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MLS Power Rankings, Week 5: Tissue-gate

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Don't cry...this weekend's games were fantastic and so are this week's Power Rankings.

Caleb Porter wants none of your tissue, Oscar.
Caleb Porter wants none of your tissue, Oscar.
Major League Soccer

Week 5, take a bow.  It was a very fun weekend of Major League Soccer, with some late drama on the scoreboard in several matches and fireworks between coaches after the game (Someone needs a tissue).  This week is the kind that MLS desires: a lot of action, lots of great goals, some incredible defensive stands and a lot of games that weren't decided until late.  And, the spat between the Portland Timbers' Caleb Porter and FC Dallas's Oscar Pareja was excellent both in its use of props and quick banter, but also in wondering how it even started in the first place.  It will be great to see what happens when these two teams square off later in the season.

The real winners this weekend: anyone who has MLS Live that was able to watch all of the games this weekend.  Each of them had some moments that made you stand up and really appreciate some of the quality that exists in this league.  At the very least, ladies and gentlemen, I strongly encourage you to do what a lot of people do and record the nationally televised games on UniMas Friday nights and ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1 on Sunday evenings.  Those games have generally proven to be among the best of the weekend.  Plus, TV ratings, y'all.  Start clearing your Friday nights and Sunday evenings and let your friends know.  For the next few years, MLS will be on at those times every week, and they have been lucky in having some entertaining matches thus far.

Now, to this week's rankings...I really don't know what some teams are thinking about with their season, but it certainly isn't being consistent.  Some of the teams we thought were going to pace the field have fallen back in the pack, while we have a couple upstart teams that are at the top of the mountain right now.  It looks like it's going to be a few more weeks before we really start to get a good grasp on the good teams and the bad teams will be this season.

As always, we want to hear what you think.  Who are your good and bad teams?  Is D.C. United lucky so far or are they ranked about right?  What did you think of Tissue-gate?  Sound off in the comments below!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

Vancouver Whitecaps

3

12

5

I see you Vancouver…to the top of the table you go.

2

FC Dallas

1

10

5

Portland sends Dallas back to earth.

3

New York Red Bulls

2

7

3

Another bye week before facing the Black-and-Red. There’s a pattern here...

4

Seattle Sounders

6

7

4

Obafemi Martins just isn’t fair.

5

D.C. United

7

9

4

Keep stealing points…oh, let’s watch Luis Silva do work again too!

6

San Jose Earthquakes

4

6

5

So maybe they’re not who we thought they were.

7

LA Galaxy

5

5

5

A full strength squad should be one of MLS’s best…guess not.

8

New York City FC

9

5

4

After a bye week, NYC heads down I-95 for the first time to play the Union.

9

New England Revolution

12

7

5

Are the Revs back on track?

10

Real Salt Lake

13

8

4

A Morales screamer sends them into the Top 10.

11

Orlando City

8

5

5

Another gutwrenching stoppage time loss at home.

12

Sporting Kansas City

11

8

5

VERY lucky to steal 3 points away from Philly.

13

Columbus Crew SC

14

3

3

How will they handle NE next weekend?

14

Portland Timbers

16

6

5

Destroys Dallas, but naturally Porter is the center of attention/controversy.

15

Chicago Fire

17

6

5

Needed those 3 points and are now back in the thick of things.

16

Toronto FC

10

3

4

What is this team’s deal this year?

17

Houston Dynamo

15

5

5

Did alright and probably would have stolen points if Martins hadn’t gone full Martins.

18

Montreal Impact

19

2

3

#MLS4MON in the CCL

19

Philadelphia Union

20

2

5

Should have won against SKC but they got in their own way yet again.

20

Colorado Rapids

18

3

4

Over 600 minutes without a goal. They’re down here until they score.