FC Dallas biggest climbers up MLS Power Rankings, Sporting KC stay top
Strangely enough, the surprising results of Week 19 didn't result in much of a shakeup at the top of the rankings -- that's what happens when everyone but the number one team loses. There was plenty of movement further down the list, however, with FC Dallas being this week's big mover.
1. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
Top of the charts again for Sporting, who pulled out a 1-0 win on the road in Vancouver. Soni Mustivar's defensive midfield work and Benny Feilhaber's attacking midfield work make Sporting tick.
2. Seattle Sounders (no change)
There's not much to say about the Sounders right now, who only failed to drop in the rankings because no one else behind them could win, either. The end of the Gold Cup and the return of Dempsey and Martins can't come soon enough.
3. D.C. United (no change)
United didn't play this weekend. Considering how the results went, that was probably a good thing for the Eastern Conference leaders.
4. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)
The Whitecaps played well enough on their first game back at home in five, but couldn't put the ball in the net against the top-ranked team in the league. Kendall Watson should expect to hear from the Disciplinary Committee.
5. Portland Timbers (no change)
Even on the road, no one saw Portland's 3-0 loss to Philadelphia coming. The Timbers will regroup before playing a Cascadia Cup match at home against Vancouver next weekend.
6. L.A. Galaxy (+1)
L.A. moves up not because of a friendly win over Club America this weekend (or Robbie Keane's insane first touch), but because everyone around the idle Galaxy suffered bad defeats. The next step: integrating Steve Gerrard fully into the team.
7. New York Red Bulls (+2)
It doesn't seem all that impressive to beat the Revolution these days, but credit the Red Bulls for starting fast and not looking back against New England. The higher Bradley Wright-Phillips confidence, the better off New York will be.
8. FC Dallas (+5)
It's a strange week when FC Dallas can jump five places based on a 2-0 win on the road over a Kaka-less Orlando City side. Fabian Castillo is back to his dangerous ways, which has pushed Dallas back to the top of the West.
9. Toronto FC (-1)
Scoring four goals, especially when Sebastian Giovinco gets a first half hat trick, is supposed to result in a win. But regardless of what the Italian brings to the table (in addition to the work of the currently absent Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore), TFC's defense isn't good enough.
10. New England Revolution (-4)
Down, down, down go the Revolution. Five losses in a row, most of the marked by lazy defending and a penchant for disjointed attacks. Even when the Revs score, it's a painful process to give the goal.
11. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)
The two matches the Quakes have played since Chris Wondolowski and Cordell Cato went on Gold Cup duty is now both a losing streak and a goalless streak.
12. Columbus Crew (-1)
A run of four games unbeaten came to an end on a nightmare trip to Montreal for Columbus. Emmanuel Pogatetz might still be dizzy after getting spun around by Ignacio Piatti and Dom Oduro. Aurelien Collin did make an earlier-than-expected return.
13. Houston Dynamo (+1)
Houston got it done on Friday night without Giles Barnes and Boniek Garcia, which was a bit surprising considering Houston's struggled to create this season. Will Bruin now has eight goals from just 13 shots on target.
14. Orlando City (-2)
Missing Kaka, Orlando City still managed to create a bit of danger at home against FC Dallas on Saturday. Unfortunately, the defense couldn't handle Fabian Castillo and company.
15. Montreal Impact (+1)
Again, Montreal excelled at home against what most would say is a superior opponent. The Impact didn't win cheaply though; all three goals were well-taken.
16. Philadelphia Union (+3)
Big step up from the Union, who are now unbeaten in three. Andrew Wenger scored for the first time in a year in the win.
17. Real Salt Lake (-2)
It's not just the results that are troubling for RSL, but the way those results are coming. Jeff Cassar's team just folded on the road against a rival in the 3-1 loss to Colorado.
18. Chicago Fire (no change)
Big goal for Jason Johnson, a 24-year-old Jamaican striker getting another chance to grow into his talent in Chicago. The Fire beat Seattle for the first time in their history, breaking a five-game win-less run in the process.
19. Colorado Rapids (+1)
The Rapids finally have their first winning streak of the year after beating RSL at home on Saturday. Charles Eloundou earned two assists, contributing more in one game than he had over the course of his entire difficult Rapids history.
20. New York City FC (-3)
Someone has to be last, and this week it's City. New York's team in blue scored four goals against TFC but also shipped four goals to a team missing several star players.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.