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MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2017

MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

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    Not many domestic leagues play close to a full slate of games during the international break but that is exactly what Major League Soccer did this weekend. 

    Fans of the American domestic game were treated to eight matches that produced plenty of fireworks on both coasts. 

    The most thrilling of the eight games came on Saturday in Washington D.C. as the Columbus Crew took down D.C. United.

    Find out where those two teams, as well as the other 17 teams in MLS, landed in this week's power rankings. 

Criteria

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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from 1 to 19.

    Each team will be given a point total for the specific ranking they are given.

    For example, the team that is ranked No. 1 is given 19 points while the last-place team receives just one point. 

    The votes will be compiled each week, and the team with the highest point total will be placed on top of the power rankings.

     

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19. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 5

    Last Week's Ranking: 19 

    Week 4 Result: Loss to Chivas USA, 4-1. 

    The Chicago Fire are cementing themselves in the basement of the Eastern Conference standings after their horrendous start to the season.

    The Fire fell flat in front of their home fans against Chivas USA on Sunday as they were blasted for four second-half goals. 

    The good news for the Fire? They actually scored a goal in the 65th minute by way of Patrick Nyarko to break their 334-minute goalless streak that they started the season with. 

18. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 7

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 4 Result: Loss to Los Angeles, 1-0.

    A week after earning their first point against Real Salt Lake, the Rapids slipped back into their losing ways with a loss to the Galaxy. 

    Drew Moor's 50th-minute red card cost the Rapids mightily, as the lone Galaxy goal came from the penalty that was awarded after Moor's handball. 

    The Rapids will once again go in search of their first win next week when they host Portland on Saturday. 

17. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 17 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 4 Result: Loss to Montreal, 1-0.

    Without the star power of Thierry Henry (injury) and Tim Cahill (international duty), the Red Bulls failed to earn a point during their visit to Montreal. 

    Mike Petke's team, who are still in search of their first win of the season, could only muster three shots on target against the Eastern Conference leaders. 

    The search for the first win of the season continues for the Red Bulls on Saturday as they host I-95 rival Philadelphia at Red Bull Arena. 

16. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 19 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 4 Result: No Game Played

    After playing to a 1-1 draw in the Cascadia Cup with Seattle last weekend, the Timbers had a week off. 

    The Timbers will continue to search for the first win of the Caleb Porter era on Saturday when they visit Colorado. 

15. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 21

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 4 Result: Loss to San Jose, 1-0. 

    The worst start in franchise history continued for the Sounders as they fell on the road to San Jose. 

    The Sounders currently sit in last place in the Western Conference standings with just one point from three games. 

    Sigi Schmid and company will look to reverse their fortunes on Saturday when they face another strong team in the Western Conference in Real Salt Lake. 

14. New England Revolution

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    Points: 22

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 4 Result: Draw with Sporting Kansas City, 0-0.

    There were very few positives, if any, to take out of New England's home opener against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. 

    Despite earning six corner kicks and having the advantage in possession, the Revolution failed to get a shot on goal for the entire match. 

    The lack of attempts on goal by New England may have had something to do with the 35-40 mph winds that were blowing into the stadium during the game. 

13. Toronto FC

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    Points: 23

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 4 Result: No Game Played

    The Reds were one of three teams given the week off from MLS play. 

    Ryan Nelsen and company will have a tough task on their hands as the Galaxy come to town on Saturday. 

T-11. D.C. United

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    Points: 33

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 4 Result: Loss to Columbus, 2-1. 

    Going into their game with Columbus on Saturday, D.C. United had a 18-game unbeaten streak at home.

    After the final whistle blew at RFK Stadium, that streak was over. 

    Before United fell to one of their Eastern Conference rivals, designated player Rafael delivered a stroke of brilliance with his 22nd-minute goal. 

    If that is a sign of things to come for the young Brazilian, Ben Olsen's team should be able to put together another winning streak at home quite easily. 

T-11. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 33

    Last Week's Ranking: T-7

    Week 4 Result: Loss to FC Dallas, 2-0. 

    Real Salt Lake were affected greatly by the loss of players to international duty this weekend as they fell to FC Dallas on the road. 

    Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Alvaro Saborio were just a few of the names missing from the starting 11 as RSL made the trip to FC Dallas Stadium. 

    The biggest absence may have been the one of Rimando, as backup keeper Josh Saunders committed a horrendous error in the 80th minute by botching a clearance that let Jackson walk in and score for the hosts. 

10. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 42

    Last Week's Ranking: T-4

    Week 4 Result: Draw with New England, 0-0.

    Sporting's second trip to the East Coast this season resulted in a scoreless draw with the Revolution. 

    C.J. Sapong had his 19th-minute attempt on goal cleared off the line in what would turn out to be the game's best chance. 

    Peter Vermes' team only forced five shots on goal as they clearly missed the presence of Graham Zusi, who was on international duty with the United States. 

9. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 46

    Last Week's Ranking: T-4

    Week 4 Result: No Game Played

    The Union may not have been active in the MLS this week, but they did play a friendly against Pumas.

    John Hackworth's team defeated the Mexican side, 1-0, at PPL Park in preparation for their trip to Red Bull Arena on Saturday to play New York. 

T-7. Chivas USA

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    Points: 51

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 4 Result: Win over Chicago, 4-1.

    Is it time to start believing in the new era at Chivas USA?

    That is the question we are all asking ourselves after the Goats extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a blowout win in Chicago. 

    Edgar Mejia scored the first of four second-half goals in the 57th minute to kick-start the impressive offensive showing by the Goats. 

    Juan Agudelo and Joaquin Velazquez both scored before Jalil Anibaba netted a Chicago own goal in stoppage time. 

T-7. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 51

    Last Week's Ranking: T-2

    Week 4 Result: Loss to Houston, 2-1. 

    The Whitecaps may not have come out on top in Houston on Saturday night, but they did add to their growing total of spectacular early-season goals. 

    This week it was Darren Mattocks who scored on a superb strike in the 36th minute. The goal by Mattocks did give the Whitecaps a lead going into the half, but they were unable to hold on for the full three points.

    Vancouver will once again be on the road next week, but they will be playing a weaker opponent in Chivas USA. 

6. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 56

    Last Week's Ranking: T-9

    Week 4 Result: Win over Seattle, 1-0. 

    Chris Wondolowski's strike from 18 yards out right before the halftime whistle propelled the Earthquakes past the Sounders on Saturday night. 

    The goal added to Wondolowski's recent dominance of the Sounders. He now has three game-winning goals in the last two years against Seattle. 

    In his career, Wondolowski has scored six goals against San Jose's Western Conference foe. 

5. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 61 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-7

    Week 4 Result: Win over Vancouver, 2-1. 

    Two second-half goals over a seven-minute span gave the Dynamo their second victory of the season on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

    Giles Barnes equalized Vancouver in the 55th minute with a headed goal, and then Warren Creavalle provided the winner on a tap-in in the 62nd minute. 

    The win extended the Dynamo's home unbeaten streak to 33 games. 

4. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 62 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-9

    Week 4 Result: Win over D.C., 2-1. 

    The Crew went into RFK Stadium on Saturday and took away a win from D.C. United.

    Two goals off of set pieces delivered the second win of the season for the Crew. 

    Josh Williams scored on a spectacular header in the 15th minute before Ben Speas' super strike in the 58th minute sealed the deal for the Crew. 

3. FC Dallas

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    Points: 66

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 4 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 2-0.

    The second-half heroics of FC Dallas continued for a second straight week as they took down a depleted RSL squad that was missing a bevy of stars who were out on international duty. 

    Fabian Castillo and Jackson scored the two late goals for FC Dallas as they catapulted themselves up to the top of the Western Conference standings. 

    Schellas Hyndman's team will look to extend their winning streak to three games on Saturday when they visit Gillette Stadium to play the Revolution. 

2. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 72

    Last Week's Ranking: T-2

    Week 4 Result: Win over Colorado, 1-0. 

    Mike Magee once again proved why he is so valuable to the Galaxy as he converted a 50th-minute penalty to hand his team the victory on Saturday night. 

    The penalty was earned by the Galaxy after Colorado's Drew Moor was sent off for a handball.

    Moor's sending off marked the second consecutive week that the Galaxy played with a man advantage for an entire half. 

1. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 76

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 4 Result: Win over New York, 1-0.

    The Montreal Impact can do no wrong so far this season. 

    The Impact won their fourth consecutive game to begin the season as they took down the Red Bulls at home. 

    Marco Di Vaio clinched the victory in the 14th minute with his second goal of the season in front of the home fans at Olympic Stadium.

    The Impact will look continue their surprising start to the season with a win at Kansas City on Saturday. 

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