MLS Power Rankings: 24. LA Galaxy (-1)
Not much more can be said about what happened to the Galaxy on Wednesday other than their defending was abysmal and that it could have been even worse. Luckily, their weekend match was postponed, so they could not concede any more goals.
They may have scored three goals against the Timbers in midweek, with Julian Araujo, Ethan Zubak, and Cristian Pavon on the scoresheet, but they still lost by three, as Portland ran riot, finding the back of the net six times. Their weekend match against Colorado was postponed due to the Rapids’ ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Galaxy remain bottom of the Western Conference, having achieved just a point per game ratio, the worst in the West. They have home games against San Jose and Vancouver this week, and they need at least a win to keep their playoff hopes alive for 2020.
This Week’s Fixtures: vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Wed 14, 10:30 pm ET), vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (Sun 18, 10:30 pm ET)
MLS Power Rankings: 23. Inter Miami CF (+2)
What a week for Inter Miami CF, as they won both of their regular-season matches to improve their chances of reaching the post-season in their debut campaign. They rise two spots on our MLS Power Rankings this week.
They downed the Red Bulls 2-1 in midweek, thanks to goals from Matias Pellegrini and Gonzalo Higuain, with the latter bagging his first in Major League Soccer. A lone Lewis Morgan goal then gave the Floridian side the win over Houston at the weekend for a perfect six-point week.
They now sit in 12th in the Eastern Conference and are just a point below the red line. They face Atlanta United and Montreal Impact this time around, knowing a win could see them leapfrog into the post-season berths come this time next week.
This Week’s Fixtures: vs. Atlanta United (Wed 14, 8 pm ET), @ Montreal Impact (Sat 17, 7 pm ET)
MLS Power Rankings: 22. Real Salt Lake (-4)
It was a poor week for Real Salt Lake, as they lost both of their regular-season matches 2-1, to drop down the Western Conference standings. They also fall four places on our Power Rankings this week.
Goals from Jordan Morris and Yeimar Gomez Andrade put Seattle out of sight on Wednesday, with RSL only on the scoresheet through an own goal. Damir Kreilach gave them the lead against the Whitecaps on Saturday, but they conceded twice in five second-half minutes to lost 2-1 for the second straight game.
Thanks to those two defeats, Real Salt Lake now sits in 11th in the West, a point below the red line. They face the Portland Timbers this week, the most in-form side in the league right now, and getting anything from that match will be a huge result in their quest for playoff action.
This Week’s Fixtures: vs. Portland Timbers (Wed 14, 9:30 pm ET)