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MLS Power Rankings Week 7: The West is the best

It’s all about the West and then the rest in the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings after the first seven weeks of the Major League Soccer regular season.

Los Angeles Football Club remains the undisputed No. 1 after picking up their fifth win in their first six games, while Western Conference foes Seattle Sounders FC and Houston Dynamo are neck and neck to round out the top three.

The LA Galaxy move up three spots to No. 4 following a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, while D.C. United is the first team from the East with the Black-and-Red checking in at No. 5 after a draw and a win during a busy Week 7.

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 (6-0-1, 19 points): Mark-Anthony Kaye and Carlos Vela scored a goal in each half in a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati for LAFC, which faces Vancouver at BC Place Wednesday.
  2. (2) Seattle Sounders FC (5-0-1, 16 points): Will Bruin struck for a brace and Cristian Roldan added a goal in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC. An anticipated showdown with LAFC is on the horizon Sunday.
  3. (6) Houston Dynamo (4-0-1, 13 points): Quietly, the Dynamo have crept up the power rankings to a season-high at No. 3 following a 2-1 win over San Jose on goals by Alberth Elis and Memo Rodriguez. A big tilt comes Friday in Carson.
  4. (8) LA Galaxy (5-1-0, 15 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck for a brace and the Galaxy locked things down defensively in a 2-0 win over the Union.
  5. (4) D.C. United (4-1-2, 14 points): Following a 0-0 home draw against the Montreal Impact in midweek, the Black-and-Red defeated the Colorado Rapids, 3-2, on goals by Luciano Acosta, Chris Durkin and Lucas Rodriguez.
  6. (7) FC Dallas (4-2-1, 13 points): FC Dallas bounced back from a one-goal loss to the Philadelphia Union in Week 6 to defeat the Portland Timbers, 2-1, on goal by Jesus Ferreira and Reto Ziegler.
  7. (5) Sporting Kansas City (2-1-3, 9 points): Gianluca Busio did it again with the 16-year-old scoring for a third consecutive game in a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday.
  8. (3) Columbus Crew SC (4-2-1, 13 points): After back-to-back shutout wins over Atlanta United and the New England Revolution, the Crew were blanked in a 1-0 loss at Montreal Saturday.
  9. (11) Minnesota United FC (3-2-1, 10 points): Osvaldo Alonso and Angelo Rodriguez scored for the Loons in a 3-3 draw against New York City FC at the opening of Allianz Field.
  10. (9) Toronto FC (3-1-1, 10 points): Jozy Altidore had a pair of goals, both assisted by new partner-in-crime Alejandro Pozuelo, in a 3-2 loss at Seattle. The Reds host the Loons Friday night.
  11. (10) Philadelphia Union (3-3-1, 10 points): The Union were done in by an early Ibrahimovic brace and a late Auston Trusty sending off for his second bookable offense in a 2-0 loss at LA.
  12. (14) Montreal Impact (3-2-2, 11 points): Harry Novillo scored his first MLS goal and the Impact secured a third straight clean sheet in a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew in their first game at Stade Saputo this year.
  13. (13) FC Cincinnati (2-3-2, 8 points): The expansion side suffered a second defeat in their last three games, falling 2-0 at LAFC. They host Real Salt Lake Friday night.
  14. (17) Atlanta United (1-2-2, 5 points): Ezequiel Barco came off the bench for an injured Eric Remedi and scored the first brace of his career to lift the defending MLS Cup champions to their first win of the season, 2-0 over the New England Revolution.
  15. (12) New York Red Bulls (1-3-2, 5 points): Danny Royer and Brian White scored for the Red Bulls in a 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City. The losing streak ends, but the winless run extends to four games.
  16. (18) Real Salt Lake (2-4-1, 7 points): Sam Johnson scored his first MLS goal and Damir Kreilach added a second-half goal as RSL snapped a four-match losing streak to defeat Orlando City SC, 2-1, at the RioT Saturday.
  17. (15) Orlando City SC (2-3-2, 8 points): Nani made things interesting in the 81st minute, but the Lions couldn’t overcome a two-goal deficit and fell to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, on the road.
  18. (16) Chicago Fire (1-2-3, 6 points): It’s three games without a loss, through it’s consecutive draws, after Nemanja Nikolic’s penalty kick late leveled in a 1-1 draw with Vancouver.
  19. (19) New York City FC (0-1-5, 5 points): There were some defensive lapses and an own goal by Sean Johnson, but the Cityzens rallied for a 3-3 draw against Minnesota United FC thanks to an Ismael Tajouri-Shradi brace.
  20. (21) New England Revolution (1-5-1, 4 points): The Revs offered little resistance in a 2-0 home loss to Atlanta United Saturday night. It was their second straight loss with the Red Bulls coming to Gillette Saturday.
  21. (24) Vancouver Whitecaps (0-4-2, 2 points): Yordy Reyna gave the visiting ‘Caps a lead early in the second half, but they conceded a late PK and remain winless after the first seven weeks.
  22. (20) San Jose Earthquakes (1-5-0, 3 points): Jackson Yueill equalized in the 56th minute, but Martinez struck four minutes later and the Dynamo prevailed, 2-1.
  23. (23) Colorado Rapids (0-5-2, 2 points): It’s four straight losses for the Rapids following a 3-2 home loss to D.C. United. Benny Feilhaber and Kei Kamara struck for the hosts.
  24. (22) Portland Timbers (0-5-1, 1 point): The losing streak is now five games for the Timbers after a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas. Cristhian Paredes scored the lone goal for Portland.

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




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