MLS Power Rankings, Week 29: Portland Timbers tumble after loss in Houston

BIGGEST MOVERS: DC, HOU, RSL +2 spots | Portland -4 spots

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LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 9

Have not been able to take advantage of some home games, they'll have to snap that trend if they want home-field advantage throughout the East playoffs.

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

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LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 7

By getting a result on Saturday, they have chance to put one hand on the Supporters' Shield this Saturday.

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

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LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 17

Wasn't the most convincing win but they finally were able to hold onto a lead.

Latest result: Won vs. Montreal, 1-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 20

Couldn't hold onto a lead despite being up a man, which is not something we thought we'd say about the 2016 Rapids.

Latest result: Drew at Vancouver, 3-3

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

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LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 20

If there's a way to score 19 goals quietly, David Villa has accomplished it. The legendary striker is the heart and soul of this NYCFC team.

Latest result: Won vs. Chicago, 4-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 9

Have conceded 11 goals in their last four games. What happened to the team that conceded a goal per game in their first 27?

Latest result: Lost vs. Seattle, 4-2

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

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LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Have failed to score in their last three games. The good news is that their defense has only conceded two goals.

Latest result: Drew vs. Dallas, 0-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 19

They are getting great production out of Fabian Herbers (7 assists) but Chris Pontius has struggled in his last seven games (1g, 0a).

Latest result: Drew at Toronto, 1-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 7 | LOW: 20

Jordan Morris has come into his own as a professional over the past couple of months, just in time to lead the Sounders to the playoffs.

Latest result: Won at LA Galaxy, 4-2

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

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LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 18

It wasn't pretty, but they got the job done when they needed to. The big question over the last month is who is their best center back pairing.

Latest result: Won at San Jose, 2-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 12

Their road struggles have put them at great risk of falling below the red line. It also doesn't look like it will get better Saturday as the Rapids have yet to lose a home game.

Latest result: Lost at Houston, 3-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 12 | LOW: 20

Continue to ride the Patty Mullins train. Could they secure their playoff spot this week?

Latest result: Won vs. Orlando City, 4-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 13

Saturday was a continuation of the recent trend of lackluster performances. They failed to take a shot in the second half against the Red Bulls.

Latest result: Lost at NY Red Bulls, 1-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 12

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Could Kelyn Rowe be this team's MVP? They certainly looked lost without him at Columbus.

Latest result: Lost at Columbus, 2-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Mauro Manotas looks like a player that the Dynamo can rely on going into 2017. That's a welcome sign for Wade Barrett and Co.

Latest result: Won vs. Portland, 3-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 16

Have won two games in four months — that's not a playoff team. Wishing Quincy Amarikwa a speedy recovery.

Latest result: Lost vs. Sporting KC, 2-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20

Reinvigorated their playoff chances with a huge win against their former striker. If Ola Kamara continues this run, they could easily find themselves above the red line.

Latest result: Won vs. New England, 2-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 18

Their ability to defend in any way has completely evaporated, as they have conceded four goals in each of their last three games.

Latest result: Lost at D.C. United, 4-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 19

Kendall Waston tied the league record for most red cards in a season on Saturday. That epitomizes the season the Costa Rican has had.

Latest result: Drew vs. Colorado, 3-3

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

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LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 18 | LOW: 20

Still wondering why Jonathan Campbell and Brandon Vincent were sitting on the bench on Friday night.

Latest result: Lost at NYCFC, 4-1

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