We said that if LAFC faltered any further, they would lose their number one spot, and they wouldn’t just lose – they lost to Houston Dynamo.
Did Austin FC want to take advantage of this feature? of course not. What about CF Montreal? Little.
Philadelphia Union? All they did was Create a record For the four most dominant match in MLS history.
Now the question is: Who did you get your fan shield? Will you take the LAFC match in hand or the Federation match, well, everything else.
Previous order: 2
Next MLS match: Saturday vs Orlando City, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Your new No. 1 team didn’t get a 6-0 win this week, but a 4-1 over Atlanta and a comfortable 2-0 defeat for the Red Bulls should do as they chase the all-time goal difference record. Crown.
Previous order: 4
Next MLS match: Friday vs Columbus, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Montreal fell home in front of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, but they bounced back by taking the Canadian classics in a wild way. They may not have the star power of the TFC, but they’ve shown that they can outsmart Lake Ontario’s twinkling bugs.
Djorge Mihajlovic’s goal in the 21st minute Toronto FC 2-2 Montreal Impact
Previous order: 1
Next MLS match: Saturday at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
They’re not at a loss anymore after taking out the RSL on Sunday, but that’s not enough to stop a bit of a stumble. Not only did they lose three times in a row, their third came against lowly Houston on Wednesday. Black and Gold still lacked a lot of clarity about what their best team in the playoffs looked like, and before they even got there, they had a battle for the shield in their hands. Fasten your seat belts, boys.
Previous order: 3
Next MLS match: Saturday in Seattle, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Do the losses to Nashville and Portland change the course of the green so much? Not right. That could change the MVP race and cost Sebastien Driussi some titles.
Previous order: 6
Next MLS match: Saturday vs LAFC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
All we’ve asked of Dallas this season is a little bit of cruelty to match their control of the game. Going to Minnesota and Burying Loons, 3-0, qualifies.
Previous order: 5
Next MLS match: Saturday in Portland, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN +
The summer team lost two games 3-0 this week, in Salt Lake and Dallas at home. Buckeye DiBase’s absence appeared with frightening speed.
Previous order: 7
Next MLS match: Saturday vs. New England, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Winning in Montreal and losing with Philly in town should tell us a lot about RBNY, but it really reinforced what we already know – it’s the best road team in the league and one of the worst in MLS at home. Except for seven months into the season, that still doesn’t make sense.
Previous order: 9
Next MLS match: Saturday vs LA Galaxy, 3:30 p.m. ET
Hani Mokhtar has the numbers to win the MVP award and now he has the defining moment too. Welcoming Sebastian Driosi into his home and scoring twice to destroy Austin is in cold blood. Oh, and that came days after he scored a hat-trick to defeat Colorado. It’s been “I CALLED GAME” WEEK the whole time.
Nashville’s Hani Mokhtar takes charge, scoring three goals to lead his club to victory.
Previous order: 8
Next MLS match: Saturday vs DC United, 9:30pm ET, ESPN +
Three points from the week of Minnesota and LAFC? Take it and run.
Previous order: 10
Next MLS match: Saturday in Philly, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
The return of the Lions against Seattle neatly summed up why you want to believe in this team, but you can’t completely trust them.
Previous order: 12
Next MLS match: Friday in Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
You know the crew is real because they didn’t call the police after Gaga Slonina stole the win from them.
Previous order: 11
Next MLS match: Saturday in Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
What annoys you the most: getting two goals ahead of your opponent in seven minutes and losing or beating a weak team, but you fail to get the three points you so desperately need and deserve to reach the playoffs? It’s been a tough week for TFC against Montreál and LA.
Lorenzo Insigne goal in the 93rd minute from Toronto FC 3-4 Montreal Impact
Previous order: 18
Next MLS match: Saturday against Minnesota United, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN +
The Timbers are putting it together in time and it would be tough to get out of the playoffs. Have you heard that before? Victories over Austin and Atlanta saw them take Cascadia’s only place in the playoffs, a week after they took home the Cascadia Cup.
Previous order: 13
Next MLS match: Wednesday in New York City, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +
The Garys beat Charlotte, but most impressively, no one on the TQL field was drowned out in the monsoon they played.
Previous order: 15th
Next MLS match: Saturday in Nashville, 3:30 p.m. ET
Playoff on the line, at home, against one of the bottom teams in MLS and Chicharito with a penalty kick to win it. This is a great idea, unless you’re a Galaxy, in which case it’s an all-time error moment with the failed Panenka. Siri, sum up the last six years of LA Galaxy, please.
Galaxy settle for a draw after Chicharito Panenka’s attempt was stopped
Previous order: 16
Next MLS match: Saturday in Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Sure, they lost in Columbus midweek, but they got the weekend in Miami. Inter are the winners in my book.
Previous order: 17
Next MLS match: Saturday at Red Bulls, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN +
The Revs beat NYCFC and tied Chicago, but will be put under investigation after Noel Buck, born in 2005, scored a goal. This is an attack on me personally.
Previous order: 20
Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Austin, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +
His two-goal smuggling to Orlando wiped out their playoff chances, even a comeback to beat Houston revived them. This team is tired.
Previous order: 19
Next MLS match: Saturday in Colorado, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
They lost to earthquakes and held their place in the bottom third of the league. This sums up the hats.
Previous order: 24
Next MLS match: Saturday in Houston, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Is SKC… good? Well, that might be a bit too much, but even after Panenka’s all-time failure to draw in L.A., there’s no doubt that they are very competitive and after spending the first half of the season and the undisputed worst team in the league, it could qualify them for Second half team.
Previous order: 14
Next MLS match: Wednesday vs Cincinnati, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Having been smoked by DC and New England, it’s time to name it – pigeons are among the worst teams in MLS, and what they did before losing their manager and MVP judgment can’t make us pretend what we’re seeing week in, week out, really isn’t what they are now.
Thomas McNamara’s goal in the 66th minute New England Revolution 3-0 New York City
Previous order: 21
Next MLS match: Saturday vs. New York City, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN +
If Charlotte learns nothing else in her inaugural season, it’s hard to win if she doesn’t score. After another shutdown in Sensei, they are now goalless in more than a third of their matches.
Previous order: 23
Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Traveling to Philly and Portland in the same week is tough. The table maker must wear at least one of those six drop points.
Previous order: 22
Next MLS match: Saturday vs Vancouver, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
It’s September, and after losing in Nashville and a draw in DC, the Rapids have won only one away game all season. At some point it is more effective to simply give up outside matches.
Previous order: 25
Next MLS match: Saturday in Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN +
The hats win will be forgotten (and the entire season really), but that goal will live on forever thanks to Cade Cowell and Jackson Yueill.
Jeremy Epopese goal in the fourth minute against San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Previous order: 26
Next MLS match: Saturday vs Miami, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Chicago Sloninas worked hard to achieve a goalless draw against New England and Columbus.
Previous order: 27
Next MLS match: Saturday vs Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Raise the “Beat LAFC” banner, Dynamo.
Previous order: 28
Next MLS match: Saturday in Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +
Unbeaten week, which is no joke. They beat NYCFC and drew Colorado. Well, maybe it’s a bit of a joke.