The Galaxy were in a good position to take the lead, but Bou’s goal gave New England a 1-0 lead.
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Another week of Gustavo Bou match winners, another week of victory for the New England Revolution, and another week on top of Major League Soccer for Bruce Arena & Co. Don’t look now, but the LA Galaxy are surging out West, threatening to take over the No. 1 seed in the conference — and maybe even give their former coach a run for his money in the Supporters’ Shield race.
Let’s catch up on the remainder of the action and see where your club ranks in our Week 15 Power Rankings after a busy weekend of matches.
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1st place previously
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs D.C. United.
Gustavo Bou has lost his lead atop the MLS goals list, but despite being second in that category, there’s no denying how important his goals have been. On Saturday, his 83rd-minute penalty was the game-winner in a 2-1 win against Toronto, and his goal against Philadelphia a week before had settled the game in New England’s favor. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 2
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 8:30 p.m. at Portland. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
After Peter Vermes bailed on a Leagues Cup match against Club Leon in the middle of the week, SKC took care of business against FC Dallas, winning 2-0. SKC moved ahead of Galaxy in the Western Conference rankings with to goals from Alan Pulido and Daniel Salloi. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 5
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 7:30 p.m. ET vs Philadelphia Union; ESPN+
From May through July, Valentin Castellanos had a nine-game scoreless streak that lasted almost two months. In the six games since, he’s scored five times, including a brace in Saturday’s 2-0 shutout victory against Miami. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 6
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, against. Orlando City.
C.J. Sapong has six goals in his last six games, including a hat trick against D.C. on Sunday. With Hany Mukhtar behind him (five goals, five assists in his last eight games), the Music City side has started to add a consistent threat going forward to what has always been a tight defense. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 4
The next MLS match is on August 18 at 8:30 p.m. against FC Dallas. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
The Sounders thrashed Portland 6-2 in the Cascadia Derby on Sunday night. It was the most goals the Sounders have ever scored against Portland in an MLS match, but one of them stands out: Jimmy Medranda’s left-footed volley off a corner kick from just inside the 18-yard box immediately entered the MLS goal-of-the-season discussion. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 10
Next MLS match: August 17 @ 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, against. Colorado.
Kevin Cabral’s 43rd-minute goal was the game-winner in the Galaxy’s 1-0 victory against Minnesota. Despite a squad that has been in turmoil for most of the summer owing to injuries and international service, the Galaxy are now third in the Western Conference, only two points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 7
The next MLS match is on August 17 against the LA Galaxy at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The underlying stats suggest the Rapids were a little unlucky in their 3-1 victory against Houston, but it ignores the fact that they did a good job of taking chances and absorbing pressure. Lalas Abubakar, Michael Barrios, and Braian Galvan each scored a goal. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 8
Next MLS match: August 18, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, at Nashville SC.
The Lions were not in league action this week, but in the League Cup quarterfinals, they were defeated 1-0 by Liga MX side Santos Laguna. Lindberg’s quote
3rd place before.
The next MLS match will be on August 17 in San Jose, at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The Loons’ five-match undefeated run came to an end in a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy, but it was because to a stellar effort by Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. Six teams in the Western Conference have between 21 and 26 points, with Minnesota in fifth position at the top of that tier. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 9
The next MLS match is on August 18 at 7:30 p.m. against New York City FC. ET, ESPN+
With a midweek CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Liga MX powerhouse Club America, the Union were given the weekend off from MLS action. — Lindberg
15th place before.
The next MLS match is on August 18 against Houston at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
In a 1-0 victory against Austin, Bobby Wood’s 33rd-minute headed goal was all RSL needed. It was the former United States international forward’s second goal in his 11th game in Major League Soccer. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 12
Next MLS match: August 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+, against the New York Red Bulls.
Following Sunday’s 1-0 loss in Chicago, the Crew have lost four consecutive games and are now on the outside looking in in the Eastern Conference playoff race. In that time, the reigning MLS Cup winners have only scored twice from open play, and Gyasi Zardes, who has gone 207 minutes without a goal since returning from the Gold Cup, has to start scoring. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 11
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 7 p.m., ESPN+, versus New England Revolution.
