MLS Power Rankings: New England to # 2, Seattle still on top, Columbus Crew climbing

It’s been a close-match weekend – four different 1-0 wins, anyone? – and many well-known teams in familiar positions, such as Seattle and New England remained the top of the Western and Eastern conferences. Likewise, Carlos Vela returned to LAFCThe starting line-up for the first time since the season opener and Columbus’ late win over NYCFC were as exciting as the back and forth over the name of the team.

Check out the action over the weekend and see where your team sits on our week 5 power leaderboard.

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Previous ranking: 1

Next MLS game: May 29 v Austin, 9:30 p.m. ET

The Sounders remain undefeated but feel uncomfortable in a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United, which they were in the lead for 80 minutes, before giving up a late penalty. Raul Ruidiaz gave Seattle the lead in the sixth minute as he turned a corner home. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 3

Next MLS game: May 29th at Cincinnati FC, 3 pm. ET, ESPN +

The Revs keep ticking. Not only did they care about beating the Red Bulls 3-1, but they did too Gustavo Bou rounds in shape, with a goal and a template. Scare the injury Carles Gil luckily there was a lot of ado about nothing. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 4th

Next MLS game: May 29th at New York Red Bulls, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN +

The Lions have done it on defense so far this season, although Saturday’s 1-0 win over Toronto required an excellent goalkeeper and some desperate intervention in the form of two goal-line clearances. With Daryl dikeNow that Barnsley is on loan, the attack should get a boost. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 7th

Next MLS game: May 29 v Houston, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

After beating San Jose 3-1 on Saturday, Sporting KC are second in the MLS with 12 goals, just behind Seattle. After bagging braces in his last game, Alan PulidoThe fourth goal of the year was the winner against the Quakes. – Bonagura



Felipe Mora’s hits twice and Diego Valeri adds a third as Portland beats the 10-man galaxy.

Previous ranking: 2

Next MLS game: May 29 versus San Jose, 7 p.m. ET

Derrick Williams‘Terrifying challenge left the 10-man galaxy for the entire second half in a 3-0 loss in Portland. The galaxy ranks third in the Western Conference, but statistically they are one of only four teams in the conference with a negative goal differential. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 10

Next MLS game: May 30 versus Portland, 7 p.m. ET

The timing of Kacper PrzybylkoThe runs remain exquisite and have proven themselves again when he scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over D.C. United scored. That is a good thing, because there wasn’t much that was remarkable … other than another efficient Union victory.– Carlisle

Previous ranking: 9

Next MLS game: May 29 in Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Nashville repeats its approach for 2020: collapsing opportunistically on attack and hard defensive, and they remain undefeated as a result. Can NSC maintain its form on the road after five of its first six home games? The next two games in Atlanta and the Red Bulls should show a lot. – Carlisle



Diego Rossi scores twice and Carlos Vela helps in LAFC’s 2-1 win over Colorado.

Previous ranking: 6th

Next MLS game: May 29th vs. FC Dallas, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN +

The Rapids had LAFC at a bad time – with Carlos Vela back on the grid – but after struggling to create opportunities in the first half, threatened after the break. Michael BarriosHowever, the goal in the 50th minute was not enough to make up for the deficit with a 2-1 defeat. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 14th

Next MLS game: May 29th vs. Toronto FC, 3 pm. ET, ESPN +

The game against NYCFC looked like another frustrating night for the crew – thrilled that this is the official name againby the way – but then Lucas Zelarayan came to the rescue with two generous free kicks and Columbus had – I can only say – a “massive” win. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 12th

Next MLS game: May 29 against NYCFC

With Vela back on the grid for the first time since the season opener, LAFC showed lightning bolts of the team that it could be. Diego Rossi scored two goals in the first half and Los Angeles beat Colorado 2-1. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 11

Next MLS game: May 29 versus Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Damir KreilachThe header in the 86th minute saved a point for RSL in the 2-2 draw at FC Dallas. Rubio ruby scored the first goal and in five games, two fewer than some teams in the league, is third in the MLS with four goals. – Bonagura



FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake each take one point after a 2-2 draw at the Toyota Stadium.

