What a week in MLS. Sebastian Driussi and Hany Mukhtar scored, Andre Blake kept a team from doing the same despite their repeated attempts to do so, and Chicago Fire FC were eliminated from Audi MLS Cup Playoffs contention. It was truly a week unlike any other. Here are the rankings.
- Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia failed to put a shot on target at Atlanta and put up just five shots in total. The thing is though, that’s not that big a deal when you have Andre Blake. The Union are now even on league-leading points (64) with LAFC after their 0-0 draw this weekend, but LAFC have the tiebreaker thanks to two extra wins this season (20 vs. 18).
- Los Angeles Football Club
After a four-point week, they’re back on top of the Supporters’ Shield race. With two games left, they’re equal on points and games with Philly, but ahead on wins. All they have to do to clinch a trophy is…beat Portland and Nashville, teams playing for their playoff lives.
- CF Montréal
A six-point week for CF Montréal has second place in the Eastern Conference locked up. This team has lost just once since mid-July (9W-1L-3D stretch). Good luck to whoever meets them in the playoffs – you’ll likely need it.
- Austin FC
Austin picked up four points this week against two playoff teams and seem locked into second place in the Western Conference, like they have been for about two months now.
- FC Dallas
FC Dallas are officially a playoff team. Full credit to Nico Estevez and company for an outstanding year one. And they’ve done it largely with academy guys and proven MLS guys like Paul Arriola.
- New York City FC
They had a chance at a trophy last week against Liga MX’s Atlas in the Campeones Cup, and it seems like that gave them a shot in the arm.