Post Week 22 MLS Power Rankings

Eli Lesser

@thisweekinmls

Week 22 of the 2019 MLS Season gave us a mix of close games as well as blowout victories. Additionally, we saw FIVE OWN GOALS. Here is a breakdown of the top tier teams of the Power Rankings:


1. LAFC (-):

Since falling 3-2 to the Galaxy in the battle for LA, LAFC bounced with commanding victories, defeating Atlanta United at home last week, then ending the New England Revolution’s 11-games unbeaten run this past weekend. It would be shocking to find a team other than the Black and Gold lifting up the Supporter’s Shield at the end of the regular season.


2. Philadelphia Union (+8): 

This team continues to surprise, as they demolished DC United 5-1 at Audi Field, a fortress for Rooney and his men. An in-form Marco Fabian and a motivated Alejandro Bedoya can lead Philly to the promised land.


3. Atlanta United (-1):

The Five Stripes got lucky this past weekend as all they needed to do was watch the LA Galaxy defeat themselves. ‘Nuff said.


4. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)

The NorCal boys drew at home against the Columbus Crew, 1-1, in a match where they outshot their opponent 19 to 9. It is hard to keep a team that did not capitalize on their opportunities in the top three. So, the Quakes tumbled a spot.


5. Minnesota United (+1)

The refs may have handed the Loons the victory, calling a penalty against Portland in stoppage time. However, Minnesota looked poised defensively the entire match. Ike Opara now appears comfortable in Adrian Heath’s system and looks like the 2017 Defender of the Year he was for Sporting KC


6. New England Revolution (-2)

The Rev’s 11-game unbeaten run finally came to an end as the Supporter Shield leading LAFC came to Foxborough prepared. New England dropped the game at home, 2-0. It will be interesting to see how Bruce Arena’s men respond to their first loss. 


7. Portland Timbers (-2)

Despite losing on the road because of a controversial penalty call, the red-hot Portland Timbers came up cold and failed to put a ball past Minnesota United keeper Vito Mannone in its 1-0 road loss.  


8. NYCFC (-1)

NYCFC struck first and early in their match against Real Salt Lake, scoring in the fourth minute. That was the only goal for NY, who then saw MLS Legend Nick Rimando battle to save six shots and to give up three goals. It is hard to knock a team like NYCFC due to playing against a non-conference opponent on the road, but they have slipped one spot.


9. Seattle Sounders (-)

Despite falling at home to Sporting Kansas City, 2-3, the Sounders showed they can make a comeback. Still, they fell short. This squad seems a bit off, but it is hard to pinpoint why.


10. Real Salt Lake (+4)

Welcome to the Power Ranking Top 12, Real Salt Lake! The squad gave up an early goal, but settled down and took control on the road, defeating NYCFC, 3-1. Real Salt Lake seems serious about making the playoffs.


11. DC United (-)

Although they got destroyed at home by Philly, the Black and Red remain capable of making a late-season run much like they did last season. Expect the Ola Kamara signing to be announced in the next couple of days, which should give the squad a boost over the remaining season schedule.


12. LA Galaxy (-4)

Last weekend’s match against Atlanta was embarrassing for the five-time MLS Champs, as they handed the game 3-0 on the road with two own-goals and a penalty kick accounting for the scoring. The team is set to announce the signing of star Argentine Winger Cristian Pavon and will see key figures Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Polenta return to the lineup following their card accumulation suspensions.