Portland Timbers make leap, top four remain same in Power Rankings

Portland Timbers make leap, top four remain same in Power Rankings
From ESPN - April 15, 2018

The Portland Timbers were the big movers this week, while the top four stay unchanged.

1. New York City FC (no change)
NYCFC impressively had Atlanta pinned back at certain stages of Sunday's 2-2 draw. Patrick Vieira keeps showing his coaching chops each week.

2. Atlanta United (no change)
Ezequiel Barco finally made his MLS debut in the 2-2 draw with NYCFC, albeit for just 20 minutes. Buckle up for the Barco-Miguel Almiron-Josef Martinez trio.

3. New York Red Bulls (no change)
After Saturday's 3-1 win over Montreal, coach Jesse Marsch said it's time to unleash Kaku. Too bad he could not have realized that three days prior.

4. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
With Seattle desperately seeking its first point, Sporting KC rallied nicely in the second half to salvage a 2-2 home draw against the Sounders on Sunday.

5. LAFC (+4)
After the nightmare of the previous 120 minutes (outscored 9-0), LAFC responded big-time with a 2-0 win in Vancouver thanks to their big stars: Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi.

6. Columbus Crew SC (-1)
There was simply no way past former Crew GK Steve Clark in Saturday's 1-0 loss to D.C. United. Columbus did not help themselves, either, by conceding inside the first minute.

7. Toronto FC (no change)
Yes, they lost 2-0 to Colorado, but it was a reserve-heavy side with the CONCACAF Champions League final in mind. TFC has bigger fish to fry right now.

8. Vancouver Whitecaps (-2)
A bad display from the 'Caps in Friday's 2-0 loss to LAFC. Not enough touches for Alphonso Davies and poor defending on the Diego Rossi goal.

9. LA Galaxy (+2)
Must-Swede TV ended with Zlatan's team winning 1-0 in Chicago on Saturday thanks to Zlatan's goal. Zlatan's teammate Jonathan dos Santos was the unsung hero in midfield.

10. Orlando City (+2)
Dom Dwyer is en fuego with four goals in three games after Friday's 2-0 win in Philly, and it's no coincidence that Orlando has now won three straight.

11. New England Revolution (-3)
New coach Brad Friedel has the Revs playing better this season, but a late defensive lapse proved costly in Saturday's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas.

12. Houston Dynamo (-2)
Wilmer Cabrera's side just ca not seem to shake the road woes. For the second straight road game, the Dynamo conceded an equalizer in the final 10 minutes in their 2-2 draw in San Jose.


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