Colorado Rapids still top Power Rankings; Philly Union up to No. 2
Rivalry week has come and gone, leaving a slightly shuffled Power Rankings. No surprise that the biggest movers are the Red Bulls (up eight spots) and NYCFC (down eight spots). A 7-0 score has ramifications.
1. Colorado Rapids (no change)
Back-to-front building isn't sexy, but it's getting the job done for the Rapids. Colorado has five clean sheets on the season and needed just a single goal to take down the Sounders in Seattle.
2. Philadelphia Union (+1)
What a time for Richie Marquez's first career goal. It not only gave the Union the win against D.C. United on Friday, it put Philly in first place in the Eastern Conference.
3. FC Dallas (+2)
Without Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas earned a big road win -- their first of the year -- over the wasteful, mistake-prone Revolution.
4. LA Galaxy (-2)
Rivalry games are rarely easy, especially when the rivalry runs as deep as the California Clasico. That said, LA will feel it missed out on three points Sunday.
5. Real Salt Lake (+2)
For the second time this season, RSL went on the road to Kansas City and sent a message. Justen Glad's rise is a major part of the club's success.
6. Montreal Impact (-2)
A six-game winless streak isn't the end of the world for Montreal, especially in a weak Eastern Conference, but turning things around will be tougher when Laurent Ciman heads to the Euro as part of Belgium's team.
7. Toronto FC (-1)
The thing about TFC's decent record during a long, season-opening road trip was that they had to make their home games count. In their first road stand, they earned five of a possible 12 points.
8. Portland Timbers (+4)
Big win for the Timbers, who got a heaping helping of good feelings out of a 4-2 win over the Whitecaps. Credit Diego Valeri for his show of leadership by giving Dairon Asprilla a chance at a penalty.
9. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)
Fatai Alashe saved the Quakes with a late header to salvage a draw in LA, but it was once again evident how important goalkeeper David Bingham is to the San Jose cause.
10. New York Red Bulls (+8)
What can you say about a 7-0 victory? The Red Bulls "no mercy" attitude created what might be the first chapter of the New York rivalry that will stand the test of time.
11. Vancouver Whitecaps (-2)
As bad days for a defender short go, they don't get much worse than the day Pa-Modou Kah had for the Whitecaps. Kah's two penalty fouls sealed Vancouver's fate.
12. Orlando City SC (+5)
Eventually, Cyle Larin will need help with the scoring burden in Central Florida, and the Lions will have to figure out how to slow other teams down.
13. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
Again, Children's Mercy Park proves to be no fortress for Sporting. SKC now has three losses at home on the year, two more than the total between every team ahead of them in the standings.
14. Seattle Sounders (-1)
There's no better expression of the Sounders' woes than the fact that they are 19th in league and dead last in the West in scoring.
15. D.C. United (-1)
A frustrating night in Philadelphia on Friday could spill into this week, depending on how Ben Olsen handles Luciano Acosta's substitution issues. Have we seen the last of the Argentine for a while?
16. New England Revolution (-1)
The Revs gave FC Dallas a win with a disastrous defensive second half on Saturday. Injuries have ravaged New England at the back.
17. Chicago Fire (+3)
Progress? Chicago not only managed to score, but secured just its second win of the year, 1-0 over Houston -- despite the fact the Fire have four clean sheets this season.
18. New York City FC (-8)
Just when things were looking up in the Bronx, the Red Bulls come in and do that to NYCFC. Patrick Vieira has his work cut out for him.
19. Columbus Crew SC (-1)
No Kei Kamara, plenty of problems. Replacing its center forward won't be easy for Columbus, but at least the post-Kei era didn't end with a home loss.
20. Houston Dynamo (-4)
The last-place Dynamo lost to the last-place Fire, a result that crystallizes how difficult things have been in Houston. Owen Coyle bought some time with a win last week, but big pressure remains.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.