Here come the Houston Dynamo and D.C. United.
The two teams favored to reach MLS Cup when the season began continued their turnarounds after bad starts to the 2008 season. The Dynamo improved to 4-1-1 in their past six with a comprehensive 3-1 win against Toronto FC while D.C. United halted the red-hot Chicago Fire, 2-1 at Toyota Park.
One team that continued a slide the other way in the rankings is the Columbus Crew, which dropped to 0-3-1 with a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Crew Stadium. Columbus is looking litle like the team that jumped out to a 6-1 start this season.
Here is the rest of this week’s SBI MLS power rankings:
SBI MLS Power Rankings
1. (Last week- 1) Chicago Fire (6-3-1)
The Fire just can’t duplicate their strong road form at home.
2. (2) New England Revolution (7-3-2)
Matt Reis is playing the best soccer of his career these days. The Revs have a case for the no. 1 spot, but you can’t just ignore the two blowout losses to Chicago this year.
3. (6) Los Angeles Galaxy (5-4-2)
Even without Landon Donovan, the Galaxy attack can score in bunches. And was that really Abel Xavier with a good game?
4. (8) Houston Dynamo (4-3-5)
The champions are officially back. A 3-1 handling of a short-handed Toronto squad was impressive.
5. (3) Toronto FC (5-4-2)
TFC was missing Amado Guevara, but that’s no excuse for another bland road performance.
6. (10) New York Red Bulls (4-3-3)
Injuries have made this a rough season for the Red Bulls, but their win against Chivas USA was a display of courage. Jozy Altidore’s departure means they need even more transfer help, but the Red Bulls defense is keeping them afloat.
7. (4) Chivas USA (4-5-2)
Had the better of the play against the Red Bulls but forwards had their first disappointing game in a while.
8. (5) Columbus Crew (6-4-1)
No offense to San Jose but losing to the Earthquakes at Crew Stadium speaks volumes of just how far the Crew have fallen in recent weeks.
9. (12) D.C. United (4-7-1)
D.C. United is starting to wake up and will now have a stretch of home games that runs into August.
10. (7) Colorado Rapids (5-6)
How inconsistent are the Rapids? They have yet to win two straight all year. Talk about being a frustrating team to root for.
11. (11) Kansas City Wizards (3-4-3)
Winless streak reaches five games as the Wizards finally complete the road trip from hell. The tie at Real Salt Lake is a promising result though.
12. (9) FC Dallas (3-5-4)
Kenny Cooper is a joy to watch. The rest of his teammates, not so much.
13. (13) Real Salt Lake (3-5-3)
Didn’t like like their usual selves at home in tie vs. KC. Now they hit the
road, which has been a nightmare for RSL this year.
14. (14) San Jose Earthquakes (3-6-1)
Road win vs. Columbus is a great result, but the Earthquakes won’t be leapfrogging the team that just thrashed them a week ago.
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