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MLS Power Rankings, Week 8: Stars in charge

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The league's stars were in excellent form and lit up the stage in Week 8 of the Power Rankings.

Chris Wondolowski is fired up at being the league leader in goals scored.
Chris Wondolowski is fired up at being the league leader in goals scored.
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Through the first quarter of the season, we've already seen some brilliant performances by some of the league's brightest talent. In Week 8, the stars aligned and lit up the scoresheet for several teams, and this is a great thing for the league in reeling in those casual fans who are deciding where to spend their sports entertainment dollars this spring and summer. There were plenty of goals (28) this past week, and many of them were simply magnificent. It was a week that was fun to watch, and it would be easy to sell your friends or your coworkers about coming out to the next match.

You can tell them about Sebastian Giovinco and his two goals this weekend against Montreal. You can tell them to tune in and watch a San Jose match that features the league leader in goals so far, Chris Wondolowski. Discuss how Jermaine Jones has completely revitalized the Colorado Rapids with his inspired play. Relive Luciano Acosta's chip over and over and over and over again. Or, just teach them how Gyasi ZardesMike Magee + Giovani Dos Santos = world class soccer. There were too many wonderful performances to count, including on the defensive end. The stars in this league have a lot of shine, and Week 8 gave us all a ton of fuel to feed the casual fan's burning desire to come out to the next match and not suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

Despite some of the masterful individual performances, many of the top teams suffered setbacks. Last week's top dog, FC Dallas, drops this week after losing on the road in Canadian Cascadia. Your new team in the pace car is the LA Galaxy, fresh off their 5-2 throttling of Real Salt Lake. Your beloved D.C. United move up a few spots after getting back to their winning ways, while the Chicago Fire sink to the bottom of the ocean despite being idle.

Alright, it's your turn. What was your favorite performance of the week? What team showed the most in Week 8? Which teams have a lot more to do? Why haven't you voted for Lucho in the Goal of the Week bracket? Do it, my people...hit the comments and "put some respeck" in your take!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

LA Galaxy

2

14

7

They hammered RSL at home.

2

Colorado Rapids

7

16

8

Wow, this team with Jermaine Jones is the real deal.

3

FC Dallas

1

17

9

Got annihilated by Vancouver, but still one of the best teams.

4

San Jose Earthquakes

5

14

8

They find way to win at home, even when they probably shouldn’t have.

5

Real Salt Lake

3

14

7

Got thumped on the nose by LA.

6

Montreal Impact

4

12

7

They got Sebastian Giovinco’d.

7

Sporting Kansas City

6

12

8

Probably should have had the draw, but lose against San Jose.

8

Toronto FC

10

11

7

Sebastian Giovinco is the man.

9

Philadelphia Union

11

12

7

They returned to their winning ways against NYC.

10

Vancouver Whitecaps

12

10

8

They popped Dallas at home.

11

Orlando City

8

9

7

Had the early goal and then lost the plot against the Red Bulls.

12

New England Revolution

9

8

8

Never looked in the match during a sound beating in DC.

13

Portland Timbers

15

8

7

Idle.

14

D.C. United

17

9

8

Luciano Acosta, ladies and gentlemen! Giving us a chip so good, dip wasn’t required!

15

Columbus Crew SC

19

8

7

A PK was the difference against Houston.

16

Houston Dynamo

13

5

7

Fewest points in MLS, need to get back on track.

17

New York Red Bulls

20

6

8

They let in an early goal but may have solved their own goal problems.

18

New York City FC

14

6

7

They couldn’t find the back of the net in Chester.

19

Seattle Sounders

16

7

7

Jordan Morris is scoring now, but where’s the rest of the offense?

20

Chicago Fire

18

6

6

Idle. But they probably were going to end up here anyway.