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 By Jason Davis

MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta United holds firm at the top, Orlando City slips further down

1. Atlanta United

Record: 11W-4D-3L
Week 17 ranking: 1

While the competition it faced makes restraint necessary, Atlanta's 4-0 victory over Orlando on Saturday looked like the kind of irresistible performance that merits the status of "clear Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup favorite."

2. New York Red Bulls

Record: 10-2-4
Week 17 ranking: 3

The Red Bulls' trip to Toronto was far from a classic, dominant performance, but it's only the three points earned that counts. New York kept pace with Atlanta and is now 3-1-0 against the East's other top three teams.

3. Sporting Kansas City

Record: 9-5-3
Week 17 ranking: 2

An unbeaten run of seven games came to a screeching halt in Montreal, where Sporting fell 2-0. The performance was certainly out of character for Peter Vermes' side, but it probably represents little more than a blip on the road.


Record: 9-3-4
Week 17 ranking: 6

What a day for striker Adama Diomande, hat trick hero in LAFC's 4-1 win over the Union. Diomande's three-goal haul was the first in LAFC history and kept the club within touching distance of first place in the Western Conference.

5. FC Dallas

Record: 9-5-2
Week 17 ranking: 5

FCD's bounce-back performance against Minnesota was characterized by a young, homegrown-heavy lineup -- and the lack of Mauro Diaz. There might be a transition coming with Diaz reportedly on his way out, but it looks like Oscar Pareja has ideas.

6. Portland Timbers

Record: 7-5-3
Week 17 ranking: 7

The Timbers scored their first-ever regular-season win in Seattle on Saturday. Samuel Armenteros and Larrys Mabiala scored the goals, but it was reigning MVP Diego Valeri who played hero with assists on all three goals.

7. New York City FC

Record: 9-4-4
Week 17 ranking: 4

Domenec Torrent's first loss as NYCFC boss came in a strange trip to Chicago. Without David Villa, NYCFC got goals from Jo Inge Berget and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi but couldn't stop the Fire -- specifically Aleksandar Katai.

8. Columbus Crew SC

Record: 8-6-5
Week 17 ranking: 8

Missing Federico Higuain, Columbus got a goal from replacement Eduardo Sosa to go with a penalty kick from Gyasi Zardes in a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. The win broke a five-game winless run for the Crew.

9. New England Revolution

Record: 7-6-4
Week 17 ranking: 10

The Revs rode two goals from Cristian Penilla -- including a late penalty to secure the win -- to three points against D.C. United. The match was New England's first since the World Cup break ended and extended an unbeaten run to six games.

10. Houston Dynamo

Record: 6-3-6
Week 17 ranking: 9

The Dynamo sat out the weekend ahead of a home date against LAFC on Tuesday.

11. LA Galaxy

Record: 6-3-7
Week 17 ranking: 11

Despite some Zlatan Ibrahimovic magic, the Galaxy could only manage a draw against San Jose in a wild 3-3 Cali Clasico. Ibrahimovic blasted LA's defense after the game, and rightfully so.

12. Montreal Impact

Record: 7-0-11
Week 17 ranking: 16

The improvement for the Impact is undeniable at this point, with a pair of wins against Orlando now backed up by a victory over the top team in the Western Conference. Montreal relies heavily on Ignacio Piatti for goals, but the defense is less of a liability.

13. Philadelphia Union

Record: 6-3-8
Week 17 ranking: 12

The Union scored four last week in a win and shipped four this week in a loss. Philadelphia ran into a buzz saw at Banc of California Stadium and has the misfortune of taking on Atlanta on Saturday.

14. Vancouver Whitecaps

Record: 6-5-7
Week 17 ranking: 13

The Whitecaps' numbers against the Rapids on Saturday -- 71 percent possession, 25 shots, 10 shots on goal -- sounds like those of a winner. Instead, Vancouver suffered a desultory 1-0 loss to the visiting Rapids that embodied Vancouver's maddening nature.

15. Chicago Fire

Record: 6-5-7
Week 17 ranking: 18

In what might have been his last game with the Fire, Aleksandar Katai stole the show with a two-goal performance in Chicago's 3-2 win over NYCFC. Dax McCarty deserves special recognition for two excellent passes to set up goals in the victory.

16. Toronto FC

Record: 4-3-9
Week 17 ranking: 14

The Reds keep dropping points at home. A 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls, thanks to a cheap goal that will haunt Alex Bono, means the champs have slipped into a losing streak. Eight points out of the playoffs is not where anyone thought they'd be come July.

17. Colorado Rapids

Record: 4-3-9
Week 17 ranking: 20

The smash-and-grab three points that the Rapids earned in Vancouver extended the club's unbeaten run to three games and pulled Colorado three points clear of last place in the West.

18. Real Salt Lake

Record: 7-2-8
Week 17 ranking: 15

RSL's terrible road form continued in Columbus, where the Utah club fell behind early and could only cut a two-goal deficit in half. RSL had more of the ball and plenty of shots but couldn't make those numbers count.

19. Seattle Sounders FC

Record: 3-3-9
Week 17 ranking: 19

In 2017, it took 46 points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. After Saturday's loss to the Timbers, Seattle needs to average a near-elite level 1.78 points-per-game for the rest of the season to reach that total.

20. Minnesota United

Record: 5-1-10
Week 17 ranking: 21

The Loons were without the suspended Miguel Ibarra on Friday night against FC Dallas, an absence that pushed manager Adrian Heath to try out a new formational wrinkle. Aside from its disappointing inability to finish, the tweak played fairly well for United.

21. San Jose Earthquakes

Record: 2-6-9
Week 17 ranking: 22

The Quakes showed some of the old Goonies fight in a back-and-forth rivalry tilt against the Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, with Chris Wondolowski nearly getting a late winner. San Jose is unbeaten in three games but hasn't won in its past eight.

22. Orlando City

Record: 6-1-10
Week 17 ranking: 17

A trip to Atlanta was not what the Lions needed, with no head coach in place and a team wracked by injury and controversy. The 4-1 loss at Mercedes-Benz Stadium takes Orlando's losing streak to eight games, and there might not be an end in sight.

23. D.C. United

Record: 2-4-7
Week 17 ranking: 23

United could have used Wayne Rooney in New England, though the English striker is still two weeks away from his debut for D.C. Without Rooney, Ben Olsen's side made too many simple errors in a 3-2 loss to the Revs.

Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.


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