SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)


There weren't any changes at the very top of the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but a few teams stated their cases for moving closer to the league's elite after Week 6.

The Houston Dynamo delivered the loudest message, thrashing the Kansas City Wizards and serving notice that the loss of Geoff Cameron wasn't going to end their season. The San Jose Earthquakes also delivered an impressive performance, shutting out the Colorado Rapids without rookie standout Ike Opara.

The bottom of the Power Rankings didn't change either, with D.C. United remaining winless and Philadelphia still looking for a point against someone other than D.C.

Here are this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings:


1 (Last Week- 1). LOS ANGELES GALAXY (5-0-1)


Last Week– Beat Philadelphia, 3-1, last Saturday.

Next Week– at Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, at Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

Outlook: Edson Buddle stole the show, but A.J. De La Garza enjoyed a strong game, as did Michael Stephens. Galaxy will be truly tested with a pair of tough road games this week.


2 (2). COLUMBUS CREW (2-0-2)


Last Week– Tied Seattle Sounders, 1-1, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. New England Revolution on Saturday.

Outlook: Steven Lenhart scores his first league goal while Danny O'Rourke manages his second red card of the young season. The Crew are playing well, but getting Chad Marshall back is a must if Columbus has Supporters Shield aspirations.


3 (3). NEW YORK RED BULLS (5-1)


Last Week– Beat D.C. United, 2-0, last Saturday.

Next Week– at San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Outlook: Juan Pablo Angel and Dane Richards sparked the Red Bulls to victory, playing their best matches of the season. Bouna Coundoul also made some good saves, but questions linger about his ability to kick the ball and his penchant for shaky moments.


4 (9). HOUSTON DYNAMO (3-2-1)


Last Week– Beat Kansas City Wizards, 3-0, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. FC Dallas, at Chivas USA

Outlook: The Dynamo needed a big team effort to offset the loss of Geoff Cameron and received just that from Dom Oduro and Luis Angel Landin. They were aided by a questionable red card, but there's no denying how well they played. With Brian Ching close to returning, the Dynamo remain a force in the West.


5 (4). KANSAS CITY WIZARDS (2-2-1)

Last Week– Lost to Houston Dynamo, 3-0, last Saturday.

Next Week– at D.C. United on Wednesday. 

Outlook: We won't know how the game would have gone without Davy Arnaud's red card, but the Wizards were already trailing and were ultimately taken apart by a team missing several key players. Wizards can shake off the loss with a win against winless D.C. United and former head coach Curt Onalfo.




Last Week– Beat Colorado Rapids, 1-0, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. New York Red Bulls on Saturday. 

Outlook: Chris Wondolowski scored a beautiful game-winning goal, but it was Ramiro Corrales and Bobby Convey who stepped up and led the Earthquakes to the win against a solid Rapids team. A tougher test awaits in the New York Red Bulls, who boast a stron defense and some dangerous attacking players.


7 (5). COLORADO RAPIDS (3-2-1)


Last Week– Lost to San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday.

Outlook: Rapids will come away disappointed they couldn't get at least a point from San Jose after outplaying the Earthquakes for stretches, but missed chances cost them. The Rapids defense has been getting by with Marvell Wynne in central defense, but Edson Buddle is coming to town and he will pose the toughest challenge to date.


8 (6). CHICAGO FIRE (2-2-2)


Last Week– Tied Chivas USA, 1-1, on Saturday.

Next Week– at Toronto FC on Saturday.

Outlook: Marco Pappa and Patrick Nyarko provide good sparks for the Fire, but there was little else in Chicago's attack. Andrew Dykstra has done relatively well in goal, but his penchant for fumbling routine saves is starting to raise eyebrows.


9 (7). SEATTLE SOUNDERS (2-2-3)

Last Week– Tied Columbus Crew, 1-1, last Saturday

Next Week- vs. Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday.

