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BIGGEST MOVERS: RSL +5 spots | Toronto, New England -5 spots
LAST WEEK: 1
HIGH: 1 | LOW: 3
Defending Supporters’ Shield champions FCD haven’t really done much to give anyone a reason to doubt they’re still the best team in MLS. But that title is being threatened by Sporting KC and the Timbers — their next two opponents — in this early part of the year. With both matches coming at home, it’s a great chance to remind the rest of the league who’s No. 1.
LAST WEEK: 2
HIGH: 2 | LOW: 11
Sure, they dropped some points – at home, no less! – to Kansas City, which stings. It still wasn’t enough, though, to knock them from the top of the hotly contested West.
LAST WEEK: 7
HIGH: 3 | LOW: 9
So they go on the road, get their 4th shutout in 6 – against the highest-scoring team in the league – outplaying the hosts for 75 minutes, and we've only got 'em at No. 3? Okey doke.
LAST WEEK: 6
HIGH: 4 | LOW: 8
If we had Goal of the Year Power Rankings, David Villa would be the runaway leader. But NYCFC fans will be happy to see a nice bump in the real Power Rankings after a hard-earned away win.
LAST WEEK: 8
HIGH: 5 | LOW: 18
There’s an edge to this 2017 Lions team and its top scorer Cyle Larin. The squad has personified the tenacity of its manager, Jason Kreis, and the intensity of its captain, Will Johnson. Now they just have to prove they can also grind out results on the road.
LAST WEEK: 10
HIGH: 6 | LOW: 19
Justin Meram's an MVP candidate, Pipa Higuain is looking like his old self (they'll still have to manage his minutes a bit, right?) and two rookies (Alex Crognale and Niko Hansen) are looking indispensable. Things aren't perfect for Crew SC, but they've won four of five after that ugly start.
LAST WEEK: 4
HIGH: 4 | LOW: 17
Miguel Almiron still looks like one of the 2-3 best players in the league and they looked strong before the red card but they will have to continue their four-game road trip without Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. How will Tata Martino cope without his top center back?
LAST WEEK: 3
HIGH: 2 | LOW: 8
OK, we're officially asking, "When is Giovinco gonna start looking like himself again?" He's been wasteful in front of net and his touch hasn't been Giovinco-esque. This isn't a crisis or anything – it's still too early for that – but for TFC to hit last year's heights, they need their best player to look at least 80% of his old self.
LAST WEEK: 5
HIGH: 1 | LOW: 9
There will, of course, be bumps in the road for the reigning champs, but falling to Vancouver is a big bruise to the ego in Cascadia.
LAST WEEK: 12
HIGH: 10 | LOW: 21
Luis Solignac looks like a different player this year and looks like he will provide quality attacking depth for the Fire. Still need to see the center midfield get more time 11-v-11 before passing judgment.
LAST WEEK: 9
HIGH: 6 | LOW: 19
Woah there, Dynamo. Up 2-0 at home against a struggling expansion team, and you failed to get all three points? Not great, but an early-season reality check is not necessarily a bad thing.
LAST WEEK: 13
HIGH: 3 | LOW: 13
Week 7 saw the Red Bulls pull off a gritty, workmanlike win and fans saw signs of that on-field team spirit slowly returning. It helped to have an inspired Alex Muyl for the first time this year— it can’t always be Bradley Wright-Phillips carrying the load.
LAST WEEK: 15
HIGH: 11 | LOW: 21
Drawing with Dallas, one of the toughest teams in the league, is not bad at all for a team in semi-rebuild mode.
LAST WEEK: 19
HIGH: 11 | LOW: 22
Getting two straight wins with all the injuries they are dealing with is quite a feat. This stretch will help Mike Petke's team down the line as some of the starters return.
LAST WEEK: 18
HIGH: 8 | LOW: 18
Got Ignacio Piatti back, which is nice. Got a significant contribution from Anthony Jackson-Hamel, which is also very nice (we'd like to see him get more minutes, please). Biggest thing, though, was the very, very very good backline performance against one of the league's best attacks.
LAST WEEK: 11
HIGH: 11 | LOW: 20
Thanks to Je-Vaughn Watson’s reckless red card, the Revs missed an opportunity to build some momentum on the road after looking competitive early on. The loss to Chicago only builds the pressure to get maximum points from the two home games on tap this week.
LAST WEEK: 14
HIGH: 6 | LOW: 17
The Rapids’ legendary defense of 2016 looks dangerously destined to stay in the annals of last season’s history. It’s time to stop conceding goals, by any means necessary.
LAST WEEK: 17
HIGH: 5 | LOW: 19
Something is still off with this team, with Giovani dos Santos unable to get off the mark so far this season. The right back issue is also not going away as it looks like Robbie Rogers might be out for the season.
LAST WEEK: 16
HIGH: 7 | LOW: 20
When Bill Hamid has a shocker or two, you know it’s probably not going to be your night. It’s not quite back to the drawing board for D.C., but the performance at Red Bull Arena will leave head coach Ben Olsen with plenty of food for thought.
LAST WEEK: 20
HIGH: 17 | LOW: 21
Ready, Fredy! With the ‘Caps desperate for a win, their big offseason signing came through in the clutch. Still plenty of questions to answer, but Vancouver can sleep a little easier this week.
LAST WEEK: 21
HIGH: 21 | LOW: 22
At this point, there's little doubt that this team can score goals. As they continue to build their defensive posture, it's important to track the quality of chances that are conceded.
LAST WEEK: 22
HIGH: 12 | LOW: 22
It's pretty clear Philly need a final third difference-maker – that's step one. Step two is figuring out that central defense, which has been sleepy and disappointing.