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MLS Power Rankings, Week 30: Catch a rising Sounder, TFC in retrograde

BIGGEST MOVERS: DC +5 spots | Toronto -5 spots

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LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 7

By this point, we shouldn't be surprised by FCD's win over LA, but it was a statement game just the same.

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

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

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LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 17

RBNY lost to NYCFC on July 3, their first-ever NY Derby defeat. They haven't lost a league match since.

Latest result: Won vs. Philadelphia, 3-2

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

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LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 20

Another 1-0 win, their eighth such victory this season, kept the Rapids in the Supporters' Shield hunt while also chopping a slice off the Timbers' playoff hopes.

Latest result: Won vs. Portland, 1-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 20

Back-to-back braces have David Villa neck-and-neck with crosstown counterpart Bradley Wright-Phillips atop the MLS Golden Boot race.

Latest result: Won at Houston, 2-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20

The Rave Green monster has officially escaped the West basement and might have further to climb still.

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

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LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 9

A sudden litany of dropped points at home has sent the Reds plummeting down the charts.

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

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LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 7 | LOW: 20

A team that looked so limited just a few weeks ago is now the one that no one wants to meet in the postseason.

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

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LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 9

What a difference a week makes. Two losses on the trot have cooled off the SoCal giants and prompted some awkward questions.

Latest result: Lost at Dallas, 1-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 19

Winless since August, Philly are now in real danger of slipping out of the playoff places entirely, which would be quite a gut punch given their progress this year.

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

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

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LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 13

Sometimes you need to park the bus and stop the bleeding, as IMFC did over the past week. Now we'll see if their "Drogba the supersub" gambit comes off.

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

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LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

RSL haven't won since Labor Day and seem to be struggling with their tactical identity.

Latest result: Lost at San Jose, 2-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Another formation/personnel tweak paid dividends for Jay Heaps. Do they have enough in the tank to push into the postseason?

Latest result: Won vs. Sporting KC, 3-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 18

That whooshing sound and gust of wind SKC just felt? It was the Sounders blowing past them in the West standings.

Latest result: Lost at New England, 3-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 14

The champs just can't win on the road, and their title defense may end prematurely as a result.

Latest result: Lost at Colorado, 1-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20

Can Crew SC really rise from the dead and seize the East's No. 6 spot? It's not likely, but...we're saying there's a chance.

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

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LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 16

The Quakes just ended a seven-game skid. They have three games, two of them away, to make up a six-point gap on the red line. Sorry, we're not seeing it.

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

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LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Houston are building the foundations for a competitive 2017, and might just pass Vancouver and avoid earning the proverbial "wooden spoon" out West.

Latest result: Lost vs. NYCFC, 2-0

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

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LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 19

'Caps fans are rightly disappointed, but they've still got Alphonso Davies and the CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds to look forward to.

Latest result: Lost vs. Seattle, 2-1

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

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LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 19

The Lions needed a win at home on Sunday. They couldn't even find a goal. Plenty of work ahead for Jason Kreis.

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

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LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 18 | LOW: 20

We all knew Veljko Paunovic faced a tough task in Chicago, but this? At least their hardy home fans got to witness five of their six wins to date.

Last five results: D-D-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 contributing editor Charles Boehm (@cboehm), in relief of Ben Baer.

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