MLS Power Poll Week 22: Atlanta United moving up

Here are the results of Doug Roberson’s weekly MLS Power Poll: 

1. LAFC (16-3-4) 

Last week: 1. 

Won at New England 2-0. 

2. Minnesota (11-7-5) 

Last week: 5. 

Defeated Portland 1-0. 

This team is going to make the playoffs. Good for them. Truly. 

3. Philadelphia (12-7-6) 

Last week: 7. 

Defeated D.C. United 5-1. 

An impressive win against an unimpressive opponent. 

4. San Jose (11-7-5) 

Last week: 2. 

Drew with Columbus 1-1. 

5. Portland (9-8-5) 

Last week: 3. 

Defeated at Minnesota 1-0. 

6. Seattle (11-7-5) 

Last week: 4. 

Defeated by Sporting KC 3-2. 

An inexplicable loss considering how tight the West race is. 

7. Atlanta United (12-9-3) 

Last week: 10. 

Defeated L.A. Galaxy, 2-0

When it plays with confidence, I still think it is the best team with the most talent in MLS. 

 8. New York Red Bulls (11-9-4) 

Last week: 9. 

Defeated Toronto 2-0. 

9. NYCFC (9-4-8) 

Last week: 6. 

Defeated at Real Salt Lake 3-1. 

Who is going to score the big goals for them? 

10. L.A. Galaxy (12-10-1) 

Last week: 8. 

Defeated at Atlanta United, 2-0

A paper tiger. 

11. Real Salt Lake (10-9-4) 

Last week: 12. 

Defeated NYCFC 3-1. 

This team is fun to watch when Jefferson Savarino is in the mood. 

12. D.C. United (9-7-9) 

Last week: 11. 

Defeated by Philadelphia 5-1. 

This team could be the darkhorse to not make the playoffs if Ben Olsen can’t get it issues in midfield resolved. 

13. Orlando (8-11-5) 

Last week: 18. 

Defeated Dallas 2-0. 

Every result went Orlando’s way last weekend, opening the door for it to have a chance to get back into playoff race. 

14. Columbus (7-14-4) 

Last week: 17. 

Draw at San Jose 1-1. 

Not even Gyasi Zardes can miss from 3 yards when he’s unmarked and only has to head the ball. 

15. Montreal (10-12-3) 

Last week: 13. 

Defeated at Colorado 6-3. 

16. Dallas (9-9-6) 

Last week: 14. 

Defeated at Orlando 2-0 despite having Paxton Pomykal. Can we give the kid a little time, please? 

17. New England (9-9-6) 

Last week: 15. 

Defeated by LAFC 2-0. 

I’m not as high on this team as others. I think it still has major issues in defense. 

18. Toronto (9-10-5) 

Last week: 16. 

Defeated at Red Bulls 2-0. 

Its defense is abysmal, most of its midfield lacks creativity and speed. It’s not going to make the playoffs. 

19. Houston (9-11-3) 

Last week: 19. 

Defeated by Chicago 1-0. 

Goodbye Wilmer Cabrera. 

20. Chicago (6-10-9) 

Last week: 20. 

Won at Houston 1-0. 

21. Colorado (6-12-5) 

Last week: 21. 

Defeated Montreal 6-3. 

22. Vancouver (5-11-9) 

Last week: 22. 

Won at Cincinnati 2-1. 

23. Sporting KC (7-10-7) 

Last week: 23. 

Won at Seattle 3-2. 

24. Cincinnati (5-17-2) 

Last week: 24. 

Defeated by Vancouver 2-1.

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