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MLS Power Rankings Week 6: Columbus Crew SC, San Jose Earthquakes move up

Los Angeles Football Club remains the No. 1 team in the Pro Soccer USA MLS power rankings after a decisive 4-0 win over host D.C. United at Audi Field.

The result also juggled things a bit in the top five, with the Black-and-Red falling to No. 4, Seattle Sounders FC moving up to No. 2 and the Columbus Crew SC cracking the top three for the first time this season.

While No. 1 remains unchanged, there’s a new team at the bottom this week with the San Jose Earthquakes moving up four spots after their first win of the year, a 3-0 triumph over the Portland Timbers.

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) Los Angeles Football Club (5-0-1, 16 points): Diego Rossi struck for a hat trick and Carlos Vela added a goal as LAFC blasted D.C. United, 5-0, to further solidify their spot atop the power rankings.
  2. (3) Seattle Sounders FC (4-0-1, 13 points): Nico Lodeiro scored the game’s lone goal in the 18th minute to lift the Sounders to a 1-0 victory over struggling Real Salt Lake Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  3. (5) Columbus Crew SC (4-1-1, 13 points): It’s back-to-back wins without conceding a goal for the Crew, which defeated the Revs, 1-0, on a Josh Williams goal three minutes from halftime.
  4. (2) DC United (3-1-1, 10 points): The stingiest defense in MLS took a hit Saturday when LAFC dropped a four-spot on them and to make things worse Wayne Rooney was sent off on a straight red card.
  5. (4) Sporting Kansas City (2-1-2, 8 points): Gianluca Busio scored for a second consecutive game, netting the equalizer just past the hour mark in a 1-1 draw at FC Cincinnati on Sunday.
  6. (8) Houston Dynamo (3-0-1, 10 points): The Dynamo resume after being idle in Week 6 to meet the San Jose Earthquakes at home Saturday.
  7. (6) FC Dallas (3-2-1, 10 points): After consecutive wins, FC Dallas dropped a 2-1 decision to the Philadelphia Union with Reto Ziegler scoring the lone goal in the 10th minute.
  8. (9) LA Galaxy (4-1-0, 12 points): It’s three straight wins for the Galaxy with Daniel Steres and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring second-half goals in a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  9. (7) Toronto FC (3-0-1, 10 points): Jonathan Osorio scored the late equalizer after Jozy Altidore struck again in a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire.
  10. (10) Philadelphia Union (3-2-1, 10 points): After conceding inside the opening 10 minutes, Cory Burke and Alejandro Bedoya struck late as the Union won their third straight game.
  11. (13) Minnesota United FC (3-2-0, 9 points): Angelo Rodriguez set up goals by Abu Danladi and Romario Ibarra to lead the Loons to a 2-1 win over the Red Bulls, ending a five-game season-opening road trip with three wins.
  12. (12) New York Red Bulls (1-3-1, 4 points): Cristian Casseres scored his first MLS goal in the 70th minute, but it wasn’t enough to stop a losing streak that is now three consecutive games.
  13. (11) FC Cincinnati (2-2-2, 8 points): Darren Mattocks scored from the penalty spot, but FC Cincinnati had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Nippert Stadium after Busio’s leveler.
  14. (14) Montreal Impact (2-2-1, 7 points): The defensive effort and mentality was better for the Impact. And without Ignacio Piatti and after Maxi Urruti was sent off, the Impact were happy for the point in the Bronx.
  15. (15) Orlando City SC (2-2-2, 8 points): Nani struck for a brace, including the winner from the penalty spot one minute from full time and Tesho Akindele and Chris Mueller added a goal apiece in a wild 4-3 win over the Colorado Rapids.
  16. (16) Chicago Fire (1-2-2, 5 points): CJ Sapong scored yet again and Nemanja Nikolic added a goal in a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC at BMO Field Saturday.
  17. (19) Atlanta United (0-2-2, 2 points): The Five Stripes got a needed week away from the field to get healthier and they should be close to full strength when they meet the Revs Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
  18. (17) Real Salt Lake (1-4-1, 4 points): It’s now four consecutive defeats as RSL dropped a 1-0 decision to the Sounders. They’ll welcome a chance to play back at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday vs. Orlando.
  19. (20) New York City FC (0-1-4, 4 points): Heber debuted, and energized the crowd, but he couldn’t ignite an offense that couldn’t find the back of the net for a second consecutive game and third time in five games without a win.
  20. (24) San Jose Earthquakes (1-4-0, 1 point): The losing streak is over! Shea Salinas, Danny Hoesen and Cristian Espinoza scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers.
  21. (21) New England Revolution (1-4-1, 4 points): The Revs went down to 10 men when Michael Mancienne was sent off for a challenge on Federico Higuain and the Revs fell to the Crew, 1-0.
  22. (18) Portland Timbers (0-4-1, 1 point): It’s another slow start for the Timbers, who surrendered three goals in the opening 34 minutes of a 3-0 loss to the previous winless Earthquakes.
  23. (22) Colorado Rapids (0-4-2, 2 points): The good news is the Rapids scored three goals with Kei Kamara, Nicolas Mezquida and Cole Bassett finding the back of the net. The bad news is the Rapids conceded four in a 4-3 defeat to Orlando, their third in a row.
  24. (23) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-4-1, 1 point): Ali Adnan scuffed a chance to give the ‘Caps an early lead on a failed panenka penalty kick and Vancouver lost for the fourth time in its first five games.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler and Robert Jonas contributed to this report.




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