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MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Hot and cold

Some teams were hotter than fire, while some teams were calling themselves the Icicles in Week 7 of the Power Rankings.

SKC fell hard this week, while Dallas is standing tall.
SKC fell hard this week, while Dallas is standing tall.
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Week 7 was the first week of the season that featured midweek matches, and it set the tone for a week that saw some teams that were leading the pack fall off while others made a statement. Last week's #1, Sporting Kansas City, took two hard losses, while the Colorado Rapids, now with Jermaine Jones in the lineup, screamed through the snow that the rest of the league better say their name when mentioning the best teams of this young season. Still, it's hard to take stock of how things are shaping up for the league through 45 days, as teams are still finding ways to stumble when the target's on their back.

The weather is getting warmer and, with the exception of a few cities, spring is in full effect. Still, winter has its death grip over quite a few teams. If you look at the conference standings, so far the Western Conference is full of the teams currently on fire, with 6 teams over 10 points. The Eastern Conference, on the other hand, may as well be renamed the Antarctic Conference. Only one team, the Montreal Impact, has double digit points and most teams currently reside in that purgatory between decent and mediocre. That frigid parity in the East, however, means that there's plenty of room for teams to make moves and find that spark to leave Old Man Winter behind.

With KC losing twice in Week 7, we once again have a new top dog in the Rankings: FC Dallas. Colorado makes the leap into the top 10, while our beloved D.C. United falls into the bottom 4. Finally, the team we love to hate, the New York Red Bulls, have lost the plot it seems and they get to figure out what's wrong all the way under the Rankings. What say you? Which Eastern teams can make a run? Can the Black-and-Red be one of those teams? Is the West really that much better than the East this year? Comment away and let's hear the hottest of takes.

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

FC Dallas

3

17

8

Hammered Portland and Sporting this week.

2

LA Galaxy

2

11

6

Let in a first minute goal and then it was the Giovani Dos Santos show.

3

Real Salt Lake

4

14

6

They stay on their hot streak.

4

Montreal Impact

7

12

6

Showed grit in holding off Chicago on the road.

5

San Jose Earthquakes

5

11

7

Smoked the Red Bulls but then got smoked by Portland.

6

Sporting Kansas City

1

12

7

Got knocked out twice, against Colorado and then at Dallas.

7

Colorado Rapids

15

13

7

Welcome back, Jermaine Jones. You may actually have a squad there in Colorado.

8

Orlando City

6

9

6

Ended up with the draw at home and they weren’t happy about it.

9

New England Revolution

9

8

7

They grab the draw on the road in Orlando.

10

Toronto FC

12

8

6

Sebastian Giovinco scores early and they hold off DC.

11

Philadelphia Union

10

9

6

Lost on the road at Seattle, but they still could be one of the better teams in the league.

12

Vancouver Whitecaps

11

7

7

Their scoring drought continues.

13

Houston Dynamo

8

5

6

Scored in the first minute, then got whalloped by LA.

14

New York City FC

13

6

6

Entertaining game, but took the loss in Columbus.

15

Portland Timbers

17

8

7

They got thumped by Dallas and then thumped San Jose.

16

Seattle Sounders

18

7

6

Jordan Morris finally opens his MLS scoring account in the victory.

17

D.C. United

14

6

7

Couldn’t get past the 1st minute Toronto goal.

18

Chicago Fire

16

6

6

Lost to Montreal at home.

19

Columbus Crew SC

20

5

6

They finally get their first win, the last MLS team to do so.

20

New York Red Bulls

19

3

7

Got punked twice this week and are not looking good.