Colorado Rapids top Power Rankings, L.A. Galaxy No. 2, Philly up to No. 3
A midweek round and the usual weekend slate have resulted in a new No. 1 team atop the MLS Power Rankings in Week 11.
1. Colorado Rapids (+1)
It just feels right to elevate the Rapids to the top spot after a four-point week off of a home win over Sporting and a road draw against Crew SC.
2. LA Galaxy (-1)
The Galaxy were outplayed overall on Wednesday against the Union, but the flashes of irresistible team play they showed on both of their goals show why they can still get points.
3. Philadelphia Union (+2)
Two draws on the week for the Union is a good return considering the competition and the road trip to Montreal. Philadelphia is third in the East but their points-per-game is the best in the conference.
4. Montreal Impact (+2)
Didier Drogba. Ignacio Piatti. Drogba. Piatti. With seemingly every big goal coming from one of the Impact's marquee names, Mauro Biello will be intent on keeping both of them healthy.
5. FC Dallas (+4)
The Hoops truly are a different team at home than they are on the road, as evidenced by their six-point week after a three-game losing streak. Next up: back on the road for a game in New England.
6. Toronto FC (-3)
Sebastian Giovinco is now TFC's all-time leading scorer after his brace, replacing Dwayne De Rosario at the top of the list. If the Italian sticks around, it will be more a few years before someone replaces him.
7. Real Salt Lake (-3)
Those early season doubts about RSL are getting new run in light of some bad recent results. A loss to the lowly Dynamo, especially without scoring, is a bad look for the team from Utah.
8. San Jose Earthquakes (+3)
A weekend off after a midweek win over the Dynamo is just what the Quakes need ahead of a trip down the coast to face the Galaxy for Rivalry Week.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (+5)
The Caps beat TFC at their own game on Saturday, sitting deep and hitting the Reds with devastating counters. As if the league needed a reminder, the win displayed the immense talents of Kekuta Manneh.
10. New York City FC (+3)
How close are things in the East? So close that NYCFC, a team with just a single home win on the season, is now tied atop the standings thanks to a three-game winning streak.
11. Sporting Kansas City (+4)
Sporting's shot output against Orlando City was astounding (16 in the first half, 34 overall) and not only set records, it indicated a concerted effort on the part of Sporting to create the chances that have been eluding them.
12. Portland Timbers (-5)
Another valley for the Timbers, who fell to NYCFC at home on Sunday. It's not that the Timbers were bad (and they suffer at the hands of the refs) but the lack of a comeback is troubling.
13. Seattle Sounders (-5)
The battle became just too difficult in Texas for the Sounders after Chad Marshall pulled down Walker Zimmerman in the box in the third minute.
14. D.C. United (+2)
United was randomly good on Friday night against the Red Bulls. Whether that was because of the rivalry or something else, they need more of that to establish a place among the East's playoff contenders.
15. New England Revolution (+4)
On the one hand, New England ended their six-game winless streak. On the other, they did so against the worst team in the East and a team that simply cannot score.
16. Houston Dynamo (+1)
Houston has sandwiched a couple of wins around a midweek loss, likely buying Owen Coyle some time to figure out the balance of his club. Sunday's blanking of RLS was a good start.
17. Orlando City SC (-7)
The defense is an absolute mess, but at least Orlando has Kaka and Cyle Larin to give them hope, right? Adrian Heath has work to do as the Lions' season slips away.
18. New York Red Bulls (-6)
The Red Bulls allowed themselves to be pushed around in the midfield on Friday night in D.C., the saddest part of their 2-0 loss at the hands of their biggest rivals.
19. Columbus Crew SC (-1)
No Kei, plenty of problems. Replacing their center forward won't be easy for Columbus, but at least the post-Kei era didn't end with a home loss.
20. Chicago Fire (no change)
The Fire have, well, no fire at all. Road trips on opposite sides of the continent don't help, but it's amazing just how toothless Chicago has become under Veljko Paunovic.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.