Chicago stays at the top but major shake-ups abound through rankings
After two weeks off for the Gold Cup, the Power Rankings see a major shake-up -- in part thanks to an unpredictable midweek slate that had 14 teams playing twice in Week 20.
1. Chicago Fire (no change): The Fire stay at the top because of the difficulty of playing away without Dax McCarty, and because the 2-1 loss to NYCFC was their first defeat since April 29.
2. New York City FC (+1): Up a spot for Patrick Vieira's boys thanks to a four-point week against the top two teams in the East, including a 2-1 win against Chicago with 10 men.
3. Toronto FC (-1): Considering their Gold Cup-related personnel issues, a pair of draws against NYCFC and Colorado isn't the worst return.
4. FC Dallas (no change): It took more than half the season but Cristian Colman is finally off the mark with two goals that delivered a big 2-1 win in Montreal.
5. Atlanta United (+1): A 1-0 win on the road in Orlando extends Atlanta's winning streak to four games and has them threatening the big boys in the East.
6. Sporting Kansas City (-1): Sporting has a seven-game unbeaten run going but five of those seven are draws, including Saturday's chippy 1-1 decision in Utah.
7. Columbus Crew SC (+1): Justin Meram scored the goal to beat the Union 1-0, his ninth of the year, and probably deserves to be an All-Star.
8. Houston Dynamo (+1): The Dynamo got two cracks at breaking their win-less road record this week and made the second count in a 3-1 win in Washington.
9. New York Red Bulls (+3): Three games saw 11 goals for the streaking Red Bulls, including a 3-0 victory in Minnesota. That seems good.
10. San Jose Earthquakes (-3): July's results, including a 5-1 loss at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, have been disastrous defensively for the Quakes.
11. Seattle Sounders (+4): Without Clint Dempsey or Jordan Morris, the Sounders staged a remarkable comeback on Wednesday to beat D.C. United 4-3 at CenturyLink Field.
12. LA Galaxy (-2): The Galaxy are in the midst of a five-game losing streak and can't seem to find a way to win. Wasting three goals in New England doesn't help.
13. Orlando City SC (-2): Orlando's burgeoning rivalry with Atlanta got off to a poor start for the Lions with a 1-0 loss at home.
14. Portland Timbers (-1): Wednesday's loss to RSL was a debacle but the Timbers reclaimed some momentum with a 2-1 win in Vancouver that highlighted the club's younger talents.
15. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1): A mixed week for Vancouver -- a win in Los Angeles and a loss at home to Portland -- speaks to the club's inconsistency.
16. Philadelphia Union (-2): The Union are suffering with absences -- due to international duty, injuries, and suspensions -- and looked like it in a pair of road losses this week.
17. Real Salt Lake (+4): Mike Petke's rant after a 1-1 draw with Sporting will get the headlines but four points this week means quietly moving up the table in the West.
18. New England Revolution (+1): Desperation levels in Foxborough were high before their shootout 4-3 win over the Galaxy. Teal Bunbury, take a bow.
19. Colorado Rapids (-2): It's tough to know what to say about the Rapids, who are content to try to frustrate opponents for a point at a time.
20. Montreal Impact (-2): The Impact beat a mediocre team 2-1 at home (Philadelphia), then lost to a good team at home (FC Dallas) by the same scoreline. Let's call it a wash.
21. Minnesota United (-1): Minnesota simply can't buy a goal. The Loons are scoreless in 351 minutes, a big reason they lost once and had a draw at home this week.
22. D.C. United (no change): United's season can be summed up by two dispiriting results this week: a 4-3 loss at Seattle and a 3-1 loss against Houston at home.