Monday, April 18, 2011

MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

 After week 5 there is very little change at the top and bottom of the MLS as Real Salt Lake remain undefeated and Chivas USA are still winless.  Three teams were the biggest movers this week as both Portland and Columbus showed serious signs of being contenders for the playoffs by beating good opponents at home.  DC United along with New York had the most lop sided wins of the week but DCU accomplished their victory on the road in Toronto which makes them the biggest riser of the week.  The biggest slider was Chicago who lost by two on the road to Portland and then returned home to lose to a shorthanded Galaxy club.

1. Real Salt Lake (1)
Record: 4W-0L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Win vs Colorado Rapids
Next Week:  No Match
RSL gets another week off as they have the 1st leg of CCL Finals this week and the 2nd next week.

2. Los Angeles Galaxy (2)
Record:  3W-1L-3D
Last Week: 0-0 Draw at Toronto FC, 2-1 Win at Chicago Fire
Next Week:  Apr 23 vs Portland Timbers
The shorthanded Galaxy end a 3 game in eight day road trip with a win against Chicago.

3. Philadelphia Union (3)
Record: 3W-1L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw vs Seattle Sounders
Next Week:  No Match
The Union are unable to hold onto the win as the vaunted defense allows a late goal.

4. New York Red Bulls (5)
Record:  2W-1L-2D
Last Week:  3-0 Win vs San Jose Earthquakes
Next Week:  Apr 21 at DC United
The Red Bulls attack explodes for three goals as Englishmen Luke Rodgers scores 2 and sets up another.

5. Colorado Rapids (4)
Record:  3W-2L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss at Real Salt Lake
Next Week:  Apr 22 vs Seattle Sounders
The Rapids suffer their 2nd straight loss on the road as they fall late in the fortress, Rio Tinto Stadium.     

6. Seattle Sounders (6)
Record:  1W-2L-2D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw at Philadelphia Union
Next Week:  Apr 22 at Colorado Rapids
The Sounders salvage a road draw against the Eastern Conference leading Union with a late goal

7. Houston Dynamo (9)
Record:  2W-1L-2D
Last Week:  1-0 Win vs New England Revolution
Next Week:  Apr 23 at Chicago Fire
The Dynamo won their second straight at home as Tally Hall collects a cleansheet

8. DC United (14)
Record:  2W-2L-1D
Last Week: 3 -0 Win at Toronto FC
Next Week:  Apr 21 vs New York Red Bulls
DC collect the most impressive road win of the week taking advantage of a disorganized TFC backline
9. Sporting Kansas City (8)
Record: 1W-2L-1D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss at Columbus Crew
Next Week:  Apr 23 at New England Revolution
After collapsing to Vancouver, SKC lose a close one to the Crew as they continue a marathon road trip

10. San Jose Earthquakes (7)
Record:  1W-2L-2D
Last Week:  3-0 Loss at New York Red Bulls
Next Week:  Apr 23 vs Chivas USA
The Earthquakes lose badly in adverse conditions as they had no answer for the Henry-Rodgers combo

11. Columbus Crew (16)
Record:  2W-1L-2D
Last Week: 1-0 Win vs Sporting Kansas City
Next Week:  Apr 23 at Toronto FC
The Crew maintain strong play at home but can they continue their success on the road versus TFC

12. Vancouver Whitecaps (12)
Record:  1W-2L-3D
Last Week:  0-0 Draw vs Chivas USA
Next Week:  Apr 23 vs FC Dallas
The Caps came close to collecting their 2nd victory but must settle for another home draw

13. Portland Timbers (18)
Record:  2W-2L-1D
Last Week:  4-2 Win vs Chicago, 3-2 Win vs FC Dallas
Next Week:  Apr 23 at LA Galaxy
The Timbers ride the emotion of supporters to 3-0 leads but almost blow both leads late in the games

14. FC Dallas (10)
Record:  1W-3L-1D
Last Week:  3-2 Loss at Portland Timbers
Next Week:  Apr 23 at Vancouver Whitecaps
After an impressive win at home, FCD couldn’t handle Timbers Army early but almost come to earn draw

15. New England Revolution (13)
Record:  1W-2L-3D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss at Houston Dynamo
Next Week:  Apr 23 vs Sporting Kansas City
A disputed goal causes the Revs to lose a road point but lack of scoring should be more of a concern.

16. Chicago Fire (11)
Record:  1W-3L-1D
Last Week:  4-2 Loss at Portland Timbers, 2-1 Loss vs LA Galaxy
Next Week:  Apr 23 vs Houston Dynamo
The Fire are digging themselves into a hole early in games and are unable to climb out with late goals

17. Toronto FC (15)
Record:  1W-2L-3D
Last Week: 0-0 Draw vs LA Galaxy, 3-0 Loss vs DC United
Next Week:  Apr 23 vs Columbus Crew
After a solid draw with Galaxy at home, TFC loses badly to DCU at home three days later

18. Chivas USA (17)
Record:  0W-2L-3D
Last Week:  0-0 Draw at Vancouver Whitecaps
Next Week:  Apr 23 at San Jose Earthquakes
The Goats are now scoreless in 268 mins as they earn their 3rd straight draw and 2nd 0-0 draw in a row.


  1. I am a Whitecaps Fan but Portland should be ahead of Vancouver in the power rankings in my opinion. They have managed at least one point on the road and have taken 6 pts of a possible 6 at home while the WC have taken 6 of a possible 12 at home.

  2. I rank based on many factors not just records. In Portland's case the Timbers were great at gaining the 3-0 leads but they let the opponents back in the game. The Dallas game was almost tied if it was not for a post which would have been worse the SKC collapse at Empire.

    It takes a lot for a team to have a huge jump. DCU went up 6 spots cause their win on the road was the most impressive. Doesn't matter it was against TFC.

    Thanks for reading.