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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690350 Closing the gap Closing+the+gap MLS

Hope springs eternal when MLS teams reach the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League. The desire for success in the continental tournament isn't farfetched. MLS is probably the second-best league in the region and its entrants continue to improve their record in the competition with each passing year.

 

Those strides, however, have their limits at the moment. Liga MX powers Monterrey and Santos Laguna highlighted the ceiling yet again this week when they dispatched LA Galaxy and Seattle in the semifinals. The barrier – ousting a full-strength Mexican club in the later stages of the championship round and securing the title – remains firm for the moment, but its demise appears just a bit closer on the horizon after the success enjoyed this time around.

 

Honorable Mention:
11. Philadelphia Union
12. Toronto FC
13. D.C. United
14. New York Red Bulls
15. New England Revolution
16. Portland Timbers
17. Colorado Rapids
18. Chicago Fire
19. Seattle Sounders

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690348 Montreal Impact Montreal+Impact MLS

The best part about the Impact's run of four wins from five matches to start the season: Marco Schällibaum's side has not even played a match at Stade Saputo yet. That situation will change this weekend, but Schällibaum – even with his suspension for this encounter after some sideline misbehavior in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago – will hope the results stay the same.

 

Next on the docket: Montréal will attempt to open up its slate at Stade Saputo with a victory over Columbus on Saturday.

 

Kyle McCarthy

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690345 Los Angeles Galaxy Los+Angeles+Galaxy MLS

With their CONCACAF Champions League dreams now shelved for another year, the Galaxy must now focus on the league campaign. Bruce Arena possesses a squad capable of securing a third straight MLS Cup, but the players must brush off their disappointment and turn their focus to domestic concerns in order to fulfill that objective.

 

Next on the docket: Arena's men must recover quickly in order to prepare for FC Dallas' visit on Saturday.

 

Kyle McCarthy

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690347 FC Dallas FC+Dallas MLS

Everything went according to plan at BMO Field. FCD accumulated a two-goal lead. Toronto FC looked destined to concede the points. And then the Reds staged a late show and took a point at the death through Darel Russell's stellar equalizer. It speaks volumes about the increased standards in Frisco went a road point represents something of a disappointment.

 

Next on the docket: FCD must shake off those late wobbles when it returns home to face LA Galaxy on Saturday.

 

Kyle McCarthy

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690349 Houston Dynamo Houston+Dynamo MLS

History beckons for the Dynamo. One more home result will extend the unbeaten run in Houston to a league-record 35 matches in all competitions. And the rather humbling 2-0 defeat at Portland last weekend will provide plenty of impetus to ensure everything unfolds according to plan at BBVA Compass Stadium.

 

Next on the docket: Houston will attempt to etch itself in the record books when Chicago visits on Sunday.

 

Kyle McCarthy

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690344 Sporting KC Sporting+KC MLS

Sporting manager Peter Vermes knew he needed to find a goalscorer during the offseason. His decision to sign Claudio Bieler has fit the bill perfectly so far. The Argentine striker scored his fourth goal in six appearances to hand Sporting a 1-0 home victory over DC United on Friday.

 

Next on the docket: Bieler will take the weekend off before trying to extend his torrid run in front of goal at New York on Wednesday.

 

Kyle McCarthy

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31691130 Real Salt Lake Real+Salt+Lake MLS

Perhaps on another day, RSL would have found a way through Colorado. There were enough chances to procure the goal required to claim a point. None of them – not even a penalty kick from the previously flawless Álvaro Saborío – found their way into the back of the net in the 1-0 defeat.

 

Next on the docket: Saborío and his teammates will attempt to convert their opportunities in Vancouver on Saturday.

 

Kyle McCarthy
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690352 San Jose Earthquakes San+Jose+Earthquakes MLS

Victor Bernárdez and Alan Gordon needed to tend to a cleat problem during the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Vancouver. They stepped off the field to address the issue. The referee – pursuant to the Laws of the Game – precluded them from returning to the field until a stoppage. And then Vancouver nicked a goal during their temporary two-man advantage to leave both players and their teammates wondering how exactly they dropped two points at Buck Shaw Stadium.

 

Next on the docket: San Jose will try to avoid any footwear malfunctions on its visit to Portland on Sunday.

 

Kyle McCarthy
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690346 Chivas USA Chivas+USA MLS

Red-and-White coach José Luis Sánchez Solá spent his bye weekend in Mexico. Fortunately for one of the league's surprise packages, he returned in time to continue his quest to turn this once-downtrodden side into a formidable outfit.

 

Next on the docket: El Chelis will hope to guide his team to a victory over Colorado at the Home Depot Center on Saturday.
 

Kyle McCarthy

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690353 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver+Whitecaps MLS

Whitecaps boss Martin Rennie turned to reserve striker Corey Hertzog last week to provide a little bit of sharpness in the final third. The former New York striker made his manager look like a genius with two fantastic touches – one to corral a difficult pass, one to thump it past Jon Busch from close range – in Vancouver's 1-1 draw at San Jose on Saturday.

 

Next on the docket: Hertzog will hope to retain his place in the lineup for the Whitecaps' home date with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

 

Kyle McCarthy

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week Six 31690351 Columbus Crew Columbus+Crew MLS

A pair of home matches over the past couple of weeks offered the Crew an opportunity to establish itself in the upper reaches of the Eastern Conference table. Instead of grasping that chance with both hands, Robert Warzycha's side settled for a second straight draw in the 1-1 stalemate against Philadelphia.

 

Next on the docket: Columbus will hope to snatch a point at Montréal on Saturday to atone for its inability to collect maximum points at home.

 

Kyle McCarthy

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