MLS Power Rankings, Week 16: Seattle Sounders still at top, Houston Dynamo hit rock bottom

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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1

Last: 1

Cross the continent and get three points without three of your five best players? Seattle's no joke.

2

Last: 4

Not the same without Rosell, Myers, Besler and Zusi. At least they'll get two of those guys back in a few weeks, but suddenly KC needs answers.

  • Last Week: Won at Portland, 1-0
  • Last Five: D-D-L-W-W
  • This Week: Sunday vs. Chicago (3 pm ET; ESPN, TSN in Canada)

3

Last: 2

Played pretty well down a man. But the struggle - no Beckerman, Rimando, Sabo - is real. They're now winless in five, and sinking.

4

Last: 6

Momentary lapse of concentration at the end shouldn't overshadow how they outplayed a conference rival on the road for 93 minutes. Also, Gilberto.

5

Last: 3

Woof. 180 scoreless minutes from a team that was banging in goals for fun before the break. Was it a blip, or a trend?

6

Last: 5

Defensive shape continues to look good - Steve Birnbaum looks the part of a No. 2 overall pick - but the attack was nowhere to be found without Fabian Espindola.

7

Last: 11

Suddenly unbeaten in five, even if they don't really look like they're cruising. Friday vs. Portland is huge, as the Timbers had LA's number last year.

  • Last Week: Won at San Jose, 1-0
  • Last Five: W-W-D-D-W
  • This Week: Friday vs. Portland (11 pm ET; NBCSN)
8

Last: 10

When they have Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez on the field together, and Deshorn Brown up top to stretch the defense, they are a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

9

Last: 7

Three straight multi-goal losses to conference rivals. Two of them at home.

10

Last: 9

Just two shutouts in their last 23 across all competitions. Liam Ridgewell better be ready to contribute right away.

11

Last: 8

They'll get their fair share of points by outscoring teams, but that gappy midfield is still a huge problem. The Red Bulls can't even slow teams down.

12

Last: 15

The Power Rankings Politburo commends Jim Curtin for moving Maurice Edu to the back line and Sebastien Le Toux closer to goal.

13

Last: 13

A scoreless draw on the road is not a bad thing, but this is still a team that has one win in their last 11. It's amazing they're not lower.

14

Last: 12

Even playing a depleted, cratering team at home, they looked punchless. Only one goal in their last three, and zero answers up top.

15

Last: 17

Came out of the break looking like a new team, with 180 minutes of shutout soccer. And if Jack Mac's on a scoring binge, they'll start climbing the table.

16

Last: 16

Been hard not to notice how good Arevalo Rios looked for Uruguay.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-L-D-D-L
  • This Week: Wednesday vs. Toronto (8:30 pm ET; MLS LIVE, TSN/RDS2 in Canada)

17

Last: 14

By the numbers, they have the league's third-best defense. This is balanced by the league's third-worst offense. They need all three points vs. Chivas on Wednesday.

18

Last: 19

It wasn't pretty, but they got all three points. And they're miles better than they were at this point last season, which is a start. 

19

Last: 18

No points, no goals, and no hope over the last five. They're missing big, important pieces, of course, but it's shocking to see Houston look this bad.

  • Last Week: Lost at Montreal, 3-1
  • Last Five:  L-L-L-L-L
  • This Week: Friday vs. New York (8:30 pm ET; NBCSN)