MLS Power Rankings after match week 3

Seattle Sounders fell two spots (again) following a goalless draw with Austin FC.
Mar 2, 2024; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi (10) celebrates with
Mar 2, 2024; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi (10) celebrates with / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 MLS season is still young, but there have already been some big surprises in the standings. The Columbus Crew, preseason favorites, haven't quite hit their stride yet, while FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers are exceeding expectations. So, how does the league stack up as we head into the heart of March?

The Sounders started the season in third place, but dropped to fifth after losing to LAFC. Their latest 0-0 draw with Austin FC at Lumen Field pushed them further down to seventh place in the latest power ranking list.

1. Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew preserved their top position in the standings with a 1-1 draw away from home against Minnesota United. The last weekend match between Columbus Crew and Minnesota United ended in a dramatic 1-1 draw, thanks to a late equalizer by Tani Oluwaseyi in the fifth minute of stoppage time . The Crew had taken the lead in the 59th minute with a goal by Cucho Hernandez, who extended his impressive streak of goal contributions to 10 consecutive matches.

2. Inter Miami

Inter Miami climbed up two spots to second place after a resounding 5-0 victory over their Florida rivals, Orlando City. Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi led the attack with two goals each, while Robert Taylor added another. Julian Gressel provided two assists and Drake Callender kept a clean sheet in goal.

3. Cincinnati

Cincinnati also remained unchanged from the previous week, at third place, following their victory over Chicago Fire on the road. Cincinnati won the game 2-1 with goals from Aaron Boupendza and Miles Robinson. Chicago's only goal came from a penalty kick by Xherdan Shaqiri.

4. LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy also made a big leap, moving up seven places to fourth place after winning the CaliClassico 3-1 away from home. The Galaxy dominated the game and won 3-1, thanks to goals from Joseph Paintsil, Dejan Joveljic, and Riqui Puig. The Earthquakes scored a consolation goal in the 70th minute through Preston Judd.


LAFC dropped three spots in this week's power ranking after a 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on the road. Real Salt Lake dominated the match and won thanks to two goals and an assist from Andrés Gómez, and a goal from Cristian Arango.

6. Philadelphia Union

Meanwhile, Seattle's next opponent climbed one spot with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City. Remi Walter gave Sporting the lead in the 19th minute. However, Philadelphia snatched a point in the 95th minute, when Alejandro Bedoya tapped in a cross from Kai Wagner.

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