Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MLS rankings, round 5: It's no joke, RSL is the best team in Major League Soccer (20 items)

By and , Deseret News

April 2, 2014

We are about a month into the MLS season, but it's not too early to pick who's the best in MLS. We also highlight the Orlando City "Manatees" as our No. 20 team of the week.

1 of 20. Real Salt Lake

Near the end of RSL's 3-0 dismantling of Toronto FC, chants of "overrated" sounded out through Rio Tinto Stadium. However, the crushing defeat had more to do with how great Real Salt Lake played. A team of stars was well-beaten by the "team is the star." Despite a tough schedule, RSL is still undefeated (2-2-0) and playing at the top of its game, which sets up nicely for this Saturday's showdown against ...

2 of 20. Sporting KC

It hasn’t been the best start for Sporting Kansas City this season, but the team’s 3-2 win over Colorado this past weekend shows the team is on the climb and ready to return to the top of the mountain in MLS. With some players heading out tonight for the U.S. men’s national team’s friendly against Mexico, it’s likely they’ll get some time off this weekend to rest up, which could prove beneficial for SKC.

3 of 20. Columbus Crew

What a turnaround for the Columbus Crew. The season is early, but so far Columbus has stepped up and proven to be a dynamic force to reckon with. Everything is clicking for the Crew, especially Federico Higuain, the dynamic goal-scorer who not only assisted on a goal this past weekend, but scored one as well. The Crew would be at the top of the league, but they barely got by Seattle Sounders with a late goal in stoppage time. But otherwise, the team has been one of the best this season.

4 of 20. FC Dallas

The Hoops have the early lead in the race for the Supporters' Shield, having taken 10 of 12 points. But there are concerns to be had: FC Dallas has failed to get a clean sheet while giving up five goals. The Hoops' schedule has been soft and will continue to be after this week's Rivalry Week showdown with Houston.

5 of 20. Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo have been playing much of the same way it finished 2013. It hasn’t been pretty, it’s been sloppy, piled with errant passes. But the Dynamo are gaining results and staying close to the top of the Eastern Conference. A loss to Vancouver dropped the team down a few pegs, but Houston certainly is going to remain in contention for the rest of the season.