In a weekly feature that we’ll continue throughout the year, local legend Alan Hinton, who coached the old NASL Sounders and did broadcast work for many season for the MLS team, has offered to provide his thoughts on the action leaguewide.
Here was Hinton’s Week 8 post. Posted below is his latest offering, including power rankings:
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The Sounders deserve to be in first position in MLS at this time after a fantastic seven wins from 10 games start to the 2014 season. They have proved that the player turnover at the end of 2013 season, which I supported, was a very good move.
Five straight wins and 22 goals scored could take Sounders to 60+ goals for season target, which would beat the previous high of 56 in 2011. Obafemi Martins leads MLS with six assists after two superb crosses, one from each wing, to beat Dallas, 2-1.
The Sounders have come from behind in five games, and that proves the old theory: “Good teams find a way to win and bad teams find a way to lose.” The Sounders will lose up to three players for World Cup, which can hurt.
The Sounders and MLS will get very, very competitive after Brazil, and in my opinion, Seattle will be well-positioned to battle all, and then I believe Sounders could be an even better team. Sounders and great fans continue to be happy on and off the soccer field.
Portland finally got its first win of season in added time vs. D.C. United and faces the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend. Real Salt Lake is a danger to everyone and is the only unbeaten team in MLS.
Alan Hinton’s MLS power rankings
2. Real Salt Lake
3. Sporting Kansas City
4. New York Red Bulls
8. New England
10. Los Angeles
14. D.C. United
16. San Jose
19. Chivas USA