LAFC Takes Over Top Spot In MLS

May 9, 2019, 2:51 PM
Carlos Vela #10 of Los Angeles FC battles Roman Torres #29 of Seattle Sounders during Los Angeles F...
Carlos Vela #10 of Los Angeles FC battles Roman Torres #29 of Seattle Sounders during Los Angeles FC's MLS match against Seattle Sounders at the Banc of California Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
(Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – LAFC has taken their turn on top of the MLS Power Rankings after a decent week.

Mostly due to the LA Galaxy losing their last two games.

The Philadelphia Union jumped four spots to No. 3 and are on top of the Eastern Conference table.

Real Salt Lake has dropped to No. 15 after losing their second straight match.

Here are the rest of the rankings after Week 10, plus the Wednesday, May 8 matches:

1. LAFC (7-1-3, 24 Points)

Result: 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire at home.

Recap: LAFC has picked up two draws and a win since their only loss of the season thus far. A 0-0 draw at home against Chicago wasn’t the best result but it is a point.

Previous Ranking: 2

Next Up: at Columbus Crew (5-6-1), Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


2. LA Galaxy (7-3-1, 22 Points)

Results: 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls on the road.
3-1 loss to Columbus Crew on the road on Wednesday.

Recap: Since their 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake two weeks ago, the LA Galaxy have lost their last two by a combined 6-3. Have to give them some credit, they have played six matches in 25 days. In their 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, Daniel Steres scored in the 87th minute after the Crew went up 3-0.

Previous Ranking: 1

Next Up: vs. NYCFC (3-1-6), Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.


3. Philadelphia Union (6-3-2, 20 Points)

Result: 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati at home.
6-1 win over New England Revolution at home.

Recap: Philadelphia is on fire right now, having won their last two and unbeaten in their last four matches. Five players scored a goal in their 6-1 thumping against the Revolution. Sergio Santos scored the brace for the Union, who sit on top of the Eastern Conference table.

Previous Ranking: 7

Next Up: at Toronto FC (5-3-1), Saturday at 1 p.m.


4. D.C. United (6-3-2, 20 Points)

Result: 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew at home.

Recap: D.C. has alternated wins and losses for the past five games. Can’t seem to find any consistency. Luciana Acosta, Wayne Rooney and Paul Arriola found the back of the net for United in their big win over the Crew.

Previous Ranking: 4

Next Up: vs. Sporting Kansas City (6-3-2), Sunday at 5 p.m. on FS1.


5. Montreal Impact (6-4-2, 20 Points)

Result: 2-0 loss to NYCFC at home.
2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on the road on Wednesday.

Recap: The Impact are still in good shape, despite their loss at home to NYCFC. They picked up a road win over the struggling New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. They trailed 1-0 from the 36th minute to the 64th minute when Zakaria Diallo tied the match. Maximilliano Urruti nailed the game-winning penalty kick in the 79th minute.

Previous Ranking: 5

Next Up: at FC Cincinnati (2-7-2), Saturday at 11 a.m.


6. Seattle Sounders FC (5-1-4, 19 Points)

Result: 1-1 draw against Minnesota United on the road.

Recap: After a strong start to the season, the Sounders have cooled off a little bit. In their last five matches, they have one win, one loss and three draws. They needed a goal in the 42nd minute by Cristian Roldan after Minnesota had a 1-0 lead.

Previous Ranking: 3

Next Up: vs. Houston Dynamo (6-1-1), Saturday at 8 p.m.


7. Houston Dynamo (6-1-1, 19 Points)

Result: 2-1 win over FC Dallas at home.

Recap: Houston continues to be the team that many are not talking about. They have won four of their last five, including their last two against good teams. They will be tested in Seattle on Saturday. Mauro Manotas collected the brace in their win over Dallas.

Previous Ranking: 8

Next Up: at Seattle Sounders (5-1-4), Saturday at 8 p.m.


8. FC Dallas (5-3-2, 17 Points)

Result: 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo on the road.

Recap: Dallas had a 0-0 draw at San Jose and a loss against Houston on the road, but have a big home game against a struggling New York Red Bulls club. If they don’t get three points from that match, the momentum could be shifting in Dallas.

Previous Ranking: 6

Next Up: vs. New York Red Bulls (3-5-2), Saturday at 12 p.m.


9. Columbus Crew (5-6-1, 16 Points)

Result: 3-1 loss to D.C. United on the road.
3-1 win over LA Galaxy at home on Wednesday.

Recap: The Crew have had an up-and-down start to the season. They went unbeaten in their first three games, lost their fourth game, and then won the next two before losing the next five games. They got back on track with a 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

Previous Ranking: 13

Next Up: vs. LAFC (7-1-3), Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


10. Toronto FC (5-3-1, 16 Points)

Result: 2-0 win over Orlando City SC on the road.
2-0 loss to Atlanta United on the road on Wednesday.

Recap: Like the Crew, Toronto have been up-and-down this season. They lost to the Timbers at home on April 27, beat Orlando City on the road, but lost to Atlanta on the road on Wednesday. They are currently in fourth place in the east.

Previous Ranking: 10

Next Up: vs. Philadelphia Union (6-3-2), Saturday at 1 p.m.


