Colorado Rapids remain on top of MLS Power Rankings even without Jones
No change at the top, but Week 15 did bring plenty of change to the MLS Power Rankings as a number of teams pulled out late, and sometimes controversial, wins.
1. Colorado Rapids (no change)
The Rapids earned a tough midweek point on the road in Los Angeles without Jermaine Jones before having the weekend off. Jones returns for a Fourth of July match against Portland.
2. Montreal Impact (+1)
Guile and quality got the Impact a draw with Sporting Kansas City. Guile in the form of Didier Drogba winning a penalty and quality in the form of Lucas Ontivero's lovely team goal.
3. Portland Timbers (+3)
It was nearly a disaster at home against the last-place Houston Dynamo until a pair of penalties bailed the Timbers out in a 3-2 win. The comeback reflects well on the team, but let's not forget the circumstances.
4. New York Red Bulls (-4)
After having a four-game winning streak snapped in Utah courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake, the Red Bulls couldn't hang on to a lead on the road in Columbus as they drew 1-1 with Crew SC. No need for concern, but it does represent a break in momentum.
5. FC Dallas (+5)
The only word for Mauro Diaz's bicycle-kick pass to spring Fabian Castillo for FC Dallas' second goal in a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake is "audacious". More of anything resembling that and Diaz moves back into the MVP conversation.
6. San Jose Earthquakes (+1)
Was it the Goonies' magic or a simple failure on the part of the Galaxy to mark Chad Barrett on a set piece? Regardless, the Quakes' 1-1 feel-good draw against LA keeps them within a win of a playoff spot.
7. Real Salt Lake (+1)
A win and a loss for RSL this week in two very different performances. Manager Jeff Cassar's team will no doubt want to focus on the midweek win over the Red Bulls rather than the road no-show against Dallas.
8. New York City FC (+5)
Not that long ago, it looked like NYCFC wouldn't get anything out of Frank Lampard in 2016. Now the Designated Player midfielder has scored in consecutive games, helping his team to back-to-back wins.
9. Philadelphia Union (-5)
The Union finished June with a pair of wins and a pair of losses, but it's the defensive record in that span that should worry manager Jim Curtin. In four games, Philadelphia has given up a whopping 11 goals.
10. Toronto FC (-1)
Josh Williams' reaction to the decision to award Orlando City a late penalty will cost the defender a game, maybe more. TFC can feel aggrieved by their 3-2 loss, but a veteran like Williams should know better.
11. Orlando City SC (+1)
Fortune finally smiled on Orlando City with a late penalty helping the Lions to a victory over TFC on Saturday. Kaka's return to the lineup is a massive boost for a club still underachieving.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps (+3)
With rumors swirling that the 'Caps are ready to sell Octavio Rivero, the Canadian side got a big performance out of two of its most important players, Kekuta Manneh and Christian Bolanos, in its 3-2 win over Philadelphia.
13. LA Galaxy (-3)
The Galaxy are now winless in seven games, going back to May 11, in large part because of a sputtering attack. Giovani Dos Santos' tally against San Jose was the club's first goal in June.
14. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
Sporting needs more performances like that from Dom Dwyer, who scored twice in the club's 2-2 draw with Montreal. The brace was Dwyer's second of the year and first since the second week of the season.
15. D.C. United (+1)
A big day from Lamar Neagle got United back on the winning side of the ledger, registering a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win over New England, just as things were getting a little concerning on the attacking end of the field.
16. New England Revolution (-5)
The Revs couldn't keep their winning streak alive on the road at RFK Stadium. Away from home, New England is just a different team, and that's a problem considering they haven't been good enough at home to solidify themselves in the East standings.
17. Columbus Crew SC (no change)
The Crew continue to struggle offensively in the aftermath of the Kei Kamara trade, but the late equalizer from Ola Kamara in the 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls is at least a step in the right direction.
18. Chicago Fire (no change)
Once upon a time, the Fire couldn't score, but they didn't give up many either. After Wednesday's 4-3 loss at the hands of the Union, that one positive may be slipping away.
19. Houston Dynamo (no change)
It's cold comfort to Dynamo fans, but Houston did look like the better team for stretches of their 3-2 loss to Portland on Sunday. If not for a questionable penalty call, they might have escaped with a point.
20. Seattle Sounders (no change)
More woe for the Sounders, who couldn't find the net against NYCFC at home on Saturday in a 2-0 loss. There are no easy answers in Seattle, but they'll need to find some fast.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.