Outlook: Sounders had more chances and more of the ball, but came away with a disappointing draw yet again. That's three matches (FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake) the Sounders have thrown away points in when a win seemed more likely. They can't afford such slip-up against the Galaxy, which could open 13-point lead on Seattle with win.


10 (10). REAL SALT LAKE (2-3-1)

Last Week– Beat Toronto FC, 2-1, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Outlook: Andy Williams turned back the clock with a strong match, while rookie Collen Warner showed why some (including SBI) considered him a rookie of the year candidate coming into the season. With the expansion Philly Union coming to town, and Javier Morales a step closer to returning, things are looking up for the defending champions.


11 (11).  CHIVAS USA (2-3-1)


Last Week– Tied Chivas USA, 1-1, last Saturday.

Next Week- at New England on Wednesday, vs. Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

Outlook: Sacha Klejstan continues his recent good form as Chivas USA scoops up a precious road point. The Rojiblancos were fortunate Chicago didn't finish its chances, but the point was valuable heading into a busy week.




Last Week– Tied FC Dallas, 1-1, last Saturday.

Next Week- vs. Chivas USA on Wednesday, at Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Outlook: The Revs did well to come away with a point after having two men sent off. Red cards notwithstanding, the Revs are tough team to watch without Shalrie Joseph. Marko Perovic has skill, but there is little doubt New England will have to win ugly if it is going to tread water until Joseph returns.


13 (13). TORONTO FC (2-4)


Last Week– Lost to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Outlook: Preki inexplicably rested Dwayne DeRosario, Julian DeGuzman and O'Brian White, leaving a toothless squad to try and hold off defending champion Real Salt Lake. A win in Utah probably wasn't realistic, but the last thing TFC needed was more controversy.


14 (14). FC DALLAS (0-1-4)


Last Week– Tied New England Revolution, 1-1, last Saturday.

Next Week- at Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, vs. D.C. United on Saturday.

Outlook: FC Dallas has made a habit of playing well for stretches and missing chances in bunches. Their inability to find a game-winner despite being up two men is disturbing, but not as disturbing as Dario Sala's brain cramp on New England's goal. How is Kevin Hartman not starting?




Last Week– Lost to Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-1, last Saturday.

Next Week– at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Outlook: Showing their expansion team flaws more and more. On the bright side, young forward Jack McInerney scored the first of what should be many goals for Philly. On the dark side, another red card has Peter Nowak shaking his head, especially considering he's not happy with his team's toughness.


16 (16). D.C. UNITED (0-4)


Last Week– Lost to New York Red Bulls, 2-0, last Saturday.

Next Week– vs. Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday, at FC Dallas on Saturday.

Outlook: If D.C. United wasn't already in desperation mode, up next comes Kansas City, the team that blow D.C. out in the season opener and the team that fired Curt Onalfo last year. Jaime Moreno and Luciano Emilio were expected to provide second-half sparks, but only served to show why they weren't starting. Things are looking bleak in the nation's capital.


What do you think of this week's rankings? Who do you feel is ranked too highly? Who isn't ranked high enough?

Share your thoughts below.

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63 Responses to SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

  1. JT says:

    As an FC Dallas fan I find it ironic that Ives can’t finish either….no outlook. Kind of sums up the last several games. Can’t finish!

    (SBI-That would have been the best subtle dig ever if I had thought of that, but it wasn’t the case. The post simply went live before I was done with all the outlooks. I like the way you think though.)

  2. Danny says:

    FC Dalls is so bad they don’t even get an “outlook” section under their name. Yikes!

  3. EdTheRed says:

    DC is ranked too high.

  4. Matt says:

    OK someone explain how C-bus is ahead of RBNY here, unless there is extra credit for having been good last season. 2-0-2 vs. 5-1.

    (SBI-Matt, you have the Power Rankings confused with the MLS standings. If you want a listing based purely on record feel free to check out the MLS standings. As it stands, I still haven’t seen enough from New York to put them ahead of Columbus (which does get some ‘extra credit’ for its impressive pre-season performance in the CONCACAF Champions League). The next week’s games should tell us a lot.)

