SA's MLS Power Rankings: NYCFC and San Jose overcome terrible starts

MLS Results, Week 21:

Friday, July 26
NYCFC 3 Sporting KC 1
LAFC 4 Atlanta United 3
Saturday, July 27
New England 4 Orlando City 1
NY Red Bulls 2 Columbus 3
Chicago 0 D.C. United 0
FC Dallas 0 Real Salt Lake 0
Houston 0 Seattle 1
Minnesota United 0 Vancouver 0
Montreal 4 Philadelphia 0
Toronto FC 2 FC Cincinnati 1
San Jose 3 Colorado 1
Portland 4 LA Galaxy 0

√  NYCFC played its first six games of the season without a win; San Jose its first four games. They are now 2-3 in the MLS Power Rankings behind LAFC. NYCFC is 9-2-3 in its last 14 games while the Quakes are 11-3-4 since going without a point in March.

Without a loss since its coaching change, New England is now unbeaten in 11 straight games. Only NYCFC has a longer unbeaten streak this season (12 games).

√ Vancouver remained winless in its last nine games while Chicago has just one victory in its last 12 matches.

RANK (PREVIOUS) TEAM (W-L-T)

1. (1) LAFC (15-3-4)
2. (3) NYCFC (9-3-8)
3. (4) San Jose (11-7-4)
4. (5) Seattle (11-6-5)
5. (6) Minn. United (10-7-5)
6. (12) Portland (9-8-4)
7. (2) Philadelphia (11-7-6)
8. (13) New England (9-8-6)
9. (9) FC Dallas (9-8-6)
10. (7) NY Red Bulls (10-9-4)
11. (11) D.C. United (9-6-9)
12. (8) LA Galaxy (12-9-1)
13. (10) Atlanta United (11-9-3)
14. (14) Real Salt Lake (9-9-4)
15. (16) Toronto FC (9-9-5)
16.
(18) Montreal
(10-11-3)
17. (15) Houston (9-10-3)
18. (17) Sporting KC (6-9-7)
19. (19) Orlando City (7-11-5)
20. (22) Columbus (7-14-3)
21. (20) Colorado (5-12-5)
22. (21) Chicago (5-10-9)
23. (24) Vancouver (4-11-9)
24. (23) FC Cincinnati (5-16-2)
Note: Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings.

MLS Schedule, Week 21:

New England faces the biggest test since Bruce Arena took over as head coach on Saturday when it hosts LAFC.

After playing at LAFC last Friday, 2018 MLS champ Atlanta United hosts the LA Galaxy, the other Los Angeles team, on Saturday.

Saturday, August  3
Atlanta United vs. LA Galaxy 5 pm.
NY Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC 6 pm.
New England vs. LAFC 7:30 pm.
Orlando City vs. FC Dallas 7:30 pm.
FC Cincinnati vs. Vancouver 8 pm.
Colorado vs. Montreal 9 pm.
Houston vs. Chicago 9 pm.
Real Salt Lake vs. NYCFC 10 pm.
San Jose vs. Columbus 10 pm.
Sunday, August  4
Minnesota United vs. Portland 4 pm.
D.C. United  vs. Philadelphia 7:30 pm.
Seattle vs. Sporting KC 10 pm.
Note: All times ET.

Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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