LA Galaxy and LAFC are on top of the MLS Western Table, but how will they fare in their upcoming matchups?
The “mls standings” is a league that has been dominated by Los Angeles. The LA Galaxy and LAFC are on top as the rest of the league looks up to Los Angeles.
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ESPN FC’s Senior Editor
- Tyler, James is an ESPN editor for soccer.
Austin Lindberg is a character in the film Austin Powers
Another week, another LAFC victory, another edition of MLS Power Rankings topped for Steve Cherundolo & Co. Behind the Black and Gold, though, their closest rivals are steadily sneaking up the order.
Following a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Nashville SC, the LA Galaxy are just three points behind the club on the other side of town, putting Javier Hernandez, Douglas Costa, and the rest of the Galaxy in contention for Best of the Rest. This is particularly true after the Eastern Conference’s top team, the Philadelphia Union, slipped to a 1-1 tie with CF Montreal on Saturday.
With Week 8 in the books, Tyler, James and Austin Lindberg is a character in the film Austin Powers look at the results, break down where all 28 teams stand after a wild weekend of action and bring you the latest edition of Power Rankings.
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1st place previously
Next MLS match: May 1 @ 10 p.m. ET at Minnesota.
Carlos Vela did not score in Sunday’s 2-1 triumph against Cincinnati, but he was an important part of Cherundolo’s team’s stunning road rally. The Mexico international set up substitute Danny Musovski (who had just come in for five minutes) for the game-winning goal, giving them six victories in a row and their first one-goal victory of the 2022 season. This star-studded team has a lot of toughness; can they make it matter in the playoffs? Tyler’s comment
3rd place before.
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 3:30 p.m. ET against Salt Lake City.
Phew: after a trying day against a tenacious Nashville defense, Dejan Joveljic came through in the 86th minute, springing up at the far post to beat Joe Willis and seal the victory. It was fair recompense for a tenacious effort against a Nashville club that is finally returning home after an eight-game road trip to inaugurate its new stadium: Efrain Alvarez struck the post, and the Galaxy piled up 16 shots (and a 0.90 xG) in the 90 minutes. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 2
The next MLS match will be on May 1 in Nashville, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
It’s understandable that the Eastern Conference leaders are frustrated by being held at home by midtable Montreal, but let’s take a minute to recognize Julian Carranza’s accomplishments. With his goal in the 1-1 tie, the 21-year-old attacker has three goals in his last four games, and five goals in seven appearances in 2022. With Inter Miami, he made 41 appearances over two seasons and only scored three goals. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 4
The next MLS match will take place on April 30 in Kansas City, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Tsiki Ntsabeleng and Facundo Quignon scored in the 87th minute to turn a 1-0 loss into a 2-1 victory over local(ish) rivals the Houston Dynamo. In the win, Dallas’ Alan Velasco was equally excellent. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 7
The next MLS match will be on April 30 in Chicago, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Is there a club in MLS that is more effective at counterattacking than Gerhard Struber’s Red Bulls? They traveled to Orlando, gave up two-to-one possession, but out-chanced the Lions three-to-one, out-shot their opponents 17-3, and didn’t allow a single shot on goal. In the early stages of the season, it was a well-deserved 3-0 win against one of the stronger clubs in the Eastern Conference. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 6
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 1:30 p.m. ET at Houston.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes This Austin club has the potential to be a legitimate contender this season. Its two Argentine attackers, Maxi Urruti (two goals) and Sebastian Driussi (one goal, one assist), led the team to a 3-0 victory against Vancouver at home, putting them in second place in the Western Conference after eight games. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 5
The next MLS match is on May 1 against Philadelphia at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Nashville put forth a brave effort in Carson, California, losing two goals to one and allowing 17 shots from an increasingly threatening Galaxy side, but Dejan Joveljic’s 86th-minute winner put the game out of reach. Music City can now put its eight-game road trip to start 2022 behind it and focus on the inauguration of the brand-new GEODIS Stadium on Sunday, as well as an upcoming schedule that features eight of its next 11 games at home. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 9
The next MLS encounter is on May 1 at 1 p.m. ET vs San Jose.
NYCFC has scored 11 goals in two games after being knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League. Sure, they were sloppy in their 5-4 triumph against Toronto on Sunday, but the result doesn’t represent the defending MLS Cup champs’ dominance at Yankee Stadium. Lindberg’s quote
1st place previously0
The next MLS match is on May 1 at 10 p.m. ET vs LAFC.
After all, the Loons went from having zero shots through 70 minutes to winning 3-0, with Emanuel Reynoso scoring the game’s opening goal as they dominated the Fire late in the game for their fourth victory in six league games. But it won’t always be this simple: After Reynoso’s score, Chicago’s Federico Navarro was sent off, giving the Loons a man advantage they didn’t let slip away, but can they do it against harder opponents? Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 8
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs. Charlotte.
The less said about the 3-0 thrashing by the Red Bulls, the better. Lindberg’s quote
1st place previously2
The next MLS encounter is on April 30 against the LA Galaxy at 3:30 p.m. ET.
A 0-0 stalemate at Providence Park is an improvement over RSL’s previous two games, which included a 6-0 thrashing at NYCFC and a 1-0 US Open Cup defeat to third-tier Northern Colorado Hailstorm (who had only played three games in their existence before that legendary upset). Lindberg’s quote
1st place previously1
The next MLS match will be on April 30 at Colorado, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Portland’s scoreless drought now stands at 192 minutes after a 0-0 tie with Salt Lake City on Sunday. If you exclude the 3-2 victory against Vancouver, the league’s statistically weakest club in 2022, the Timbers are averaging only 0.87 goals per game. Lindberg’s quote
1st place previously4
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 1:30 p.m. ET vs Austin.
