MLS Power Rankings, Week 20: FC Dallas lose their footing in latest poll

We're certain of the top 4, and we're certain of the bottom 3. Nos. 5-through-16, however, is choose your own adventure.

Also, we had an indirect kick for a goal, and a team start a match with 10 men this weekend. What the hell?

Feel free to go at it with torches and pitchforks, folks. 

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.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Last: 1


Remember last week when we moved them up to No. 1 after a home draw? They justified it this week. Yeah, FCD are slumping, but a 3-0 road win is exactly how you drop the hammer.


Last: 2

Portland probably should have lost that game – the Galaxy controlled most of the play, and had the better chances. But great teams find a way, and right now the Timbers are a great team.


Last: 3

Their most stylish performance of the season, by far. Putting Benny Feilhaber deeper in the midfield to act as a pivot and letting Graham Zusi be the No. 10 was perfect. Question is, can they do it against a team that's better than TFC?


Last: 4

They have the hottest forward in the league, which will definitely get you some points. Their defense has held up despite all the injuries as well. But they probably still need another real attacker in midfield.


Last: 6

The Galaxy remain the only team in the league that's gone toe-to-toe with Portland and outplayed them. They have one point for their efforts because Portland's kids – Darlington Nagbe and Andrew Jean-Baptiste – have quite clearly gotten the better of LA's.


Last: 8

New York kill teams that give up a ton of space, and has done so since Thierry Henry arrived in 2010. Nobody in the league, at this point, gives up as much space as Montreal. That 4-0 blowout was not unexpected.


Last: 5

At some point, Marco Schällibaum has to scrap the 4-4-2 and go to a 4-2-3-1. The backline is too old, slow and frail, and Patrice Bernier can't shield them all by himself.


Last: 11

They've gotten good production from a bunch of youngsters, and they've gotten the pre-Achilles' injury Conor Casey. Still a lot of holes in this team, but they're beating the sides they should beat.


Last: 9

On the other side of this bye week they'll have Kevin Harbottle, Martín Rivero and quite possibly Diego Calderón back. This team is set up for a midsummer run at a playoff spot.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-L-W-W-D
  • This WeekWednesday vs. New England (9 pm ET, MLS Live)
    Saturday at Seattle (4 pm ET, MLS Live)

Last: 12

Snapped out of their coma in a big way these past couple of weeks, but Adam Moffat's not going to hit a blast like that every matchday. The forwards need to start scoring at some point.


Last: 7

No wins since May 25. No real answers anywhere on the pitch. Bad times in Frisco.


Last: 10

San Jose have two shutouts this year, both against the Sounders. The Power Rankings Politburo has a lot of faith in Sigi Schmid, but this season might get worse before it gets better.


Last: 13

Here's Dilly Duka's map of completed passes in the first half. And here's his map in the second half. He's been great lately, but was abysmal after the break on Sunday, and the Fire tanked. Other teams in contention can afford to have one guy have a bad day, but Chicago have little room for error.


Last: 16

Hard to read too much into that win, since the Quakes have won 5 of 6 against Seattle and simply own the Sounders. Three wins in six since Mark Watson took over, however, says that last year's Shield winners are rounding into form. Now if they could only get Wondow back...


Last: 14

Since Juan Agudelo arrived, the Revs are 3-1-1 when he plays. When he doesn't, they're 1-2-2. Their playoff hopes probably come down to whether they can keep him healthy.


Last: 15

Cruel to drop a team after a bye week, but credit to San Jose for the jump. We're hoping to see more of the Ohio kids that beat the Timbers in the coming weeks.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-L-L-L-W
  • This Week: Saturday vs. New England (7:30 pm ET, MLS Live)


Last: 17

Total face-plant against Sporting. Toronto were never in that game, and the run of decent defensive form that happened with Steven Caldwell's arrival seems to have dried up.


Last: 18

Brutal back-pass call cost them a goal, but lack of discipline cost them a man. Never, ever bump a ref. It can only cost you points.

Last: 19

Made some pretty exciting moves, and now have a young, attack-minded midfield that should create chances. Problem is those chances will be for forwards that have no idea where the net is. 

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-W-L-L-D
  • This Week: Saturday at Chicago (8:30 pm ET, MLS Live)



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