Major League Soccer

MLS power rankings: Week 6

Lizzy Becherano
Seattle Sounders FC remain unbeaten in seven games, leading the Western Conference
Seattle Sounders FC remain unbeaten in seven games, leading the Western Conference / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Welcome to the start of 90min's weekly MLS power rankings. This list reflects the results of week 6 of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

10. Atlanta United

Josef Martinez
Josef Martínez attempts to recover on the pitch after an extensive ACL injury last season / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The lack of goals scored is now becoming an issue for United.

The team enjoys lengthy spells of possession on the pitch, but usually this possession amounts to nothing due to Josef Martinez not quite looking as sharp as he did prior to his injury. Atlanta United has potential, but they need to revamp themselves on the attack. 


Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela disappointed with Los Angeles Football Club after recent results / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

If this had been written weeks ago, LAFC would hold a much higher place.

Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi are two of the biggest talents in the league when linked together. Unfortunately, their injury issues have haunted the team and its results. LAFC made the list though because this weekend Vela will be a focal point for the first time since the season opener. 

8. Nashville FC

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Nashville SC have been on the rise after recent performances / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Through opportunistic attacks and a strong defensive line, Nashville could quickly become a serious contender. The team has yet to lose this season, earning two wins and four draws. Their record mirrors Nashville’s strategy to prioritize defensive efforts over offensive, however, when the team does push through magic is created.  

7. Columbus Crew

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Columbus Crew SC celebrates a win over New York City FC / Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images

The Crew are an interesting team to rank. Based on potential and not stats, Columbus could make a comeback. Lucas Zelarayan’s goal against NYCFC, now voted best of week 6, displayed a phenomenal side to the team that the league has yet to really fully appreciate.

6. LA Galaxy

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) for Los Angeles Galaxy / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Had this been written two weeks ago, LA Galaxy would be easily top of the list.

They started the season brilliantly, largely due to the form of Chicharito. After two losses in seven matches however, their momentum has begun to slowly dwindle. 

5. Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union rank fifth after their performance over the weekend / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Union’s 1-0 win over D.C. United earned the team more than just three points. Philadelphia now sit third in the East while proving Kacper Przybylko might be their ticket to success in the league.

The player’s ability to perfectly time runs will be a great asset for the team as they challenge for top spot.

4. Orlando City

Orlando City SC rank fourth in this week's list of Power Rankings / Fernando Leon/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Orlando City has yet to lose a game this season.

The team trails behind the Revolution in the Eastern conference with three wins and three draws, but continuously performs. Orlando’s defensive efforts during their 1-0 win over Toronto proved just how could the team is.

3. New England Revolution

Carles Gil
Carles Gil for the New England Revolution / Timothy Bouwer/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The New England Revolution maintained their position on the table over the weekend, leading the Eastern conference with only one loss in seven matches.

The future is promising for the Revs after forward Gustavo Bou took flight during the 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, and Carles Gil signed a contract extension.  

2. Sporting Kansas City

Alan Pulido
Alan Pulido for Sporting Kansas City / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/Getty Images

After Alan Pulido’s stunning goal aided the 3-1 win over San Jose, Sporting KC ranks second in MLS with 12 goals, only two behind Seattle. 

Kansas started the season adequately, however, now the team climbs the table with every coming match. Things are looking up.

1. Seattle Sounders

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Seattle Sounders are first on the power rankings / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Without a doubt, the Sounders deserve the top spot in this week’s rankings. 

The Western conference leaders remain unbeaten after seven matches, going into next round with five wins and two draws to their name. Despite the slight setback against Atlanta United over the weekend, the team maintained their position on the table and continued their best start to a season ever.