MLS Power Rankings: Week 8 – DC up to second as NYCFC fall into bottom three

Goals exploded into MLS during Week 8 as there were 28 goals in the nine matches over the weekend, equalling an average of 3.1 per game.

Another week of action means another look at our MLS Power Rankings and there was plenty of movement again.

Vancouver Whitecaps remain top but only just after another defeat at home to DC United leaves them with just one win in their last four.

DC have risen to second in this week’s rankings with that win, with New England Revolution in third after winning their fourth in their last five.

At the other end, Montreal Impact remain bottom after another weekend without a game, while expansion sides Orlando City and New York City both fall along with Philadelphia Union, as the bottom five in made up of all Eastern Conference sides.

Toronto rise up after winning 2-0 at Orlando, with Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and the Seattle Sounders also climbing the Power Rankings this week.

Here’s how our MLS Power Rankings look after eight weeks of the 2015 MLS season:

MLS Power Rankings Week 8

What do you make of the Power Rankings after Week 8? Should the Whitecaps still be top?

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MLS Player of the Week: Week 8 – Ethan Finlay

Columbus Crew started the season slowly with just one win in their first five games, but they have now won two on the bounce and look in fine shape, with Ethan Finlay picking up this week’s MLSGB MLS Player of the Week award.

Finlay scored two and grabbed an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win against Philadelphia Union at MAPFRE Stadium.

The 24-year-old winger has looked good so far this campaign and he’ll be delighted to have picked up his first goals of the season to help the Crew extend their unbeaten run to four.

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They sit fourth in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind New England Revolution and DC United who share the top spot, and face DC in their next outing on Saturday night.

Finlay will hope to pick up where he left off in that game and his statistics from Saturday’s game against the Union make for fine reading.

Ethan Finlay's statistics vs. Philadelphia Union (Stats via WhoScored.com)

Ethan Finlay’s statistics vs. Philadelphia Union (Stats via WhoScored.com)

The pacey American scored from both of his shots, and completed 93% of his passes in a brilliant display that will have filled Crew fans with delight.

Finlay is now second in the MLS assists charts with four, only one behind Sporting Kansas City’s Benny Feilhaber.

The improving Columbus star scored 11 goals with seven assists in 29 games last season but is on track to build on those numbers after a fine start to the season.

What did you make of Ethan Finlay’s performance this week? Did he deserve to be named as MLS Player of the Week?