D.C. United storm into top 10 in MLS Power Rankings as Dallas retake No. 1
Overall points leaders FC Dallas are back on top of our Major League Soccer Power Rankings after an important 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy, while D.C. United are the biggest movers thanks to a six-point week.
1. FC Dallas (+1)
After slipping against the Colorado Rapids a few weeks ago, FC Dallas have gotten back to their unbeatable ways at Toyota Stadium, most recently with a big 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. It looks more and more likely that the path to the MLS Cup will go through Texas.
2. New York Red Bulls (+1)
The Red Bulls are trying to finish the season with a flourish. After Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union, New York boast a two-game winning streak and a 14-game unbeaten run.
3. Toronto FC (-2)
Still no Sebastian Giovinco due to injury, and it's starting to hurt. TFC's 2-1 loss to D.C. United on Saturday night dropped them into third place in the Eastern Conference.
4. Colorado Rapids (no change)
The Rapids kept their Supporters' Shield hopes alive by making a single goal stand up in a home win against the Portland Timbers.
5. New York City FC (+2)
David Villa is the hero New York need. The Spaniard was sensational on the weekend, scoring a brace in a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo and further solidifying an impeccable MVP resume.
6. Seattle Sounders (+1)
The Sounders are on the verge of making the playoffs after a 2-1 win at the Vancouver Whitecaps and, much to everyone's surprise, they could be dangerous once they get there.
7. Philadelphia Union (-1)
The Union's set piece defending let them down big time in a 3-2 loss at Red Bull Arena. Five games without a win means they're no longer a safe bet to make the playoffs.
8. D.C. United (+4)
The contest for the title of "hottest team in the league" is a two-team affair between the Sounders and United. D.C.'s destruction of Columbus Crew SC 3-0 in midweek was impressive, but the road win in Toronto might have proved more.
9. Real Salt Lake (-1)
RSL look like a team stuck in neutral, and it cost them on the road in a 2-1 defeat against the San Jose Earthquakes. Jeff Cassar's team have talent and experience, but they lack balance.
10. Sporting Kansas City (-1)
It's going to go down to the wire for Sporting, who are clinging to sixth place after a 3-1 loss at the New England Revolution. No blame to Dom Dwyer, who has scored in four straight games.
11. LA Galaxy (-1)
Blanked 1-0 in Frisco by FC Dallas, the Galaxy hardly have the look of a team capable of winning an MLS Cup. But Bruce Arena has pulled magic out of his hat before.
12. New England Revolution (+1)
Juan Agudelo's form has been a big boost for the Revs, but even after a 3-1 win over Sporting they're still on the outside of the playoff places. Too little, too late?
13. Montreal Impact (+2)
A six-point week has Mauro Biello's team back in line for the playoffs. The manager can thank Evan Bush -- one of MLS's most underrated keepers -- for the 1-0 win vs. Orlando City SC on Sunday.
14. Portland Timbers (-3)
The champs are on the ropes after going to Colorado and getting shutout in a 1-0 loss. The Timbers still don't have a road win this season and they only have one more chance to get one.
15. Columbus Crew SC (-1)
Crew SC have very slim playoff hopes as it stands, but at least they're going down fighting. Saturday's 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire was a must to keep them in the mix.
16. San Jose Earthquakes (+3)
With the Quakes missing the playoffs, a Dominic Kinnear-led team will go without postseason soccer in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career.
17. Houston Dynamo (-1)
The Dynamo are not the first team to be victimized by Villa this season. Houston now have four games left to try to avoid a last-place finish.
18. Orlando City SC (-1)
Jason Kreis' task in Orlando was always going to be difficult, but it remains a massive disappointment that the Lions missed the playoffs, especially on a loss at home.
19. Vancouver Whitecaps (-1)
Once upon a time, Pedro Morales was one of the league's best playmakers. After his red card in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Seattle, he might never suit up for the Whitecaps again.
20. Chicago Fire (no change)
All that's left in Chicago is hope that next year might be better.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.