Offense was the name of the game around MLS in Week 6. Over the eight matches that took place over the weekend 24 goals were scored, including nine in routs in New England and Atlanta and a wild five-goal affair at Orlando City Stadium. And those games didn’t even include high-flying offenses like New York City FC or the Houston Dynamo, who watched from home.
The Revolution were part of that goal fest and now surprisingly sit fourth in the early Eastern Conference picture while the Timbers dropped a heart-breaker and are resigned to just two points through six weeks of league action. But we all know that the league standings aren’t the real marker for success, The Mane Land MLS Power Rankings are. So let’s take a look at the updated ranks:
1. New York City FC (Last Week: 1)
The Pigeons got the weekend off to rest and recuperate — and they’re still top of the table.
2. Toronto FC (Last Week: 2)
Toronto’s focus is on the Concacaf Champions League (CCL) semifinal against Club America, so the Reds were excused from league play.
3. Sporting Kansas City (Last Week: 5)
SKC went out west to take on the star-studded Galaxy and came away the resounding victors. For all of the talk of Sporting needing a striker, the team has done well to get goals as a unit this season. Graham Zusi was once again superb and the collective effort on offense has Kansas City rolling.
4. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 3)
Zlatan couldn’t save the Galaxy this time. Romain Alessandrini did all he could to beat Tim Melia, but the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year smothered everything that came his way. The Galaxy took 22 shots, forcing Melia into 10 saves. There’s a lot to like about this team, but it was a lackluster effort against Kansas City.
5. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 6)
New York’s match with Houston was moved so the Red Bulls could prepare for Chivas in the CCL.
6. Columbus Crew (Last Week: 4)
The Crew did almost everything right on Saturday night but couldn’t come away from Chicago with a result. Columbus lacked bite in front of goal even though the away side managed to create a plethora of chances. The Black and Gold dominated possession, peppered Richard Sanchez with shots, and were unlucky not to score.
7. Atlanta United (Last Week: 9)
Atlanta followed up a horrid attacking performance with an offensive clinic. The match was stop and start thanks to the long pauses for video review, but United didn’t let up and in the end bagged five against expansion side LAFC.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 7)
Vancouver had a healthy lead in possession, created more chances, took more shots, and forced Nick Rimando to make more saves. But Brek Shea’s consolation goal in stoppage time was all the Caps had to show for it as they suffered their second loss of the year.
9. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 11)
Thanks to the Red Bulls’ CCL commitments, the Dynamo stayed home.
10. Los Angeles FC (Last Week: 8)
Ted Unkel’s fingerprints were all over this match. He gave a red card to Chris McCann almost immediately after the first kick — that was rescinded after video review — and decided not to reward Carlos Vela with a penalty even though he gave one to Miguel Almiron for what clearly looked like a dive. But Unkel wasn’t playing defense for LAFC, which was torn to bits on the back end.
11. New England Revolution (Last Week: 13)
The Revolution are starting to heat up as they earned their second win on the bounce and third in four matches (all without Lee Nguyen). But most of those points have come at the expense of 10-man sides. Are the Revs for real or are they just a paper tiger?
12. San Jose Earthquakes (Last Week: 15)
Andrew Tarbell had a lot to do in this one but he stepped up to the task. The American keeper recorded seven saves, denying plenty of clear-cut chances that the San Jose defense let slip through. But in the end, some brilliance from Fafa Picault was the breakthrough and the Earthquakes settled for a point on the road.
13. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 17)
The West-leading Whitecaps came into Rio Tinto and RSL made the most of their chances to come away with a victory. Luis Silva showed off his skill with a great turn in the box to give the home side the lead and it was simple for Jefferson Savarino to put the nail in the coffin.
14. Orlando City (Last Week: 16)
The Cardiac Cats are back again as the Lions stole three points at the 11th hour with a trio of goals. Chris Mueller and Sacha Kljestan found the net for the first time in Orlando shirts and Dom Dwyer did what he does best as the troops rallied from 2-0 down. But there are plenty of questions to be asked about the defense that consistently has the team playing from behind.
15. Montreal Impact (Last Week: 10)
The Impact lost Saphir Taïder to an early red card and then crumbled defensively. Evan Bush did everything in his power to keep Montreal in it — including a stopped penalty and several other point-blank saves — but in the end the Quebecois side fell, 4-0.
16. FC Dallas (Last Week: 12)
Dallas’s offense looked prolific on paper, but the reality was the home side’s offense couldn’t generate any clear chances. A last-ditch long ball just before stoppage time created the best opportunity for Dallas all evening; luckily it ended up in the back of the net.
17. Seattle Sounders (Last Week: 14)
Seattle had the week off.
18. Chicago Fire (Last Week: 19)
The Fire needed everything they could muster on the defensive end to scratch out a 1-0 victory over rivals Columbus. Chicago was thoroughly dominated in almost every phase of the game, fighting off wave after wave of Crew attacks. But in the end, Nemanja Nikolic pounced on a mistake from Zack Steffen and the Men in Red took all three points.
19. Philadelphia Union (Last Week: 21)
The Union offense sprang to life with David Accam, Borek Dockal, and Fafa Picault creating havoc in the final third. The Union registered 22 shots on the night while their young back line stifled a talented Quakes attack. But the finishing needs to be better and to take that next step Philly needs wins, especially at home.
20. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 18)
The Timbers were sound defensively in the first half and came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders in the second, but fell apart in the final 10 minutes and blew their 2-0 lead. Portland were dominated statistically — though some of that is to be expected on such a long road trip — but the biggest concern will be letting in late goals yet again.
21. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 20)
Colorado definitely looks like an improved side even if the results aren’t there yet. But the offense will likely need to put more than one shot on target in future matches if the Rapids want to earn results. The defense looks like it could be back to its 2016 form, at least.
22. Minnesota United (Last Week: 22)
The Loons got an extra week to prepare for Portland.
23. D.C. United (Last Week: 23)
D.C. will have to try for its first win of the year next week; United’s match with Toronto was moved due to CCL.