Another week, another LAFC victory, another edition of MLS Power Rankings topped for Steve Cherundolo & Co. Behind the Black and Gold, though, their closest rivals are steadily sneaking up the order.

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The LA Galaxy are just three points behind the team on the other side of Los Angeles following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nashville SC, leaving Javier Hernandez, Douglas Costa and the rest of the Galaxy as a contender for Best of the Rest . That’s especially true with the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union slipping after a 1-1 draw with CF Montreal on Saturday.

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With Week 8 in the books, James Tyler and Austin Lindberg look at the results, break down where all 28 teams stand after a wild weekend of action and bring you the latest edition of Power Rankings.


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1. LAFC

Previous ranking: one

Next MLS match: May 1 vs. Minnesota, 10 pm ET

Carlos Vela didn’t score in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Cincinnati, but he was instrumental in an impressive road rally by Cherundolo’s side. The Mexico star set up substitute Danny Musovski (who’d only been on for five minutes) for what would be the game-winning goal to make it six wins from their first eight games, and their first one-goal win of the 2022 season . There’s a lot of toughness in this star-studded side; can they make it count come the playoffs? — Tyler

2. L.A. Galaxy

Previous ranking: 3

Next MLS match: April 30 at Salt Lake, 3:30 pm ET

Phew. After a frustrating afternoon against an obdurate Nashville side, substitute Dejan Joveljic got to play hero in the 86th minute, popping up at the far post to beat Joe Willis and bag all three points. It was just reward for a persistent performance against a Nashville team that’s finally going home to open its new stadium after an eight-game road trip: Efrain Alvarez hit the post and the Galaxy racked up 16 shots (and a 0.90 xG) over the 90 minutes. — Tyler

3 Philadelphia Union

Previous ranking: 2

Next MLS match: May 1 at Nashville, 5 p.m. ET, Sportzshala

Being held at home to midtable Montreal is obviously frustrating for the Eastern Conference leaders, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the contributions of Julian Carranza. The 21-year-old forward’s goal in the 1-1 draw took his tally to three goals in his past four, and direct contributions to five goals in seven appearances in 2022. In 41 appearances spread across two seasons with Inter Miami, he had just three goals to his name. — Lindberg

4.FC Dallas

Previous ranking: 4

Next MLS match: April 30 at Kansas City, 8:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

It was a late show in Texas as Tsiki Ntsabeleng and Facundo Quignon scored after the 87th minute to flip an impending 1-0 defeat into a 2-1 home win over local(ish) rival Houston Dynamo. Alan Velasco was also impressive for Dallas in the victory. — Tyler

5 New York Red Bulls

Previous ranking: 7

Next MLS match: April 30 at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

Is there a more effective counterattacking team in MLS than Gerhard Struber’s Red Bulls? They went to Orlando, conceded possession by a two-to-one ratio, yet out-chanced the Lions by a three-to-one margin, outshot their hosts 17-3 and didn’t allow a single shot on target. It was a deserving 3-0 victory against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference in the early stages of this season. — Lindberg

6 Austin F.C.

Previous ranking: 6

Next MLS match: April 30 at Houston, 1:30 pm ET

All right, all right, all right! This Austin team might be for real this season. Its pair of Argentine forwards, Maxi Urruti (two goals) and Sebastian Driussi (one goal, one assist), paced the fledgling side to a 3-0 home win over Vancouver to put it second in the Western Conference after eight games. — Tyler

7. Nashville SC

Previous ranking: 5

Next MLS match: May 1 vs. Philadelphia, 4 p.m. ET, Sportzshala

It was a valiant effort from Nashville in Carson, California, conceding possession two-to-one and allowing 17 shots from an increasingly dangerous-looking Galaxy side, but eventually, its luck ran out with Dejan Joveljic’s 86th-minute winner. Now, though, Music City can put its eight-game road trip to start 2022 behind it, and prepare for Sunday’s opening of brand-new GEODIS Stadium and a schedule that includes eight of the team’s next 11 games at home. — Lindberg

8. New York City F.C.

Previous ranking: nine

Next MLS match: May 1 vs. San Jose, 1 p.m. ET

In two games since being knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League, NYCFC have combined to score 11 goals. Sure, they were also rather leaky in Sunday’s 5-4 win over Toronto, but that scoreline doesn’t reflect just how dominant the reigning MLS Cup champions were at Yankee Stadium. — Lindberg

9. Minnesota United

Previous ranking: ten

Next MLS match: May 1 at LAFC, 10 p.m. ET

The Loons continue to entertain — after all, they went from having zero shots through 70 minutes to winning 3-0, with Emanuel Reynoso scoring the first as they overwhelmed the Fire late on for their fourth win in six league games. It won’t always be this easy, though: Chicago’s Federico Navarro was sent off after Reynoso’s goal to give the Loons a man advantage they didn’t let slip. Can they do this against tougher teams? — Tyler

