MARCH 5, 2017 Atlanta, Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron battles for the ball with New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl in the the first game for the Five Stripes. (Miguel Martinez / Mundo Hispanico)

Rebooting the MLS Power Poll

My weekly MLS Power Poll is out. As with player ratings, this is just meant to start conversation and not to be taken too seriously.

We are going to re-boot the standings heading into the season’s second half:

1. Toronto (10-2-5).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-0 win over New England.

It’s almost odd that this team just keeps rolling.

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2. Chicago (10-3-4).

Last week: NA.

Result: 4-0 win over Orlando City.

A team nobody wants to play right now.

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3. NYCFC (9-5-3).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls.

A win that came far too easily in a rivalry.

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4. Sporting KC (8-4-6).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-1 win over L.A. Galaxy.

Another team that grinds out results. I’m moving them ahead of Dallas because they have two more wins.

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5. Dallas (6-3-7).

Last week: NA.

Result: 1-1 tie with Houston.

I guess it’s a good thing that the team can grind out draws.

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6. Orlando (7-6-5).

Last week:

NA.

Result: 1-1 tie with Seattle and 4-0 loss to Chicago.

Maybe two games in two weeks took its toll.

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7. Atlanta United (7-7-3).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-1 loss at D.C. United and 1-0 win over Colorado.

Team has 10 games at home in the season’s second half.

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8. Los Angeles (6-6-4).

Last week: NA.

Result: 3-1 win over Colorado and 2-1 loss to Sporting KC.

Splitting two games isn’t too bad.

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9. Houston (7-6-4).

Last week: NA.

Result: 1-1 draw with Dallas.

Gave away a 1-0 lead to Dallas.

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10. Columbus (8-9-1).

Last week: NA.

Result: 4-1 win over Montreal.

Team exploded to destroy Montreal. The Crew are ones to watch.

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11. Vancouver (6-6-3).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-2 draw with Minnesota United.

Giving away a two-goal lead isn’t good.

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12. New York Red Bulls (7-8-2).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-0 loss to NYCFC.

A team that looks kind of disinterested right now.

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13. Portland (7-7-4).

Last week: NA.

Result: 3-2 loss at Minnesota United and 2-2 draw with Seattle.

The Timbers and trending the wrong way.

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14. San Jose (6-6-5).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.

The Quakes, which just fired Dom Kinnear, are just treading water after a great start.

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15. Seattle (5-7-6).

Last week: NA.

Result: 1-1 draw with Orlando City and 2-2 draw at Portland.

Just not impressed by this team in any way.

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16. Minnesota United (5-9-3).

Last week: NA.

Result: 3-2 win over Portland and 2-2 draw with Vancouver.

What a week for the Loons. Adrian Heath is doing a remarkable job.

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17. Colorado (5-10-1).

Last week: NA.

Result: 3-1 loss to L.A. Galaxy and 1-0 loss at Atlanta United.

Team had chances to beat or tie Atlanta United, but failed to capitalize on its chances.

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18. Montreal (4-5-6).

Last week: NA.

Result: 4-1 loss to Columbus.

A team that just can’t get out of its own way. They aren’t the lowest team in the poll because they do have a lot of talent.

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19. D.C. United (5-9-3).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-1 win over Atlanta United and 1-0 loss to Philadelphia.

Goes from beating Atlanta United to losing to the Union.

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20. New England (5-7-5)

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-0 loss to Toronto.

Not being able to beat a team coming off one day rest…not a good sign.

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21. Philadelphia (5-7-4).

Last week: NA.

Result: 1-0 win over D.C. United.

A bounce-back win over the East’s other worst team.

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22. Real Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Last week: NA.

Result: 2-1 loss to San Jose.

The first team to 11 losses.

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