Colorado Rapids retake top spot in Power Rankings after Dallas slips up
Thanks to a big defeat for last week's number one, the Colorado Rapids climb back to the top of the Power Rankings, while a pair of Eastern Conference teams make big jumps.
1. Colorado Rapids (+1)
The league's longest unbeaten streak rolls on following Colorado's 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. It's almost as if winning is a habit the Rapids have just fallen into, especially at home, where the Rapids have dropped just four points all year.
2. FC Dallas (-1)
Oscar Pareja chose to rest a number of key players in Seattle on Thursday and suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss. The weekend win over Chicago helped salvage the week as the first team romped 3-1.
3. LA Galaxy (+1)
Back-to-back 1-0 wins are hardly attractive enough to make anyone take notice, but if L.A. strings together enough of them, everyone certainly will. That would suit Bruce Arena just fine.
4. Portland Timbers (+1)
The champs scored a blow in the great battle for Cascadian supremacy with a 3-1 win over Seattle on Sunday. More importantly, they got Diego Valeri back at his full powers, as evidenced by his two-goal outing.
5. New York City FC (+3)
The 3-1 loss in Kansas City a week ago proved to be nothing more than a blip. In Montreal on Sunday, the new three-headed monster of David Villa, Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison all scored again, with Harrison's the pick of the bunch, in a 3-1 victory over the Impact.
6. Montreal Impact (-3)
Montreal's loss to NYCFC was a hit to their standing in the East, but more pointedly, it was another reminder that -- at least in recent months -- they've been more productive without Didier Drogba in the lineup.
7. Philadelphia Union (+3)
The Union rose to the occasion with an excellent second half against the Red Bulls to salvage a 2-2 draw on Sunday, a trait that proves this is a different Philadelphia team than we've seen in recent years.
8. New York Red Bulls (-2)
They'll be disappointed to draw after taking a lead in Philadelphia, but the Red Bulls do have another two goals from set pieces to add to their incredible total in 2016.
9. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
No one wins at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, so it's tough to hold a road loss to the Rapids against Peter Vermes and his team. Still, a giving the ball away so close to goal is something good teams can't -- and don't -- do.
10. San Jose Earthquakes (+2)
The Quakes really were holding on for dear life after losing Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero when Simon Dawkins popped up with a winner in the 2-1 victory over Toronto. Goonies never say die.
11. Toronto FC (-2)
There are no excuses for a team to lose a game in which they held a two-man advantage. Manager Greg Vanney is going to spend the week facing some pretty uncomfortable questions.
12. Real Salt Lake (-1)
Real Salt Lake have just three points from the past five matches, and it's starting to do damage to the club's standing in the Western Conference. A flat attack isn't helping.
13. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)
The Whitecaps miss Kekuta Manneh, but it's the defense that let them down at home in a 2-2 draw with Orlando City. The normally good David Ousted let in a soft goal that undid Vancouver.
14. New England Revolution (no change)
The way things are going for the Revs, a road point is a good result, even if it came with no goals. Defensive issues have plagued them, so perhaps they can build on the 0-0 draw in Salt Lake City.
15. D.C. United (+2)
D.C. benefited from a questionable red card and came out of Columbus with a 1-1 draw, though they'll choose to focus on Fabian Espindola's getting a goal and Lloyd Sam's making his United debut.
16. Orlando City SC (-1)
Cyle Larin isn't scoring at the blistering pace he did in 2015, but the Canadian striker is on the verge of double digit goals for a second straight year.
17. Seattle Sounders (+2)
There's nothing like a decisive loss to a rival to undo any good feelings. The Sounders desperately needed the big 5-0 win over FC Dallas in midweek, but they also needed to back it up with a good performance against the Timbers -- and they didn't.
18. Houston Dynamo (-1)
With the season likely lost, the Dynamo can take positives from playing the Galaxy to statistical stalemate at the StubHub Center over 90 minutes despite being on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.
19. Chicago Fire (-1)
Last weekend's sign of life, a home win over Sporting KC, gave way to the reality of the Fire's situation in the form of a 3-1 road loss to FC Dallas. That's now 26 games without a road win for Chicago.
20. Columbus Crew SC (no change)
Ola Kamara scored, but Columbus couldn't figure out a way to make it stand up for a win ... again. Time is slipping away quickly from Gregg Berhalter and his team.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.