Galaxy, Timbers plummet as Sounders soar in MLS Power Rankings
Toronto FC held on to the top spot in this week's Major League Soccer Power Rankings despite being without Sebastian Giovinco again, while the Seattle Sounders, D.C. United and Columbus Crew SC continue their climbs.
1. Toronto FC (no change)
Giovinco, who was expected to play barring a setback, did not feature on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. This isn't good news for Toronto, but give the Reds credit for fighting back to draw 1-1 at home.
2. FC Dallas (no change)
No goals for FC Dallas in a 0-0 draw on the road against Real Salt Lake, but the schedule has to be weighing on the Supporters' Shield leaders. The point will do as they continue their chase.
3. New York Red Bulls (no change)
Daniel Royer's first MLS goal, which clinched a 1-0 win over host Montreal, put the Red Bulls into the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year and pulled them into a dead heat for first in the Eastern Conference.
4. Colorado Rapids (no change)
After months of struggling to score, the Rapids got a three-goal outburst vs. Vancouver only to see their defense fail them in a 3-3 draw. Is it a blip or the start of a trend?
7. Seattle Sounders (+3)
Did Jordan Morris storm to the lead in the Rookie of the Year race with his two-goal performance in a 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy? His goals could be big in getting Seattle to the playoffs.
8. Real Salt Lake (+1)
Jeff Cassar's team fought to a good draw against league leaders FCD, but there is a troubling lack of goals; RSL have now gone three games without scoring.
9. Sporting Kansas City (+2)
Dom Dwyer's third goal in as many games helped his team to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on the road. He is tied for fifth in scoring (15) with Ola Kamara and Fanendo Adi.
10. LA Galaxy (-5)
The first home loss of the year for the Galaxy represented a different type of performance for Bruce Arena's team with lots of shots and poor defending. Back to the drawing board.
11. Portland Timbers (-5)
It's hard to imagine Caleb Porter prioritizing his club's trip to face Dragon of El Salvador in the CONCACAF Champions League this week with its playoff place under threat after a 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo.
12. D.C. United (+3)
United defender Taylor Kemp's big day at RFK Stadium nearly included tying an MLS record for assists in a game (four) before the league took one secondary helper away. Nevertheless, Kemp's star turn was big for United in their 4-1 win over Orlando City SC.
13. New England Revolution (-1)
The Revs' good run of form came to a screeching halt with a 2-1 loss in Columbus. Midfielder Kelyn Rowe's absence due to illness was a big blow, considering his massive influence in recent weeks (he scored twice and assisted once in their 3-1 win over Montreal).
14. Columbus Crew SC (+2)
Where would Crew SC be without Ola Kamara? The Norwegian striker scored twice, bringing his total to 15 on the year, in Columbus' crucial win over New England on Sunday.
15. Montreal Impact (-2)
The Impact have gone ice cold at precisely the wrong time. A 1-0 defeat at Red Bull Arena was the second straight for Mauro Biello's team, which has five losses in its last eight.
16. Houston Dynamo (+1)
"Spoilers" or just an improving team, the Dynamo have become smarter and more ruthless under Wade Barrett, as evidenced by their 3-1 takedown of Portland on Saturday.
17. Orlando City SC (-3)
Antonio Nocerino was once a target of D.C. United, who cried foul when he ended up in Orlando. Considering the way things are playing out, Orlando probably wishes it hadn't landed the Italian midfielder, who was sent off in a lopsided loss to D.C.
18. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)
It must be frustrating for Carl Robinson to see his team score three and draw at home against Colorado after months of struggling to find the back of the net.
19. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)
A 2-1 loss at home against Sporting Kansas City did serious damage to the Quakes' playoff hopes, both in terms of math and momentum.
20. Chicago Fire (no change)
In the first week of the season, the Fire went to NYCFC and gave up four goals in a loss, prompting a shift in approach from coach Veljko Paunovic. Seven months later, that approach delivered another loss with four goals conceded to Patrick Vieira's men.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.