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MLS Power Rankings Week 4: FC Cincinnati cracks the top 10

It was an abbreviated schedule in Week 4 with only 10 of Major League Soccer’s 24 teams competing during the FIFA international window. But there was still plenty of movement in the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings.

The biggest movers in Week 4 were FC Cincinnati, which jumped five spots after extending an unbeaten streak to three games with their first MLS road, a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution. The Philadelphia Union made a plus-four jump after a convincing 3-0 win over Columbus Crew SC.

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. (1) Seattle Sounders FC (3-0-0, 9 points): After being idle in Week 4, the Sounders put their perfect record on the line when they head to Vancouver Saturday to take on the Whitecaps in a Cascadia clash
  2. (2) Los Angeles Football Club (3-0-1, 10 points): Walker Zimmerman provided the late dramatics with a stoppage-time winner as LAFC got the revenge they sought, if not the final scoreline, with a 2-1 home win over Real Salt Lake.
  3. (3) D.C. United (2-0-1, 7 points): Rested D.C. United head to Orlando Sunday to face a Lions team coming off an impressive 1-0 road win over the New York Red Bulls.
  4. (7) Houston Dynamo (2-0-1, 7 points): The Dynamo have enjoyed some home cooking early this season, but now head to the road for the first time to meet the Rapids Saturday night.
  5. (6) Sporting Kansas City (1-1-1, 4 points): Sporting got a needed rest in Week 4, especially with a busy stretch that includes the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal tie against Monterrey and a home tilt against the Montreal impact Saturday.
  6. (9) FC Dallas (2-0-1, 7 points): Luchi Gonzalez started five Academy products Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Rapids with Ryan Hollingshead scoring the 82nd-minute winner.
  7. (4) New York Red Bulls (1-1-1, 4 points): The Red Bulls suffered their first regular season home loss since July when they fell to Orlando City SC, 1-0, Saturday night.
  8. (5) Columbus Crew SC (2-1-1, 7 points): Without captain Wil Trapp (international duty) and Zack Steffen (injury), the Crew offered little resistance in a 3-0 loss in Philadelphia, the first defeat for new coach Caleb Porter.
  9. (10) Toronto FC (2-0-0, 6 points): There’s a buzz up north with Jozy Altidore back from injury and new signing Alejandro Pozuelo arriving in Toronto Friday night and training with his new team Monday.
  10. (15) FC Cincinnati (2-1-1, 7 points): In his first MLS start, Kenny Saief had a goal and an assist, Kekuta Manneh also had a goal and an assist and Spencer Richey had his second consecutive clean sheet in a 2-0 win over the Revolution.
  11. (11) Montreal impact (2-1-0, 6 points): With wins in two of their first of what will be six straight road games to open the season, the rested Impact head to Children’s Mercy Park to meet Sporting Kansas City.
  12. (12) LA Galaxy (2-1-0, 6 points): The Galaxy were idle in Week 4, which allowed Zlatan Ibrahimoic and Romain Alessandrini more time to heal. Will they be available though to meet the Timbers at home Sunday?
  13. (13) Minnesota United FC (2-1-0, 6 points): The Loons come off an inactive Week 4 with a real chance to take points from a Revolution team that has consecutive 2-0 home losses.
  14. (8) Atlanta United (0-1-2, 2 points): There’s been some signs of improvement, but now there’s an injury concern to Pity Martinez as Atlanta head to MAPFRE Stadium to meet a Crew SC team hungry to bounce back from a defeat to the Union.
  15. (19) Philadelphia Union (1-2-1, 4 points): it was an emotional day for David Accam, who had  two goals and one assist days after the death of his father, to lead the Union to their first win of the season.
  16. (14) New York City FC (0-0-3, 3 points): Dome Torrent finally got the striker he was seeking with the signing of Brazilian Heber. How soon can he get his paperwork in order and acclimate with his new team remains to be seen.
  17. (21) Orlando City SC (1-1-2, 5 points): Sacha Kljestan scored the late winner against his former team, and at Red Bull Arena to boot, and the Lions showed grit and fight in a 1-0 win Saturday night.
  18. (16) Real Salt Lake (1-2-1, 4 points): Mike Petke set an MLS record with six Academy products in his starting XI Saturday night and it seemed the Claret-and-Cobalt were going to escape Los Angeles with at least a point until Zimmerman struck in stoppage time.
  19. (18) Portland Timbers (0-2-1, 1 point): Idle in Week 4, the Timbers return from the break hoping to get their first win of 2019 on the road against the Galaxy Sunday.
  20. (17) Colorado Rapids (0-2-2, 2 points): Tommy Smith leveled in the second half, but the Rapids conceded late again and leave Frisco without at least a point, a cruel result considering the effort put forth.
  21. (21) Chicago Fire (0-2-1, 1 point): The Fire have lost two of their first three games and have the unenviable task of taking on an angry Red Bulls squad at SeatGeek Stadium Saturday afternoon.
  22. (22) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-3-0, 0 points): One of two MLS team to not garner a point in the first month of the season, the Caps are get their first win against an old rival when the Sounders come to BC Place Saturday night.
  23. (23) New England Revolution (0-3-1, 1 point): The Revs were booed at halftime and again at the final whistle and again coach Brad Friedel questioned his team’s effort and mentality. But hey, a DP is coming in the summer, so that’s good.
  24. (24) San Jose Earthquakes (0-3-0, 0 points): Another week to learn a new system couldn’t have been a bad thing for the Quakes, who host LAFC at Avaya Stadium Saturday.

Pro Soccer USA’s writers Dylan Butler, Robert Jonas and Joe Tansey contributed to this report




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