MLS Power Rankings: FC Dallas make their move in the latest poll

Parity rules! Four draws this past weekend, and just a single multi-goal win. You know what that means? It means putting together the Power Rankings is pretty darn hard, since few teams are making a strong case that they're breaking away from the pack.

Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com, and all comments were written by Matthew Doyle. All game times are Eastern.

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Last: 2

They climb all the way back up to No. 1 by default after yet another leader was dethroned. SKC have honestly earned this spot for their defensive work, but – stop us if you've heard this one before – we won't be entirely convinced until they start finishing more of their chances.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-D-D-W-W
  • This Week: Wednesday at New York (7:30 pm, MLS Live), Saturday at LA (10:30 pm, NBCSN)
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OK, we're pretty sold on this bunch. There are still questions since they just don't seem to win enough balls in midfield, and they can be overrun if you deny service to the flanks, but that's on paper. On grass (and turf), this team has been among the league's best since opening day.

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There was very little doubt that they'd make it 35 unbeaten at home last weekend, right? That's the sign of a consistently professional team – both the length of the streak itself, and the almost "ho-hum" acceptance that they'd get it done.

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Last: 3

Hardly a slump, but giving up home points to a conference foe is not the way to keep your spot in the Rankings. The Crew forced Montreal to play it high and long, and once again the Impact couldn't really find a Plan B.

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Last: 1

Maybe it's too much of a tumble, but they've got just one win in their last four in league play, and it's hard to ignore the fact that they seem like a team that can't find a big goal when they need one. They need to get mentally right – and fast. New DP speculation probably isn't helping matters in that regard.

  • Last Week: Lost at FC Dallas, 1-0
  • Last Five: W-D-W-D-L
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Sporting Kansas City (10:30 pm, NBCSN)
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Last: 5

Did it take a wonder-goal from Dominic Oduro to get that precious point at Stade Saputo? Yes, it did. But good teams somehow find a way to get points out of games like that, so full credit to the Crew. They've become a difficult team to beat.

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Suddenly it's four unbeaten and "Porterball" looks very much like a winning gambit. It entails a ton of high pressure, first and foremost, and as a result the Timbers are a lock to win the possession battle every week. They're still – like everyone else – letting too many good chances slip away, however.

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Chelís had some harsh words for his team, which was turgid and uninspired in the loss to the Rapids. Perhaps it was because of the long layoff, or from missing Juan Agudelo. Whatever the cause, Chivas didn't impose their will on a game they should have strolled away with.

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Last: 10

In his 34 minutes on the field, Olmes García gave plenty of hints that he could be the guy who's meant to partner Álvaro Saborío. He's still coming to grips with the Jason Kreis way out at Rio Tinto, which can be a steep learning curve. But the talent – and confidence – is there.

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Last: 9

 

The promise of that 2-0-0 start seems fairly distant, now that the Whitecaps have gone winless in four. They're not generating chances like they should, given all their attacking talent, and Joe Cannon has repeatedly been called upon to keep them in games.

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There were lots of questions, after that magical 2012 regular season, about whether the Quakes could come close to a repeat. All those late goals would have to dry up, right? Right – so far.

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The Union will be pretty happy they've lost just one of their last five. Flip side of that coin: They coughed up a valuable home point againt a TFC team that just waited for one moment of sloppiness, then punished it.

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The Red Bulls looked a lot more comfortable on the road that anybody had a right to expect in that win at D.C. The ability to stay compact (which has been hit and miss for them) and generate set piece goals (very much "hit") is a good foundation any time you're away from home.

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Last: 16

Clilnt Irwin is going to be impossible to get out of the lineup, isn't he? Posted yet another shutout this past weekend, and we're going to give him "mind games!" credit for the Correa PK miss. Deshorn Brown, meanwhile, is solidly the frontrunner for AT&T Rookie of the Year.

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Last: 17

Robert Earnshaw's ability to find goals out of nothing has kept Toronto in the hunt despite the fact that – honestly now – they're being outplayed week after week. And goalkeeper Joe Bendik has been an absolute revelation.

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Last: 13

Down, down, down. No wins in four, no attack to speak of, and no answers presenting themselves at the moment. D.C. haven't even been particularly dangerous, and the strain is starting to tell judging by the up-and-down performances from goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

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Last: 15

Another team that can't buy a goal, which is probably not surprising since the two guys they'd thought would be smashing them in – Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins – have either been out hurt, or playing hurt. This is balanced by the fact that Seattle have done really, really good work across two competitions in terms of possession and build-up play.

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Last: 18

They couldn't pull off the improbable at Houston, but not for lack of effort. The Fire look significantly improved over their March form, and now with Chris Rolfe finding the goal, they have some hope for the coming weeks.

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Once again, the Revs are left to deal with a tragedy outside of and bigger than soccer. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to goalkeeper Matt Reis and his family after his father-in-law was hurt in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing on Monday.