11. NYCFC (3-1-6, 15 Points)

Result: 2-0 win over Montreal Impact on the road.

Recap: New York has already had six draws this season. Just one loss is keeping them from being at the bottom of the table. They are unbeaten in their last six games with all three of their wins coming in that span. A 2-0 road win over Montreal was a big win for them.

Previous Ranking: 15

Next Up: at LA Galaxy (7-3-1), Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.


12. Minnesota United FC (4-3-3, 15 Points)

Result: 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders at home.

Recap: Minnesota has looked to have taken the second step in their expansion process. A 1-1 draw against Seattle was big as well as a 0-0 draw against the Galaxy and a 1-0 win over D.C. United has been huge.

Previous Ranking: 9

Next Up: at Chicago Fire (3-4-4), Saturday at 6 p.m.


13. Orlando City SC (3-4-3, 12 Points)

Result: 2-0 loss to Toronto FC at home.

Recap: Getting shut out at home is not ideal. Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chapman scored the two goals for Toronto.

Previous Ranking: 14

Next Up: at Atlanta United (4-3-2), Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on FOX.


14. Portland Timbers FC (3-5-1, 10 Points)

Result: 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on the road.

Recap: It hasn’t been easy for the Timbers as they haven’t played a single home game due to the renovations of Providence Park. They have won their last three games against good teams in Columbus, Toronto and Real Salt Lake.

Previous Ranking: 17

Next Up: at Vancouver Whitecaps (3-5-1), Friday at 8 p.m.


15. Real Salt Lake (3-6-1, 10 Points)

Result: 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers at home.

Recap: RSL lost their second straight game after winning two straight. Sam Johnson leveled the match before Diego Valeri scored the game-winner for the Timbers.

Previous Ranking: 11

Next Up: at Colorado Rapids (0-8-2), Saturday at 7 p.m. on KSLSports.com and the KSL TV app.


16. Atlanta United FC (4-3-2, 14 Points)

Result: 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on the road.
2-0 win over Toronto FC at home on Wednesday.

Recap: Atlanta looks to be getting back to form after winning their last three matches. Josef Martinez assisted on both goals in their win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Previous Ranking: 19

Next Up: vs. Orlando City SC (3-4-3), Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on FOX.


17. Chicago Fire (3-4-4, 13 Points)

Result: 0-0 draw against LAFC on the road.
5-0 win over the New England Revolution at home on Wednesday.

Recap: Nemanja Nikolic scored a brace and three other players scored the five goals on the Revs. Pair that with a 0-0 road draw against LAFC and the Fire capped off a great week.

Previous Ranking: 20

Next Up: vs. Minnesota United FC (4-3-3), Saturday at 6 p.m.


18. Sporting Kansas City (2-3-4, 10 Points)

Result: 3-0 loss to Atlanta United at home.

Recap: Sporting is struggling right now. They had a 4-4 draw against a bad New England team and lost 3-0 at home to Atlanta. It’s been over a month since Kansas City has won a game.

Previous Ranking: 12

Next Up: at D.C. United (6-3-2), Sunday at 5 p.m. on FS1.


19. San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-2, 11 Points)

Result: 1-0 win over FC Cincinnati at home.

Recap: Since their five game losing streak, the Quakes have reeled off a four-game unbeaten streak, including two wins. They have a favorable match on the road against New England.

Previous Ranking: 16

Next Up: at New England Revolution (2-8-2), Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


20. New York Red Bulls (3-5-2, 11 Points)

Result: 3-2 win over LA Galaxy at home.
2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact at home on Wednesday.

Recap: The Red Bulls had a massive win at home against the Galaxy before losing on Wednesday to Montreal. Against the Impact, Aaron Long scored the first goal for New York and that would be it for the Red Bulls as the Impact scored the next two in the second half.

Previous Ranking: 18

Next Up: at FC Dallas (5-3-2), Saturday at 12 p.m.


21. FC Cincinnati (2-7-2, 8 Points)

Result: 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on the road.
1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on the road.

Recap: After suffering their fifth straight loss and six of their last seven, Cincinnati fired their head coach after 11 games with the expansion club.

Previous Ranking: 21

Next Up: vs. Montreal Impact (6-4-2), Saturday at 11 a.m.


22. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-5-3, 9 Points)

Result: 3-2 win over Colorado Rapids on the road.

Recap: The Whitecaps picked up their second win of the season after a slow start to the year. Freddy Montero and Lucas Venuto scored the first two goals of the match before conceding two to Kei Kamara. Andy Rose broke the tie in the 87th minute for Vancouver.

Previous Ranking: 23

Next Up: vs. Portland Timbers (3-5-1), Friday at 8 p.m.


23. New England Revolution (2-8-2, 8 Points)

Result: 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union on the road.
5-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on the road on Wednesday.

Recap: After a rough start to the season, the Revs have parted ways with their head coach. They have conceded 11 goals in their last two matches, while scoring just once.

Previous Ranking: 22

Next Up: vs. San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-2), Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


24. Colorado Rapids (0-8-2, 2 Points)

Result: 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at home.

Recap: Through 10 games, the Rapids still haven’t won a game. They fired their head coach after their loss to Atlanta.

Previous Ranking: 24

Next Up: vs. Real Salt Lake (3-6-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. on KSLSports.com and the KSL TV app.

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