MLS Power Rankings, Week 27: New England Revolution keep rolling behind revival of Lee Nguyen

BIGGEST MOVERS: New England +5 spots  | Columbus & San Jose -3 spots

1

NY
 

LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 17

This is a team that still relies on about 15 players, so a week off to rest their legs probably did them well.

Latest result: None

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

2

LA
 

LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Get the Impact this week and RSL next week. Both are must-wins if they want a bye to the Conference Semifinals.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Montreal

3

DAL
 

LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

It wasn't pretty, but it didn't need to be. With the second youngest starting XI this season, and a 100-percent Homegrown starting midfield, Oscar Pareja's team went into a tough place to play and got a win that keeps them in the Supporters' Shield race.

Latest result: Won at Columbus, 3-0

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

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. NYCFC

4

VAN
 

LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Got a week off after a hectic August to catch their collective breath. Now it's time to make a run at the team's second trophy this season.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Wednesday vs. Colorado

5

SKC
 

LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 14

Wednesday's game will go a long way in deciding whether this team makes a run at a home playoff game or starts moving towards the red line.

Latest result: None

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

6

TOR
 

LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 16

With a completely inexperienced (and 3-man) backline, Toronto held ObaDeuce to few opportunities. Unfortunately for them, the star duo finished two of them.

Latest result: Lost at Seattle, 2-1

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

7

NE
 

LAST WEEK: 12

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 20

The hottest team in the league resides in Foxborough, and they got this dominating win without the services of Jermaine Jones.

Latest result: Won vs. Orlando City, 3-0

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

Next MLS match: Sunday at Toronto (ESPN2)

8

DC
 

LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Have two more CCL games this month, so squad rotation will be key if Ben Olsen wants to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Saturday at Colorado

9

SEA
 

LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 14

Wasn't a convincing win, but it kept them above the red line heading into huge matchup with the Quakes.

Latest result: Won vs. Toronto, 2-1

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

Next MLS match: Saturday at San Jose

10

CLB
 

LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 4 | LOW: 15

This game could have been different if Gaston Sauro didn't suffer a head injury. What we do know is that Columbus have to find a way to win against teams that bunker on them.

Latest result: Lost vs. Dallas, 3-0

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

Next MLS match: Saturday at Philadelphia

11

POR
 

LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 16

Have a brutal upcoming schedule with two games against SKC, one vs. the Red Bulls and a trip to Columbus. Caleb Porter's team will have to earn their place in the playoffs.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Wednesday vs. Sporting KC

12

SJ
 

LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 18

Heart-breaking loss for Quakes fans but the good news is that they have an instant chance at redemption with Seattle coming to town.

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

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Seattle

13

MTL
 

LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 20

Drogba is here and looks like he's ready to score some (more) goals. The final playoff spot in the East is the Impact's to lose.

Latest result: Won vs. Chicago, 4-3

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

Next MLS match: Saturday at LA Galaxy

14

HOU
 

LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 18

Saturday's game at home is a must-win for Owen Coyle's team if they want any shot at the playoffs.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake

15

RSL
 

LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 17

Their shot at the playoffs is likely over but at least they have some Academy graduates producing at the international level.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Saturday at Houston

16

PHI
 

LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 15 | LOW: 20

Just had to give their fans one more glimmer of hope at making the team's second-ever postseason.

Latest result: Won at San Jose, 2-1

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

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Columbus

17

COL
 

LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 15 | LOW: 20

Shouldn't be the lowest ranked team in the West on this list.

Latest result: None

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

18

CHI
 

LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 11 | LOW: 20

Every game is a must-win for Frank Yallop's team after getting Drogba'd, so the fact that they are going to Harrison to take on the top team in the East is not a good sign.

Latest result: Lost at Montreal, 4-3

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

19

NYC
 

LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Should be monitoring Josh Yaro's injury status.

Latest result: None

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

Next MLS match: Saturday at Dallas

20

ORL
 

LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 9 | LOW: 20

Were without the services of many of their players but some of the blame has to laid at the feet of Adrian Heath at this point.

Latest result: Lost at New England, 3-0

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

Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and remarks are written by Researcher Ben Baer (@BenBaer89).

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