MLS Power Rankings Heading Into Week 6

MLS Power Rankings Heading Into Week 6

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Clint Dempsey certainly played out of his mind in week five. Even with his team only leaving Portland with draw, the Seattle Sounders certainly showed the world how dangerous the club can be. Toronto FC showed that the team does not need Jermain Defoe to win a game, as Michael Bradley stepped up once again and led the team to victory.

A lot of shifts happened in week five. Find out where your club lands in our weekly Power Rankings.

19. San Jose Earthquakes

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19. San Jose Earthquakes

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After losing to the New England Revolution two weeks ago, the Earthquakes had a week off last week. The Earthquakes will look to grab a much needed win this week against the Columbus Crew. Unfortunately for San Jose, the Crew are still one of the best teams in MLS, so their work is incredibly cut out for them.

Last Week's Rank: 17th

18. Montreal Impact

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18. Montreal Impact

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Riding the wave of another draw, the Montreal Impact will be looking to jumpstart their offense this week against the Chicago Fire. The Impact traded for forward Jack McInerey last week and look to give him the start alongside Marco Di Vaio this week.

Last Week’s Rank: 18th

17. New York Red Bulls

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17. New York Red Bulls

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If there is one team in MLS that continues to draw the short end of the stick, it is the New York Red Bulls. Even when the team goes out and scores goals, their first win still continues to elude them. A Week 6 matchup against DC United will certainly be good for the club. United comes after their first win of the season, but still has numerous issues to address.

Last Week's Rank: 14th

16. Portland Timbers

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16. Portland Timbers

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First off, the club did play tremendously well during most of the game last week against the Seattle Sounders. Unfortunately for them, Clint Dempsey stepped in and worked his magic. The Timbers have everything and more to win games, but when it comes down to the end, something is still missing. Can the team rebound this week against Chivas USA?

Last Week’s Rank: 15th

15. New England Revolution

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15. New England Revolution

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The amount of phrases that could be mentioned about the New England Revolution are far too numerous. Diego Fagundez needs to wake up from his 2013 fame coma and start leading the Revs to a more goals and wins. New England faces the Houston Dynamo this week in a rematch from their blowout loss in Week 1.

Last Week’s Rank: 11th

14. DC United

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14. DC United

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The capital city boys have finally grabbed their first win of the season. That must be a truly amazing feeling for a club that continues to struggle. Eddie Johnson has yet to prove that he was worth all the time and money the team gave him this off-season. DC takes on the struggling New York Red Bulls as the team searches for its second win of the year.

Last Week’s Rank: 19th.

13. Chicago Fire

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13. Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire earned a point from their 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union last week. Heading into this week, the Fire will battle the Montreal Impact, who also drew their game last week. Mike Magee scored a goal last week and will look to keep the good times rolling.

Last Week’s Rank: 13

12. LA Galaxy

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12. LA Galaxy

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Heading into last week’s match against Chivas USA, the LA Galaxy were actually not the favorite for this game. Just like typical Galaxy games, the team went against the critics and posted a resounding 3-0 win. LA takes on the high-flying attack of the Vancouver Whitecaps this week and it will certainly be one of the games to watch.

Last Week’s Rank: 16th

11. Chivas USA

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11. Chivas USA

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Even with a loss last week to the rival LA Galaxy, Chivas USA still are one of the top teams in MLS. Erick Torres still is one of the best forwards in the league, while Mauro Rosales continues to make a case for the 2014 MVP award.

Last Week’s Rank: 9th

10. Houston Dynamo

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10. Houston Dynamo

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One club that has continued to drop further and further in our weekly Power Rankings is the Houston Dynamo. Since their red-hot start during the first three weeks, the Dynamo have been struggling to keep their heads above the water. This is a club that still has a lot of talent and certainly knows what it takes to win games. Do not count them out just yet MLS fans.

Last Week’s Rank: 6th

9. Philadelphia Union

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9. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union continue to struggle as the season rolls on. With a draw last week against the Chicago Fire, the Union still are looking to finally get their wheels back on the right track. After the new emergence of Leo Fernandez in the midfield, the Union have started to see much more flourish in the early part of the season.

Last Week's Rank: 10th

8. Seattle Sounders

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8. Seattle Sounders

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Clint Dempsey is playing on another level right now, but will this great form last? It is safe to say that Dempsey certainly is a great player but it is still not enough to completely save the Seattle Sounders from their mid-table form. Seattle certainly has the right idea when it comes to goal-scoring options, but the goalkeeper and defensive positions are still in question.

Last Week’s Rank: 8th

7. Colorado Rapids

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7. Colorado Rapids

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Jose Mari put the team on his back and individually grabbed three points for the Colorado Rapids last week. Mari’s two wonder goals placed him in the spotlight and his name will forever be remembered by Rapids fans. The Rapids take on Toronto FC this week and will be a game to not miss out on.

Last Week’s Rank: 12th

6. Sporting Kansas City

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6. Sporting Kansas City

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After all of the hard talk from both Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake players last week, the match only ended in a draw. Although the result may not have been as exciting as fans and players wanted, it did show how these teams are progressing. SKC has the week off and will be excited to have Chance Myers returning to their backline for the next game.

Last Week’s Rank: 4th

5. Vancouver Whitecaps

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5. Vancouver Whitecaps

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With each passing week, fans and critics continue to become more and more impressed with the level of play from the young Vancouver Whitecaps. Even with a loss last week, the Whitecaps still are one of the most dangerous attacking teams in MLS.

Last Week’s Rank: 5th

4. Columbus Crew

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4. Columbus Crew

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A surprise loss last week for the Columbus Crew will fuel the club going into their week six match-up against the last place San Jose Earthquakes. Crew fans should not be worried about this one loss, and know the team will rebound and continue to run all over opponents.

Last Week’s Rank: 1st

3. Real Salt Lake

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3. Real Salt Lake

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The defending Western Conference champions are starting to build more momentum each and every week. If I was on a team in the Western Conference, I would start to be worried, because the men of RSL are starting to take over MLS. RSL is only getting stronger with each passing week and will continue to dominate every opponent as the season goes along.

Last Week’s Rank: 2nd

2. Toronto FC

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2. Toronto FC

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It took Toronto FC just one week to regain their dominant form, by knocking off the dangerously good Columbus Crew. Michael Bradley is playing on another planet right now and continues to show why he is the best player from the US national team. TFC takes on an attack minded Colorado Rapids team in Week 6 which will certainly be a game to watch.

Last Week’s Rank: 7th

1. FC Dallas

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1. FC Dallas

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At the beginning of the 2014 MLS season, no one had picked FC Dallas to be the top of the league six weeks in. Both the offense and defense are incredibly dangerous and continue to show just how talented the entire squad is. FCD takes on the Seattle Sounders this week and will look to continue their dominance.

Last Week’s Rank: 3rd

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