MLS Power Rankings, Week 8: Toronto FC rocket to No. 1 after win vs. Impact

BIGGEST MOVERS: Colorado, LA Galaxy, NY Red Bulls, Toronto +4 spots  | New England, Seattle, Sporting KC -4 spots

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LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 6

That had to have been one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Defeating your rivals in their own building was sweet for Greg Vanney's team and they can finish out their long road trip in style at Portland. -BEN BAER

Latest result: Won at Montreal, 2-0

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LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 5

The Whitecaps managed a 3-0 wipeout of the league leaders this past Saturday at BC Place, pushing Dallas just slightly down the rankings. Still, they sit at the top of the standings with 17 points. -ARIELLE CASTILLO

Latest result: Lost at Vancouver, 3-0

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LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 9

When are we going to learn our lesson? Every year somehow starts with everyone feeling like the Galaxy are about to have that down year that’s been long coming. And then they go and turn it on and have a game like Saturday’s. -SIMON BORG

Next MLS match: Sunday at Sporting KC (FS1)

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LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 15

As strong as they’ve been to start 2016, RSL are allowed Saturday's stinker. Especially because it essentially came without their four best players: MVP candidate Joao Plata and Newcomer of the Year candidate Stephen Sunday sat out, Burrito only went 23 minutes and Javi Mo came off the bench when they were already 4-1 down. -SIMON BORG

Latest result: Lost at LA Galaxy, 5-2

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Houston

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LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 4 | LOW: 19

We’re still not sure if this team is for real yet, but four wins from your first five in-conference games will certainly give you a Power Rankings bump. It will be interesting to watch this team continue to coalesce, but if C.J. Sapong and Chris Pontius can keep up their early season form, the Union stand a good chance of returning to the playoffs following four years away. -NICK ROSANO

Latest result: Won vs. NYCFC, 2-0

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. San Jose

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LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 8

The return of Didier Drogba to the starting lineup didn't exactly pay off as Georges St. Pierre didn't get a chance to ring the bell. -BEN BAER

Latest result: Lost vs. Toronto, 2-0

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LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 7 | LOW: 20

If they keep improving like this through the time TIM HOWARD! gets here, things could get interesting … Rapid-ly in Colorado. -BEN COUCH

Latest result: Won vs. Seattle, 3-1

Next MLS match: Saturday at Montreal

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LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Sporting KC "aren’t happy" right now, and they shouldn’t be. Three straight losses have taken the shine off that fast start, and they’ve got Vancouver and LA this week then two straight Western Conference road matches after that. The stakes are sky high. -ANDREW WIEBE

Latest result: Lost at San Jose, 1-0

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LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 14

Even when you’re not playing your best soccer, when you have Wondo on your team it feels like you’re never that far away from a goal. Sunday was further proof that this Quakes team can win in more than a few ways, which is why you should expect them to continue to hover in the top half of this table in 2016. -SIMON BORG

Latest result: Won vs. Sporting KC, 1-0

Next MLS match: Saturday at Philadelphia

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LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 10

That was a much-needed weekend off for the banged-up Timbers, who are hoping Darlington Nagbe and Liam Ridgewell will return during their tough two-game week at New England and against Toronto. -SAM STEJSKAL

Latest result: None

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LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 15

Adrian Heath is hacked off about that no-call, but he should be more worried about that performance, which was decidedly flat, and Kaká’s health. -ANDREW WIEBE

Latest result: Lost at NY Red Bulls, 3-2

Next MLS match: Saturday at New England

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LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 14

The Whitecaps finally managed that attacking breakthrough we were all waiting for, thanks to Jordan Harvey and yes, Kekuta Manneh. Their two goals against FC Dallas—along with an unfortunate own goal by Maynor Figueroa—gave them a much-needed win following a loss to Real Salt Lake. -ARIELLE CASTILLO

Latest result: Won vs. Dallas, 3-0

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LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 19

Grinding out Ws = The Columbus we know and love. But can Crew SC keep rolling? -BEN COUCH

Latest result: Won vs. Houston, 1-0

Next MLS match: Saturday at Seattle

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LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 13 | LOW: 20

Are we seeing a rejuvenated Alvaro Saborio? The 34-year-old looked like his old self as United got their second shutout at home in three tries. -BEN BAER

Latest result: Won vs. New England, 3-0

Next MLS match: Saturday at Chicago

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LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 4 | LOW: 19

Ahhhhhh, that had to feel good for Red Bulls fans, even if Karl Ouimette lucked out on that Cyle Larintackle.” Signs of life from BWP, Grella and Sam are exactly what Jesse Marsch and Co. were looking for. -ANDREW WIEBE

Latest result: Won vs. Orlando City, 3-2

Next MLS match: Friday vs. Dallas (UniMás)

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LAST WEEK: 12

HIGH: 7 | LOW: 17

As it turns out, Jordan Morris goals can’t fix everything. Even while the promising rookie continues to score, the Sounders sunk 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids this weekend. Yes, let that sink in. -ARIELLE CASTILLO

Latest result: Lost at Colorado, 3-1

Next MLS match: Saturday at Columbus

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LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 17

Time to worry in Revs land? On one hand, they struggled to put shots on target in a brutal loss to D.C. and have taken just one win from their first eight games. On the other hand, they sit just barely on the wrong side of the red line with a long ways to go in the season. We think they have the talent to succeed, but Jay Heaps will need to right the ship sooner rather than later. -NICK ROSANO

Latest result: Lost at D.C. United, 3-0

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LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 18 | LOW: 20

Chicago got a little extra time to cope with their heartbreaking loss to Montreal, taking the weekend off after their late defeat against the Impact. They’re rested, we’ll see if they’re ready – and if Sean Johnson will make his season debut – when they host D.C. on Saturday. -SAM STEJSKAL

Latest result: None

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. D.C. United

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LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 19

Remember when the Dynamo couldn’t stop scoring to start the season? Uh, neither can we. Yikes. -BEN COUCH

Latest result: Lost at Columbus, 1-0

Next MLS match: Saturday at Real Salt Lake

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LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 12 | LOW: 20

‘No Pirlo, no party,’ indeed. It might not be cause and effect, but City looked pretty toothless in Philly without their Italian playmaker, who was left out by decision of head coach Patrick Vieira. That, of course, raises plenty of other questions about the direction of this team. -NICK ROSANO

Latest result: Lost at Philadelphia, 2-0

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