MLS Power Rankings, Week 23: New York Bulls take over the top spot

Go ahead and raise your hand if you had Toronto FC winning on the road the same week D.C. United decide to knock home three goals.

Those of you with your hands in the air? You're lying.

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 are written by Matthew Doyle. All game times are Eastern.

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How can a team that looked so listless against Toronto FC two weeks ago be the new No. 1 in the Power Rankings? What a bizarre season – and what an impressive win from the Red Bulls, who are unbeaten in four and just scalped two teams who were in front of 'em in the Shield race.

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Following eight unbeaten with three winless is probably not how Jason Kreis drew it up. They'll be happy with the point on the road, though, and have to bake a "thank you" cake for Nick Rimando.

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We are officially sold on the Rapids, and doubly so on young Shane O'Neill – or as certain members of the Power Rankings Politburo are calling him, "Geoff Cameron v2.0."

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They've scored more than one goal in a game just twice in the last two months, and continue to be vulnerable on set pieces even in games they dominate.

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Two weeks ago, Sporting had a chance to step on the throats of two Eastern rivals and take a firm hold on the Shield race. After two baffling performances, they're simply part of the pack.

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Clear Serie A favorites this year.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-W-L-W-L
  • This Week: Sunday at FC Dallas (9 pm ET, ESPN2)

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Four unbeaten, and what makes us think it'll stick is that Will Bruin has come out of his cocoon and rediscovered his shooting touch.

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That was not a vintage performance from the 'Caps at JELD-WEN, but a point at a rival is a good point, even if it's ugly. We get the feeling this team lacks the "next gear" that most contenders have, however. 

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Maybe deserve to drop more than two after that abominable performance at D.C. on both sides of the ball. Since the start of June, they've taken only nine of the 27 points on offer.

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One of their best performances of the year – granted, FCD are roadkill – with the highlight being a fully fit and healthy Ozzie Alonso. And the introduction of Clint Dempsey, which you might have heard one or two things about. As always ... #InSigiWeTrust

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That was the win we've been waiting for – the first of the year over a team in a playoff spot. Mike Magee continues to be the MVP frontrunner, and Bakary Soumare stabilized what was a woeful defense in the spring. Still got a lot of work to do to get into the playoff picture, though.

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Just two wins in their last seven, and they've scored multiple goals just once in their last five. That's a big concern since this team is not built to pitch shutouts against the league's best.

  • Last Week: Lost vs. Chicago, 2-1
  • Last Five: L-W-D-W-L
  • This Week: Saturday vs. D.C. United (8 pm ET, NBCSN)

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We'll give them some dap for posting a third straight win, even if it did come against 10-man Chivas. And we all know how scary this team is when Wondo gets hot.

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Weren't shut out in their first 14 games. Have been shut out six times in the eight games since – including their fifth straight. 

  • Last Week: Lost at Seattle, 3-0
  • Last Five: D-L-L-D-L
  • This Week: Sunday at LA Galaxy (8 pm ET, ESPN2)

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That is not a game a playoff team should lose. If the Revs miss the postseason, they can point to this loss – and draws vs. D.C. and Chivas earlier this summer – as the reason why.

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Three-game unbeaten streak! If anything else this year, they've learned that Matías Laba is worth the money, and that Jonathan Osorio, Doneil Henry and Joe Bendik are "let's build around them for a decade" types.

  • Last Week: Won at New England, 1-0
  • Last Five: L-L-D-W-W
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Seattle (7 pm ET, Univision Deportes)

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Got to do some serious work to crack the TFC/D.C./Chivas trio that's had a stranglehold on the bottom spots since April. One win and six losses in the last seven, and it doesn't look like it's getting better any time soon.

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The best way to predict whether someone is going to become a star is if they've just been traded by Toronto FC – they've basically turned Luis Silva into Ronaldinho. We're totally on-board with the youth movement, by the way.

  • Last Week: Won vs. Montreal, 3-1
  • Last Five: L-D-L-L-W
  • This Week: Saturday at Philadelphia (8 pm ET, NBCSN)
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It used to be so easy to write Chivas blurbs, but they've become boring. We miss Chelís. By the way, they have one win in 16 games since trading Juan Agudelo.

  • Last Week: Lost at San Jose, 2-0
  • Last Five: D-L-W-L-L
  • This Week: Sunday vs. Colorado (11 pm ET, UniMas)