Rivalry games and midweek fixtures littered the MLS schedule as the league comes back from the World Cup hiatus.
Some teams took advantage of a favorable rest, while others are left to lament wasted chances. A couple of teams look to have given up and hope of the playoffs while DC United will finally have a home to chase down the last spot in the East. How is your team sitting at the midway point of the season? Read on for the mid season power rankings.
The World Cup is winding down and now the MLS season enters the transfer window stretch run. Some teams are already making moves to solidify their place in the playoff race while others need to make some moves quick or risk falling further behind.
San Jose EarthQuakes 2-10-6
Last week: 1-2 Loss @ Portland Timbers
Last rank: 23
A bottom of the table finish is all but assured. The offseason moves have proven less than adequate. Two injuries in the first half disrupted what little momentum San Jose had built after the Timber’s opening goal. Tarbell and Godoy have yet to have decent games this season. The Quakes have more one goal losses than any other MLS team, yet the Quakes hardly deserved a point in any. There will always be the weather and that Wondo-ful bar to ease Quakes fans pain.
Seattle Sounders 4-9-4
Last week: 0-0 Tie vs New England Revolution
Last rank: 22
The Sounders have no pace in attack and the passing angles seem more difficult than usual. Sometimes teams make their problems worse on themselves, and the Sounders give off that vibe. Ruidiaz can only help the attack in so many ways. The Sounders schedule the last week has been brutal, and road points are helpful, but this team looks ragged in long spells. Dempsey breaking into anything faster than a hobbled looking trot is a rare occurrence.
Orlando City SC 6-11-1
Last week: 1-4 Loss @ LAFC
Last rank: 20
Nine straight losses and anyone in purple thinking playoffs should be checked for extreme heat stroke hallucinations. Orlando went from a destination club to one players are allegedly shunning to wait for better offers. Orlando City thought they had pulled equal, but then the avalanche of bad bounces continued. Denied and discouraged by VAR, O’Connor’s men gave up after LAFC’s third, letting Rossi bag LAFC’s fourth just two minutes later.
Colorado Rapids 4-11-3
Last week: 1-2 Loss @ Montreal Impact
Last rank: 19
The Rapids had only two shots on goal. Badji’s went in from mere feet away while Sjorberg’s effort from a difficult angle was hardly troublesome. Colorado did not win but one five minute spell of possession according to MLS official stats and allowed Montreal over 68% of possession. Tim Howard was only good enough to help a team that dire win once, and that was several years ago. Hudson’s game plan is not working out. Hudson’s lineups, and by extension his offseason roster overhaul, seem too basic and deferential to inspire his team or the fans.