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MLS Power Rankings Week 13: Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps climb

Only three teams are in the same spot as a week ago in the Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings.

So much for a semblance of regularity.

LAFC remains the top team, and for good reason, but after that only the New York Red Bulls at No. 7 and the New England Revolution at No. 22 are in the same positions they were a week ago in the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings for Week 13.

The Portland Timbers have taken the express elevator, rocketing up nine spots to No. 4 as the biggest movers. The Vancouver Whitecaps also made a big jump in a three-game week, rising five spots.

The Major League Soccer Power Rankings are created by averaging the rankings submitted by a committee of Pro Soccer USA’s editors and writers.

  1. (1) Los Angeles Football Club (10-1-4, 34 points): LAFC extended an unbeaten streak to seven games with a 4-2 win over the Montreal Impact with Christian Ramirez, Carlos Vela, Latif Blessing and Tristan Blackmon all scoring in the opening hour.
  2. (6) New York City FC (4-1-7, 19 points): The longest unbeaten streak in MLS belongs to NYCFC, who extended that to eight games following a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire. Alexandru Mitrita scored the equalizing goal in his first start since returning from an ankle injury.
  3. (2) Seattle Sounders (7-2-5, 26 points): The good news for the Sounders is that Raul Ruidiaz scored, but the bad news is Johnny Russell scored two more goals and defender Kim Kee-hee left the match injured.
  4. (13) Portland Timbers (4-6-2, 14 points): Brian Fernandez scored a brace in a five-minute span in the first half and Diego Valeri added the finishing touch in the 87th minute to lift the Timbers to a 3-1 win in the last of a season-opening 12-match road trip.
  5. (3) Philadelphia Union (7-4-3, 24 points): The unbeaten streak ends at six following a 3-1 loss to the Timbers. The Rapids come to Talen Energy Stadium next.
  6. (5) D.C. United (7-4-4, 25 points): The Black-and-Red were moments from a second straight loss, but Wayne Rooney came up with the 90th minute penalty kick as D.C. escapes Gillette Stadium with a 1-1 draw.
  7. (7) New York Red Bulls (6-5-3, 21 points): Thanks to goals by Kaku and Omir Fernandez late in the second half, the Red Bulls defeated FC Cincinnati, 2-0, to cap a three-match week with seven points.
  8. (12) Minnesota United (6-4-3, 21 points): Romain Metanire scored the lone goal in the 20th minute and the Loons were solid defensively in a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo to remain undefeated at Allianz Field.
  9. (4) Houston Dynamo (7-3-2, 23 points): The Dynamo had their fourth consecutive one-goal game, and lost for the second time in that span without scoring a goal. Sporting KC is next at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  10. (10) LA Galaxy (8-5-1, 25 points): Playing their final game without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Galaxy defeated Orlando City SC, 1-0, on the road on a goal by Jonathan dos Santos in the 19th minute. Zlatan is back for a road game at SKC.
  11. (8) Toronto FC (5-6-2, 17 points): It’s a second straight loss and fourth in their last five as Toronto dropped a 2-1 decision to the San Jose Earthquakes.
  12. (16) Real Salt Lake (6-6-1, 19 points): After Sebastian Saucedo scored the opening goal, Jefferson Savarino provided the late heroics in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time in a 2-1 win over Atlanta United.
  13. (18) Vancouver Whitecaps (4-6-5, 17 points): Ali Adnan and Lucas Venuto scored nine minutes apart in the first half in a 2-1 win over FC Dallas to secure a five-point week from three games for the Whitecaps.
  14. (17) San Jose Earthquakes (5-6-2, 17 points): A week after scoring four goals, Chris Wondolowski stuck two more times, both off assists from Cristian Espinoza, to rally to defeat host Toronto FC for their third win in their last four games.
  15. (9) Atlanta United (6-5-2, 20 points): Josef Martinez scored the 78th minute equalizer, but Atlanta conceded in second-half stoppage time for their second consecutive defeat.
  16. (11) FC Dallas (5-6-3, 18 points): Dom Badji scored five minutes from full time, but FC Dallas couldn’t erase an early deficit and fell to the Whitecaps, 2-1, at BC Place. It was their fourth loss in their last five games.
  17. (15) Chicago Fire (4-5-5, 17 points): The Fire are unbeaten now in their last six games at SeatGeek Stadium following a 1-1 draw against NYCFC. CJ Sapong scored his fifth goal of the season for the Fire.
  18. (21) Sporting Kansas City (3-4-5, 14 points): Russell scored a hat trick to help lift SKC to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact, snapping a seven-match winless streak.
  19. (14) Montreal Impact (6-6-3, 21 points): Without the suspended Samuel Piette, the Impact conceded four times in the first 55 minutes en route to a 4-2 loss to red=hot LAFC. A penalty kick by Saphir Taider the only positive for Montreal.
  20. (19) Orlando City SC (4-7-3, 15 points): The Lions suffered their fourth loss in their last five games, dropping a 1-0 decision at home to the Galaxy. In those four losses, Orlando scored just one total goal.
  21. (20) Columbus Crew SC (5-9-1, 16 points): Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored equalizing goals, but Nicolas Mezquida netted the late winner for the Rapids as Columbus fell for a third straight game.
  22. (22) New England Revolution (3-8-4, 13 points): Despite going down to 10 men on a straight red card to goalkeeper Matt Turner, the Revs led 1-0 on a goal by Juan Agudelo, but they settled for a 1-1 draw after conceding a late Rooney PK.
  23. (24) Colorado Rapids (2-9-2, 8 points): Tommy Smith and Jonathan Lewis gave the Rapids first-half leads and Mezquida netted the 89th-minute winner as the Rapids made it back-to-back wins with their first home victory of the season.
  24. (23) FC Cincinnati (3-9-2, 11 points): FC Cincinnati fell to the Red Bulls, 2-0, which came on the heels of 5-1 defeat at Orlando. Next up is the suddenly surging Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Pro Soccer USA writer Dylan Butler contributed to this report.




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