Atlanta and Sporting KC on the up in MLS Power Rankings; Galaxy misery
Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City make pushes into the top three as the MLS Power Rankings return for Week 29.
1. Toronto FC (no change): Teams that lose twice in a week usually fall at least one spot, but Toronto FC distanced themselves so much that the 5-3 and 3-1 losses to Montreal and New England do not affect their standing.
2. Atlanta United (+2): Atlanta United continue to dominate at home. First a 4-0 midweek win over the LA Galaxy, then they topped Montreal 2-0 on Sunday. They're arguably the team best equipped to take down TFC.
3. Sporting Kansas City (+2): OK, OK: Sporting Kansas City are in that discussion as well. With the best defense in the league, Sporting KC have the goods to stop TFC. They picked up a solid 2-1 win over LA.
4. New York City FC (-1): NYCFC are stumbling of late, and David Villa looked a bit off in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Houston. It might be best for coach Patrick Vieira to rest his key men for the playoffs.
5. Seattle Sounders (-2): The Sounders' 13-match unbeaten streak is over after Saturday's 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. Another poor outing from the attack, which is a growing concern for coach Brian Schmetzer.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change): A good 2-1 home win over Colorado on Saturday, but the real test begins with a three-game road trip to Seattle, Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls.
7. Portland Timbers (+2): If Darren Mattocks torments opponents in the playoffs the way he did in Sunday's 3-0 win over Orlando, there's no reason the Timbers can't reach the MLS Cup.
8. Columbus Crew SC (+2): The Crew impressed again over the weekend, downing the Red Bulls 3-2. Playmaker Federico Higuain -- three assists -- is rounding into postseason form.
9. Real Salt Lake (+2): If it feels like Jefferson Savarino is involved in every RSL goal, it's because he almost is. In the 2-0 win over Seattle, he finished off a one-two combo beautifully for RSL's first and then helped set up the second.
10. New York Red Bulls (-3): Saturday's 3-2 loss to Columbus had to have stung, especially they lost the U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday. They are winless since Aug. 12.
11. Chicago Fire (-3): Saturday's tilt in Philadelphia felt like a trap game for the Fire, and it played out as such, as they lost listlessly 3-1. They need a strong response on Wednesday in San Jose.
12. Houston Dynamo (+1): Saturday's 1-1 draw at NYCFC was one of Houston's stronger road displays this season. A home-friendly schedule awaits the Texans in the homestretch.
13. Philadelphia Union (+1): Saturday's 3-1 win against Chicago was one of the Union's best matches of the season.
14. New England Revolution (+2): Maybe if New England's MLS schedule was 34 home matches against TFC, it would go undefeated for the season. For now, two wins in two home games -- 3-1 on Saturday -- against the Canadians in 2017 will do.
15. Montreal Impact (no change): What an odd week for the Impact. A stunning 5-3 midweek win at TFC, only to drop a 2-0 contest in Atlanta on Sunday. They're still in the playoff chase, though.
16. San Jose Earthquakes (-4): Dropping a 4-0 clunker at D.C. United is not exactly the way to show you're serious about making the playoffs.
17. Minnesota United (+2): Minnesota were more than happy to take advantage of FC Dallas' malaise in Saturday's 4-1 win. Two wins in a row for the Loons.
18. FC Dallas (-1): Everyone is running out of words to describe this team's horrific fall. Its defending on Saturday was abysmal. Is coach Oscar Pareja on the hot seat?
20. Orlando City SC (-2): Did it ever look like Orlando had a chance in Portland on Sunday night? That 3-0 loss could have been much worse.
21. Colorado Rapids (no change): There was decent fight from the Rapids in the 2-1 loss in Vancouver, but just not enough quality, especially up front.
Arch Bell is based in Austin, Texas and covers CONCACAF for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @ArchBell .