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The Mane Land MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

NYCFC stayed hot but Chicago continued its steady drop.

MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact
The Impact kept Toronto winless in league play.
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Some teams looked the part in Week 3 of MLS play. New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City continued to look like two of the best teams in the league while the New York Red Bulls followed up their thrashing of the Portland Timbers with a dud in Salt Lake City. The Dynamo looked stellar but again but couldn’t hold off a resurgent D.C. United. But who jumped up in our Power Rankings and who dropped deeper into an early-season hole?

1. New York City FC (Last Week: 1)

NYCFC were down David Villa and Anton Tinnerholm but capitalized on two Orlando City mistakes to seal the team’s third victory in three weeks. The Pigeons have opened up a lead in the East.

2. Columbus Crew (Last Week: 3)

There were no goals to be had in Philadelphia, but the Crew midfield was a joy to watch and Gyasi Zardes was just inches from collecting all three points. But Columbus still got the all-important road result and remains unbeaten in 2018.

3. Toronto FC (Last Week: 2)

Fresh off a dramatic CONCACAF Champions League triumph over reigning Liga MX Apertura champs Tigres UANL, the Reds fell flat in the 401 Derby. While the champs are focusing on Mexican opposition, they have yet to collect any points in the league.

4. Sporting Kansas City (Last Week: 6)

SKC showed that last week wasn’t a fluke, putting three past Andrew Tarbell and San Jose. Maybe they don’t need that striker after all, especially not if Graham Zusi continues to score like this:

5. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 7)

It looked like Alberth Elis and the Dynamo were going to roll over D.C. United in the first half hour. But Houston failed to capitalize on their chances and left the door open for D.C., which snatched a point at the death. Still, for a team that was terrible on the road last year, a result is a result.

6. Atlanta United (Last Week: 10)

Kendall Waston’s questionable red card set the tone for the rest of the match. Josef Martinez bagged another hat trick against the shorthanded Whitecaps and sunk Vancouver in Atlanta.

7. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 4)

Carlos Rivas gave away an early penalty and New York couldn’t quite break through for the equalizer. The road-weary Red Bulls still had some bite coming off their CCL victory, but it wasn’t enough in Salt Lake.

8. Los Angeles FC (Last Week: 8)

LAFC got to spend the weekend at home and are off again this weekend ahead of the club’s first match with the LA Galaxy.

9. FC Dallas (Last Week: 12)
MLS: Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas
Roland Lamah had a brace as Dallas rolled Seattle.
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FC Dallas will be happy that they slashed open Seattle for three goals, but it could have been a whole lot more. Squandering great opportunities was a theme for FCD, which often had a numbers advantage in the final third.

10. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 9)

The Galaxy got to watch the weekend’s proceedings from the comfort of Carson.

11. Seattle Sounders (Last Week: 5)

Sunday went from bad to worse for the Sounders. Already down a goal, Clint Dempsey was sent off for a cheap shot on Jacori Hayes and then Dallas poured it on. The 3-0 scoreline was flattering to the visitors, who were constantly caught on the break.

12. Montreal Impact (Last Week: 17)

Jeisson Vargas was the hero and Ignacio Piatti pulled all the right strings as the Impact downed arch rival Toronto. Montreal’s defense, anchored by new signing Rod Fanni, did well to limit TFC to just three shots on target.

13. Chicago Fire (Last Week: 11)

The Fire’s defense has some work to do, allowing another two goals to Minnesota United. But not even the normally potent Chicago offense could get going on the road, needing a comical defensive breakdown from the Loons to get on the board:

14. San Jose Earthquakes (Last Week: 14)

Goals have been a trend in Earthquakes matches with 10 scored in both games combined. San Jose was on the losing end of the 3-2 scoreline on the road, though.

15. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 13)

The Caps lost their best center back in the 13th minute and never recovered. Atlanta tore the remaining defenders — including Jose Aja — to shreds, to the tune of a 4-1 defeat.

16. Philadelphia Union (Last Week: 15)

Andre Blake managed to keep Columbus off the scoreboard but there are plenty of issues with the Union attack. Philly struggled to create quality chances even with the addition of Borek Dockal. Looking like the worse team at home is not great if this team wants to make the playoffs.

17. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 19)

RSL earned a penalty early in the match, which Albert Rusnak buried. But that was the team’s most threatening shot of the night and it took another heroic effort from Nick Rimando to hold on for the win at home.

18. Minnesota United (Last Week: 21)

The offense is clicking in Minneapolis even without Kevin Molino, largely thanks to Ethan Finlay. The Loons have now scored six goals in their first three matches and already have 20% of last season’s win total. They still need to fix that defense, though.

19. Orlando City (Last Week: 16)

The Lions are still aimless in front of goal and are sorely lacking the services of Dom Dwyer and Stefano Pinho up top. Just one point in three matches is a rocky start.

20. D.C. United (Last Week: 20)

Is it great that United fought back from down 2-0, or bad that the team was in that position in the first place? The Black and Red stole a result against Houston at home thanks to some luck and Luciano Acosta’s right foot:

21. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 18)

The Timbers will have to wait until Saturday for their third attempt at points this year.

22. New England Revolution (Last Week: 22)

The Revs stayed home in Week 3 ahead of a match-up with regional rivals NYCFC.

23. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 23)

Anthony Hudson and Colorado had the weekend off and some extra time to try and right the ship.