LAFC Clash the Union into a draw, focuses on defending The Banc next weekend against Toronto
Week 20 of the 2019 MLS Season gave us rivalries matchups and beautiful goals. Here is my breakdown of the upper half of my Power Rankings:
Despite losing to LA Galaxy, the crosstown rivals, this weekend, LAFC remains miles ahead of the rest of the field. However, the team is not untouchable and continue to struggle in the big matches. This Friday, LA hosts Atlanta United, who are coming in hot.
2. Atlanta United
The Martinez duo came in clutch for the Five Stripes against DC this weekend. With Josef Martinez now scoring 10 goals in his last five matches, expect Atlanta to continue to rise up the Eastern Conference table.
3. San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes continue to click as a team, and that is a scary thing. With Vako finally living up to his potential and Chris Wondolowski playing like his 2012 MVP self, San Jose has quickly become a serious title contender.
4. Minnesota United
A team with high potential during the preseason, the Loons are now living up to the hype. A team that always fights until the final whistle blows, Minnesota United are putting themselves in a great position to qualify for their first MLS Playoffs.
5. LA Galaxy
The five-time MLS champs showed up for their biggest game so far of the 2019 MLS season, beating their crosstown rivals 3-2 at home. If the Galaxy can play consistently with the same grit and hustle they did against LAFC, they can very well make a run for the MLS Cup.
8. Philadelphia Union
A stunning goal from Mexican International star Marco Fabian lifted the Union over the Chicago Fire, keeping Philly on the top of the Eastern Conference table. If Fabian can become a consistent attacking threat, watch out @MLS.
7. New England Revolution
Ten games unbeaten. A team showing ambition under the leadership of the right coach, the New England Revolution have become a dark horse MLS Cup contender.
8. Portland Timbers
Beating their fierce rivals, the Seattle Sounders, was huge for Portland. Currently Despite not in contention to make the playoffs, the Timbers may surge up the standings, playing 12 of their last 14 matches at home.
After losing 2-1 in the Hudson River Derby, NYCFC bounced back on the road, defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1. If Heber and Mitrita can remain consistent offensively, NYCFC will be a force to be reckoned with.
10. New York Red Bulls
It wasn’t the prettiest of matches, but the Red Bulls did defeat a Nani-less Orlando City SC squad 1-0 on the road. Not to knock Chris Armas’ squad, but they just have not been as impressive to watch as they were last season, but the Red Bulls solid.
11. Seattle Sounders
It might seem harsh to knock a solid club for losing to their biggest rivals at home, but this Sounders squad needs to show more firepower on offense to remain a top team in the west.
12. DC United
DC United fell to Atlanta United, so they fall in the Power Rankings. More consistency from Lucho Acosta, Titi Rodriguez as well as the backline, and this DC squad will be the MLS Cup contender they should be.
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