  5. Betinho says:

    Good thing for LA that they are getting all these results. Looks like they’ll have a good stretch of at least 5 games without LD and Buddle.

    I’m picking Dallas to get it together and make the playoffs.

  6. elseth7 says:


  7. Charles says:

    Man Seattle at 9th tells you all you need to know about this team.

    They made Columbus look like a high school team with as many chances as they had….then tied again, only converting one of them and giving up another stoppage time goal.

    .500 season. Ouch. 9th. Ouch.

  8. Charley says:

    the reason why Hartman isn’t starting for FC Dallas is because he had a howler of a game against DCU in the midweek, practically letting them score two of their four goals.

    (SBI-Hartman wasn’t starting before that game, so that’s not why. I can’t imagine that he’s lost enough off his game to remain below Sala on the depth chart.)

  9. BSU SC says:

    Easy, Columbus is a better team. I think that they’re the only team in the east who have a legitimate chance at winning it all (no disrespect to Chicago). NY is a nice story thus far, but there is a difference between being a playoff team and a contender for MLS Cup.

    I said after week 2 that D.C. were the worst team in the league, but somebody (Ives) told me that they showed gilmpses of potential and didn’t deserve to be at the bottom of the table. I’m feeling good about myself today. (but the sun shines on a dog’s a$$ every once in awhile). :)

    (SBI-D.C. did show some signs of life against New England, and at that time they didn’t belong at the bottom in my opinion. Since then, they’ve proceeded to lose Dejan Jakovic and Chris Pontius and now apparently Jaime Moreno isn’t capable of starting. Without those three D.C. becomes the 2009 Red Bulls minus Juan Pablo Angel.

  10. hello mrs. lady says:

    if dc’s ownership are really serious about making a real effort NOT to have the worst season of the original 1996 MLS teams, then they will try to make a big dp signing. lets be honest, what the f### kind of dp would WANT to sign with a team this absolutely porous unless they give him a beautiful contract. we all know how much under the cap they are right now its ridiculous. I HATE BEING A DC FAN RIGHT NOW. all of u people thinking its hilarious dc blows realize this is mls and the parity is really nonexistent. its like all american sports….NO RELEGATION. imagine if MLB or NFL had relegation. 2 of the most storied teams ever respectively, the orioles and raiders, wouldn’t even play in the “top-flight” league. until mls gets relegation (which is feasible when the d2 gets developed, and mls get naming rights like mls2) bad ownership will hold franchises back. MANU or Chelsea or even teams like everton would never approve of this horrible team. fans would be calling for everybody head with a start like this at one of those teams. i am a DC FAN.

  11. The Soccer Sage says:

    I know this is off-topic, but do you guys know if Arsenal/Blackburn is on TV in the United States today?

  12. quakesfan says:


  13. DC Josh says:

    Bouna Coundoul was woeful. Does he always play like that? He couldn’t kick the ball, and wasn’t agile. Yet, DC still couldn’t get him to work very hard. The heat is on DC, the heat is on…

  14. John says:

    I personally like how the Union is doing. Obviously, they’re not winning, and they’re throwing away some pretty silly goals/fouls, but there is serious potential there. For how young the team is and the number of away games they’ve had, their play hasn’t been awful. I feel good about the second half of this season and all of next season.

  15. sread says:

    Yeah, but the thing is that D2 that you’re waiting for probably won’t ever come around. Our current D2 is just preparing choice clubs for expansion to MLS–nothing more. Once MLS reaches 20 or so teams, they will wrap it up and put a bow on it. Kiss any MLS2, relegation talks goodbye because until any single MLS club can show that they not only grow from year to year, but also consistently challenge for the title (ie Chelsea, ManU, etc) then no one will ever have to balls to bring in additional clubs from scratch to form a legit lower league. All the owners care for is security and parity…knowing that “each and every year could be our year…” That’s why your DCU are where they are. It’s the cyclical flow of American sports parity–give it a few years and you’ll be back in the playoff picture. See the 2007-2008 LAG after Beckham signed. They were pretty poor too, so it may require more than DP. It does suck though to see DCU games with dwindling attendance.

