Call the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer’s Road Warriors. It is one thing to win games on the road, which isn’t exactly easy in MLS, but winning in dominating fashion the way Chicago has been winning is something altogether different.
Chicago’s 5-1 dismantling of the Red Bulls on Sunday upped the Fire’s road winning streak to three games, with Chicago outscoring New England, D.C. and the Red Bulls by a combined score of 10-1.
While the Fire asserted its position as top team in the East, the Los Angeles Galaxy laid claim to being the best in the West. The 3-1 win against Kansas City was the Galaxy’s first against an Eastern Conference opponent this season.
Here is how this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings shook out:
SBI MLS Power Rankings
1. (2) Chicago Fire (6-2-1)
Third blowout road win vs. East opposition leaves Fire atop the standings.
2. (4) New England Revolution (6-3-1)
Defense deliver stellar performance against vaunted Crew attack.
3. (Last week- 1) Columbus Crew (6-2-1)
From winning streak to two-game winless streak, just like that.
4. (3) Toronto FC (4-3-2)
TFC will need to show it can win on the road to be taken seriously as a title contender.
5. (9) Los Angeles Galaxy (4-3-2)
Galaxy’s attack is rolling while the defense has improved enough to stop mediocre offenses like Kansas City’s.
6. (5) New York Red Bulls (3-2-3)
No intensity combined with shambolic defending equals a 5-1 loss to a supposed arch-rival.
7. (11) Chivas USA (3-4-2)
Jorge Flores has goals in two straight wins and just might be leading a serious Chivas USA turnaround.
8. (6) Colorado Rapids (4-5)
Uncharacteristically poor showing at home keeps Rapids from first place in the West.
9. (10) FC Dallas (3-3-3)
Posting a win was vital, but the true tests for the Hoops and their new coach (whoever he may be) still awaits.
10. (7) Kansas City Wizards (3-4-2)
Giving up goals to the Galaxy is no crime, but not being able to produce more than a goal against that defense just shows that the Wizards offense has serious problems.
11. (8) Houston Dynamo (2-3-4)
How do you go from beating the Fire to losing to San Jose? Houston is still missing that championship swagger (and a second reliable forward).
12. (13) D.C. United (3-7)
Will the sorely-needed win against Toronto FC turn things around for Tom Soehn’s boys? A brutal schedule will provide the test.
13. (14) San Jose Earthquakes (2-5-1)
San Jose proves that it can generate offense, now the Earthquakes need to do that on a consistent basis.
14. (12) Real Salt Lake (2-5-2)
RSL drops to 0-5 on the road, having been outscored 12-3. Not sure that can be blamed on the league’s referees.
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