Call week eight in Major League Soccer the week of making statements.
Whether it was Houston knocking off Chicago to show that it isn’t dead yet, or the Los Angeles Galaxy taking FC Dallas behind the woodshed, a handful of teams enjoyed strong performances that will help them climb this week’s SBI MLS power rankings.
The top two teams stayed the same, with Chicago holding onto No. 2 despite its loss. Toronto FC moved up after outplaying No. 1 Columbus in their scoreless draw, as did New England, which became the latest team to beat up on San Jose.
The nightmare continues for D.C. United, which lost yet another game to fall further behind the pack in the Eastern Conference. D.C. won’t have an easy time climbing out of the bottom of the standings. Not with two matches against Toronto FC looming.
Here is how this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings shook out:
SBI MLS Power Rankings
1. (Last week- 1) Columbus Crew (6-1-1)
Crew went to Toronto playing for a tie, which it earned in pretty ugly fashion.
2. (2) Chicago Fire (5-2-1)
The offense sputtered, with its only goal coming on a set piece.
3. (4) Toronto FC (3-2-2)
Dominated Columbus but could not finish any number of chances.
4. (5) New England Revolution (5-3-1)
Snapping its home losing streak was nice, but beating San Jose isn’t exactly a measure of strength.
5. (3) New York Red Bulls (3-1-3)
Showed heart in coming back a man down to tie KC, but missing so many good chances is a cause for concern.
6. (8) Colorado Rapids (4-4)
Is Omar Cummings becoming the forward Colorado has been looking for?
7. (6) Kansas City Wizards (3-3-2)
The bye week didn’t exactly help the Wizards offense find its scoring touch.
8. (10) Houston Dynamo (2-2-4)
Could the champions be building momentum? The West should be worried.
9. (11) Los Angeles Galaxy (3-3-2)
Newsflash: Maybe the Galaxy has more of an attack than Beckham and Donovan.
10. (7) FC Dallas (2-2-4)
Remember how good the Hoops looked early in the year? Right, me either.
11. (12) Chivas USA (2-4-2)
When you consider the lineup on the field for Chivas USA’s stirring comeback against D.C., you can’t help but wonder if it’s the no-names stepping up or D.C. just being that awful.
12. (9) Real Salt Lake (2-4-2)
Not exactly an inspired performance in what was supposed to be a rivalry game.
13. (13) D.C. United (2-6)
Just when things were looking up for D.C., its defense falls apart and another embarrassing defeat leaves Tom Soehn scrambling for answers.
14. (14) San Jose Earthquakes (1-5-1)
James Riley’s world-class own goal makes you wonder if he’s the best finisher the Earthquakes have.
Share your own thought on the rankings below.