MLS Power Rankings Week 19: Draw at home and move to No. 1, it's just that kind of season in MLS

We were very much on the verge of declaring the Timbers, RSL and Montreal the breakaway, with the rest of the league the peloton. Glad we held off. 

Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at, and all comments are written by Matthew Doyle. All game times are Eastern.

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Ugh – just know that we don't feel good about moving them to No. 1 after a home draw. But the reality is, that's pretty much how teams have ascended to No. 1 all year. Bizarre season thus far, full stop.


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Trap game, maybe? That, combined with the absence of Will Johnson, meant an entirely flat Timbers side unlike the one that's been imposing their will on teams all season. Probably would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been Pa Modou Kah's first-ever professional soccer game.


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We're still not convinced that this team is where they need to be, let alone where they expect to be. But getting a win in Chicago ain't easy these days, so full credit to Sporting for the three points.


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Based on PPG over the last 5, they're tied with RSL at No. 1. And they just had a phenomenal four-point week, which included their first Cascadia win as an MLS side. Martin Rennie's done a great job following the disappointment of the ACC finals.


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We're trying to figure out what's worst: Giving up four goals to Colorado, three to Toronto or any at all to Chivas USA. The Impact are still first overall in PPG, but the wheels seem to be coming off just a bit here.


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Are we giving them too much credit for two home wins against struggling teams? Perhaps, but we're always so harsh on the Galaxy here that we felt like it was time to ease up and give them the benefit of the doubt.


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Since mid-April, the only teams they've beaten are D.C. and San Jose. They're lucky they're not lower.


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Forgot to show up for the game in Colorado. Thierry Henry and friends have a chance to make a statement this week with Montreal in town, at least – it's a six-pointer, no doubt about it.


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An impressive, aesthetically pleasing 180 minutes this week, but we at the Power Rankings Politburo can't help but shake the feeling that a true playoff team would have found a way to get all three vs. United.


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On PPG in the last five (and last 10, actually) this team is actually fairly close to the top. But the fact is, they've shrunk from every big moment this season, and they're out of the playoff picture both on total points and PPG. Got to make those games in hand count.


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One point in two road games at RSL and Houston is far from disastrous, but they've developed a penchant for conceding late, and topped that by becoming the first club to concede to Houston at any point since May.


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Much-needed slumpbuster, but the attack is still MIA.


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Magical comeback midweek had some of the starch taken out of it by the fairly listless weekend loss against Sporting. The run had to end at some point, but they'll be hard pressed to get anything at all out of Vancouver on Sunday.


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The Revs are so, so close to that red line both on total points and PPG. And their goal differential of +7 is actually tied for first in the East. This feels like a playoff team, even with the hit-and-miss attack.


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That was a locally sourced, organic win over the Timbers: Six Ohioans started for the Crew, including five from the Columbus area. Three of them were Homegrowns, and a fourth was on the bench. Very cool moment for Ohio soccer. (Also, Robbie Keane totally dove.)


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The Power Rankings Politburo is calling it: San Jose aren't going to make the playoffs. If they averaged two PPG for the rest of the season, that'd still put them at just 49 total points. Enough to make it in 2012, but 2013 is a different story.


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TFC have become much, much harder to beat in recent weeks, and managed it without a slew of internationals this past week. But damn if they don't concede some heartbreaking goals.


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Still a team in preseason form, though like TFC they've become much harder to beat over the past month. Shame about Mario de Luna's insane tackle in Montreal, because that could have been a signature win.

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Homegrown defenders Ethan White and Conor Shanosky have been good. We know about Bill Hamid and Andy Najar. So maybe it's time to sign more kids – and play 'em? This regular season is lost, so the best bet is to aim for 2014 starting now. 



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