2014 MLS Season, Week 22: Five Up, Three Down

2014 MLS Season, Week 22: Five Up, Three Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 12, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 22

I had every intention of writing one of these posts last week but never got around to it. I blame some of the expansion news circling around and the MLS All-Star game. Anyways, time for another rendition of the Five Up, Three Down series.

It is worth pointing out again that the lists below are in no particular order like a normal Power Ranking would be. Just five teams playing well with three that are not.

Five Up

1. Real Salt Lake – Their summer has been a bit rocky but this is one team in the West I would not want to face in the final stretch of the season. Too much talent, experience and hunger to win.

2. FC Dallas – Unbeaten in their last eight, not too many are talking about what FC Dallas is doing these days on the field. Sure, it isn’t pretty at times. Sure, they are beating teams that are well below them in the standings. But Oscar Pareja has done a great job with this group despite the injuries and suspensions he has had to deal with all year long.

3. LA Galaxy – Another Western team on the list. LA scares the heck out of me with that talent but more so with those games in hand. They didn’t pick up a win over San Jose but with the Landon Donovan farewell tour this fall, you have to think they’ll ride those good vibes into the playoffs just the way Bruce Arena would prefer them to.

4. Sporting KC – Outside of the loss to Vancouver this past weekend, Sporting KC was really the lone Eastern Conference team worth talking about. Still a 8-1-2 record in the last 11 matches is pretty damn good.

5. Philadelphia Union – Only one loss in league play this entire summer plus a solid run in the USOC. I still don’t think this is a playoff team this season but with the Eastern Conference being so weak, anything is possible.

Three Down

1. Chivas USA – Four straight losses now after winning four straight.

2. New England Revolution – They are 1-9-0 in their last 10 matches. That is just crazy. I’m curious to see if Jay Heaps keeps his job at that pace.

3. Montreal Impact – They at least have the CCL to count on this fall but outside of that, the Impact aren’t really worth getting excited about these days. They’re on a seven-game losing streak of their own.