MLS Power Rankings, Week 21: Surging LA Galaxy hold the top spot at All-Star break

Power Rankings Week 22

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Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com. All times Eastern.

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Last: 4

They've gone 7-1-3 in their last 11, and grabbed themselves a six-point week with a combined 6-1 beatdown of Seattle and Portland.

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They're 6-1-4 in their last 11, though their week wasn't quite as good as LA's. Injuries – both short- and long-term – and a steady series of suspensions have kept Sporting from hitting peak form (so far).

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Is this a blip, or the start of a midsummer death-spiral similar to last year's? We're pretty sure the correct answer is "blip."

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Rough way to end what had been a four-game winning streak – including midweek's impressive destruction of Toronto. The fact that Fabian Espindola's almost back should ease any lingering pain from the trip to Houston.

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Now unbeaten in seven, and with the attack doing stuff like THIS, it feels like FCD are primed for a run at the top of the West.

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Gave up a point they shouldn't have vs. New York, but fought for all three on the road vs. their biggest rivals. Even better news: Alvaro Saborio should be back soonish from his foot injury.

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We're giving them only partial credit for beating a lousy Montreal team at the weekend. TFC are only just hanging in there without Steven Caldwell, who is badly needed to organize that backline.

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Moving up to No. 8 had much more to do with Colorado's drop than anything that happened in that game at Chicago. Yes, a road shutout is nice, but the 'Caps need to start getting three points instead of one.

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The Power Rankings Politburo sees good thing in Philly's future with the additions of Rais Mbolhi and Carlos Valdes. On raw talent this is, at worst, a top-three team in the East.

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Huge, gutty four-point week. New York's midfield shape is still all kinds of worrying, but they've somehow managed to lose just once in the last nine.

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Last: 8

Has the bottom started to drop out? The Rapids have just two wins in the last two months and looked positively listless over 180 minutes last week. Yes, injuries played a role – but everybody's got injuries at this point in the season.

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Last: 10

 

Got carved up pretty good at LA, which makes it just one shutout in 22 regular-season games for the Timbers. The good news is their offense is clicking, and since early May that's been enough to carve a slow, steady path up the Western Conference table.

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Last: 14

Added some much-needed midfield creativity last week with the signing of Matias Perez Garcia, but now it looks like Yannick Djalo is questionable with another injury. He's been instrumental in their recent turnaround.

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Seven points from their last three is pretty good, but that's not exactly a murderer's row they were facing. Next up: Toronto FC, followed by LA, followed by the new-look Dynamo.

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DaMarcus Beasley looked so good – as expected. Luis Garrido was solid as well, and the Dynamo really should have run away with that game vs. D.C. Still have huge concerns up top and in the center of defense, but they don't look dead in the water like they did through much of spring and summer.

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Thirteen draws out of 21 games is just ridiculous.

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Last: 15

Starting to feel a bit like the Chivas of old. They're struggling mightily to create chances from the run of play, and when they go forward in numbers are always ultra-vulnerable to the counterattack.

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Broke an epic losing streak then followed it up with the most demoralizing loss of the season. The Revs are below the red line, and unless help is on the way at d-mid and forward, chances are they'll stay there. 

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All eyes are on the CCL now. This regular season can't be salvaged, but the Impact can still make a mark continentally.