MLS Power Rankings Heading Into Week 7

MLS Power Rankings Heading Into Week 7

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MLS 2014 is heating up and showing no signs of stopping any time soon. The standings continue to take massive hits as new teams rise and fall each week. Thankfully for teams like FC Dallas, their place in my rankings were not hurt by their loss. On the other side of things, the Seattle Sounders continue to jump higher in my rankings.

Here are my MLS power rankings heading into Week 7.

19. San Jose Earthquakes

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19. San Jose Earthquakes

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The Earthquakes has only managed two points from four games, and shows no signs of actually winning a game anytime soon. Until the team can turn things around, expect the Earthquakes to continue to stay at the bottom.

Last week's rank: 19th

18. Montreal Impact

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18. Montreal Impact

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Even with another tie, the Montreal Impact are starting to finally look like a real team. With a 1-1 tie against the Chicago Fire, the Impact are starting to look more dangerous with each passing week. Give them a few more weeks and the Impact could very well be one of the top clubs in the Eastern Conference.

Last week's rank: 18th

17. New York Red Bulls

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17. New York Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls still have their struggles and will be looking for a win against the Philadelphia Union. If the team can figure out their offense and start scoring goals, then maybe we will see a positive surge from the struggling club.

Last week's rank: 17th

16. Portland Timbers

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16. Portland Timbers

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After a high-flying game two weeks ago against the Seattle Sounders, the Portland Timbers did not have enough left in them to beat Chivas USA last week. The Timbers have a lot to figure out and thankfully still have plenty of time to get their team together.

Last week's rank: 16th

15. Chicago Fire

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15. Chicago Fire

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Another week, another draw for the Chicago Fire. Not sure what the team is doing, but they need some serious help.

Last week's rank: 13th

14. Houston Dynamo

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14. Houston Dynamo

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Another week has passed and the Houston Dynamo continues to fall farther back. Losing 2-0 to the New England Revolution last week certainly put the team on red alert.

Last week's rank: 10th

13. Chivas USA

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13. Chivas USA

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Still one of the biggest surprises of the MLS season thus far, Chivas USA maintain their 13th spot in my rankings this week.

12. Philadelphia Union

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12. Philadelphia Union

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Anytime you can draw with Real Salt Lake, it certainly makes a lot of people notice. The Union are making waves in MLS, but still has a lot to do in order to make themselves known as a dominant force in MLS. Philadelphia has a double game schedule this week, so the club has an opportunity to grab six incredibly valuable points.

Last week's rank: 9th

11. DC United

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11. DC United

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It is amazing how quickly a team that was on the bottom just a few weeks ago can now be one of the better teams in the league. DC United are doing their best to keep the momentum and should continue to produce more terrific results.

Last week's rank: 14th

10. New England Revolution

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10. New England Revolution

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New England Revolution are making terrific waves in the Eastern Conference and are showing that the team does not always need their golden boy Diego Fagundez to win games.

Last week's rank: 15th

9. Vancouver Whitecaps

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9. Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-0 loss last week against the LA Galaxy. Even with this loss, the club still has plenty of time to regain their spot as one of the top clubs in MLS, especially with their high-flying offense.

Last week's rank: 5th

8. LA Galaxy

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8. LA Galaxy

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Another week, and another win for the LA Galaxy. Robbie Keane and company are playing exceptionally well and proving that the club wants another return trip to the MLS Cup finals this fall.

Last week's rank: 12th

7. Toronto FC

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7. Toronto FC

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A 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids leaves Toronto FC still very much alive in the title race for the Eastern Conference championship. The club will hope to have all of their stars back for this week's game against FC Dallas.

Last week's rank: 2nd

6. Sporting Kansas City

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6. Sporting Kansas City

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The defending champions are coming off a much-needed bye week. It will be interesting to see how the club plays with their full backline healthy.

Last week's rank: 6th

5. Real Salt Lake

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5. Real Salt Lake

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Drawing last week to the Philadelphia Union only put Real Salt Lake a few spots shy of first place in my rankings. Even without Nick Rimando, RSL are still just as dangerous.

Last week's rank: 3rd

4. Columbus Crew

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4. Columbus Crew

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Tying the worst team in MLS certainly can bring down a team's moral. Thankfully, the Columbus Crew are still one of the best in the league and will have no problems rebounding as the club continues their quest for glory.

Last week's rank: 4th

3. Colorado Rapids

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3. Colorado Rapids

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It is amazing how quickly a team can jump up in the power rankings after winning a game. The Colorado Rapids moved up fours spot to claim my No. 3 position in this week's rankings.

Last week's rank: 7th

2. Seattle Sounders

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2. Seattle Sounders

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Two words: Clint Dempsey.

Last week's rank: 8th

1. FC Dallas

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1. FC Dallas

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Even with a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Sounders, FC Dallas are still the best team in MLS. The club will certainly rebound and continue to prove why no one else can match up against them in 2014.

Last week's rank: 1st

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