MLS Power Rankings to Consider For June’s Soccer Betting
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
#20: New York City FC
This 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.
#19: Montreal Impact
This week: Lost 3-0 in Chicago
The 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.
#18: Philadelphia Union
This Week: Lost 2-1 in DC
Even with this dreadful record, the Union are still just a game away from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
#17: Colorado Rapids
This Week: Lost 1-0 at Seattle and 2-1 at home against Portland
The 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.
#16: Chicago Fire
This Week: Won 3-0 at home against Montreal
Chicago 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.
#15: Houston Dynamo
This Week: Drew 1-1 at NYCFC
Houston 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?
#14: Orlando City SC
This Week: Drew 2-2 at home against Columbus
Playing 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.
#13: Columbus Crew
This Week: Drew 2-2 at Orlando
Columbus 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.
#12: Portland Timbers
This Week: Won 1-0 at home against DC and 2-1 at Colorado
Portland 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.
#11: San Jose Earthquakes
This Week: Lost 3-1 at Toronto
The Earthquakes had 17 shots to Toronto’s 14, but only two were on net.
#10: New England Revolution
This Week: Drew LA Galaxy 2-2 at home
Hopefully Jermaine Jones will recover from his groin injury quickly and keep the Revolution on an upswing.
#9: Real Salt Lake
This Week: Lost 1-0 at LA Galaxy and 2-1 at Vancouver
Real Salt Lake has only won two of ten matches, heading to the bottom of the West.
#8: Toronto FC
This Week: Won 3-1 at home against San Jose
Toronto is on a three-game winning streak in its renovated new digs.
#7: FC Dallas
Last Week: Lost 4-0 at Sporting KC
The score was only 1-0 when FC Dallas went down a man when Zach Loyd drew his second yellow card.
#6: Sporting Kansas City
Last Week: Won 4-0 at home against FC Dallas
The team brought manager Peter Vermes his 100th win.
#5: LA Galaxy
This Week: Beat 1-0 at home against Real Salt Lake and drew at New England, 2-2
Once Robbie Keane gets his game legs, this team will be even better.
#4: New York Red Bulls
This Week: Lost 2-1 at Seattle
The Sounders scored twice in the second half to come back in this one.
#3: DC United
This Week: Lost 1-0 at Portland, Won 2-1 at home against Philadelphia
DC avenged a road loss to the Union.
#2: Vancouver Whitecaps
This Week: Beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at home
The Whitecaps had dropped two but won this one to move back near the top of the West.
#1: Seattle Sounders
This Week: Beat Colorado 1-0 and New York Red Bulls 2-1 at home
Two tough home wins brought the Sounders atop the Supporters’ Shield standings.