  16. Dumpus says:

    Looks like Ives learned a new word. Penchant

    (SBI- I’ve used it before. Sounds like it’s new to you so I’m glad I was able to add a word to your vocab.)

  17. hendrix says:

    Preki inexplicably rested Dero/DeGuz/White?

    Why is hard to understand that TFC rested three key players in a road game at altitude after those three players had played 3 days before (Wednesday vs Montreal) and 6 days before (Sunday vs Seattle).

    When your best players have played 180 minutes already in 6 days, it’s probably best to rest them for half a game. They did, indeed, come on in the second half.

    (SBI-Fair enough, but that’s poor planning then. You can’t leave your team so short-handed for any match. I also get DeRosario needing a rest since he’s older, but White and DeGuzman too? That seemed a bit overboard. Not saying Preki should be fired, just think that could have been handled better.)

  18. ELACULA says:

    Chivas USA has beaten the #2 and #6 teams and drew against the #8 team at their home.

    I’m just sayin’

    Vamos Chivas USA!

    Forza Ultras!

  19. sread says:

    Defeat in Sandy, UT was a given. They marched in with the white flag waving in the air…

  20. Ivannomad says:

    what kind of DP would sign? Perhaps like maybe a Beckham when he signed for a really bad Galaxy club. It all about the money… DOLLA DOLLA BILLS YA’LL

  21. Chicago - Scott says:

    Columbus is the only team in the East that can win it??? Chicago is 2-2-2 but have been the better team in EVERY game this year. As the season goes on people will start to see just how good they are. Don’t sleep on them.

  22. Boulder Rapidman says:

    Wondo’s goal was so good that everyone forgets he was offside.

    I can understand going like “well, that’s soccer for you!” I know. I said it when Drogba scored offside on Manny U to give my Blues the win. I admitted he was offside. But that’s soccer! Can someone at least make sure I’m not crazy here? A Quakes fan, preferably?

    The Rapids looked the better team, and the Quakes really dug in and ground out that win. Really impressed with Colorado’s improved form and strategy. The form was great, the passing was great, and we were still dangerous even though Omar Cummings and Kosuke Kimura were having their worst-days-ever.

  23. Joamiq says:

    I’m a Red Bulls fan, and I think Columbus absolutely deserves to be ahead of us. We haven’t played quite up to 5-1.

  24. Slyboy says:

    Haha, i’ll take the bait as a SJ fan. Yes he did in fact look offside, just a tiny bit. but offside is offside. Where i will disagree with you is that the Rapids looked better, yes they had more control of the ball, but to me they looked lost. Like a confused man trying to pick a lock.

  25. Beckster says:

    I see Ives finally has some love for the Quakes. Let’s see if they can keep it going. Hopefully Convey can sustain the performance level that will bring him back to the Nats in the post-Bradley era. It is fun to watch such an “underdog” team perform above people’s expectations and with no real stars. Good for them.

  26. madmax says:

    I see the Sounders dropping further after next home loss to Galaxy.

  27. Just curious... says:

    Hey Ives, are these your personal rankings or is there input from the other SBI writers?

  28. Chris says:

    Brek Shea is a beast. Too bad he only plays in 10 minute spurts. He was clearly the most talented player in the Revs game but only managed to keep hitting the crossbar.

  29. Lost in Space says:

    While I too like underdogs, thinking Convey will be back in the Nats picture post BB is pushing it. With all the young talent coming through the ranks In MLS and oversea’s, Convey’s window of opportunity is shrinking daily.

  30. BrunoReturns says:


  31. DC Josh says:

    What about the other players that played all three games?

