MLS Power Rankings, Week 24: Seattle force their way into Top 10

BIGGEST MOVERS: NYC, SEA +3 spots | LA, MTL, NE -2 spots

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LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 9

The Reds snag the top spot thanks to the excellent play of Sebastian Giovinco, the resurgence of Jozy Altidore and a staunch defense. With a home-heavy schedule, the Supporters' Shield is no pipe dream.

Latest result: Won at Philadelphia, 3-1

Last five results: W-W-W-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 7

Still a bit flat in the post-Castillo era. Clearly Kellyn Acosta was not the answer on the wing, but the hunt for the treble must go on.

Last five results: W-D-W-D-L

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LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 20

Three points are better than one, even if it takes an offside goal to bank them. Don't ask first-place NYCFC to apologize for a huge home win.

Latest result: Won vs. LA Galaxy, 1-0

Last five results: L-W-D-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 20

Just two wins in their last nine. That sounds ominous, but the fact that they've lost just once during that stretch means the Rapids are still in prime Shield position. Still, they need their DPs to produce and Jermaine Jones to return ASAP.

Last five results: D-L-W-D-D

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LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 17

Giving up late goals and dropping points is never a good thing, especially when you're battling for a playoff bye.

Latest result: Drew at D.C. United, 2-2

Last five results: W-D-D-W-D

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LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 9

Bruce Arena has a lot of work ahead. LA are still trying to figure out how to win with Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos, Steven Gerrard and Gyasi Zardes on the field at the same time. 

Latest result: Lost at NYCFC, 1-0

Last five results: W-D-D-D-L

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LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Just one of four teams who haven't lost a home game. It'd be a bummer if they caught their first RioT L in the Rocky Mountain Cup on Friday night.

Latest result: Won vs. Dallas, 1-0

Last five results: W-L-W-L-W

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LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 19

Ken Tribbett better have a short memory. With the Union still searching for answers at the back, should Jim Curtin think about revisiting the Maurice Edu center back experiment?

Latest result: Lost vs. Toronto, 3-1

Last five results: L-L-D-W-L

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LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 18

Knocking off the Whitecaps at home isn't exactly an indication that all is right in Blue Hell, but every win is a good one since every other team in the West has games in hand on SKC.

Latest result: Won vs. Vancouver, 2-0

Last five results: W-W-L-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 7 | LOW: 20

Yeah, but can you win in Houston on a humid Wednesday night in August? Classic trap game. 

Latest result: Won vs. Portland, 3-1

Last five results: L-D-W-W-W

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LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Impact fans were justified in freaking out after the Fire -- winless on the road for two-plus years -- handed it to the home side at Stade Saputo. Time for some soul searching in Montreal.

Latest result: Lost vs. Chicago, 3-0

Last five results: W-D-W-L-L

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LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 12

Could the reigning MLS Cup champions miss the playoffs? It's a possibility Timbers fans may have to confront if their form doesn't improve.

Latest result: Lost at Seattle, 3-1

Last five results: L-L-W-L-L

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LAST WEEK: 12

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 15

Dominic Kinnear repeated the following four times in his post-game press conference following a gut-punch loss to the last-place Dynamo: "It's a big opportunity missed." Not good.

Latest result: Lost vs. Houston, 2-1

Last five results: D-D-D-W-L

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LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 14 | LOW: 20

A point's a point. Let the battle for sixth place in the Eastern Conference begin.

Last five results: L-D-D-W-D

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LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 17

Jason Kreis will be happy with the point on the road at altitude. Next up: East Coast away days against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Latest result: Drew at Colorado, 0-0

Last five results: D-W-L-D-D

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LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

At this point, barring a miraculous run, it's all about building a foundation for future. With Mauro Manotas and Cubo Torres likely to get more playing time, what happens to Will Bruin?

Latest result: Won at San Jose, 2-1

Last five results: D-D-L-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 17

Four straight losses have dampened the mood at BC Place. They head to LA on the heels of a CCL match midweek. Can they avoid picking up a goose egg from 15 available?

Latest result: Lost at Sporting KC, 2-0

Last five results: D-L-L-L-L

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LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 18 | LOW: 20

That breeze you feel isn't coming in from Lake Michigan. It's a collective sigh of relief following the organization's first MLS road win since July 12, 2014.

Latest result: Won at Montreal, 3-0

Last five results: L-D-L-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20

Road win + shutout = good week in Crew SC land. Still have the fewest wins in MLS, however.

Latest result: Won at New England, 2-0

Last five results: D-D-L-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Seven losses in 10 games lands you in the Power Rankings basement. It might get worse before it gets better, too. The Revs go coast to coast this week for away games against a pair of playoff sides...

Latest result: Lost vs. Columbus, 2-0

Last five results: W-L-L-L-L

Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and remarks were written by Associate Editor Ben Baer (@BenBaer89).

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