Jesse Marsch's N.Y. Red Bulls top MLS Power Rankings after routing D.C.
Week 26 of the 2015 MLS season not only delivered a handful of thrilling rivalry games, it created some movement in the Power Rankings. New York maintains the top spot thanks to a big win over D.C. United, but with less than 10 games to go for most teams, no one is staking a strong claim for the consensus No. 1.
1. New York Red Bulls (no change)
A 3-2 loss to the lowly Fire in midweek threatened to undo the Red Bulls' recent good play, but a decisive 3-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday put Jesse Marsch's team back on the inside track to a top playoff seed.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)
The Whitecaps melted in the heat of Houston, complete with two red cards, in a 2-0 defeat. The loss to the Dynamo was the first time Vancouver has failed to score since July 12, ending a run of six matches.
3. LA Galaxy (no change)
Apparently LA didn't completely fix its road woes. Friday's performance against San Jose in a 1-0 loss shouldn't cause any real concern, but with the Supporters' Shield on the line, every setback matters.
4. Columbus Crew (+4)
After a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium over NYCFC, Crew SC has a four-game unbeaten streak. Justin Meram's fresh legs made a difference, just another reminder that it's important to have options off the bench in August.
5. New England Revolution (+1)
The Revs had no problem taking care of important business with a 1-0 win on the road in Philadelphia. Diego Fagundez became the youngest player in MLS history to hit 25 career goals.
6. Portland Timbers (-1)
Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Sounders will sting because Portland not only failed to help its own cause in securing a trip to the postseason, but it missed a chance to damage Seattle's playoff bid despite outplaying it.
7. Sporting Kansas City (-3)
Three losses in a row, with the latest coming against last-place Colorado, should worry manager Peter Vermes. He blamed the loss on the referees, but there are bigger problems in KC than being on the end of bad calls.
8. D.C. United (-1)
D.C. claims it's not panicking after a humiliating 3-0 loss to the Red Bulls, but the performance doesn't provide much confidence that this team is going to show up on the big stage come playoff time.
9. FC Dallas (no change)
FCD took care of business at home against RSL with a 2-0 win, though it took a penalty miss by Javier Morales to get it three points toward consolidating its playoff spot in the Western Conference.
10. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)
Four wins in a row for Dominic Kinnear's team has the Quakes in the thick of the playoff race out west. With six home dates left on the schedule, San Jose has the advantage over the rest of the field.
11. Toronto FC (no change)
TFC got a dose of both good and bad on Saturday in a 2-1 win over Montreal. The good: an important win over a rival and goals from Bradley and Altidore. The bad: Sebastian Giovinco leaving the game injured.
12. Seattle Sounders(no change)
Comprehensively outplayed at home against their most hated rival, the Sounders still found a way to win. Three points are always valuable, but the club's continuing issues and Clint Dempsey's absence due to injury can't be ignored.
13. Houston Dynamo (no change)
The Dynamo benefited from a lack of Whitecaps discipline at home in a 2-0 win, but that doesn't take away from a strong team performance. Brad Davis now has at least eight assists for the eighth consecutive year.
14. Colorado Rapids (+5)
The big move up for Colorado comes on the back of a three-game winning streak that has Pablo Mastroeni's team out of last place in the Western Conference standings. A run to the playoff seems unlikely, but at least the Rapids can realistically dream.
15. Montreal Impact (no change)
With the playoffs hanging in the balance, Montreal laid an egg in Toronto. The loss cost Frank Klopas his job, and it will now be up to his former assistant Mauro Biello to integrate Didier Drogba and lead the Impact to the postseason.
16. Orlando City (+2)
It's a sign of how bad things have been for Orlando City that a 1-1 home draw against Chicago represents progress. Things need to get better fast in Central Florida, as OCSC's next two matches are against Sporting Kansas City and New England.
17. Real Salt Lake (-3)
RSL's roller coaster of a season has now taken it to the bottom of the Western Conference after a 2-0 loss to FCD in Texas. When Javier Morales is missing penalties, it might be a sign that any shot at the playoffs is well and truly gone.
18. New York City FC (-1)
The narrative is officially bad in NYC, where everyone is talking while the losses pile up. Frank Lampard's decision to undermine Jason Kreis' pointed words can't help team chemistry, and time is running out to get it right.
19. Chicago Fire (+1)
Chicago pulled out a four-point week, beating the Red Bulls and drawing with Orlando City, which helped it move above Philadelphia in the standings. Simply not being last isn't going to be good enough in Bridgeview, but there are signs of life.
20. Philadelphia Union (-4)
After last week's win on the road in Montreal and a three-game unbeaten run, the Union are back down to earth. A home loss to New England not only ended the ministreak, it dropped the Union into last place with just seven games to go.
Jason Davis is a writer from Virginia covering American soccer. He also hosts a daily soccer podcast that covers the beautiful game. Follow him @davisjsn.