MLS Power Rankings, Week 23: Sporting Kansas City back in charge after LA Galaxy tumble

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Last: 3

Toronto put up more of a fight than 4-1 would indicate, but SKC swept them aside just the same with that textbook relentlessness. They're now 7-1-2 since the start of June and top the Supporters' Shield race.


Last: 5

Forget those who laugh when we say Joao Plata is making a push for MVP consideration. He has more game-winning goals this season (4) than Dempsey, Keane or Valeri.


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The Sounders have played the "games-in-hand" card for a while, but this week the schedule finally begins to tighten up. Three winnable games are out there in the next 12 days, if Sigi's crew can hold their nerve.


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Tesho Akindele had his coming-out party, but in our opinion, Fabián Castillo stole the show in Santa Clara. Can anyone come up with a plan to slow down the Colombian, who looks near-unstoppable at this point?

  • Last Week: Won at San Jose, 5-0
  • Last Five: W-D-W-W-W
  • This Week: Friday vs. Real Salt Lake (9 pm; NBCSN)


Last: 1


In Landon Donovan's swansong at one of his favorite stadiums, the Galaxy's hot streak went ice cold. Again the defense was shaky, and RSL and Dallas both won to widen the gap at the top of the Western Conference standings.


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If Fabián Espíndola is back to his pre-injury and suspension form, Sporting KC are going to have their hands full. But if Eddie Johnson can’t deal with a reduced role, what comes next?


Last: 8

A scoreless draw against lowly Chivas was no way to build off a win over Sporting KC. It was yet another example of not knowing what to expect with this team.


Last: 7

Ryan Nelsen's team has some glaring flaws – "How do you solve a problem like Doneil Henry?" is just one example – but they're right in the thick of the playoff race and a fairly favorable stretch schedule should help them stay there.


Last: 10

Began their wild week by picking up a valuable road point, but left Foxborough feeling shortchanged after Gastón Fernández's would-be go-ahead goal was called back for offside.


Last: 14

Where has this been all year? Columbus were downright dirty in attack, getting a Goal of the Week contender from Justin Meram en route to mauling LA. The win, and any subsequent momentum, could solidify their playoff spot.


Last: 10

The Union missed out on crucial points with a loss to Houston, but promising MLS debuts from Andre Blake and Pedro Ribeiro show that Jim Curtin should have Philly humming along again soon.

  • Last Week: Lost at Houston, 2-0
  • Last Five: W-D-D-W-L
  • This Week: Sunday vs. San Jose (8 pm; Univ. Dep.)

Last: 11


RBNY shouldn't struggle against Montreal, but after CCL play opens next week it's a four-game gauntlet against D.C. United (twice), Sporting KC and Philly. The grind is coming.
  • Last Week: Did not play
  • Last Five: L-D-D-W-L
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Montreal (7 pm; MLS LIVE/TSN2/RDS)


Last: 16

With DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido slotting in well so far, have the Dynamo turned over a new leaf? A key win at home over Philadelphia shows Houston could be in the playoff reckoning yet.


Last: 12

Sam Cronin's halftime criticism of the Quakes' "lazy defending" pulled no punches. The problem? They went out and conceded three more in the second half. An anomaly, or a sign of something worse to come for what was once one of the league's best backlines?

  • Last Week: Lost vs. Dallas, 5-0
  • Last Five: D-W-W-D-L
  • This Week: Wednesday at Seattle (10 pm; MLS LIVE)
    Sunday at Philadelphia (8 pm; Univ. Dep.)


Last: 13

This is free-fall territory – just ask New England and Montreal – and it doesn’t get any easier with a midweek visit from LA. And now Drew Moor appears to be shelved? Uh-oh.


Last: 15

Even against last-place Montreal, the Fire couldn't reliably hold possession and they remain inconsistent week in, week out on both attack and defense. No wonder Frank Yallop is openly begging for reinforcements, namely one Jermaine J. Jones.


Last: 18

For for the second straight match, the Revs saw their lead slip away due to a poor second-half effort. It’s well past time for New England to turn in a complete 90-minute performance.


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Winless in five games, scoreless in four – a 366-minute drought – Chivas are suddenly back to doing what Chivas do. Wilmer Cabrera did focus on the positives of keeping a clean sheet against the 'Caps, though, so maybe it’s the little things that count now?


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A quietly promising debut for Ignacio PIatti, a goal and an unexpected hint at a 2015 return from Marco Di Vaio ... and a full three points. By the standards of this difficult season, that qualifies as a great weekend for the Impact.