MLS Power Rankings, Week 5: FC Dallas, Columbus Crew battle for top spot

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 times Eastern.

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Mauro Díaz is the Power Rankings Politburo's MVP of March. That goal against Portland felt inevitable – he was the best player on the field throughout.

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And if it's not Díaz, then it has to be Federico Higuaín. The Crew are the last perfect team in MLS, and he's their best player.

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True story: Graham Zusi had two assists from the run of play vs. Colorado. In all of 2013, he had only one. Even better is that Dom Dwyer seems to have found his range in front of net.

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Dished out a painful lesson to TFC at the weekend. "Don't let Javier Morales get into Zone 14" has been an MLS commandment since 2007, and the Reds violated it to their detriment.

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Dug themselves a pretty good hole and never really figured out how to control Pedro Morales, but they fought back – as they almost always seem to – and made a game of it. This weekend's fight for El Capitán should be a bloodbath.

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We're on the Pedro Train! Morales has been one of the most influential newcomers in the league, and the switch to a 4-1-3-2 gave him even more room to work his magic. He's a joy to watch.

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Second home loss of the year equals their total from all of 2013. The Sounders aren't quite in crisis – especially since the rest of the West is sorting itself out – but they've looked miles from "good."

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Injuries to Jermain Defoe and Júlio César were/are probably a bigger storyline than going to Utah and getting a lesson. The stars have carried TFC so far, and if two of the biggest ones are out for any length, they will sink like a stone.

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Climbed a spot thanks to attrition in the East. The Galaxy will have used their bye week to figure out who lines up at right midfield and how to get the central defense right after a disappointing start to the season.

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The Union have arguably outplayed three of their four opponents, but they have just one win, a pair of draws and a loss to show for it. Those were a painful two points to drop vs. the Impact this weekend.

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The wheels haven't come off – the Red Bulls were, in fact, pretty good in the second half – but they need to take this limp start to heart. And they need to start finishing some of the chances they've been squandering.

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Really, really tough loss to take at home. Two mental lapses – failing to mark or clear Benny Feilhaber on his equalizer, then Marvell Wynne's inexplicable red card – killed some good, early-season momentum.

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They're alive! The Revs had to get some help on their first goal of the year (watch Victor Bernardez's blunder HERE), but the game-winner was all Lee Nguyen. Still plenty of questions, but this was a win to build on.

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Continue to be one of the toughest outs in the league, and as long as Mauro Rosales is in the lineup, they will have the ability to create chances.

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The pieces just aren't quite in place for the Timbers, and the finishing definitely hasn't been there. Sweet build-up on the lone goal, though, hints at good things to come.

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Is it a crisis? Not yet. But not much is working for the Quakes, and an early-season slump cost them a playoff spot last season.

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Made a few very simple defensive errors, continually leaving the door open for D.C. This feels very much like a team that's still figuring out what they're all about.

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Get Marco Di Vaio enough looks and eventually he'll bury one, which is exactly what happened. But the Impact spent nearly that entire game on the back foot and still need someone else who's goal-dangerous. 

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United's winless streak in league play hit 15 with that 2-2 home draw. Obviously the attack looked better than it has, but the defense still has the yips, and the midfield may have lost a difference-maker when Luis Silva went down.