By Ryan Fleming
We have our weekly MLS Power Rankings for you after an exciting week. The Galaxy are still on top, but we have some movement in the middle of the pack. Depending how things shake up this weekend, the list could look much different next week.
LA Galaxy – The Galaxy remain undefeated, but tie a lowly Toronto FC. Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan will be missing for the next few months due to international duties. Huh? Oh, the World Cup. I guess we’ll see if LA can keep the streak going.
Columbus Crew – Much like LA, the Crew are undefeated. The boys in yellow got the go-ahead goal near stoppage time in Saturday’s game against Chivas. If anything, Columbus is now harder to beat than those we placed above them.
San Jose Earthquakes – Tying an injured and severely limited New England team doesn’t help San Jose’s cause. Still, the Earthquakes have posted three-straight clean sheets and are in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference.
New York Red Bulls – Someone should ask a Red Bull’s fan who attended Saturday night’s game how they feel. After fighting the Sounders the whole game, New York fell late in the game on a superb play by Freddy Montero. Head up, New York.
Real Salt Lake – Just days after being named to the United States Men’s National Team preliminary squad, Robbie Findley set the pace early for RSL, cruising by Houston, 3-1. Questions remain for RSL and other teams that have players leaving for international duty.
Seattle Sounders FC – Seattle escaped NY, 1-0, thanks to Montero’s single effort, but a tough task lays ahead in San Jose. If Seattle wants to get back to their winning ways, they’ll have to look to their leaders – Montero and Freddie Ljungberg – to play beyond expectations.
Houston Dynamo – The Dynamo were exploited in their 3-1 loss to RSL last Thursday. Houston has yet to win games in succession, but have outscored it’s opponents, 10-1, in its four wins.
FC Dallas – Unfortunately for the Hoops, they were on the other side of No. 1 pick, Danny Mwanaga’s game-tying strike deep in extra time. Dallas has a chance to rebound when they host the recently reduced, LA Galaxy, on Thursday.
Colorado Rapids – Upside: getting first win in D.C. since ‘99. Downside: the Rapids play two games next week; Wednesday and Saturday. Colorado only has three players listed as out on their injury report last Friday, so they should manage to get by both games without serious fatigue.
Toronto FC – An interesting last few days for the Reds. First, they tie the MLS’s best team, with Buddle and Donovan still present (huge hand goes to keeper Stefan Frei). Second, their top pick in this year’s SuperDraft, 17-year-old Zac Herold, is forced to retire due to health concerns. Like the Rapids, TFC also plays two games this week.
Kansas City Wizards – Say thank you to Kei Kamara, Kansas City. The 25-year-old netted two goals, erasing the Fire’s lead. Still, the lowly Wizards are winless in their last five and take on a streaking Columbus team Sunday.
Chicago Fire – The Fire should have come away with three points, but couldn’t stop the rain or Kamara. Chicago only plays one league game for the rest of the month. Yet, Paris St. Germain and AC Milan come to town. Talk about entertainment.
Chivas USA – Justin Braun can’t be feeling to well right now. After taking down Crew defender, Chad Marshall in the penalty box late in the game, Guillermo Barros Schelotto netted the penalty to give Columbus the win. Still, things are looking up. Chivas closes out the month with a visit from RSL and a trip to D.C.
New England Revolution – The Revs showed some mettle when they tied San Jose Saturday night. With a depleted roster, any points they can manage is a bonus. Still, New England has three more games this month including a meaningless exhibition against Portuguese power, Benfica, tomorrow.
Philadelphia Union – Mwanga not only scored the game-tying goal – his first league goal – against FC Dallas, but also provided the Union with some encouragement. After a week off, the Union close out May with a visit to Houston.
D.C. United – United has lost two in a row and travel to Houston this weekend. The worst team in the league takes on one of the best teams in the world a week from Wednesday, AC Milan. Uh oh.
Ryan Fleming is a contributing writer and editor for The Soccer Guys. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.