Just about every top team this year has received a pass in the Power Rankings for a flub. This week that courtesy went to Real Salt Lake, who tripped up for the first time this season at the end of an exhausting week. But take note: there's little room for error with the Red Bulls bearing down. Disagree with our rankings? Vote for your own!
All match times for this week's games are ET; only MLS regular-season games reflected on schedule.
Say what you will about their tough week—during which they lost the CCL final and fell away to the Timbers, while failing to score a goal over 180 minutes for the first time since May 2009—but RSL are still the class of the league.
The Red Bulls' attack gets all the attention. But even when the goals aren’t pouring in, they’re still winning thanks to their team defense. At this rate, they’ll give up less than 10 goals all year.
Yes, Brek Shea’s winner was a fluke after a mostly tightly played game at FC Dallas. But if the Galaxy want to remind us they’re elite, their May schedule is a good opportunity for statements, with major clashes vs. New York, Philly, Houston and SuperClasico rivals Chivas.
Say this for Peter Nowak: he’s probably the last guy in MLS willing to turtle. He loses Jordan Harvey to a debatable red card and then throws Michael Farfan into the mix with an eye on taking it to the Quakes? The Union’s latest 1-0 win certainly took some guts.
The emotion of the win at Qwest last weekend overshadowed the fact that the Sounders are playing some very good soccer. They're unbeaten in their last six. The return to form and fitness of Montero, Evans, and Fernandez give Sigi Schmid's side some real oomph.
Against the odds and expert opinion, there’s a plan in Columbus. The unbeaten streak is up to six, and with every result, the belief grows. Now only if someone other than Emilio Renteria could get in on the scoring.
An undefeated April, an emerging star in Will Bruin and an early MVP argument from golden-booted Brad Davis. And we still have yet to see what Koke and Je-Vaughn Watson can bring to the table. Sure is starting to look like Big Orange is back.
Who could have guessed the Rapids would need Andre Akpan to help salvage a home draw against Chicago? Gary Smith’s bunch is facing a real test of its depth here early in the season, and perhaps no one will be more crucial going forward than offseason pickup Sanna Nyassi.
Did Brek Shea mean it or not? Who cares. It was three points against the top team in the West standings. But the question remains: Who will replace David Ferreira? Can youngsters Fabian Castillo and Eric Avila really carry the load up top?
Teams undergoing radical changes usually experience more growing pains. But in their last two matches – both wins – the Goats are showing character and a knack for a solid possession game.
Forget that RSL were exhausted, emotional and fielding some reserves – Portland’s win over the best in the league is a monstrous boost for first-year franchise. The Timbers Army better stay as loud as possible as their team flexes its JELD-WEN muscles: Eight of Portland’s next 10 league games are at home.
The Revs have been one of the most mercurial teams of the last few weeks, and the rankings can’t quite get a feel of what they’re all about. But most troubling for New England in the loss to Chivas USA was the way the wheels fell off after conceding the first goal, and how a flub between Sharlie Joseph and Didier Domi eventually did the team in.
It wasn't pretty and the absence of Logan Pause and Cory Gibbs are massive concerns, but a draw at altitude against the reigning Cup holders is a decent confidence booster. Is Marco Pappa on the verge of going on a tear?
The ‘Caps steered away from their typical high-pressure style in Columbus, going defense-first in the hope of securing their first road result. Too bad the second half proved they’re better and more comfortable when attacking.
Good news for Sporting in their defeat at RBA: For once, no one was carded. Bad news: Third straight loss has SKC floundering on four points in the basement of the overall standings. A bye this weekend could be just what the doctor ordered for Peter Vermes’ crew.
Ben Olsen’s group simply had no answer for Will Bruin, and the team’s defense is suddenly just where it was last season: the worst in the league. A short week will now place a tight spotlight on the defense and how they recover from a humbling night in Houston.
Wholesale lineup changes didn’t change the result. Sitting their most dangerous attacking players meant the Quakes rarely threatened in Philly, even when the Union were reduced to 10 men. What’s Yallop’s next move?
The Reds walked into a buzz saw in Seattle, and there are real concerns to address. First thing: just 53 percent of Toronto’s passes have been played in or into the opposition half this season, and that’s the worst in the league.