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MLS Power Rankings Week 5: LAFC the new, unanimous No. 1

There were only two unanimous votes in Week 5 of the Pro Soccer USA Major League Soccer Power Rankings — for the No. 1 team and the No. 24 team.

Ironically, both played each other Saturday. Los Angeles Football Club, who jumped over Seattle Sounders FC into the top spot, crushed the winless San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 at Avaya Stadium.

The biggest movers were a pair of Eastern Conference foes with the Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire each going plus-five in Week 5.

The Major League Soccer Power Rankings are created by averaging the rankings submitted by a committee of Pro Soccer USA’s editor and writers.

  1. (2) Los Angeles Football Club (4-0-1, 13 points): Carlos Vela struck for a hat trick and assisted on Diego Rossi’s goal, and Steven Beitashour added a goal in a 5-0 rout of the Earthquakes.
  2. (3) D.C. United (3-0-1, 10 points): Wayne Rooney was deadly on set pieces with a goal and an assist on Steve Birnbaum’s goal in the sixth minute. Although United conceded for the first time this season, they left Orlando with a 2-1 victory.
  3. (1) Seattle Sounders FC (3-0-1, 10 points): For the first time this season, the Sounders didn’t get maximum points from a game, playing the rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 0-0 Cascadia Cup draw.
  4. (5) Sporting Kansas City (2-1-1, 7 points): Krisztian Nemeth scored a hat trick, Johnny Russell added a brace and Felipe Gutierrez and Gianluca Busio added one goal apiece in a 7-1 blowout of the Montreal Impact.
  5. (8) Columbus Crew SC (3-1-1, 10 points): Under a deluge at MAPFRE Stadium, Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored one goal each and Zack Steffen made five saves for a 2-0 win over Atlanta United.
  6. (6) FC Dallas (3-1-1, 10 points): Paxton Pomykal struck twice, Carlos Gruezo and Jesus Ferreira had a goal each and Michael Barrios had two assists in a 4-2 win over Real Salt Lake.
  7. (9) Toronto FC (3-0-0, 9 points): Don’t look now, but the Reds are back! Alejandro Pozuelo had a magical debut with two audacious goals and an assist in a 4-0 blasting of New York City FC.
  8. (4) Houston Dynamo (3-0-1, 10 points): Memo Rodriguez and Alberth Elis each scored a goal in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
  9. (12) LA Galaxy (3-1-0, 9 points): On the anniversary of his remarkable MLS debut, Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from injury and scored twice from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers.
  10. (15) Philadelphia Union (2-2-1, 7 points): After setting up Marco Fabian two minutes into the second half, David Accam scored in the 58th minute to lead the Union to a 2-0 road win over surging FC Cincinnati.
  11. (10) FC Cincinnati (2-2-1, 7 points): FC Cincy had its three-match unbeaten streak snapped with a loss at Nippert Stadium on a stormy Saturday night.
  12. (7) New York Red Bulls (1-2-1, 4 points): The Red Bulls couldn’t find a way to score for a second straight game and suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since 2017 with a 1-0 loss at Chicago.
  13. (13) Minnesota United FC (2-2-0, 6 points): Darwin Quintero scored an equalizing penalty kick in the 26th minute, but the Loons fell to the desperate New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium.
  14. (11) Montreal Impact (2-2-0, 6 points): The lone solace the Impact can take from a six-goal defeat at Kansas City was a late goal by Saphir Taider to avoid a shutout.
  15. (17) Orlando City SC (1-2-2, 5 points): The Lions are fuming about a controversial foul call that led to one of two D.C. United set piece goals, but there’s no doubt OCSC improved following a 2-1 loss.
  16. (21) Chicago Fire (1-2-1, 4 points): The Fire picked up their first win of the 2019 season with a stunning 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls courtesy of a Tim Parker own goal.
  17. (18) Real Salt Lake (1-3-1, 4 points): The only consistency for RSL appears to be red cards. For a third consecutive game Mike Petke’s squad had a player sent off in a defeat.
  18. (19) Portland Timbers (0-3-1, 1 point): It’s another slow start for the Timbers, who have lost three games after opening the season with a 3-3 draw in snowy Colorado.
  19. (14) Atlanta United (0-2-2, 2 points): There are six teams still without a win in 2019, and the defending MLS Cup champion is one of them. A winless streak extended to four games with a 2-0 loss at Columbus.
  20. (16) New York City FC (0-1-3, 3 points): Is Heber going to solve NYCFC’s scoring woes? The Cityzens hope so after a 4-0 throttling in Toronto.
  21. (23) New England Revolution (1-3-1, 4 points): After being booed off their home field a week ago and the subsequent closed-door meeting, the Revs showed heart and grit in a 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC.
  22. (20) Colorado Rapids (0-3-2, 2 points): Kei Kamara scored a cosmetic penalty kick in the 81st minute, but that came after own goals by Axel Sjoberg and Keegan Rosenberry and just before Tommy Smith’s sending off in a 4-1 loss to Houston.
  23. (22) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-3-1, 1 point): The Whitecaps will take the point in a strong defensive effort against the surging Sounders on Saturday at BC Place. Doneil Henry put in a defensive gem during the 0-0 draw.
  24. (24) San Jose Earthquakes (0-4-0, 0 points): The only team in MLS without a point after five weeks doesn’t appear to be getting any closer to getting one after getting blown out by LAFC 5-0 at Avaya Stadium.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Julian Cardillo, Robert Jonas, Emily Olsen, Ashley Scoby and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.

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