MLS Week 5: Ranking the games

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 12: A crew member melts the snow on the lines during a break in the action in the first half of the match between the Minnesota United FC and the Atlanta United FC on March 12, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 12: A crew member melts the snow on the lines during a break in the action in the first half of the match between the Minnesota United FC and the Atlanta United FC on March 12, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Credit: Hannah Foslien

Credit: Hannah Foslien

Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.

Week 5

1. L.A.F.C. (2-0-0) at L.A. Galaxy (1-1-1), 3 p.m. Saturday: Man, do I wish Rage Against the Machine would re-form to play in the parking lot of Stubhub Center before this game. The Battle of Los Angeles is joined.

2. Vancouver (2-1-1) at Columbus (3-0-1), 3 p.m. Saturday: A litmus test of a game. If Columbus wins, I think it is a true contender in the East. If Vancouver wins, it is a contender in what looks like a weak West.

3. Atlanta United (2-1-0) at Minnesota United (2-2-0), 8 p.m. Saturday: Atlanta United's first road game was an absolute disaster. Now, it can show if it's learned anything after posting back-to-back wins at home. Of course, it may snow.

4. New York Red Bulls (2-1-0) at Orlando City (0-2-1) 1 p.m. Saturday: Orlando City has back-to-back home games. It has already dropped five points at home. How many more chances will Jason Kreis get?

5. Real Salt Lake (1-1-1) at Toronto (0-2-0), 8 p.m. Friday: Ok, time for Toronto to begin bouncing back.

6. NYCFC (3-0-1) at San Jose (1-1-0), 8 p.m. Saturday: This will be a tough game for NYCFC. On the road. Across the country. A decent San Jose squad. Still, three points doesn't seem improbable.

7. D.C. United (0-2-2) at Sporting KC (2-1-1), 8:30 p.m. Saturday: This is a chance for Sporting KC to sort out its issues on defense (odd to type) because D.C. United isn't good on offense. At all.

8. New England (1-1-1) at Houston (1-1-1), 8:30 p.m. Saturday: The Dynamo should win this game fairly easily.

9. Portland (0-2-1) at Chicago (0-2-0), 6 p.m. Saturday: The Timbers earned their first point last week, while Chicago is still trying to figure out its lineup.

10. Philadelphia (1-0-1) at Colorado (0-1-1), 9 p.m. Saturday: Ugh. Umm. Philly's kids will get a tough test in the altitude.

11. Montreal (1-2-0) at Seattle (0-2-0), 10 p.m. Saturday: And there's this one. Seattle looks awful. Montreal looks hopeful.

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