MLS Power Rankings: Crew rise to the top once again

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MLS Power Rankings: Montreal Impact (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
MLS Power Rankings: Montreal Impact (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

MLS Power Rankings: 12. New England Revolution (-1)

Like several teams in MLS this week, it was a take of two very opposite matches for the New England Revolution. They took three points from their two games, with a win and a defeat to their names.

In midweek, they failed to score against the in-form New York City FC, losing out 2-0. The Revs bounced back at the weekend though, defeating the struggling Chicago Fire, behind a pair of goals from Teal Bunbury.

Thanks to that win at the weekend, New England now sits in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference. They are comfortably inside the playoff places, but they face a tough test this week. They travel to Subaru Park to face 2nd place Philadelphia Union, knowing a win would put them within a point of their opponents in the standings.

This Week’s Fixtures: @ Philadelphia Union (Saturday 12, 7:30 pm ET)

MLS Power Rankings: 11. Montreal Impact (+2)

They only played one match this week, but Montreal Impact got a big win over 2017 treble-winners Toronto FC. One that stopped their Canadian rivals in their tracks of reaching a record-breaking landmark in the league.

If TFC had taken even a point from their clash in midweek, they would have tied the record for consecutive regular-season matches without a defeat. However, a Rudy Camacho strike saw to that, as Montreal took the W.

They will face both of their Canadian rivals again this week, with a home game against Toronto coming first. They then will travel west to face Vancouver at the weekend, knowing two wins could see them move inside the top three in the Eastern Conference.

This Week’s Fixtures: vs. Toronto FC (Wednesday 9, 8 pm ET), @ Vancouver Whitecaps (Sunday 13, 9:30 pm ET)

MLS Power Rankings: 10. Los Angeles FC (-2)

Two matches against Californian rivals, two very differing results. It was a week that started on the right foot for Los Angeles FC, but ended in the worst way possible, as they only just maintained a spot in the playoff places in the West.

A Diego Rossi double along with strikes from Jose Cifuentes, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Danny Musovski gave the Black and Gold the biggest win of the week. They downed the ‘Quakes 5-1 but failed to score against the Galaxy, losing 3-0 to their ‘El Trafico’ rivals.

LAFC now sits in 7th in the Western Conference, just two points above the playoff line. However, they remain just five points off the top of the Conference standings. They face Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers, two sides in the same area of the table, this week.

This Week’s Fixtures: @ Real Salt Lake (Wednesday 9, 9:30 pm ET), vs. Portland Timbers (Sunday 13, 11 pm ET)