Sebastian Giovinco hat trick propels Toronto FC up MLS Power Rankings
Idle FC Dallas remains atop the Power Rankings this week, with both Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders making big moves thanks to impressive wins built on the backs of hat tricks from their most important players.
1. FC Dallas (no change)
FCD remains atop the Power Rankings despite having the weekend off. It still remains to be seen how the dragged-out departure of Fabian Castillo to Turkish side Trabzonspor will impact the club in the long term.
2. Colorado Rapids (+1)
The Rapids returned to the winning side of the ledger at home with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps thanks to Marlon Hairston's third consecutive game scoring at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
3. Toronto FC (+5)
Sebastian Giovinco's form is back to 2015 MVP levels after a hat trick in TFC's 4-1 win vs. New England. The team is getting healthier and the defense is markedly better than last year. The Eastern Conference should watch out.
4. New York Red Bulls (-2)
The 2-2 draw in Los Angeles will matter much less to the Red Bulls than the slew of injuries they sustained in the game -- Damien Perrinelle, Connor Lade and Bradley Wright-Phillips all were forced out of the match -- and now Jesse Marsch will miss a game after being ejected for arguing calls.
5. LA Galaxy (-1)
It took the Galaxy 80 minutes to wake up in a home game on national television against the Red Bulls. The ending was thrilling, but that's not the LA we expect to see come August.
6. Montreal Impact (-1)
Maybe it's Didier Drogba rubbing off on the Impact strikers in training, because even when the Ivorian isn't in the lineup, Montreal is getting Drogba-like goals from their reserves as evidenced by Matteo Mancosu's winner in the 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
7. Real Salt Lake (+2)
Until it's proved otherwise, Javier Morales should be included in every discussion about the best playmaking midfielder in MLS. That much is evident after his two-goal, one-assist performance in RSL's 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire. Even at 36, Morales is devastating when healthy.
8. New York City FC (-2)
With the bar they've set on the road this season, NYCFC's 0-0 draw in San Jose might be something of a disappointment. Coming off a big home win over Colorado last weekend, however, the result will do just fine.
9. Portland Timbers (+2)
The Timbers managed to survive an early red card issued to Diego Chara and win 3-0 at home against Sporting Kansas City in a game that might have serious implications in the Western Conference playoff race.
10. Sporting Kansas City (-3)
Sporting might take issue with Soni Mustivar's red card, but they only have themselves to blame for not taking advantage of a period in which they were a man up against the Timbers in Portland.
11. Orlando City SC (-1)
Seattle threw some cold water on Jason Kreis' start as Orlando City manager as the Lions fell 3-1 in Florida. Kreis has work to do on the defensive end that the new manager bump won't fix.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)
It just wasn't the Quakes' night against Josh Saunders and NYCFC in a 0-0 draw. Chris Wondolowski doesn't usually miss that many chances, and San Jose will need to focus on that positive.
13. Seattle Sounders (+5)
Out of nowhere, the Sounders look like a good soccer team again. Jordan Morris' unselfish play gave Clint Dempsey a hat trick in their win over Orlando, and Nicolas Lodeiro looks like a savvy signing.
15. D.C. United (+1)
United executed a comeback at home against the Union to grab a point, but home draws aren't going to get it done for Ben Olsen's team in the playoff race.
16. New England Revolution (-2)
The Revolution remain in the playoffs places thanks to Orlando's loss to Seattle, but after being throttled 4-1 by Toronto, Jay Heaps' side now has the worst goal differential in the league.
17. Vancouver Whitecaps (-2)
Things have taken a turn for the worse for Carl Robinson's Whitecaps, who are now winless in four games and goalless in three after their 2-0 defeat in Colorado.
18. Houston Dynamo (-1)
The story of the Dynamo's recent run: Play well enough to win on the road in Montreal, but fail to finish and then give the ball away, leading to the game's only goal in a 1-0 defeat.
19. Chicago Fire (no change)
Chicago never wins on the road -- that's now 35 away dates without a victory -- so falling to RSL on Saturday is no surprise. The Fire are undoubtedly focused on Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal in New England.
20. Columbus Crew SC (no change)
No game this weekend means more time for Gregg Berhalter to work on Crew SC's numerous problems.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.