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