    Sounds more like they were given a break. They are the leaders, man up. This isn’t pee-wee soccer. They’re only 4 weeks into the season and they all ready need a break? No wonder Canada continues to suck Internationally.

  32. “Kiss any MLS2, relegation talks goodbye because until any single MLS club can show that they not only grow from year to year, but also consistently challenge for the title”

    There’s no chance of having relegation until even the last place teams (and some teams high in the standings) prove that they have enough of a following to support a team that goes down. We’ve seen the big dip at RFK and several other franchises are not breaking any wrists tearing tickets on game day. So, relegation is not just an incentive to put on a successful team, it’s going to be a death sentence for the teams that go down. So MLS will die of attrition. Relegation is never going to happen in our lifetime and wishing for it is going to make you crazy. The conference setup of the league is not causing any problems for anyone but purists who long for the league to look more international in nature.

  33. Charles says:

    DCs attendance was never great to start with.

    I don’t believe that MLS will stop with 20 teams. Why would they ? If 30 can make money have 30 teams.

    Was Mrs. Lady hoping for parity so his DC team could win in Div3 ? Ouch.

  34. Will C. says:

    Sacha Klejstan is having a good run of form of late…maybe he’ll get a World Cup roster spot now!

  35. otergod says:

    as a Fire fan i totally respect the 2010 Red Bulls team, but i agree with this.

    They might be 5-1 but i personally dont think they have lived up to their record as well. HOWEVER, what they HAVE done that others have not, is not live up to their potential and still manage the win. Red Bulls are a good side this season, but people must take these Power Rankings with a grain of salt. The best record will not equal the top spot all the time…

  36. nam says:


    cccccooooooommmmbbbbbboooo breaker!!!

  37. CA says:

    Not so sure Galaxy are gonna get 3 points in Seattle this weekend, but it’s going to be an outstanding game!

  38. gerald says:

    As another Red Bull fan I agree that Columbus should be be higher than us at the moment. We play them in a few weeks so we will see what is up by then. Plus Columbus hasn’t lost yet

  39. melvin says:

    The only legitimately good team NYRB has beat is Chicago(No, Seattle is not a good team), and that was the first game of the season.

  40. gerald says:

    I agree with the if 30 teams can make money there will be 30 teams statement.

  41. madmax says:

    Great time for Galaxy to be in Seattle. They are in a major funk with poor finishing and major errors in stoppage time.

  42. kevin says:

    random question… which teams make the playoffs?! is it top 4 from each conference or top 2 from each conference +4?? i know that mls changes it every year there is expansion it seems.

  43. frank from sf says:

    i’m w/ matt, ny should be ahead of colombus. it shouldn’t really matter who we THINK is better, bottom line is ny has 5 out of 6 gms. won. yet the crew have won 2 out 4 gms. and might i add haven’t looked world beaters either.

    also, you mentioned rapids should’ve done better “after outplaying the Earthquakes for stretches”, i was @ the game and i must disagree, rapids didn’t look dangerous at all.they are a very hot or cold team. thompson & casey had 2 dangerous shots, other than that nothing!

  44. soccer lou says:

    i agree 100% nyrb should be ahead of columbus
    but like u said let’s wait and see this weekend
    still very early but the rb are doing there part
    taking on whoever is in front every weekend
    columbus its not that far ahead on the schedule we’ll see………

  45. Nats says:

    DC United is ranked too highly.

  46. CA says:

    I wouldn’t say Sounders are in “a major funk.” I’d reserve that distinction for DC United. However, we’re certainly having trouble consistently scoring goals. But what’s encouraging is that we’re doing a better job keeping possession and stringing together passes. Dont know if you watched the Columbus game, but Seattle dominated most of it, and did so with confident attractive possession. Things arent great for Seattle right now, but they certainly are not dire.

  47. Eric says:

    Who thinks that i should go see the Revs v Crew game this weekend? I feel kinda bad not supporting the hometown club since they are in Foxboro and i live around a half hour away.