In Sunday’s 5-2 loss in Nashville, D.C.’s five-game undefeated run was broken, but Ola Kamara extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, a period in which he has seven goals. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 17
Next MLS match: August 4 @ 7:30 p.m. vs Atlanta United. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
Montreal ended a five-game losing skid on Saturday, but it took a remarkable sequence of events in second-half stoppage time to defeat the Red Bulls 2-1. VAR ruled that New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel crossed his line on two consecutive stoppage-time penalty shots, both of which he saved, only for Montreal captain Victor Wanyama to convert the hosts’ third effort to win all three points.— Lindberg
14th place before.
The next MLS match is on August 21 at 10 p.m. in Vancouver. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
One of the most perplexing stories in MLS this year is how a club with the league’s past two Golden Boot winners can be so unproductive in the last third. Los Angeles FC’s 1-0 defeat against Atlanta United extended the team’s winless run to six games, the most in club history. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 13
The next MLS match is on August 18 at 8:30 p.m. against Seattle. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
Dallas took a step back in a 2-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City after showing signs of improvement in previous weeks. It was the club’s first home loss of the season, and they were relegated to 10th position in the West. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 18
Next MLS match: August 17 @ 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, against. Minnesota United.
The Earthquakes’ eight-match undefeated run is sandwiched between an 11-match losing skid, making them one of the league’s most difficult teams to predict. With the Galaxy and Colorado coming up on the heels of Tuesday’s meeting with Minnesota, we’ll learn a lot during the next three games. Bonagura’s
15th place before.
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, against. Sporting Kansas City.
When Portland plays poorly, it really plays poorly. The Timbers have the lowest goal differential in the Western Conference, while being just outside the postseason picture. That’s the result of five defeats of three goals or more, including a 6-2 home setback to Seattle on Sunday night. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 19
The next MLS match will be on August 18 in Austin, Texas, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The Whitecaps extended their undefeated record to six games to move out of last place in the Western Conference. However, if they are to make a postseason push, their string of draws — San Jose was the fifth in a row — must end. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 20
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 8 p.m. ET vs the Columbus Crew; ESPN+
The VAR gods were not kind to the Red Bulls in their 2-1 defeat to Montreal on Saturday. Before surrendering on the third try, goalkeeper Carlos Coronel was deemed to have abandoned his line on two stoppage-time penalty tries, which he saved. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 23
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, versus Inter Miami CF.
Chicago now has a two-game winning run after defeating Columbus 1-0 on Sunday. It’s just the second time this season that the team has won consecutive games. Luka Stojanovic has scored all three goals the Fire have scored in their two wins. Lindberg’s quote
22nd in the previous ranking
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+, against. Toronto FC.
Since firing Gabriel Heinze last month, Atlanta hasn’t exactly turned things around, but Josef Martinez is back to his old self. The 1-0 victory against LAFC was the Five Stripes’ first win in five games since changing coaches, but in that time, the 2018 MVP has made four starts and scored three goals, including the game-winner on Sunday. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 21
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+, versus Real Salt Lake.
Despite the final score, which shows a 3-1 defeat to Colorado, Houston really performed well this week. Of course, it doesn’t mean much given the Dynamo have now gone 12 games without a victory, averaging less than a point per game this season (0.95). Bonagura’s
Previous position: 24
The next MLS match is on August 18 at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Fire. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
After four games, the club’s undefeated streak came to an end. Miami was blanked for the eighth time this season in a 2-0 defeat to New York City, and they are now ranked worst in the league in goals-for. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 25
The next MLS match is on August 18 at 10 p.m. against Real Salt Lake. ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET
Austin hasn’t been very threatening in front of goal, apart from the odd outburst. It has been shut out in eight of its previous ten games, and it has fallen to last place in the Western Conference after another dismal performance against Real Salt Lake, which resulted in a 1-0 loss. Bonagura’s
Previous position: 26
Next MLS match: August 18 @ 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs. CF Montreal.
Cincy was idle over the weekend, so it should be in good shape when it plays Montreal on Wednesday, having gone 11 days without a competitive game. Lindberg’s quote
Previous position: 27
Next MLS match: August 18, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+, vs Atlanta United.
Jonathan Osorio’s goal in the 2-1 loss to New England gave him four goals in 2021, making him Toronto’s top scorer. That figure highlights how difficult a season it’s been in the Ontario capital for a squad that includes Ayo Akinola, Jozy Altidore, Dom Dwyer, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Yeferson Soteldo. Lindberg’s quote