MLSsoccer.com kept Columbus Crew SC at No. 4 on their latest Power Rankings chart, while the Black & Gold dropped to No. 8 on ESPN.com, as the Crew heads into Wednesday's match against FC Cincinnati with a 2-0-1 record this year against the in-state opponent.
See below for the respective sites' explanations.
Previous ranking: 4th
"The Crew have lost their grip atop the Eastern Conference standings, and find themselves in a 0-2L-1D rut. It’s their worst run results-wise since July 2019. After seeing their weekend match against Orlando postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, Columbus will look to get back on track against "Hell is Real" rivals Cincinnati on Wednesday."
Previous ranking: 3rd
"The former Supporters' Shield leaders lost for the second time in three games and were forced to sit with the discomfort of defeat a little longer, having Sunday's game in Orlando postponed after two of the club's soccer operations staffers tested positive for COVID-19."