10 Orlando City

Previous ranking: eight

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. Charlotte, 7:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

The less said about the comprehensive 3-0 defeat to the Red Bulls, the better. — Lindberg

11 Real Salt Lake

Previous ranking: 12

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. LA Galaxy, 3:30 p.m. ET

Considering RSL’s previous two games were a 6-0 drubbing at NYCFC and a 1-0 US Open Cup loss to third-division Northern Colorado Hailstorm (who’d played a total of three games in their history before that famous upset), a 0 -0 draw at Providence Park counts as an improvement. — Lindberg

12. Portland Timbers

Previous ranking: eleven

Next MLS match: April 30 at Colorado, 10 pm ET, Sportzshala+

Sunday’s 0-0 draw vs. Salt Lake extended Portland’s scoreless streak to 192 minutes. If you take away the 3-2 win over Vancouver, statistically speaking the worst team in MLS in 2022, the Timbers are averaging just 0.87 goals for per game. — Lindberg

13. Houston Dynamo

Previous ranking: fourteen

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. Austin, 1:30 p.m. ET

So close! Sebastian Ferreira had the Dynamo on course for a first road win in the Texas Derby since 2016 until Dallas’ late goal glut — including the 93rd-minute game-winner. Better luck next time. — Tyler

14. Chicago Fire

Previous ranking: thirteen

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. Red Bulls, 8 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

The good news for Chicago this season? It’s only conceded five goals through eight games. The bad news? It’s only scored five times as well, and three of the goals it has given up came in Saturday’s 3-0 humbling defeat at Minnesota. All three Loons goals came in the final 18 minutes as the Fire turned to smoke. Best to forget it and move on. — Tyler

15. C. F. Montreal

Previous ranking: nineteen

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. Atlanta, 4 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

How do you make sense of this Montreal team? Wilfried Nancy’s team out-chanced the East-leading Philadelphia Union 7-1, outshot them 8-4 and out-possessed them 54% to 46%, yet the story xG tells us is that Philly should’ve won this game 1.21-0.47 , and the sides settled for a 1-1 draw. The Quebec club is unbeaten in five straight, including a win over the Red Bulls and draws against Atlanta and now Philadelphia. — Lindberg

16. Toronto F.C.

Previous ranking: sixteen

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. Cincinnati, 3pm ET, Sportzshala+

Two goals in the final four minutes gave the appearance of a tight contest in the Bronx, but the reality is that Toronto — which has conceded more shots on target than any other team in MLS — was never anywhere near its hosts in a 5 -4 loss to NYCFC. — Lindberg

17 Columbus Crew

Previous ranking: fifteen

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. DC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

The in-game lightning delay — things were paused for more than an hour with just 15 minutes left to play — was the most exciting thing in a rainy, attritional 0-0 draw for the Crew in Kansas City. That is now four games without a goal for Columbus, who traded Zardes just last week, and coupled with the midweek US Open Cup humbling against Detroit City FC, all is not well in Ohio. — Tyler

18. Colorado Rapids

Previous ranking: 17

Next MLS match: April 30 vs. Portland, 9 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

Their 0-0 draw with Charlotte was a game that definitely happened this weekend. All joking aside, William Yarbrough had to make some impressive saves to preserve the clean sheet, Diego Rubio hit the crossbar twice in the first half and Gyasi Zardes made his Rapids debut with a second-half cameo. Oh, and the draw extended Colorado’s home unbeaten run to 20 games in the regular season, a new club record. forward! — Tyler

19. Atlanta United F.C.

Previous ranking: eighteen

Next MLS match: April 30 at Montreal, 4 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

It was another weekend to forget for the Eastern Conference side, as it let a 1-0 road lead in Miami turn into a morale-boosting 2-1 win for its hosts. Atlanta hasn’t won in the league since April 2, despite facing Miami, Charlotte FC and FC Cincinnati in the past month. — Tyler

20. Inter Miami CF

Previous ranking: 22

Next MLS match: April 30 at New England, 7:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

Is it fair to say that Leandro Campana is enjoying his time in the USA? The Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee was superb in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Atlanta, contributing a goal and assist in a winning effort for the Herons as they continue to build some much-needed momentum. The victory was their third straight in league play (fourth if you count them advancing in the US Open Cup), and considering they’ve beaten New England, Seattle and now Atlanta, this can only be a positive. Maybe this team will make some noise by season’s end … — Tyler

21. Charlotte F.C.

Previous ranking: 23

Next MLS match: April 30 at Orlando, 7:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

The league’s newest team completed a busy week — defeat at New England, a US Open Cup win in midweek — with a 0-0 draw at Colorado in a game…