It was very near! Until Dallas’ late goal glut — including the 93rd-minute game-winner — Sebastian Ferreira had the Dynamo on track for their first away victory in the Texas Derby since 2016. You’ll have better luck next time. Tyler’s comment
1st place previously3
The next MLS match is on April 30 against the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
This season’s excellent news for Chicago? It has only let up five goals in eight games. What’s the bad news? It’s also only scored five times, with three of those goals coming in Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing at Minnesota. As the Fire went up in flames, all three Loons goals came in the closing 18 minutes. It’s best to put it out of your mind and move on. Tyler’s comment
1st place previously9
The next MLS match is on April 30 against Atlanta at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
What are your thoughts on the Montreal team? Wilfried Nancy’s squad out-chanced Philadelphia 7-1, out-shot the East-leading Union 8-4, and out-possessed their opponents 54 percent to 46 percent, yet according to xG, Philadelphia should’ve won this game 1.21-0.47, and the sides settled for a 1-1 draw. The Quebec team has gone five games without losing, with victories against the New York Red Bulls and draws against Atlanta and now Philadelphia. Lindberg’s quote
1st place previously6
The next MLS match is on April 30 against Cincinnati at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Two goals in the last four minutes provided the illusion of a close game in the Bronx, but Toronto was never close to their opponents in a 5-4 defeat to NYCFC. Toronto has surrendered more shots on target than any other club in MLS. Lindberg’s quote
1st place previously5
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs. D.C.
The most thrilling part of a wet, attritional 0-0 tie for the Crew in Kansas City was the in-game lightning delay, which lasted more than an hour with just 15 minutes remaining to play. Columbus has now gone four games without scoring, and with the midweek U.S. Open Cup thrashing at the hands of Detroit City FC, things aren’t looking good in Ohio. Tyler’s comment
1st place previously7
The next MLS match is on April 30 against Portland at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Their 0-0 tie with Charlotte was unquestionably a game that took place this weekend. All jokes aside, William Yarbrough had to make some spectacular stops to keep the clean sheet, Diego Rubio twice struck the crossbar in the first half, and Gyasi Zardes made his Rapids debut with a cameo in the second half. Oh, and the tie extended Colorado’s regular-season home undefeated streak to 20 games, a new club record. Onward! Tyler’s comment
1st place previously8
The next MLS match will be on April 30 in Montreal, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The Eastern Conference team had yet another weekend to forget, as they allowed a 1-0 away lead in Miami turn into a morale-boosting 2-1 triumph for their hosts. Despite playing Miami, Charlotte FC, and FC Cincinnati in the last month, Atlanta hasn’t won in the league since April 2. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 22
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, versus New England.
Is it fair to claim Leandro Campana is having a good time in the United States? In Sunday’s 2-1 victory against Atlanta, the Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee was outstanding, scoring a goal and assisting on a winning attempt for the Herons as they continue to gain some much-needed momentum. The win was their third in a row in league action (fourth if you add their U.S. Open Cup success), and given that they’ve defeated New England, Seattle, and now Atlanta, this can only be a good thing. Maybe by the conclusion of the season, this squad will have made some noise… Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 23
The next MLS match will be on April 30 at Orlando, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The league’s newest club capped off a hectic week that included a 0-0 tie against Colorado in a game that deserved more than a goal. Over the course of 90 minutes, the two teams combined for 17 shots, but neither converted when it mattered (Charlotte did win the xG battle 1.24 to 0.65). Nonetheless, this is a step forward. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 21
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs. Miami.
The Revs had the better of the opportunities and possession of the ball, but they were defeated for the seventh time this season. Only Kansas City and Vancouver have lost more games this season than New England. For a squad that set a single-season points record in 2021, it’s a tremendous drop from grace. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 20
Next MLS match: May 7 @ 8:30 p.m. ET at Dallas.
We understand that the Sounders haven’t been able to concentrate on league play this season as they pursue their goal of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League final. Seattle, on the other side, followed up their 1-0 defeat to Miami with a 4-3 setback in San Jose, despite fielding a first-team XI. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 25
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET at Columbus.
What a way to start as a new manager! Interim coach Chad Ashton guided D.C. to a 3-2 victory against New England at Audi Field, only days after sacking Hernan Losada. After the Revs took an early lead, Taxi Fountas (is there a better name in the league?) scored his first two goals for United, snapping a four-game losing streak for the capital city team. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 24
The next MLS match will be on April 30 in Toronto, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Despite the fact that Cincy fell 2-1 to LAFC at home on Sunday, there was much to be thrilled about. Roman Celentano, the No. 2 choice in the SuperDraft, was a veritable brick wall in goal, and the offensive play was much more fluent than we’ve seen from this squad since its inception in 2019. Tyler’s comment
Previous position: 28
Next MLS match: May 1 at 1 p.m. ET in New York City.
We’re not suggesting Matias Almeyda was the issue in San Jose, but the Quakes have won the US Open Cup 5-0 and stunned Seattle with a 4-3 upset of the CONCACAF Champions League finals since the former River Plate and Chivas manager was fired. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 26
Next MLS match: April 30 @ 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs. Dallas.
SKC’s three-game losing run was ended with a 0-0 draw against Columbus on Sunday, but it was also Peter Vermes’ team’s third shutout of the season. It’s going to be a long season in Kansas City, with Alan Pulido out for the season and Daniel Salloi just scoring once in seven games. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 27
The next MLS match is on May 8 at 4 p.m. ET against Toronto.
Austin was lucky to win 3-0 against Vancouver in a game that was considerably closer than the result shows, but the fact is that the ‘Caps have had a terrible season in 2022. They’ve scored the second fewest goals in the league, surrendered the second most goals, have the lowest goal difference in the league, and have the fewest points. Llindberg, Sweden
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