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MLS Power Rankings Week 4: Columbus Crew are tops in the league

Time again to take a look at Pro Soccer USA's MLS Power Rankings ...

With four weeks of games behind us in the 2018 Major League Soccer season, it’s time to take a look at where teams stand. The MLS Power Rankings are created by a committee of Pro Soccer USA’s editor and writers.

  1. Columbus Crew SC (3-0-1) — Unbeaten and coming off a 3-1 stomping of D.C United. Columbus cannot lose right now. Who knew Gyasi Zardes would find a rebirth of sorts in Ohio? He leads the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference with three goals.
  2. New York City FC (3-0-1) — With or without David Villa, Patrick Vieira knows how to coach and NYCFC knows how to play. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored again to help his team overcome two New England leads for a draw at Gillette Stadium to remain unbeaten.
  3. New York Red Bulls (2-1-0) — A Bradley Wright-Phillips brace led the Red Bulls to a big 3-0 win over Minnesota, and they climbed to No. 3 in the Eastern Conference.
  4. Los Angeles FC (2-0-0) — The newbies are third in the West and rested last week before Saturday’s big match against neighbor L.A. Galaxy.
  5. Atlanta United FC (2-1-0) — Atlanta comes off a bye week and goes on the road to Minnesota. The Five Stripes are fourth in the East, but their one loss was a doozy.
  6. Toronto FC (0-2-0) — Bigger fish to fry than MLS. Standings currently irrelevant.
  7. Sporting Kansas City (2-1-1) — Bleeding goals, but getting the points and results. SKC showed great resilience in coming from behind to get a point on the road.
  8. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-1-1) — A scoreless draw at home against the Galaxy was not what the Whitecaps needed, but they’ve had an overall good start to the season.
  9. Philadelphia Union (1-0-1) — Only two games played, but so far so good. Philly will need to capitalize on this week’s road trip to struggling Colorado.
  10. Houston Dynamo (1-1-1) — Sitting at sixth in the West, the Dynamo will come off their bye week to host the Revolution this weekend.
  11. FC Dallas (1-0-2) — FCD is coming off an uninspiring tie with Portland, but remains unbeaten — and that back line has been clean.
  12. L.A. Galaxy (1-1-1) — Grabbed a point in Vancouver without several key players. Moving forward, Zlatan.
  13. San Jose Earthquakes (1-1-0) — The Quakes didn’t sit around during the bye week. They played a friendly against Landon Donovan, and now prepare to host NYCFC.
  14. Real Salt Lake (1-1-1) — Took down the Red Bulls before last week’s bye. RSL will look for the same quality this week in Toronto.
  15. Minnesota United (2-2-0) — Looked class in wins, but exposed leaky defense in losses. Ethan Finley is great for the Loons, which face a big test versus Atlanta next. 
  16. New England Revolution (1-1-1) —  The Revs blew two leads at home and were forced to settle for tie.
  17. Montreal Impact (1-2-0) — After the bye week, Montreal is heading on a tough road trip to Seattle.
  18. Seattle Sounders (0-2-0) — Winless, but there’s only a small sample size to evaluate and injuries abound. Also, Dempsey.
  19. Portland Timbers (0-2-1) — Finally notched their first point of the season last week against Dallas.
  20. Orlando City SC (0-2-1) — Lions tried to refocus during bye week. Dom Dwyer is set to return for this week’s matchup against the Red Bulls, but they still remain depleted due to injuries.
  21. D.C. United (0-2-2) — Conceded three goals in 12 minutes, two coming within two minutes of each other, to lose at Columbus. D.C. United also has the worst goal differential (-4) in the East.
  22. Chicago Fire (0-2-0) — Coming off a bye week, Fire will look for first win at home against Portland.
  23. Colorado Rapids (0-1-1) — Winless and gave up a two-goal lead at home. 

Pro Soccer USA contributors Dylan Butler, Julian Cardillo, Robert Jonas, Emily Olsen and Arman Kafai contributed to the rankings.

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