  48. skinnyj says:

    Hi Ives, love your site, but lets give some more love out West- especially where RSL plays. They had a brutal schedule coupled with more brutal officiating. They lost 2 road games and only ‘allowed’ dubious penalty kicks as shots on goal. Additionally, they have now had two goals erroneously taken away. RSL has been stripped of 4-6 points by the officials, lets hope it evens out. They’ve been a little banged up, and they are still a great forward away from being elite- but they are at least a top 5 team right now. Let’s revisit this post in 3-4 weeks.

    (SBI-Thanks for the love skinny. That aside, your post sounds like a lot of excuse-making (you also sound like one of those RSL fans who thinks Olave has never committed a red card foul before). And why re-visit this post in four weeks? The rankings are based on right now, not on what they should do or what they will do. You act as if me ranking a team at a certain spot means that’s where I think they should be permanently. If you followed the rankings you would know that’s not at all the case.

    I happen to like RSL and think they play quality soccer, and I’m sure thinks could be different in a month, but right now that’s where I have them. I see them winding up a top four team, but they’re not there now.)

  49. JoeW says:

    Ives, you’ve clearly ranked DC United too high! They aren’t as good as 16th place.

  50. MadKingGeorge says:

    Just wait until next year when MLS goes to THREE 6 TEAM CONFERENCES. MLS we have the East, west, and Central. The purist will have a field day when that happens.

  51. MadKingGeorge says:

    Maybe Preki is a fan of Andre Aggasi. Obviously, Ives is not. If you are Ives, you would know how Aggasi played early in his career. You even mention that a win in Utah was not realistic. Maybe Preki used that assessment like aggasi used to and save his best for winable games.

    It is better to get a win at home and a loss on the road than two ties.

  52. MadKingGeorge says:

    IMHO, 5 games does not make a good run of form. Try a whole season. Also, the run of good form has to be great from good and not good from bad, like he was all last year. No WC for you Sasha!!

  53. Tyler Talk says:

    1. LA Galaxy
    2. Red Bull New York
    3. Columbus Crew
    4. Kansas City
    5. Houston Dynamo
    6. San Jose Earthquakes
    7. Seattle Sounders FC
    8. Colorado Rapids
    9. Chicago Fire
    10. New England Revolution
    11. Real Salt Lake
    12. Toronto FC
    13. C.D. Chivas USA
    14. Philadelphia Union
    15. FC Dallas
    16. D.C. United

    I’m starting to think the top USSF D-2 clubs are stronger than DCU. Tough being a DCU fan…just three years they were unstoppable, now they’re unimpressive.

  54. MadKingGeorge says:

    I disagree madmax. Sigi is going to have the Sounders rearing to go for the game against the Galaxy.

    The Sounders will make this a “STATEMENT GAME”. They will use to turn around their whole slow start to the year.

  55. MadKingGeorge says:

    The rest of the league has improved while DC has stayed static. At least I hope that is the reason. I would hate to think otherwise.

  56. Tyler Talk says:

    Charles, you’re far incorrect. DCU has had amazing attendance and perhaps the best in the league.

  57. hello mrs. lady says:

    i bet the best team in 96 would OWN dc united. thats how bad they are. and im saying the league has certaintly gone WAY UP in quality with increase in cap, 3 DP’s. those were un-heard-of ideas back in the day.

  58. Roehl says:

    We beat Seattle in their own house. Columbus didn’t. The rankings don’t fit. End of story.

  59. cfig says:

    Arnaud went studs up into a keeper’s wrist. How is that a questionable red card?

  60. einar says:

    As a galaxy fan i would like to know what in blazes is going on in toronto lol. but losing 2-1 to RSL on the road and sitting their 3 best players is actually quite impressive.

  61. Pete says:

    That is how we like our team here in San Jose. Relatively unknown and hard working. Go Quakes!