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MLS Power Rankings to Consider For June’s Betting

Written by on June 3, 2015

Some weeks are easier than others for Major League Soccer to keep its name in the news during the season. The biggest soccer news this past week was the arrest of a number of FIFA officials in Zurich and the laughable spectacle of Sepp Blatter’s reelection –and later resignation– as president of FIFA. However, the 13 games available for soccer betting in the season’s schedule still took place, and the league’s power rankings adjusted as a result.Before we get to the rankings, here are a couple of observations. The first comes from Texas, as FC Dallas appears to be showing signs of its usual summer slump coming on. Several years in a row, FC Dallas has roared out of the gate, only to start dropping games in droves. Friday saw them fall in ugly fashion to Sporting Kansas City, 4-0. They have also dropped a 4-0 result to Colorado and a 3-1 loss to Portland. They are currently winless in three matches, a streak that can drop a team out of playoff contention in a hurry – as FC Dallas have learned quite often in recent years.
Another observation comes from New England, where the Revolution and LA Galaxy played out their rematch from the 2014 MLS Cup, drawing 2-2 and scoring all four goals in the first half. There was chaos all over the field, as neither team could take charge of the match. In the second half, both teams were clamping down so much to maintain control of affairs that neither could find a way to score. The challenge that MLS teams face when moving from entertaining side to champion involves finding ways to take hold of these types of games.This moves to our next point: the fact that 63 goals out of 308 in MLS play this year have occurred in the 76th minute or afterward. FC Dallas pulled out two quick goals late in a 2-1 win over Houston on May 9, while the Timbers gave up a late equalizer to the Rapids and then scored a game winner just before the ending whistle this past week. Teams are having a hard time closing out games defensively.

Here are the rankings for the week of June 1

New-York-City-FC#20: New York City FC

1-7-5This week: Drew 1-1 at home against Houston.David Villa put home a penalty kick for his first goal in over a month, but NYCFC has still gone 11 games without a win. The side has also given up nine goals in the first 30 minutes of its games, more than any other MLS team.

montreal-impact#19: Montreal Impact

2-4-2This week: Lost 3-0 in ChicagoThe Impact still have three games in hand on its conference opponents, and it’s hard to forget the Impact’s run in the CONCACAF club chase. However, without some MLS wins, the Impact won’t advance anywhere in the league.

philadelphia-union#18: Philadelphia Union

3-8-3This Week: Lost 2-1 in DCEven with this dreadful record, the Union are still just a game away from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

colorado-rapids#17: Colorado Rapids

2-4-7This Week: Lost 1-0 at Seattle and 2-1 at home against PortlandThe Rapids had a huge win over Vancouver last week but could not build any momentum, falling in two nail-biters this week even though they kept two talented sides mostly at bay.

chicago-fire#16: Chicago Fire

4-5-2This Week: Won 3-0 at home against MontrealChicago won for the first time in five tries. When the Fire wins, they usually do so in bunches, so look for the team to start a streak here.

houston-dynamo#15: Houston Dynamo

4-5-5This Week: Drew 1-1 at NYCFCHouston hasn’t been that good or that bad all season. Which way will they go as the summer heat starts to turn up in Texas?

orlando-city#14: Orlando City SC

3-5-5This Week: Drew 2-2 at home against ColumbusPlaying a 10-man Columbus side, Pedro Ribeiro came back to put in a golazo at the last minute from 25 yards away to at least get Orlando a point.

columbus-crew-sc#13: Columbus Crew

4-4-4This Week: Drew 2-2 at OrlandoColumbus led all the way to the 89th minute despite an early red card for Michael Parkhurst, Kei Kamara already has 10 tallies on the season in only 12 matches.

portland-timbers#12: Portland Timbers

5-5-4This Week: Won 1-0 at home against DC and 2-1 at ColoradoPortland scored in the fifth minute against DC and then held on the rest of the way. Against Colorado, the Timbers surrendered the equalizer in the 89th minute, only to see Jack Jewsbury knock home the game-winner in stoppage time.

san-jose-earthquakes#11: San Jose Earthquakes

5-5-3This Week: Lost 3-1 at TorontoThe Earthquakes had 17 shots to Toronto’s 14, but only two were on net.

new-england-revolution#10: New England Revolution

5-3-6This Week: Drew LA Galaxy 2-2 at homeHopefully Jermaine Jones will recover from his groin injury quickly and keep the Revolution on an upswing.

real-salt-lake#9: Real Salt Lake

4-5-5This Week: Lost 1-0 at LA Galaxy and 2-1 at VancouverReal Salt Lake has only won two of ten matches, heading to the bottom of the West.

toronto-fc#8: Toronto FC

5-5-1This Week: Won 3-1 at home against San JoseToronto is on a three-game winning streak in its renovated new digs.

fc-dallas#7: FC Dallas

6-4-3Last Week: Lost 4-0 at Sporting KCThe score was only 1-0 when FC Dallas went down a man when Zach Loyd drew his second yellow card.

sporting-kansas-city#6: Sporting Kansas City

5-2-6Last Week: Won 4-0 at home against FC DallasThe team brought manager Peter Vermes his 100th win.

LA-Galaxy#5: LA Galaxy

5-4-6This Week: Beat 1-0 at home against Real Salt Lake and drew at New England, 2-2Once Robbie Keane gets his game legs, this team will be even better.

new-york-red-bulls#4: New York Red Bulls

4-3-5This Week: Lost 2-1 at SeattleThe Sounders scored twice in the second half to come back in this one.

dc-united#3: DC United

7-3-4This Week: Lost 1-0 at Portland, Won 2-1 at home against PhiladelphiaDC avenged a road loss to the Union.

vancouver-whitecaps#2: Vancouver Whitecaps

7-5-2This Week: Beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at homeThe Whitecaps had dropped two but won this one to move back near the top of the West.

seattle-sounders#1: Seattle Sounders

8-3-2This Week: Beat Colorado 1-0 and New York Red Bulls 2-1 at homeTwo tough home wins brought the Sounders atop the Supporters’ Shield standings. SourcesLAgalaxy.com (http://www.lagalaxy.com)FCdallas.com (http://www.fcdallas.com)