MLS Power Rankings, Week 9: Surging Seattle Sounders take over at No. 1

Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at, and all comments are written by Matthew Doyle. All times Eastern.

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Last: 4

Until someone figures out how to stop the Deuce & Oba show, they'll probably hold this spot. Seattle absolutely tore through a Colorado team that had previously allowed only five goals all season.


Last: 1

Third time this year they've coughed up late goals and, subsequently, late points. The good news is that Nick Rimando has about one bad game a year, and this was it.


Last: 2

FC Dallas fans should be concerned about two things: their defense, which doesn't scramble well through any zone of the field; and Mauro Díaz's knee. Neither is insignificant.


Last: 3

After last week's dominant win, it felt like Sporting were about to go on a run. It's not exactly "back to the drawing board" time, but the Revs gave the champs a reality check.


Last: 5

The next attacking spark out of midfield is cutting his teeth with LA Galaxy II in USL PRO. Homegrown playmaker Raul Mendiola is leading the league with three assists in four games, and has Los Dos in second place. He'll be in MLS by midsummer.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-D-W-W-D
  • This Week: Saturday at Colorado (9 pm, MLS LIVE)

Last: 6

The Crew have come back to earth a little bit. Their defense can be beat direct, while the attack desperately needs a center forward who can be counted on to make the right pass. Read more HERE


Last: 8

Bye week hit at the right time if it gets Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe back on the field for this weekend.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-L-W-L-L
  • This Week: Saturday vs. New England (1 pm, MLS LIVE/TSN2/Univ. Dep.)

Last: 9

Showed guts with their late comeback at Rio Tinto. But they're now winless in four, and still looking for the right combination in attack.


Last: 7



Last: 14

The Red Bulls put in the performance of the week last Wednesday vs. Houston, but looked old and slow at the weekend in Columbus. They'll be bad on short rest, but still clever enough to pick up results here and there.


Last: 12

Defied expectations with that late win, and suddenly have one of the nicest "Last Fives" in the league (see below). Lee Nguyen has been Best XI-caliber so far in 2014.


Last: 15

Won their third of the season this weekend. Last year it took them until August to do that. It hasn't been pretty yet for D.C., but I doubt they care too much – just win, baby.


Last: 11

This is starting to feel like a free fall. There's an obvious lack of chemistry between Giles Barnes and Will Bruin, and no clear answer for how to address it.


Last: 10

The Power Rankings Politburo has spent a lot of time talking about how the Union look like a playoff team. But the numbers talk louder: two wins in their last 12, and just six in their last 26. It's panic time.


Last: 13

Their ranking reflects the fact that New York and D.C. had good weeks, not anything Chicago did or didn't do on their bye. That said, we hope they took a lot of PKs.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: D-D-D-D-D
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake (8:30 pm, MLS LIVE)

Last: 18

It's early in the season for a must-win game, but that was a must-win game. The difference between the Quakes when Yannick Djaló is in the game and when he's not is huge, by the way.


Last: 17

There are encouraging signs in possession, but it's now 12 games and counting since the last shutout while the attack still sputters. Desperately need to get it right this weekend at home.


Last: 19


They have two wins in their last 16 regular-season games, both against the Union. 

Last: 16

After a promising start to the season, the attack has almost totally dried up. Chivas aren't a punchline, but they're not very good, either.