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August 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings, 8/27

Seattle keeps the top spot, but Dallas is coming on strong in this week’s edition of my MLS power rankings.

Last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Seattle Sounders (1)
The Portland trip could have been the final nail in what had been a deflating stretch. Instead, it looks to have rejuvenated the Supporter’s Shield leaders.
2. F.C. Dallas (4)
Hard to imagine a more impressive victory than scoring two goals while a man down against a fellow contender, as Dallas did against RSL last Friday.
3. D.C. United (6)
A 3-0 domination to depose the leaders of the Eastern Conference in its own house is worth a significant leap in the rankings.
4. Real Salt Lake (3)
RSL’s frustrating night in Frisco can be written off as more a matchup problem than anything else – though that won’t help should it draw Dallas in the playoffs.
5. L.A. Galaxy (5)
The league game of the week comes early when the Galaxy play host to red-hot DCU in what doubles as a referendum on East-v.-West.
6. Sporting Kansas City (2)
A 3-0 domination to be deposed atop the Eastern Conference in your own house is worth a significant drop in the rankings.
7. Toronto F.C. (8)
Draw a thick line between spots six and seven, because the gap between those above and below it is a chasm – see: Toronto drawing with Chicago yet moving up.
8. Columbus Crew (11)
Forgive me, Ohio, I haven’t completely forgotten where I spent four years of college – I was just underwhelmed by the Crew until a scorching past few weeks.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (7)
What a few weeks ago looked to be a prizefight between overlooked sleepers for the final postseason berth in the West has turned into a battle of attrition.
10. New York Red Bulls (10)
The fightin’ Thierry Henrys took the expected three points for their home match with Montreal, but heavier challenges await.
11. Portland Timbers (9)
One missed rivalry-match opportunity down, one last chance to breath life into fledging playoff hopes in Vancouver this weekend.
12. Philadelphia Union (13)
Beating San Jose at home is one thing. Do the same against fellow Eastern Conference contender Toronto next Wednesday and we’ll talk.
13. New England Revolution (16)
Nothing like shadily adding the missing piece (Jermaine Jones) to your midfield via a blind draw (?) to ramp the optimism back up.
14. Colorado Rapids (12)
Colorado looked headed for a statement win until a second-half Galaxy rally continued what has been a steady freefall.
15. San Jose Earthquakes (14)
Full credit to San Jose’s discipline and threat on the counter to squeeze a point out of its Seattle trip. But it’ll take more to spark a serious surge.
16. Houston Dynamo (15)
Two wins out of four is a good start. Two losses out of four isn’t going to cut it when you’re chasing from so far behind.
17. Chicago Fire (17)
The jilted party in the Jones saga, losing out on a potential franchise player is just another disappointment in a season full of them.
18. Chivas USA (18)
The last five results – L-L-L-D-L – tells you all you need to know about another lost summer down in Los Angeles.
19. Montreal Impact (19)
Montreal is the only club averaging less than a point per match, and at 0.7, it’s not even all that close.

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