the game texted saying, “All he does is jog/walk around the field.”
How they got here: LLWLLDWLLWLWDLLLDLL
23. San Jose (2-11-6)
Last week: 22
Result: 2-0 loss at Montreal
At a loss for how bad this team has become.
How they got here: WLLDDDLLLWDLLLLDDDLL
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