FC Dallas replace Colorado at the top, NYCFC move up the Power Rankings
On the back of a comprehensive Fourth of July win, a new number one sits atop the Power Rankings after Week 16 of the MLS season. Elsewhere, big wins for Sporting Kansas City, New York City FC, and the LA Galaxy have them climbing the ladder.
1. FC Dallas (+4)
When FC Dallas is at their best, invariably at home, they can do what they did to Orlando on Monday -- dominate for 90 minutes. The issue in north Texas isn't talent, it's consistency.
2. Colorado Rapids (-1)
Another gritty draw -- which is the only kind the Rapids seem capable of -- in Tim Howard's Colorado debut. The American international was hardly tested, which in undoubtedly how Pablo Mastroeni likes it.
3. Montreal Impact (-1)
No Didier Drogba, no problem thanks to Belizean rookie Michael Salazar. Salazar's brace was the first multi-goal game of the year for the Impact by someone other than Ignacio Piatti.
4. New York City FC (+4)
There are almost too many positives to list from NYCFC's win over the Red Bulls on Saturday. It was a rivalry win, their first at Yankee Stadium this year, and took them to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
5. Portland Timbers (-2)
The Timbers proved toothless on the road in Colorado, but they did extend their unbeaten run to six. That won't be much consolation when they look at the standings and find themselves below the red line.
6. New York Red Bulls (-2)
It's gone quiet in front of net again for the Red Bulls, leading to their first loss to NYCFC in a rivalry game that seems much bigger than it has any right to be in year two.
7. LA Galaxy (+6)
What wonders having a full roster can do for a team like the Galaxy. A returning Robbie Keane was fantastic for the Galaxy in a much-needed win for LA, the club's first in nine matches.
8. Sporting Kansas City (+6)
Sporting got an important win -- extending their unbeaten run to four -- thanks to Matt Besler's first goal since 2011.
9. Real Salt Lake (-2)
RSL has been better than expected this season, but if they're going to keep pace in the West they can't afford to give up second half stoppage time goals to visiting teams like D.C. United.
10. Toronto FC (no change)
No Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Will Johnson or Clint Irwin for TFC, who got a point at home against Seattle. With all of the injuries hitting at once, the Reds looked prime for a precipitous fall.
11. San Jose Earthquakes (-5)
It does no good to have the majority of the ball if you don't do anything with it, as the Quakes found out in Chicago on Friday. San Jose held a 59-41 edge in possession, but managed just two shots on target.
12. Philadelphia Union (-3)
Andre Blake again stood on his head for the Union, but it didn't prove to be enough. The only positive in the loss to the last place Dynamo was conceding just a single goal.
13. Orlando City SC (-2)
Few teams have been manhandled in the MLS regular season like Orlando was on Monday in their 4-0 loss to FC Dallas. Whatever the plan was in Texas, Adrian Heath won't be using it again.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps (-2)
The Whitecaps went back to their losing ways against the Galaxy after a three-game unbeaten run. Vancouver has never found it easy in Southern California, winning just once in their history there.
15. D.C. United (no change)
The return of Bill Hamid to the lineup is a godsend for United, who needed every bit of his talent to keep them in the game -- and give them the chance to grab a point -- against RSL in Utah.
16. Houston Dynamo (+3)
Wade Barrett's account is officially underway in Houston with the Dynamo's 1-0 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Cristian Maidana's free kick winner could be a turning point for the team.
17. Chicago Fire (+1)
It's going to take a bit more than a 1-0 win over a listless San Jose side to move the Fire out of the bottom five, but at least there's signs of life for Veljko Paunovic's team.
18. New England Revolution (-2)
The good? Kei Kamara finally bagged a pair of goals for his new team. The bad? The Revs allowed a Montreal comeback that prevented them from getting anything from the game.
19. Seattle Sounders (+1)
It's the Jordan Morris show and not much else for the Sounders, who rode the rookie's quality goal to a draw in Toronto. With the transfer window now open, attention will be on what Seattle decides to do.
20. Columbus Crew SC (-3)
Whatever the problems with Crew SC, they aren't Ole Kamara's fault. The Norwegian striker was brought in to augment the team's scoring, not take it over outright, and yet he now has five goals in seven matches.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.