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Cam Pellegrino’s MLS Power Rankings 3.0: New England Revolution at The Top?

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The third edition of Cam Pellegrino’s MLS power rankings is out, as the New England Revolution are now currently standing right where they were all season last year.  

1. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (+2) The Revs were far from impressive or convincing in their 1-0 win against FC Dallas, but good teams win ugly. Some of the top teams have faltered early, New England have taken care of business in the early part of the season.

2. NASHVILLE SC (-) – Nashville SC did what they do best, draw a game, 1-1 against Minnesota United. The weather delay was tough for all parties, and Nashville lost their lead afterwards, so they’ll get the benefit of the doubt.

3. LA GALAXY (+4) – LA went to Charlotte and played in front of a record crowd of almost 75,000. They spoiled the party, with Efrain Alvarez scoring a screamer late in the match, propelling them to a 2-0-0 start.

4. LAFC (+1) – LAFC were the better team against Portland Timbers, and very nearly lost. But, they showed fight until the very end, breaking through Portland’s 10 man bus, and equalizing late through Mamdou Fall.

5. PHILADELPHIA UNION (+4) – Philly had a rough start in Montreal, but a flurry of goals between the 53th and 56th minute from Bedoya and Gazdag handed the Union 3 big points on the road.

6. ATLANTA UNITED (-5) – Atlanta United is dealing with tons of injuries and visa issues, but nevertheless they were manhandled by a struggling Colorado Rapids side. The Rapids had a grasp on the game from the start to the finish, and Atlanta did not fight back, including a red card to Miles Robinson.

7. ORLANDO CITY (-1) – Orlando were unable to create any chances against Chicago Fire, playing to a fairly quiet 0-0 draw. 

8. NYCFC (-4) – The 2021 MLS Cup Champions are off to a slow start, 0-1-1 through their first two games. NYCFC dominated the Whitecaps, but were unable to find a goal in a 0-0 draw.

9. PORTLAND TIMBERS (+1) – Portland found another goal from a Yimmi Chara bicycle kick, but Bravo’s red card was enough to stop them from taking all three, a solid performance anyway.

10. COLORADO RAPIDS (+2) – Colorado bounced back in a big way, winning 3-0 at home against Atlanta United. Rubio, Lewis, and Shinyashiki provided the three goals.

11. SEATTLE SOUNDERS (-3) – Seattle has taken two 1-0 losses to kick things off, including their loss to RSL this weekend. Real Salt Lake dominated them, the expected goals ending at 2.69-0.85 in favor for Salt Lake.

12. DC UNITED (+2) – DC and Cincinnati played even for 98 minutes, before DC United managed to get another penalty kick in their favor. Ola Kamara put it away, and DC took all the points.

13. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (+3) – SKC found the lone goal through a smooth Remi Walter finish, and claimed their first points on the year.

14. CF MONTREAL (-3) – CF Montreal had high expectations coming into the season, but they’ve now lost a pair of games. Philadelphia took advantage of defensive breakdowns, and CFM have some work to do.

15. AUSTIN FC (+6) – Austin FC have set records in goal-scoring through the first two matches, against a very poor schedule. They dropped 5 on Miami and Cincinnati each, but Portland will be a good test next weekend.

16. NEW YORK RED BULLS (+7) – RBNY’s new star acquisition Lewis Morgan won player of the week honors for a first half hat-trick. It’s been a great start for the Red Bulls, as they beat Toronto FC 4-1.

17. COLUMBUS CREW (-) – Columbus simply choked away their 3-1 lead against San Jose while up a man. Lucas Zelarayan was impressive, but the match ended 3-3 in the end.

18. REAL SALT LAKE (+1) – RSL picked up a solid win against the Seattle Sounders, 1-0 thanks to a Bobby Wood match-winner. They will visit New England next time out, which will be a very important test.

19. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (-1) – The Whitecaps played to a 0-0 draw with NYCFC, though they were probably pretty lucky to do so. Vancouver is on the board points-wise, but have yet to score a goal.

20. TORONTO FC (-7) – Toronto FC looks pretty similar to last year thus far, they took a 4-1 pounding against RBNY. Lorenzo Insigne is a long ways away, they’ll need to figure it out on their own in the coming weeks.

21. CHICAGO FIRE (-1) – Chicago has not scored a goal. Chicago has not conceded a goal. Two 0-0 draws have put Xherdan Shaqiri’s side off to an intriguing start following their match against Orlando City.

22. MINNESOTA UNITED (-) – Minnesota has also drawn both of their games, 1-1 against both Houston and Nashville. There’s some potential, but they need to find it first.

23. INTER MIAMI (-8) – As it turns out, the off-season overhaul may not be working so well. Austin FC absolutely took it to them, scoring 5, while Leo Campana scored Miami’s first and only goal of the season.

24. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (+3) – San Jose gets an upwards movement following their 3-3 draw to Columbus simply because of the heart they showed. When Zelarayan hit them, the Quakes hit right back, tying the game in the 96th minute thanks to Francisco Calvo.

25. FC DALLAS (-1) – FC Dallas weren’t necessarily bad against the Revolution, but they just didn’t really do anything. They fell 1-0 to a penalty kick conceded by Paxton Pomykal.

26. HOUSTON DYNAMO (-1) – Houston was not bad either, but SKC got the best of them in the end, and the Dynamo still haven’t put one in the back of the net.

27. FC CINCINNATI (-1) – Cincy played a solid game against DC throughout, and deserved to win, but couldn’t find the finishing touch. Then, they handed Ola Kamara a 98th minute penalty winner, something only Cincinnati could do.

28. CHARLOTTE FC (-) – Charlotte remains on the bottom after their 1-0 loss to LA Galaxy in front of 74,000 fans. Bank of America Stadium was rocking, but their team on the pitch was not. Charlotte has a lot of roster holes and issues to clean

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