Toronto, Chicago and SKC continue runs atop MLS Power Rankings
It's mostly "as you were" for the Power Rankings this week. Toronto FC maintained the top spot with a gritty win, while Chicago and Sporting Kansas City kept pace with impressive victories of their own.
1. Toronto FC (no change): Two-day turnaround off a Canadian Cup match proved to be no problem for the best team in MLS in a comprehensive 2-0 win over New England.
2. Chicago Fire (no change): Chicago's 4-0 destruction of Orlando is the latest evidence that the Fire project has produced an MLS contender.
3. Sporting Kansas City (no change): Sporting got the benefit of a horrible goalkeeper gaffe, but that shouldn't take away from the impressive 2-1 road win over the Galaxy.
4. FC Dallas (no change): Will the full return of Mauro Diaz be a big moment in FC Dallas' season? He wasn't at his best in the 1-1 draw against Houston.
5. New York City FC (no change): What a blow struck by the Bronx boys in the burgeoning New York rivalry. The 2-0 win over the Red Bulls left no doubt who is the better team.
6. Atlanta United (no change): Yes, it's the Rapids, but scoring a clean sheet 1-0 win is a good confidence boost for Tata Martino's defense.
7. Houston Dynamo (no change): The Dynamo played toe-to-toe with FC Dallas in a 1-1 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium, showing off their improvement in 2017.
8. Columbus Crew SC (+1): When Crew SC is good, they're good. Case in point, the 4-1 thrashing of Montreal that saw three different players score.
9. Orlando City SC (-1): The Lions' defense was a disaster against Chicago, and simply could not handle the speed of David Accam in a 4-0 loss.
10. New York Red Bulls (no change): Outplayed out at home against their biggest (newest) rivals in a 2-0 loss, the Red Bulls are facing tough questions.
11. Portland Timbers (no change): The Timbers will be kicking themselves for failing to put away the Sounders in a 2-2 draw on Sunday night.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (+1): Beating Real Salt Lake 2-1 at home somehow led to Dom Kinnear's firing in San Jose, something that needs more explanation.
13. LA Galaxy (-1): The Galaxy were shorthanded in the 2-1 loss to Sporting, but that won't make the end of an unbeaten run feel any better.
14. Seattle Sounders (no change): Hello, Clint Dempsey supersub. Staring down a loss in Portland, the American soccer great helped Seattle pull out a big 2-2 draw.
15. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change): The Whitecaps pulled within a point of a playoff spot in the West with a 2-2 road draw in Minnesota.
16. Philadelphia Union (no change): Haris Medunjanin's good sportsmanship was the big story, but Philly needed that 1-0 win over D.C. United to break a three-game losing streak in MLS competition.
17. New England Revolution (no change): The Revs might have thought they could pick off Toronto considering the schedule, but the Reds proved their class in a 2-0 win.
18. Colorado Rapids (no change): The best the Rapids can say is that the 1-0 loss on the road in Atlanta was a moral victory with a makeshift defense in place.
19. Minnesota United (+2): The Loons got goals from a pair of defenders in a comeback 2-2 draw at home against the Whitecaps.
20. Montreal Impact (-1): There's nothing good about a 4-1 drubbing in Columbus for Montreal, whose season is slipping away.
21. Real Salt Lake (-1): After a 2-1 loss in San Jose with a host of youngsters in the lineup, RSL's season is starting to take on a "rebuilding" feel.
22. D.C. United (no change): United scored two at home midweek against Atlanta but couldn't find a goal on the road in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.