MLS Power Rankings, Week 29: Seattle Sounders' winning streak fuels rise to the top

Do you Trust in Sigi like we have all year? If not, why not?

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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Last: 6


We bided our time as Seattle barely squeaked past a series of patsies. No longer – not after mowing down the previous No. 1. Sigi Schmid's biggest issue right now is this: How can you sit Lamar Neagle for anyone after the month he's had?


Last: 1

They were chasing the game from the kick, and were never able to settle the tempo and actually take control of things. Just a blip, to be sure, but Seattle have surely made those games in hand count, and now RSL are playing catch-up.


Last: 3

Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night will prevent this team from making the playoffs. It's not always pretty, but they continue to impress.


Last: 2

They didn't drop – two teams in the top four simply jumped over them. Oh, OK – you don't care. Just have at it in the comments, we say.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-L-L-W-W
  • This Week: Saturday at Toronto (4 pm, MLS Live)


Last: 7

This team would be running away with the East if they hadn't dropped so many points in late August. Mike Petke's pushing all the right buttons, and as long as Jámison Olave stays healthy, they'll be contenders.

  • Last Week: Won vs. Toronto, 2-0
  • Last Five: D-L-W-W-W
  • This Week: Sunday vs. FC Dallas (5 pm, UniMas)

Last: 4

Of all the contenders, this is the team that worries us most. They simply don't have the ability to shut teams down unless they go ultra-defensive. Need to dust off tapes of all those 1-0 wins back in March and April. 


Last: 5

Given the pedigree of this team, you'd think they would find a way not to sleepwalk through a very winnable road game in the middle of the playoff race.


Last: 8

Looked so disorganized and willing to settle for long balls in the first half. That's partially because Chivas did a good job of compressing midfield, but also because Portland lack answers when Diego Valeri is out.


Last: 12

Is this too high? A few members of the Power Rankings Politburo feel like this is too high. But hey, you pitch a 1-0 shutout on the road in a must-win game, you get a boost. Nicely done to the Dynamo.


Last: 13

Sometimes you get the breaks. The Fire got a couple against the Revs, and in the process finally climbed above that red line into a playoff spot. 


Last: 9

Two straight frustrating conference losses. Two straight games in which they were on the wrong side of some controversial calls. All that said, we still think this feels like a playoff team. Anything less than the full three points vs. D.C., however, and we change our tune.


Last: 10

Considering where they were a month ago, we're comfortable labeling this as a complete free fall. And while John Hackworth is the focus of fan ire, it's really the misfiring attackers who need to take the blame.

  • Last Week: Lost vs. Houston, 1-0
  • Last Five: D-L-D-L-L
  • Next MLS Game: Sept. 27 at Kansas City (8 pm, NBCSN)


Last: 11

Three points out with six games left is hardly a death sentence, but they did manage to let a big, big result get away from them in Colorado. The fire power is there for this team, but they just don't put it together consistently enough.


Last: 17

Zero question they've played better since the coaching change, and the youngsters in particular look more confident. That said, the huge win in Montreal came courtesy of the veteran leaders. Just want you want for a late – however improbable – playoff push. If they beat the Fire, they're in it for real.


Last: 14

Kind of feels like that point was a bigger deal in terms of destroying San Jose's hopes than in boosting Vancouver's. Zero creativity or ability to possess in dangerous spots from this team for the past two months.


Last: 15

Goonie magic died on Saturday night. A win would have given the Quakes a real shot, but they – once again – misfired badly. Too slow in transition to create good looks, which is the exact opposite of last year.


Last: 16

Too much talent to be an easy out, but too little chemistry to make that talent greater than the sum of its parts. If they keep this team together, they will content for a playoff spot next season. But we all know that is the world's biggest "if."


Last: 18

They get another chance to play spoiler this weekend. The defense continues to come together nicely, and – we'll say it – when healthy, Bright Dike is a starting-caliber forward in this league.

Last: 19

Chris Pontius has now gone two games without getting hurt. Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon are both fit and playing well. All eyes should be on that USOC final in Utah on Oct. 1 – the regular season simply does not matter.