And then there were two.
The Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire have pulled away from the field after six weeks of the 2008 MLS season and both teams are doing it with disciplined defending and dynamic midfield play.
The Crew downed the Kansas City Wizards for their fourth straight win while the Fire dominated the New England Revolution for the second time this young season, doing so at Gillette Stadium to the delight of many a Fire fan.
The two East powers sit atop this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings while three teams expected to be near the top remain in the bottom five. D.C. lost again while Chivas USA and Houston played each other to one of the uglier scoreless draws you will see.
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Now, onto this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings:
SBI MLS Power Rankings
1. (Last week- 1) Columbus Crew (5-1)
Dynamic attack is bolstered by an improving defense that will be the key to Crew staying at the top of the East.
2. ( 3) Chicago Fire (4-1-1)
John Thorrington is turning into a star and the Fire defense is on a roll even though C.J. Brown, Dasan Robinson and Wilman Conde aren’t a part of it.
3. (2) Toronto FC (3-2-1)
Disappointing tie is one thing, failing to score in the run of play is a cause for concern (TFC has one goal in the run of play in three matches and that was a deflected ball that Amado Guevara put home.)
4. (4) New England Revolution (3-2-2)
Makeshift squad just can’t find consistency. Twellman and Ralston can’t get back soon enough.
5. (5) FC Dallas (2-1-3)
Hoops have been shut out two straight games. Is Juan Toja playing hurt or is he just ineffective?
6. (7) New York Red Bulls (2-1-2)
Tie at Toronto was impressive for Red Bulls team that could have its full starting lineup for the first time all season when it faced the LA Galaxy on Saturday.
7. (6) Kansas City Wizards (3-2-2)
Claudio Lopez is a leader and skillful player, but a true goal-scorer he isn’t. The Wizards need to find one fast because they have one goal in the run of play in five matches.
8. (10) Colorado Rapids (3-3)
Christian Gomez showed what he can do when motivated and he was definitely motivated to show D.C. United it was a mistake to trade him.
9. (9) Los Angeles Galaxy (2-2-2)
David Beckham and the Galaxy showed some heart to come back from two goals down, but can the defense not put the squad in a deep hole for once?
10. (8) D.C. United (2-4)
Growing pains from a team with so many new players is normal, but United’s struggles are looking less like chemistry and more like incompatibility.
11. (11) Real Salt Lake (1-3-2)
The offense finally produces some goals only to have the defense squander the lead.
12. (12) Chivas USA (1-3-2)
The offense keeps struggling but Brad Guzan playing well is a good and sorely-needed sign.
13. (13) San Jose Earthquakes (1-3-1)
The shutout was good for the defense but one shot on goal in a home game is pretty pathetic.
14. (14) Houston Dynamo (0-2-4)
Six games, zero wins. I realize Houston is talented but you can’t put the Dynamo anywhere but 14th place.