MLS Power Rankings: Philadelphia Union soar after huge win

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MLS Power Rankings: 3. Columbus Crew (=)

It was not a convincing display from the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening against the Houston Dynamo, but they were able to come away from the game with a point after going behind, maintain their top-three spot in both the Supporters’ Shield and our MLS Power Rankings.

The long-time league-leaders fell behind in the first half through a Memo Rodriguez strike but were able to equalise midway through the second period after an own goal brought them level, with the match finishing 1-1.

The Crew occupy 3rd spot and are six points off the top of the table.  There is still a chance for the Ohio-side to win the Supporters’ Shield, but they will need other results to go their way. They face D.C. in the week, before a crunch game against new league-leaders Philadelphia Union which they have to win if they want any chance of claiming the season-long prize.

This Week’s Fixtures: @ D.C. United (Wed 28, 7 pm ET), vs. Philadelphia Union (Sun 1, 3:30 pm ET)

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MLS Power Rankings: 2. Toronto FC (-1)

Well, what could have gone wrong for Toronto this week, did go wrong, especially on the field, as they were hammered by Philadelphia Union at the top of the table clash at PPL Park on Saturday evening.

The Canadian side found themselves two goals behind at the break, but that soon became five, as the Union piled on the goals in the second half, and in the process, made their move to the top of the standings.

TFC are now 2nd behind Philadelphia and have dropped a spot on the Power Rankings because of Saturday’s result. They face NYCFC and Inter Miami this week, knowing they have to improve if they want the league crown and the No.1 spot in the playoffs.

This Week’s Fixtures: vs. New York City FC (Wed 28, 6:30 pm ET), vs. Inter Miami CF (Sun 1, 7:30 pm ET)

MLS Power Rankings: 1. Philadelphia Union (+1)

For the first time this season, the Union lead the league, and what a time to do it. They put five past Toronto FC in the big table-topping clash, and with it, have overtaken the Canadian side to sit atop the Power Rankings for the first time.

Sergio Santos became the first Union player to score a hat-trick in Major League Soccer for three years, as he put TFC to the sword. Mark McKenzie and Jamiro Monteiro also got their names on the scoresheet in a 5-0 rout of the 2017 treble-winners.

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With games against Chicago and Columbus Crew this week, the Union will be hoping to maintain their position at the top of the table, but it will be tough, as the Canadian side will be looking to get back to the summit.

This Week’s Fixtures: vs. Chicago Fire (Wed 28, 6:30 pm ET), @ Columbus Crew SC (Sun 1, 3:30 pm ET)