RANK TEAM COMMENTS Last 6 Previous Change

New York Red Bulls

Weird week for the nearly unanimous number 1 pick from the voters this week. Ugly loss at Chicago feels so out of place compared to recent results. Dismantling of DC at Red Bull Arena was a big statement from the team currently controlling the Supporter’s Shield with PPG. After a rematch with the Fire in two weeks, two tough road games await at Portland and New England. 4-1-1 2 +1

San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose defintely turned some heads with a thorough performance against a Galaxy team that was looking unstoppable. While they seemed likely to overtake Seattle, the Sounders got a big result. ‘Quakes hold the advantage of games in hand. The Union are up next in a classic trap game. Luckily it is at home and the Quakes look set to win their 5th in a row. 4-1-1 8 +6

LA Galaxy

The loss in San Jose should serve as a reminder that it is too early to crown a champion just yet. Still the loss is just their third since June 13th. There is a lot to like about this Galaxy team, especially at home. If earn home field through the playoffs, watch out. 4-2-0 1 -2

FC Dallas

Dallas snapped a 4 game losing streak and looked like their stronger self. For Dallas, they need to pick up results against strong teams to look like a contender. The good news, they don’t look like they are preparing for the season ending meltdown that has plagued this club for so many years. Tough schedule that will prove their worth if they can make it through. 3-3-0 5 +1

Columbus Crew SC

Columbus is another team that just isn’t losing games right now. Just two losses since June 13th, that’s less than the Galaxy! Ethan Finlay and Kei Kamara have been terrific, but the importance of the central midfield can’t be overlooked. 3-1-2 6 +1

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver has had two tough losses in the last three weeks. Going down 2-men at Houston was a death sentence. Carl Robinson and co. are doing a great job up North. They are still in a great position to win the shield. 4-2-0 3 -3

New England Revolution

Knock knock. Who’s There? Oh, it’s the Revs, and they are on 5-game unbeaten streak that now perfectly matches the 5 game losing streak that proceeded. Better news for the Revs, their defense seems to have shored up the problems. Before anyone gets too high on the Revs, they have to prove it against good teams. Beating teams like Montreal, Philly and NYC are good for confidence, but they aren’t the ones crowning champions. 4-1-1 10 +3

Toronto FC

Toronto is another team benefiting from playing weaker competition right now. Orlando and Montreal help soothe the burn after the Red Bulls demolished them. The offense will keep them in every game they play, but they still have some defensive lapses that should be worrying if they are looking to make a deep run in the playoffs. 3-3-0 9 +1

Sporting Kansas City

Everything has gone wrong for Sporting since their miracle win against the Whitecaps. They need to figure out where the wound is to stop the bleeding. 2-3-1 4 -5

DC United

Just like Sporting, DC is on a major slide. 3-3-0 in their last 6, but 3-5-1 in their last 9. It is a question of when, not if, they surrender the top spot in the East. At this point, they could fall as far as 3rd if Columbus stays hot, or 4th if NE does too. 3-3-0 7 -3

Colorado Rapids

The Rapids are off the bottom of the Western table. That’s damn good news for them. Better news? They really aren’t that far out of playoff contention. It would take a lot of teams doing them some big favors, but it could happen. 3-3-0 12 +1

Houston Dynamo

Houston doesn’t make any sense to me. Lose to the Rapids last week, and beat the Whitecaps this week? You got me. Their consistency has been poor all year, and thus they are down our list. 2-2-2 14 +2

Portland Timbers

 Portland should feel hard done by the game in Seattle, but they have only themselves to blame. If you don’t finish, it doesn’t matter how many chances you create. 2-2-2 11 -2

Chicago Fire

The Fire had a good week. Beat the team atop the list, and earned a respectable point on the road in Orlando. Good work. 2-2-2 17 +3

Montreal Impact

 Montreal and Klopas parted ways after a third straight loss. The Impact have had a rough go of it, but they are still in a good spot to make the playoffs. Losing Ciman to a red car/yellow card accumulation suspension is going to be very difficult for the team to overcome. 2-3-1 15 0

Seattle Sounders FC

 Seattle’s gutsy win at home was good for morale, but they did not play particularly well. Still, the best teams win even when they look poor right? 2-4-0 20 +4

Real Salt Lake

Rock bottom for the Rocky Mountain folks. This was a common spot for them BK (Before Kreis). Is this the return of the funk? 2-4-0 13 -4

Philadelphia Union

 Philly is another team that had chance after chance and came away empty handed. Good show for hanging in their with the Revs, but you can’t drop points at home in tight games. The bottom of the table welcomes you. 1-3-2 18 0

Orlando City SC

Orlando’s home draw is the best result they have had in weeks. They have just a single win since July 4th. 1-3-2 19 0

New York City FC

 Dallas, Toronto, and San Jose. You think Kreis is banging his head on the wall yet? On the plus side, at least things seem right as rain in the locker room, right?….Right? 1-4-1 16 -4

(Comments, if enabled, are below this video.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.