These are your MLS week eight power rankings based on team performances and potential as the standings shake themselves out, with numerous clubs shuffling around every week based on the previous game.
MLS Week 8 Supporters Shield Contenders
The problem with El Tráfico is that it’s a huge jumble that barely makes any sense and is only loosely based on a soccer match. It’s gorgeous as long as you’re not taking part in the game, so every victory is a job well done. Still black and gold, LA.
Giorgos Giakoumakis was injured and Thiago Almada was absent, but the Five Stripes still earned a point in Toronto. Very good.
If the Timbers are involved, it’s more than simply another defeat. Seattle may have lost sight of the fact that this is a rivalry, but they must regain it. Even though the Sounders are still a very good team, Brian Schmetzer doesn’t seem to be concerned about that right now.
MLS Week 8 Supporters Shield Pretenders
In the seven games the Pigeons played in Queens last season, they went undefeated, and once again the borough worked its magic.
Pat Noonan was undoubtedly thrilled to be coaching in his hometown. His emotions changed after St. Louis smoked Cincinnati.
The Crew earned the point they received, but Bruce Arena should have given them a second for getting the ball in the net so late in stoppage time. That was some enjoyable entertainment, and it merits praise.
MLS Week 8 Supporters Shield Imposters
Despite their record this season, if you still think the Union has a strong team, why give up now? The kind of boost Philly has needed came from a draw at Atlas and a subsequent comeback draw at Chicago. For the seventh time this season, the best of the Union is just around the corner.
After a draw in Austin, there have been six straight victories, and the numbers continue to support the outcomes.
They looked like the weaker team at home against RSL. Despite this, they managed to earn three points.
New England Revolution
Up until Dylan Borrero was sent off, the Revs were in the lead against a highly skilled Crew team. They may have played their best half-hour of the season, and a draw in Columbus is also a respectable result.
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