MLS Power Rankings, Week 28: LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders vie for top spot

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

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Last: 2

Not a vintage performance by any means, but getting wins at less than your best is how titles are won. Most important part, though, is that with Alan Gordon in the fold this team now has different ways to beat you.

  • Last Week: Won vs. Dallas, 2-1
  • Last Five: W-W-D-D-W
  • This Week: Sunday vs. New York (8:30 pm; ESPN2)
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Last: 1

Mulligan week. If you win a trophy on Tuesday, you get to play like crap on Saturday. The real test is if the hangover carries on into Texas.

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Last: 4

The Power Rankings Politburo can't wait to see what this team looks like when they can trot out Joao Plata & Alvaro Saborio from the start every week.  

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Last: 3

 

No shame in dropping a one-goal decision at LA, especially when missing so many key contributors. That said... FCD's last five are a little worrisome.

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Last: 5

Like FC Dallas, that last five line looks a little worrisome, even if it has largely happened on the road. United have answers and depth, but need to start collecting all 3 points again.

  • Last Week: Drew at Chicago, 3-3
  • Last Five: L-W-D-L-D
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Philadelphia (3 pm; NBCSN)
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Last: 6

Usually CCL fixtures are an annoying schedule clog at this time of year. But Sporting can use the extra reps to get their defense sharp after a summer of individual mistakes and bad results.

  • Last Week: Did Not Play
  • Last Five: L-L-L-L-W
  • This Week: Friday vs. New England (8 pm; NBCSN/TSN2)

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Last: 7

Crushing week for this team, who not only lost a trophy thanks to an unkind post, but also dropped two home points and fell off the playoff pace. This weekend's not exactly "must-win," but a result in D.C. would sure be nice.

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Last: 9

They have the best goalscorer in the league, which is nice. More importantly: they have their midfield squared away for the first time in 2014. They finally look consistently hard to break down.

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Last: 8

The last time the Revs went on a long winning streak, they followed it up with a long losing streak because goals from the front line disappeared. Do they have answers if the same happens this time around

  • Last Week: Lost at Columbus, 1-0
  • Last Five: W-W-W-W-L
  • This Week: Friday at Kansas City (8 pm; NBCSN/TSN2)
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Last: 10

Steve Clark has a Best XI case to make - and if not that, then at least a January invite to USMNT camp. Just as important: No more PKs for Higuain. It didn't cost the Crew this time only because of Clark's heroics.

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Last: 11

Haven't beaten anybody but Vancouver or Chivas since July, but you can only get a result against the team lining up across from you, right? The Timbers now control their own playoff destiny for the first time since Week 1.

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Last: 13

Got their captain back, got Jonathan Osorio back, and finally got the result they so desperately needed. Now they have to make the most of that game in hand, or the season's probably over.

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Last: 12

The 'Caps have had no answers since Gershon Koffie got injured, and are just 1-4-2 in the seven games since. They're still within touching distance of the Timbers, but the next three games on the schedule – RSL, Dallas and Seattle – are murderous.

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Last: 14

They knew a point probably wasn't enough to keep their playoff hopes alive in Philly, but the good news is they're figuring out some stuff for 2015 already.

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Last: 15

They did it! Chicago's 16th draw (in just 28 games) equaled the league record they set (along with RBNY) back in 2011. They are the Bradley Wright-Phillips of tying.

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Last: 18

They've got a 3-2-1 record and 11 goals in Ignacio Piatti's six starts, and they're getting real game time for a bunch of the kids. Still on the menu? CCL advancement.

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Last: 16

Only two wins since May, and currently on a nine-game skid. Yeah, they've been killed by injuries, but that only speaks to the team's need to have a better grasp on how to acquire young, durable depth.

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Last: 17

Not to pile on, but it's quite possible that Joe Nasco just had the worst back-to-back performances by any 'keeper in MLS history. They are -20 on this nine-game winless skid, which basically makes the Quakes look like 1970 Brazil in comparison.

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Last: 19

Finally got to the bottom of the standings as well as the Power Rankings. Good news for Toronto fans, because the Reds own Chivas' top 2015 draft pick – which should be No. 3 overall.

 

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