MLS Power Rankings, Week 24: After wild weekend, FC Dallas take the top spot

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 Matt Doyle. All times Eastern.

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Last: 4

Unbeaten in 10, a streak that now goes back to the end of May. They're unplayable when they're whole, and with Zach Loyd at center back can actually scramble a bit in defense. But those red cards -- deserved or not -- will start to get real, real heavy.


Last: 5

By the numbers, LA's third in the league in points per game, second in goals allowed per game, and first in goal differential. With numbers like that, they're right to think Supporters' Shield.


Last: 6

That early-August slump is dead and buried now, right? United just picked up one of the two most impressive regular-season wins in the league this year. The only issue: Now that EJ's back, does Luis Silva keep his starting spot?


Last: 3

How you feel about Seattle at this point is probably closely related to how you feel about Portland's defense. That was a hell of a win by any measure, but let's not forget the midweek home struggle vs. San Jose.


Last: 2

Jeff Cassar's right: RSL weren't good enough against FC Dallas. Like the rest of the top six, they're elite -- but they do seem to have a fatal flaw when trying to defend against speed.


Last: 1

Here's our worry with Sporting: They've lost their identity as a rugged, lock-down defensive team. No shutouts in their last nine, and it's not because of the 'keeper rotation.


Last: 11

The Power Rankings Politburo remain high on Philly, especially with Sebastien Le Toux white-hot in front of net and Andrew Wenger starting to balance things on the other wing.


Last: 10

Two straight three-goal wins is a way to get our attention. We love the wing play and Pipa is a perpetual Best XI candidate, but the big change is up top: Adam Bedell and Aaron Schoenfeld are starting to look the part.


Last: 8

Too many ex-TFC strikers out there doing work: Edson Buddle got No. 100, Chad Barrett's a match-winner, Conor Casey's a centerpiece and Alan Gordon's doing work for LA. Have we mentioned Robert Earnshaw and Quincy Amarikwa? OK, we won't.


Last: 7


Without Gershon Koffie and Matias Laba they had no chance in LA, but they didn't have to play like they believed that.


Last: 12

New York's only lost two of their last 11 and play six of their next nine at home. They're a bad traveling bunch, but their home goal differential is +9 -- second-best in the East.

  • Last Week: Won vs. Montreal, 4-2
  • Last Five: D-D-W-L-W
  • This Week: Sunday at D.C. United (2:30 pm; NBCSN)

Last: 9

Biggest game of the season this weekend when they travel to Vancouver. Until next month, anyway, when the Timbers host the 'Caps for the return leg.


Last: 17

Getting the win was great - they obviously needed it. Getting Jermaine Jones? Even better, since he adds exactly what they've been missing all season in central midfield.


Last: 14

The Quakes are a lot more fun to watch with Tommy Thompson in there, and the attack can do some things now. As for the defense... get well soon, Clarence Goodson.


Last: 13

The Dynamo gave up multiple goals for the 10th time in their last 12 games. "Center back" will be on their offseason shopping list.


Last: 16

Just three draws away from setting the single-season mark! At which point we will insist upon calling them "The Record-Breaking Chicago Fire."


Last: 15

The injuries to Drew Moor and Shane O'Neill have pretty much closed the book on this season - no team in the league could recover from losing their starting central defense. They'll still score a bunch... but not enough.


Last: 18

They've taken one of the last 18 points on the table and haven't scored in a month. No changes coming, though.


Last: 19

Well, the attack can look pretty. But like Houston, they'll be going shopping for central defensive help this offseason. And they'll hope that Thierry Henry retires, because he absolutely murderizes the Impact.