Previous ranking: 16

Next MLS game: May 29 in Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Memo Rodriguez and Maximiliano Urruti scored goals in a 2-1 win over Vancouver to keep Houston unbeaten at home this year. After finishing last in the Western Conference last year, the Dynamo climbed to fourth place in seven games. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 21

Next MLS game: May 30 in Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET

After the galaxy sank to 10 men after a terrible challenge from Williams, Portland took advantage of a 3-0 win. All three goals came in the second half to give the Timbers two wins after a slow start to the 2021 season. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 5

Next MLS game: May 29 at LAFC, 5 p.m. ET

A point from two home games, including the loss to Columbus on Saturday, slowed the good start. Sean Johnson will likely feel like he could have done better with the first goal. Can the new addition Talles Magno give a boost?– Carlisle

Previous ranking:17th

Next MLS game: May 29 v Nashville SC, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Possession wasn’t an issue for Atlanta this season but the goals did it. That was the case again against Seattle, however Josef Martinez — Who is is still working back from last year’s ACL surgery – scored a late penalty to give the Five Stripes a deserved 1-1 draw. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 13th

Next MLS game: May 30 in Seattle, 9:30 p.m. ET

Austin’s lack of offensive firepower becomes a problem. It was the second straight week in a 1-0 loss to Nashville on Sunday goalless and has only scored twice in five games outside of the 3-1 win against Colorado. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 8th

Next MLS game: May 29 at the Los Angeles Galaxy, 7 p.m. ET

Javier Eduardo “Chofis” Lopez got off to a good start for the Quakes but his fourth-minute goal was nowhere near enough as Sporting Kansas City came back 3-1. After three straight wins, San Jose has now lost three straight wins. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: fifteen

Next MLS game: May 29th on Chicago Fire, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Last week’s loss to the previously winless Cincinnati will get stuck in manager Wilfried Nancy’s fight. Montreal were in control, scoring a goal only to concede two set pieces in the last 20 minutes. The first goal was full of tissue-on-paper defense which means there is no doubt what Nancy will be putting his team to work on this week. – Carlisle



John McCarthy’s Howler gives Luka Stojanovic a goal and Chicago a 1-0 win over Inter Miami.

Previous ranking: 18th

Next MLS game: May 29 v D.C. United, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Miami would not have been in the game without Chicago John McCarthyIt saves, but all that will be remembered is his howler, which resulted in a 1-0 defeat. The reality is that the entire Miami team didn’t play well, but that’s a goalkeeper’s plight.– Carlisle

Previous ranking: 20th

Next MLS game: May 29 v Orlando City, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Did Andre Reyes’ second caution and subsequent ejection change the game? You bet. But the Red Bulls were already shaking. Combined with the loss of the defender Aaron Long For the season, New York is fighting at this point. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 23

Next MLS game: May 29 at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m., ESPN +

After two wins last week to relieve the season after four defeats in a row, Minnesota was eliminated this week. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 22nd

Next MLS game: May 29th at Columbus Crew, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Yeferson Soteldo continues to make a positive first impression, but TFC had to complain about the lack of loss in the loss to Orlando. The goals will flow at some point, especially when Alejandro Pozuelo returns, but right now the Reds are fighting. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 25th

Next MLS game: May 29 in Colorado, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Dallas thought it had a winner through it Ryan HollingsheadThe goal in the 83rd minute, just three minutes later in a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake. With six points in six games, Dallas is tied to Minnesota and the Austin FC expansion team at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. – Bonagura

Previous ranking:26

Next MLS game:May 29 v Montreal CF, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Sometimes all it takes to break a winning streak is a bit of luck and fire has certainly gotten to the Luka Stojanovic free-kick goal that should have been saved. However, Raphael Wicky and the rest of his protégés do not care, as they officially deviate from the proverbial edge. – Carlisle



Jürgen Locadia and Gustavo Vallecilla complete Cincinnati’s comeback in style against CF Montreal.

Previous ranking: 27

Next MLS game: May 29 versus New England Revolution, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN +

It was not only that Cincinnati won their first game of the season, but how the FCC beat Montreal. After a deficit in the second half, Jaap Stam’s team prevailed with two set pieces and prevailed 2-1. Geoff CameronCincinnati’s presence already seems to be having a positive impact on Cincinnati’s backline. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 19th

Next MLS game: June 18 at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Since an encouraging start to the season, the Whitecaps have lost three games in a row, including a 2-1 loss in Houston on Saturday. Deiber CaicedoThe 80th-minute goal gave the Caps some late hope, but they couldn’t find a late equalizer. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 24

Next MLS game: May 29th at Inter Miami CF, 8 p.m., ESPN +

It was similar with the black and red. Edison Flores After just 20 seconds, the DCU hobbled away with an injury and dominated much of the game but had to pay for a catastrophic collapse. Manager Hernan Losada is confident the fortune will change, but it has to be done quickly so that belief does not wane. – Carlisle

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