Team of the Week: Houston Dynamo (pictured above)
Bust of the Week: New York Red Bulls
The past 12 days of MLS soccer, since I last wrote my latest power rankings, have been eventful.
The Fire lost their undefeated status yet overtook the lead in the East, while the while the Dynamo exploded though the standings and become the hottest team in the league.
I'll sort it all out right here.
LW...Last Week's Ranking
1. (LW-1) Chivas USA (7-2-3, 24 pts)
Although the loss to the Fire last week was tough to handle, Chicago is definitely a good team worthy of beating them, and Chivas will probably go into tonight's important match against Seattle well-rested and ready to play.
2. (LW-4) Houston Dynamo (6-2-3, 21 pts)
The Dynamo have shot up through the standings in the past two weeks, having routed Toronto late in May and then winning 1-0 in their huge game versus Chicago last night. Look out for them, because they are just one win away from catching up with Chivas, and are also still undefeated at home.
3. (LW-2) Chicago Fire (5-2-6, 21 pts)
The Fire had an eventful week, yet ended up with a mediocre 2-2. However, they did lose their undefeated status, and may have shown some weaknesses (especially in their embarrassing loss to FC Dallas) that may greatly damage their hopes of an MLS Cup title.
4. (LW-3) D.C. United (4-2-7, 19 pts)
United fell a spot this week due to the rise of the Dynamo and their loss to New England. However, with D.C.'s recent promising 2-0 shutout of the Fire, this club could definitely still contend for the Cup.
5. (LW-6) Colorado Rapids (4-2-4, 16 pts)
The Rapids have been just coasting along so far this season, steadily but ever-so-slowly moving up the standings, but they have the potential to explode at any time. Believe me, Colorado has the ability to rocket themselves unnoticed to among the elite clubs in the MLS standings. The Rapids are still undefeated at home, too.
6. (LW-5) Seattle Sounders (4-2-5, 17 pts)
The Sounders have had a fairly quiet stretch recently, with their only MLS match ending in a 1-1 draw with the Crew last Saturday. However, it's given them a chance to regroup and rest up for the next couple hot summer months, and there is no reason why we should forget about the Sounders.
7. (LW-8) Kansas City Wizards (4-4-4, 16 pts)
Their only match was a week ago, a 1-1 draw the the Galaxy (who would've guessed), but the Wizards, by all means, are not out of it yet.
8. (LW-9) Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-9, 12 pts)
Yet another tie produced by the conservative forces of the L.A. Galaxy. Maybe visits by AC Milan and FC Barcelona can make up Los Angeles this summer.
9. (LW-13) Columbus Crew (2-2-7, 13 pts)
They picked up a win against San Jose and a draw against the Sounders, maintained an unbeaten home record, and jumped four spots in the power rankings. Sounds pretty nice to me.
10. (LW-7) Toronto FC (4-4-4, 16 pts)
I don't know about you, but I have a feeling that Toronto may be starting to see some darkness ahead of them this summer. They certainly haven't cleared it up with their recent play, either.
11. (LW-12) New England Revolution (3-3-4, 13 pts)
The Revolution got back to .500 with their important 2-1 victory against D.C. United, but they still have a ways to go before they can really begin competing again.
12. (LW-14) FC Dallas (2-6-3, 9 pts)
No matches played since we last covered them on May 24. No wins, no losses, no ties. At least they jumped a few spots!
13. (LW-15) San Jose Earthquakes (2-7-2, 8 pts)
Same as with Dallas. Still, thanks to the MLS's latest "Detroit Lions", they're no longer last.
14. (LW-10) Real Salt Lake (3-6-2, 11 pts)
No wins in over six weeks (not since Apr. 24), posting a 0-4-2 record during that period. After a 3-2-0 start, Real Salt Lake has been literally horrible.
15. (LW-11) New York Red Bulls (2-8-3, 9 pts)
Ugh. 0-3-0 in two weeks. Outscored 6-2 in those three games. And still winless on the road. Whoo...cheers...