It's not easy getting all the editors at SB Nation Soccer to agree on anything. But this week, they managed to do just that: Toronto FC is the worst team in our MLS Power Rankings.
It's quite a fall for a team that some us (including this guy) thought would be a real contender for the Eastern Conference crown this year. It could get worse before it gets better, too. The players and coaches are clearly not seeing eye to eye on what's been going wrong and Aron Winter has to be worried about remaining on the sidelines at this point.
The top of our rankings aren't quite as interesting, but the Earthquakes have moved up to No. 2 and there was actually quite a bit of shuffling this week.
This week's rankings are themed by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club:
1. Sporting Kansas City (Average ranking: 1.20; Last week: 1): Suffered their first loss after their 7-0-0 start. Hard to knock them too much, though, as it was on the road and the only goal they allowed was an own goal.
2. San Jose Earthquakes (2.55; 4): Another week, another big win over a top opponent. This time they took down RSL, who they were outplaying even before they went up two men.
3. Real Salt Lake (3.00; 2): They lost, again. Each one of them have been easy to overlook for one reason or another, but that's three. At some point, it does become a pattern.
4. Seattle Sounders (3.5; 3): No game this week, but they are getting healthy. This will start a very busy part of their schedule in which they play eight MLS matches in 32 days.
5. LA Galaxy (6.95; 9): Were perhaps fortunate to beat the Rapids this week, needing a stoppage time penalty save to secure the win. But it was a decent defensive effort and the season is starting to turn around.
6. D.C. United (7.3; 11): Absolutely demolished the Red Bulls and have now gone six straight without a loss. Now, they need to win consecutive games for the first time since 2009.
7. Houston Dynamo (7.4; 6): Managed to salvage a tie at Columbus and are poised to come out of their season-opening seven-game trip in solid position.
8. New York Red Bulls (7.95; 5): Their defense was missing some key pieces, but giving up four goals in the fashion they did really is inexcusable.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (8.25; 10): It was hardly pretty, but a win over a decent Dallas team is nothing to scoff at.
10. FC Dallas (9.35; 7): Still a very hard team to figure out as they seem incapable of putting together consistent performances.
11. Colorado Rapids (11.05; 8): Probably deserved better than their 2-1 loss at home to the Galaxy, but they've now lost 3 of 4.
12. Chicago Fire (11.35; 12): Looked very good in their win over Toronto FC. But ... it was against TFC.
13. Chivas USA (13.25; 13): Outplayed the Union and even had a two-man advantage for a spell, but couldn't score a goal. They are now 0-4 at home.
14. Portland Timbers (14.05; 15): You'd think a win over our top team would bring a bigger bump in the rankings, but their only goal was off the head of a SKC player.
15. Columbus Crew (14.25; 14): Boring teams are fine as long as they get results. They showed some life in their tie against the Dynamo, but once again failed to get the needed result.
16. New England Revolution (15.55; 16): They seem to be improved over last year's depressing side. How improved? It's still hard to say.
17. Philadelphia Union (15.85; 17): Congrats, you beat Chivas USA on the road, but everyone does that.
18. Montreal Impact (17.85; 18): Tied United on the road during midweek, which looks like a better result in hindsight than it did at the time.
19. Toronto FC (19.00; 19): MLS is supposed to be a league of parity. TFC figures out new ways to avoid that reality in remarkable ways.
How the poll works: Each voter ranks the teams from 1-19. The teams are then ordered by average, with the lowest average going first and so on. The editor then splits the rankings into five tiers, looking for natural breaks in the averages. We then pick some kind of group of songs to theme them to.
Who participated: Jeremiah Oshan (SB Nation, soccer); Aaron Campeau (SB Nation, soccer); Ryan Rosenblatt (SB Nation, soccer); Drew Epperley (SB Nation, soccer); Jason Anderson (SB Nation, soccer); Phillip Quin (SB Nation, soccer); Martin Shatzer (Black and Red United); Scott Kessler (Brotherly Game); Denzel Eslinger (RSL Soapbox); Robert Jonas (Quake, Rattle and Goal); Daniel Robertson (Big D Soccer); Dave Clark and Josh Yockey (Sounder at Heart); Duncan Fletcher (Waking the Red), Steve Stoehr (The Bent Musket); Ben Schneider (Once a Metro); Alicia Ratterree (The Goat Parade); Brenton Walters (The Vancouver Whitecaps Offside); Geoff Gibson (Stumptown Footy); Sofiane Benzaza (Mount Royal Soccer); Alex Englen (The Daily Wiz); Tweed Thornton and Ryan Sealock (Hot Time In Old Town).