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 By Jason Davis

Sporting Kansas City stay top of MLS Power Rankings, D.C. United in second

The big news of the week was the debut of Steven Gerrard for the Galaxy, with him helping his new team to a big 5-2 win at home. Despite that win, however, the Galaxy couldn't make up ground in the rankings.

1. Sporting Kansas City (no change)

The top team stays top with a workmanlike 2-1 win over Montreal at Sporting Park, where Sporting have won eight straight games across all competitions.

2. D.C. United (+1)

United nearly escaped Frisco, Texas, with a point, and did it without Fabian Espindola. Ben Olsen's team will have a new look when Alvaro Saborio arrives after the Gold Cup.

3. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1)

Good teams get big goals from unexpected sources when they most need them, like on the road in Portland. Vancouver got a blast from Matias Laba to get a point out of a usually difficult trip.

4. Seattle Sounders (-2)

The depth of Seattle's struggles without its star striker duo has never been more evident than after a 1-0 home loss to Colorado. Until the stars come back, the Sounders won't scare anyone.

5. Portland Timbers (no change)

Will Johnson is an important player for the Timbers and can push the team along with his fiery brand of leadership. But picking up a postgame red card on Saturday ahead of a difficult trip to Dallas next week wasn't his finest moment.

6. L.A. Galaxy (no change)

The Steven Gerrard era begins with a bang in Los Angeles. The Galaxy won't score five every time out with the Liverpool legend on the team, but it bodes well for the immediate future.

7. New York Red Bulls (no change)

The revelations that New York actually has the league's lowest payroll in 2015 only underscore what has become obvious: The Red Bulls are a well-balanced team that doesn't need big stars to win.

8. FC Dallas (no change)

That felt like a big win at home for FC Dallas over D.C. United. The up-and-down year Oscar Pareja's team has had is now on the up, a scary proposition for the rest of the West.

9. Toronto FC (no change)

Does this sound familiar? Sebastian Giovinco continues to carry TFC in a season that is feeling more and more like an MVP campaign every week.

10. New England Revolution (no change)

The Revs scored only once, but that's all they needed to beat NYCFC at home. The win ends a five-game losing streak; the question now is whether New England can build on the victory

11. Columbus Crew (+1)

Kei Kamara made the All-Star Team announced on Saturday, but he wouldn't be there without Ethan Finlay. The winger, who leads the league in assists, is the biggest snub from the midseason exhibition.

12. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)

For a little while there, it looked as if the return of Quincy Amarikwa was going to bring the Quakes a big win in L.A. without Chris Wondolowski. Then reality set in.

13. Houston Dynamo (no change)

Everything to this point in the Dynamo season has felt like a prelude to the arrival of Cubo Torres, which can't come soon enough for Owen Coyle.

14. Orlando City (no change)

Going down a man early via Cyle Larin's red card ruined any chance Orlando had of making a statement against New York at home. The club will appeal the card, which was a questionable call at best.

15. Real Salt Lake (+2)

Any thought that Javier Morales isn't still one of the best creative players in the league should be put to rest until further notice. As long as RSL have the Argentine, they have a chance.

16. Montreal Impact (-1)

Rumors are swirling that Didier Drogba is in talks with the Impact, but, although he would bring a certainly level of goal-scoring ability and experience, is he really what Montreal needs?

17. Philadelphia Union (-1)

A flash of the old Conor Casey was all the Union had to show for their trip to Canada. After all, stopping Giovinco is easier said than done.

18. Colorado Rapids (+1)

It's been a year of struggle for the Rapids, but there have been moments of progress for Pablo Mastroeni's team. Saturday's win over the Sounders in Seattle is one of them.

19. Chicago Fire (-1)

Chicago probably feels aggrieved by the refereeing decision against Columbus, but a better team works through those issues.

20. New York City FC (no change)

As with several other teams, this is a weird period for NYCFC, who are awaiting the arrival of two big-name DPs (Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo) in their side. Until there, it's hard to know what to make of Jason Kreis' team.

Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.


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