MLS Power Rankings: Sporting Kansas City jump up the table, Seattle Sounders stay hot
It has been a good week for Sporting Kansas City: Six points and a slip from FC Dallas has Peter Vermes' side on top in the West.
Week 28 ranking: 1
United handled a trip to altitude in Colorado perfectly in a dominant 3-0 win over the Rapids and stay on top of the rankings as a result. Miguel Almiron reached double-digits for goals and assists with a brace in the win.
Week 28 ranking: 2
The Red Bulls escaped Audi Field with a point on Sunday after a wild, back-and-forth, 3-3 draw that included a Bradley Wright-Phillips hat trick and a decidedly shaky defensive performance from the visitors.
Week 28 ranking: 6
Sporting squeezed past Orlando 1-0 at home last weekend and demolished San Jose 5-1 on Saturday night. The two wins, combined with FC Dallas' draw against the Crew, launched Sporting back into first place in the Western Conference.
Week 28 ranking: 4
The Sounders' incredible run continued with a 2-1 win on the road in Vancouver, where summer acquisition Raul Ruidiaz scored both goals. Seattle's winning streak is now nine games, with a home date against Philadelphia on Wednesday up next.
5. FC Dallas
Week 28 ranking: 3
A tactically minded, cagey affair in Frisco saw FC Dallas get only a point at home against the Crew. Because of that result and Sporting's win, the Texans dropped into second place in the Western Conference.
Week 28 ranking: 6
Bob Bradley's team is on a five-game unbeaten run, but a 1-1 home draw against the Revolution is a disappointing result for LAFC. More troubling is the club's tendency to give up late goals -- something Bradley must fix ahead of the playoffs.
Week 28 ranking: 7
A point on the road for Columbus, which stays ahead of the chasing pack for the right to host a knockout round game come playoff time. The conservative approach by Gregg Berhalter paid off with a crucial point.
Week 28 ranking: 9
RSL couldn't keep up their incredible attacking output in a 1-1 home draw against Minnesota on Saturday. Following consecutive six-goal performances, the draw -- against a poor Loons defense -- brought Mike Petke's side back to earth.
Week 28 ranking: 8
NYCFC sat idle this weekend, though the struggles continued in a 1-1 home draw against DC United last weekend. Domenec Torrent's team hasn't won in more than a month. Next up is a trip to Montreal to face the Impact.
10. Portland Timbers
Week 28 ranking: 11
The Timbers took care of Colorado 2-0 last weekend at Providence Park. On Saturday, Portland laid an egg in Houston, falling 4-1 to the Dynamo. Giovanni Savarese will be most conscious of preventing the poor defending from carrying over into the next week.
11. D.C. United
Week 28 ranking: 13
United's heavy, back-loaded schedule continued means they've played three times since the last rankings. A five-point return is less than Ben Olsen wanted, especially with his club surrendering the lead late in a home match against the rival Red Bulls.
Week 28 ranking: 10
The Caps were the latest victim of Seattle's streak on Saturday at BC Place in a 2-1 loss. Vancouver might have earned a different outcome if it hadn't wasted early chances. Playing from behind made things too difficult against the red-hot Sounders.
13. Montreal Impact
Week 28 ranking: 15
The 4-1 thrashing of the Union on the road in Chester was a massive boost to Montreal and its playoff chances. The Impact fell behind but charged to the win using their excellent counter-attacking ability -- Alejandro Silva Gonzalez and Ignacio Piatti put on a clinic.
Week 28 ranking: 12
The Union's five-game unbeaten run came to a screeching halt against Montreal on Saturday via a 4-1 home loss to the Impact. Philadelphia is now just a point up on Montreal and within striking distance of D.C. and New England for a playoff spot.
Week 28 ranking: 19
The Revs revived their playoff chances with a four-point road trip to New York and Los Angeles. New England became the first team to win at Yankee Stadium last week and played LAFC to a 1-1 stalemate at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.
16. Toronto FC
Week 28 ranking: 16
The fight isn't completely gone for the Reds, who pulled off a 5-3 win over the Galaxy on Saturday despite giving up a 3-0 lead. Next up for Toronto is the inaugural Campeones Cup match against Tigres on Wednesday night.
17. LA Galaxy
Week 28 ranking: 14
The Galaxy's playoff hopes took another hit with a 5-3 loss in Toronto on Saturday. The highlight of the night did belong to LA, however, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his 500th professional goal on an incredible scissor-kick volley in the 44th minute.
18. Houston Dynamo
Week 28 ranking: 18
The Dynamo built a little confidence for the US Open Cup final in what is already a lost MLS season when they crushed Portland 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday. Alberth Elis was again the star man for Houston.
19. Minnesota United
Week 28 ranking: 18
The Loons fell 2-1 to D.C. United on Wednesday in Washington, then jetted to Utah for a Saturday showdown with RSL. Minnesota nearly pulled off a win in Salt Lake only to have what they thought was a late winner disallowed by VAR review.
20. Chicago Fire
Week 28 ranking: 21
The Fire got back on the field after a three-week break and put four goals past Orlando in a 4-0 win on Sunday. There's not much left to play for in Chicago, but the win should lift spirits a little.
21. Orlando City
Week 28 ranking: 20
The season is well and truly a disaster in Orlando, where a coaching change couldn't fix a horrific defense. James O'Connor's team conceded four goals to the Fire on Sunday, never looking competitive against a bad Chicago team.
22. Colorado Rapids
Week 28 ranking: 22
The Rapids added two more losses to their tally since the last MLS Power Rankings, a 2-0 loss in Portland and a 3-0 home defeat against Atlanta United. Colorado is officially eliminated from playoff contention -- the offseason portends more changes in Commerce City.
Week 28 ranking: 23
Already eliminated from the playoffs, the only thing the Quakes are playing for is pride and to get Chris Wondolowski the MLS goal-scoring record. Wondolowski didn't score in a 5-1 loss to Sporting and now has six games to get three more goals.