Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

MLS rankings, round 7 (20 items)

By and , Deseret News

April 15, 2014

The Clint Dempsey scoring machine has propelled the Sounders to the top of the Deseret News Major League Soccer power rankings. But former No. 1 Real Salt Lake hasn't fallen far from the top.

1 of 20. Seattle Sounders

Now this is the Clint Dempsey we thought the Sounders were getting last season. He has scored five goals in two weeks in two road games (six if you count the own goal by Stephen Keel — and I would, but that’s a discussion for another day).

2 of 20. Real Salt Lake

The MLS season is a campaign. Jeff Cassar’s men seem to be taking this mentality as RSL has toughed out points on the road while picking up solid wins when it can. Was it disappointing to let four points slip away at San Jose and at Philadelphia? Sure, but it can’t be understated that the Claret and Cobalt is the last undefeated team in the league.

3 of 20. FC Dallas

The Hoops’ three-game winning streak came to a halt as Dempsey ran roughshod, but one has to be impressed with its start despite its most expensive player being a non-factor.

4 of 20. Columbus Crew

Things are really clicking for the Crew. With Federico Hugain scoring, and Hector Jimenez, playing excellent soccer, hard to see any other team as better than Columbus in the Eastern Conference.

5 of 20. Sporting KC

Sporting is still up there with Columbus for best in the league, but not playing this week drops it down the rankings a bit. A Columbus-Sporting affair would surely be fun to watch.