MLS Power Rankings, Week 30: How high did the New York Red Bulls climb?

San Jose and Vancouver have been awful road teams this year. RSL and Montreal are consistently very good home teams. MLS is hard to figure.

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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Not gonna lie: We wanted more from the Sounders in possession and attack. But no matter how it's broken down on film, a 1-1 draw in LA is a very, very good result.

  • Last Week: Drew at LA, 1-1
  • Last Five: W-W-W-W-D
  • This Week: Sunday vs. New York (9 pm ET, ESPN)
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Last: 4

A win in Toronto isn't as easy as it sounds – since June, the only team to have managed it is the Sounders. Getting it done with a second-choice front three was admirable.

  • Last Week: Won at Toronto, 2-1
  • Last Five: L-L-W-W-W
  • This Week: Friday vs. Philadelphia (8 pm ET, NBCSN)

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Last: 5

You need a couple of ugly wins here and there to climb to the top of the standings. The Power Rankings Politburo would like to point out that New York have never been alone in the Supporters' Shield lead this late in any season.

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Who is this team, and what did they do with Real Salt Lake? And can they possibly rediscover their mojo on the rug in British Columbia this weekend? Doesn't seem likely.

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Tough to drop them after what was really a strong road performance at JELD-WEN. Even with all the injuries, the Rapids have been relentless, and continue to be one of the toughest outs in the league.

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Last: 8

Not a vintage display by any means, but unbeaten in three is good enough to start moving them back up the rankings. One more win probably locks up that playoff berth as well. 

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Last: 7

Clearly it's not a vintage LA team, and the inability of the kids to develop into legit pros is the reason why. Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean are just "good enough" at this point. One of them needs to be a game-changer.

  • Last Week: Drew vs. Seattle, 1-1
  • Last Five: W-W-L-D-D
  • This Week: Saturday at Portland (3:30 pm, NBCSN)
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Last: 6

They've now given up eight goals in their last three competitive matches, including a 6-0 whitewashing last week. And no, they're not getting any better defensively.

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Last: 9

Last week we felt like No. 9 might be too high. The Dynamo answered pretty emphatically, but now need to show they can do it on the road against a fellow playoff team.

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Last: 11

The Revs had caught a couple of bad breaks heading into last weekend. Then they cought a couple of good ones. They'll take it, but they needed to be more convincing against a turgid D.C. team. 

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Last: 15

We don't love the four d-mid lineup. We don't even like it. But that was clearly the right call against a Montreal team that's just begging to be rope-a-doped to death every week.

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Last: 12

Hopefully during the bye week they'll have reaquainted Jack McInerney and Conor Casey with the goal.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: D-L-D-L-L
  • This Week: Friday at Kansas City (8 pm, NBCSN)

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Last: 14

It's not just that they've won three of four, it's that they've discovered an identity while doing it. The Crew are now a highly technical team that moves with and without the ball, and is a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

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Last: 16

Was it the beautiful game? Nope. But those were the prettiest three points the Quakes have picked up all year, and another win this weekend would give them legitimate hope for a playoff spot.

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Last: 10

They've got close a few times, been above the red line once. But one win in five, and a total pounding against a rival is unconvincing. Added woe is facing Montreal in a must-win without Baky Soumare, who's crucial.

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Last: 15

Maybe didn't deserve to lose that one, but they didn't deserve to win, either. And they've now picked up just two wins in their last 16 outings. FCD fans have to be just about ready to close the book on 2013.

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Last: 17

Total no-show from a team that had been playing pretty well. More to come, or will they bounce back?

  • Last Week: Lost at Houston, 5-1
  • Last Five: D-LW-D-L
  • This Week:  Sunday vs. San Jose (11 pm, UniMas)
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Last: 18

TFC ended 2012 by going 14 straight without a win, and they've won just four times in 30 games in 2013. Four wins in 44 outings. Just 15 wins in 98 games over their last three seasons.

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And somehow, given all that, TFC aren't the worst team in the league. D.C. are on pace to break the MLS record for fewest wins, fewest goals and lowest points per game. It's been an incredibly bleak 2013 for them.