The MLS is calling this week 5, but with just four teams playing last week, I elected to call this week 4. NYCFC had this past weekend off after electing to play during an international break last weekend. Regardless, every team has played at least four matches with some playing five.
20) DC United: Am I dreaming? I’m not right? United looks horrible so far. Perry Kitchen and Chris Pontius were bigger losses than I imagined. They’re last because they only have 1 point on Columbus and they’ve played 1 extra match.
19) Columbus Crew: Last year’s MLS Cup runners up are off to a slow start. On paper, they’re playing halfway decently, they just can’t get the ball in the back of the net. Trapp has been good but not imperious, and Kamara has been quiet along with Ethan Finlay.
18) Seattle Sounders: Seattle earned their first points of the season as they beat the Montreal Impact. Jordan Morris was dropped to the bench, but Deuce picked up the pieces to score his 1st of the campaign.
17) Portland Timbers: The Timbers started well enough with a victory over Columbus, but have quickly fallen off taking just 1 point from a possible 9. Also, they just got crushed by Orlando on Sunday night.
16) New York Red Bulls: U-G-L-Y you ain’t got no alibi. The Red Bulls have one win this season which came in that wild game against Houston. They’ve been leaking goals and are joint with DC and Portland for most surrendered with 9. Their attacking talent can only take them so far.
15) Chicago Fire: Since dropping their first match to NYCFC, Chicago has quietly amassed 5 points in three matches. They drew against Orlando and Columbus before taking all three against Philly.
14) New York City FC: BYE WEEK
13) New England Revolution: The Revs pulled out a 1-nil win over the Red Bulls this past weekend. They’ll look to build on this victory.
12) Toronto FC: Toronto has lost two straight matches 1-0 to SKC and Colorado. The defense looks loads better than last season, but their offense seems to have stalled out. They’re now over 180 minutes without a goal.
11) Philadelphia Union: The Union lost to Chicago this weekend. They had a solid first half, but Warren Creavalle got a yellow two minutes into the second half. Shortly after they surrendered the only goal of the match. Nothing to panic over though, they’ll look to bounce back against a tough Orlando team next time out.
10) Houston Dynamo: A few weeks ago, Houston demolished Dallas, now they’ve lost two straight. One was the exciting match against NYRB the latest though was a hard fought 1-0 loss to SKC.
9) Colorado Rapids: The Rapids may have lost their first match, but they’ve bounced back and taken 7 or a possible 9. They’re built on defensive solidity, and have just three goals so far. They’ll need to get some more if they want to continue to make noise.
8) Montreal Impact: After starting out hot, to the tune of six goals in 2 matches, the Impact have lost some steam. Apparently Drogba isn’t going to be playing on any turf fields this season which could disrupt their momentum. Let’s see how they do against a struggling Crew side this weekend.
7) Vancouver Whitecaps: After two losses to open the season Vancouver has recovered a respectable seven of nine points. They were one of the better teams last season, lets see if it just took a little while to get back in the swing of things.
6) San Jose Earthquakes: San Jose has lost and drawn their last two matches. They only managed a draw last weekend against a struggling DC United team. They left it late before snatching a point.
5) Orlando City: Orlando mauled Portland on Sunday night. Brek Shea will probably win goal of the week for his laser beam. But Orlando looked good regardless. They’re the last unbeaten side in the East.
4) Real Salt Lake: RSL managed a solid 2-1 victory over SKC this weekend. They’re looking like a good side after last season’s disappointment. Like Orlando, they’re the last unbeaten side in the West.
3) LA Galaxy: LA was held to a 0-0 draw in Vancouver last weekend. It’s a tough place to travel and a point will be welcome by Arena and his men.
2) Sporting Kansas City: SKC lost their first of the season in a tough loss to RSL. They dominated possession, but couldn’t translate that into chances and produced just three shots on target. They will be glad to have Feilhaber back though.
1) FC Dallas: Dallas sits atop the West with 10 points. Their only loss being the head scratcher to Houston. They’ll be looking to get Diaz back as he is the facilitator in that offense.