As if the Eastern Conference wasn’t already strong enough, Juan Pablo Angel and Taylor Twellman finally opened their goal-scoring accounts to give yet another boost to the stronger of the two MLS conferences.
Yes, the domination of West by East continued last weekend, with East teams going 3-0, all on the road, against the West. The standings don’t lie. The two teams with the best records in the West, Colorado and FC Dallas, would both be in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Wow.
The two hottest teams in MLS kept up their winning ways as Columbus and Chicago both posted impressive victories. Perhaps the most surprising team of the early season, aside from league leaders Columbus, is the Red Bulls, who managed another impressive road result to stay within striking distance of the East Leaders.
One team beginning to lose major ground in the stacked East is D.C. United, which sits in last place in the East, a full four points behind sixth place Kansas City. Talk about a team that needs to turn things around ASAP.
Here is how this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings shake out.
SBI MLS Power Rankings
1. (Last week- 1) Columbus Crew (6-1)
Crew showed they can come from behind on the road. What can’t this team do? We’ll see if it can win outside the United States when it travels to Toronto.
2. (2) Chicago Fire (5-1-1)
Team defense has been amazing, but now the offense is starting to wake up too.
3. (6) New York Red Bulls (3-1-2)
Juan Pablo Angel scores his first of the season as the defense continues to play extremely well.
4. (3) Toronto FC (3-2-1)
Will week off help kickstart the offense?
5. (4) New England Revolution (4-3-1)
With Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston back, look for the Revs to make a charge at the top two.
6. (7) Kansas City Wizards (3-3-1)
Will the week off help a Wizards team that has struggled offensively in recent weeks? The bigger question is whether Kansas City’s rookies are ready to step up their game.
7. (5) FC Dallas (2-2-3)
Struggling offense scores first goal in three games, but the defense is to blame for the RSL loss.
8. (8) Colorado Rapids (3-4)
Unfortunate not to leave Houston with a point.
9. (11) Real Salt Lake (2-3-2)
Kyle Beckerman is enjoying an all-star caliber season early on, leaving us to keep wondering what Colorado was thinking when it traded him.
10. (14) Houston Dynamo (1-2-4)
A win, FINALLY. It might have been very lucky, but Houston was due some luck.
11. (9) Los Angeles Galaxy (2-3-2)
Newsflash: After Beckham and Donovan, the Galaxy doesn’t have much in the attack. Who knew?
12. (12) Chivas USA (1-4-2)
No Claudio Suarez and no Jonathan Bornstein equals no chances for Goats to slow down New England.
13. (10) D.C. United (2-5)
Another awful display has D.C. officials ready to make even more major roster moves in the next transfer window.
14. (13) San Jose Earthquakes (1-4-1)
A two-goal game is promising, but watching the veteran defense shredded for three goals certainly was not.
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