2015 Major League Soccer power rankings, Volume VI: The West is best… and second best… and third best

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It’s been a month since we last met the MLS power rankings, a month of Gold Cup absences, injuries, winning streaks and losing streaks.

How do we decide where to place teams during these tumultuous months when the international window wreaks havoc with unorthodox MLS calendar (or vice versa!)?

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By the way, not doing these things weekly really has made them more fun. When you think about it, having a bunch of big moves is a lot more fun than saying, “Well, so-and-so bounced a shot off a defender’s side and in, so this team is up 1.”

Here’s the new batch, different from the old batch. Check out the previous PR’s here.

RANKING Up/Down
source:  1 UP 1 Sporting KC: April 18. Sporting KC has lost one game since that date, and it was to Real Salt Lake after a two-week layoff. Now with the addition of Amobi Okugo? Look out.
source:  2 UP 6 Los Angeles Galaxy: Winners of four of five, L.A. scored four or more goals in those wins. They’ve added Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos, and get Gyasi Zardes and Jaime Penedo back from the Gold Cup. You betting against them?
source:  3 UP 6 FC Dallas: Oscar Pareja’s streaky bunch is hotter than their city’s summer weather. Okay, not that hot. DC, New England, Houston and Orlando aren’t exactly lighting the league on fire, but four in-a-row is what it is.
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4 DOWN 1 Toronto FC: Greg Vanney has to sort out his defense and keep Jozy Altidore happy. Seba Giovinco simply has to be the league’s Most Valuable Player for what he’s doing to it this year. But is that good for the league? (Yes)
source:  5 DOWN 4 Vancouver Whitecaps: Winless in three, Carl Robinson’s bunch need to assert themselves in a three-match run of San Jose, Seattle and Real Salt Lake.
source:  6 UP 5 Columbus Crew: Massive Trillium Cup litmus test coming up. Win it, and we’ll feel better about saying that Columbus is starting to live up to expectations.
source:  7 UP 5 New York Red Bulls: Aside from Bradley Wright-Phillips’ PK skills, RBNY has gotten its house in order. Winnable stretch continues with Philly, Montreal, NYC.
source:  8 Portland Timbers: Cooled off by Philadelphia before a draw with Vancouver. Will Lucas Melano be the answer?
source:  9 DOWN 5 DC United: Ben Olsen’s club hasn’t beaten an opponent from the current Top Four of either conference since May 2.
source:  10 DOWN 5 San Jose Earthquakes: A three-game losing streak by the combined score of 8-2 just after I called myself a believer in their squadron? Woof.
source:  11 UP 3 New York City FC: The most recent loss to New England is a real let down after winning at Montreal and staging a 4-4 thriller with TFC. Orlando, Montreal and another NY Derby are next.
source:  12 DOWN 2 Seattle Sounders: Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans are coming back, and not a moment too soon for a team that’s 1-5 in its last six.
source:  13 UP 4 Philadelphia Union: Can’t help but be inspired by the Union’s 10-man Open Cup heroics, and that’s made better upon considering they come on the heels of a good four-game run (even the loss wasn’t miserable).
source:  14 DOWN 7 Orlando City SC: A loss to two in-form sides leave OCSC 1-3-1 in its last five matches. And out of the Open Cup to boot.
source:  15 UP 5 Colorado Rapids: Don’t look now (okay, you can look): The Rapids have won three-straight, with wins over Seattle, Real Salt Lake and Vancouver.

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16 DOWN 4 New England Revolution: Two wins since May 2 and still in the East’s fifth spot? This is the East, my friends.
source:  17 UP 1 Real Salt Lake: How are we feeling about the Saborio for Gil trade? Unsure, but RSL could use a fix, sitting six points back of the final playoff spot in the West.
source:  18 DOWN 2 Houston Dynamo: We bet Owen Coyle thought MLS would be a whole lot easier, but finally getting Cubo Torres into the fold gives him a true weapon. And once Giles Barnes triumphantly returns from Jamaica duty? Maybe.
source:  19 DOWN 4 Montreal Impact: The Impact still have their matches-in-hand, and the dreams of Didier Drogba. Massive four-game stretch coming up, including three in 8 days against RBNY, NYC and DCU. Consonants.

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20 DOWN 1 Chicago Fire: At least they’re onto the final four of the Open Cup.