FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira (27) makes a shot on goal during MLS soccer match Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Photo: Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com
Photo: Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com

MLS Power Poll Week 8: LAFC strengthens grip on No. 1

Because no one asked for it, here is the weekly MLS Power Poll. Here are the results, which only take into account the results and not potential:

1. LAFC (7-1-1)

Last week: 1.

Lost at Vancouver 1-0 and defeated Seattle 4-1.

Carlos Vela is the hands down candidate for MVP.

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

Last week: 3.

Defeated Houston 2-1.

LA seems to have a stranglehold on soccer right now.

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3. Dallas (5-2-1)

Last week: 6.

Won at Atlanta United 2-1.

Getting an early goal against Atlanta United was huge for the game plan and it paid off.

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4.  Seattle (5-1-1)

Last week: 2.

Lost at LAFC 4-1.

I have a negative blindspot for this team and Sunday’s result showed why.

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5. D.C. United (4-2-2)

Last week: 4.

Defeated by NYCFC 2-0.

This is a team that seems to be wobbling right now.

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6. Houston (4-1-1)

Last week: 5.

Lost at L.A. Galaxy 2-1.

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7. Toronto (4-1-1)

Last week: 11.

Defeated Minnesota 4-3.

Alejandro Pozuelo is having a heck of a start for Toronto.

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8. Philadelphia (4-3-1)

Last week: 12.

Defeated Montreal 3-0.

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9. Montreal (3-3-2)

Last week: 7.

Lost at Philadelphia 3-0.

What gives with this team? It either posts shutouts or gets blown out.

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10. Sporting KC (2-2-3)

Last week: 8.

Lost at San Jose 4-1.

A bad, bad loss.

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11. Columbus (4-3-1)

Last week: 9.

Defeated by Portland 3-1.

Things are turning sour quickly for the Crew.

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12. Real Salt Lake (3-4-1)

Last week: 15.

Won at Cincinnati 3-0.

What a game from Albert Rusnak, who suffered a gruesomely broken finger but stayed in the game and terrorized Cincy.

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13. Minnesota (3-3-1)

Last week: 10.

Lost at Toronto 4-3.

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14. Orlando (3-3-2)

Last week: 16.

Defeated Vancouver 1-0.

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15. Cincinnati (2-4-2)

Last week: 13.

Defeated by Real Salt Lake 3-0.

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16. Chicago (2-2-3)

Last week: 18.

Defeated Colorado 4-1.

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17. NYCFC (1-1-5)

Last week: 19.

Won at D.C. United 2-0.

Huge win for Dome Torrent. I don’t think it’s going to matter in a bout a month, though.

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18. San Jose (2-5-0)

Last week: 20.

Defeated Sporting KC 4-1.

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19. New England (2-5-1)

Last week: 21.

Defeated New York Red Bulls 1-0.

A team that wants to press, but then does nothing when it has the ball. It’s an incomplete puzzle.

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20. Vancouver (1-5-2)

Last week: 21.

Defeated LAFC 1-0 and lost at Orlando 1-0.

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21. Portland (1-5-1)

Last week: 23.

Won at Columbus 3-1.

A relieving win for the Timbers.

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22. New York Red Bulls (1-4-2)

Last week: 14.

Lost at New England 1-0.

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23. Atlanta United (1-3-2)

Last week: 17.

Defeated by Dallas 2-1.

Look for manager Frank de Boer to to start Josef Martinez, Pity Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Darlington Nagbe together for the first time this season on Saturday.

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24. Colorado (0-6-2)

Last week: 24.

Lost at Chicago 4-1.

A 1-0 lead evaporated with three goals allowed in the first half. This team was supposed to be better in the middle of the pitch. It’s not.

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