MLS Power Rankings, Week 26: New York Red Bulls grab No. 1 spot after trouncing DC United

BIGGEST MOVERS: Dallas +4 spots  | Portland, D.C. United & NYCFC -3 spots

1

NY
 

LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 17

We rated the dominant, rival-crushing win over D.C. higher than the slip-up at Chicago. One red flag from that loss: Can RBNY handle teams that want to run? They've had "meh" results against Dallas, Vancouver, Columbus & Montreal so far.

Last five results: D-W-W-L-W

Next MLS match: September 11 vs. Chicago

2

LA
 

LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Off-key, off-tempo, and looked nothing like the team that had been running roughshod over all comers for the previous month. Aren't rivalry games great?

Latest result: Lost at San Jose, 1-0

Last five results: W-W-W-W-L

Next MLS match: September 12 vs. Montreal

3

VAN
 

LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Vancouver should officially never mess with Texas. They seem fine everywhere else, though.

Latest result: Lost at Houston, 2-0

Last five results: W-W-L-W-L

Next MLS match: September 9 vs. Colorado

4

DAL
 

LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

A good result, but another up-and-down performance. No Mauro Diaz continues to hurt, and FCD are becoming more and more predictable in attack.

Last five results: W-L-L-L-W

5

TOR
 

LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 16

"Slight" adductor strain usually means 2-3 weeks on the shelf. Of course, Obafemi Martins had a slight adductor strain that kept him out for two months. So go ahead and light a candle for Sebastian Giovinco, Reds fans.

Latest result: Won vs. Montreal, 2-1

Last five results: W-L-L-W-W

Next MLS match: Saturday at Seattle

6

SKC
 

LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 14

Another late-season collapse? It's starting to feel like it, though that could change once Soni Mustivar is back. It's apparent now – if it wasn't before – just how crucial he is.

Latest result: Lost at Colorado, 2-1

Last five results: W-W-L-L-L

Next MLS match: September 9 at Portland

7

CLB
 

LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 4 | LOW: 15

A road win is always a good result. Columbus are now fighting to get up to No. 2 in the conference and avoid the knockout round.

Latest result: Won at NYCFC, 2-1

Last five results: L-W-D-W-W

8

DC
 

LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

D.C.are "100% worried," and they're right to be given the way the last three games have gone.

Latest result: Lost at NY Red Bulls, 3-0

Last five results: W-W-L-L-L

Next MLS match: September 12 at Colorado

9

SJ
 

LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 18

Quincy Amarikwa didn't score, so he's not getting much recognition. But if you saw the win over LA, you saw that he was the best player on the field for either team.

Latest result: Won vs. LA Galaxy, 1-0

Last five results: L-W-W-W-W

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Philadelphia

10

POR
 

LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 16

Frustrating loss, and it's worth noting that Portland could be below the red line by this time next week if both Seattle and San Jose hold serve at home. 

Latest result: Lost at Seattle, 2-1

Last five results: D-W-W-D-L

Next MLS match: September 9 vs. Sporting KC

11

SEA
 

LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 14

Ugly wins are good wins, even if they raise more questions than they answer. Sounders fans are grateful for Lucas Melano's wayward finishing.

Latest result: Won vs. Portland, 2-1

Last five results: L-L-W-L-W

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Toronto

12

NE
 

LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 20

Five unbeaten, and one of the league's softest schedules the rest of the way. Expect them to push for that No. 2 spot in the East.

Latest result: Won at Philadelphia, 1-0

Last five results: W-D-W-W-W

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Orlando City

13

HOU
 

LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 18

Delightfully inconsistent. Haven't had a streak in any column – W/L/D – of longer than two all season. 

Last five results: W-L-D-L-W

14

MTL
 

LAST WEEK: 12

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 20

Nothing was going right for Frank Klopas, and now it's somebody else's problem. Montreal have the horses to compete, but in MLS it's stability that usually wins.

Latest result: Lost at Toronto, 2-1

Last five results: W-D-L-L-L

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Chicago

15

RSL
 

LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 17

At the very least they get to play spoiler over the last two months of the season.

Latest result: Lost at Dallas, 2-0

Last five results: L-L-L-W-L

Next MLS match: September 12 at Houston

16

COL
 

LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 15 | LOW: 20

A team full of veterans should know how to grind out home results as they've done the past couple of weeks. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.

Last five results: L-L-W-W-W

Next MLS match: September 9 at Vancouver

17

CHI
 

LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 11 | LOW: 20

They do manage to play some lovely attacking soccer at times, and fully deserved the win over RBNY. However, a tough remaining schedule means that a playoff berth is still a long shot.

Last five results: L-D-L-W-D

Next MLS match: Saturday at Montreal

18

PHI
 

LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 15 | LOW: 20

How long will Cristian Maidana be suspended, and will whatever ban he's handed include the US Open Cup final? 

Latest result: Lost vs. New England. 1-0

Last five results: L-D-D-W-L

Next MLS match: Saturday at San Jose

19

NYC
 

LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

The Power Rankings Politburo wishes Jason Kreis would name names.

Latest result: Lost vs. Columbus, 2-1

Last five results: L-W-D-L-L

Next MLS match: September 12 at Dallas

20

ORL
 

LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 9 | LOW: 20

THIS just about sums it up for Orlando City right now. Like everyone else in the East, though, they can win their way into the postseason.

Latest result: Drew vs. Chicago, 1-1

Last five results: L-D-L-L-D

Next MLS match: Saturday at New England

Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and remarks are written by Senior Editor Matt Doyle (@MLSAnalyst).

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