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MLS Power Rankings Week 10: Houston Dynamo, NYCFC climb

The Houston Dynamo, NYCFC and Atlanta United are among the biggest movers in the Week 10 power rankings

While Los Angeles Football Club maintains its spot in the penthouse of the Pro Soccer USA Major League Soccer power rankings, there was a lot of movement after Week 10, both upward and downward.

The Houston Dynamo climbed to a season-high No. 2 after an emotional Texas Derby win over FC Dallas, which fell three spots to No. 7. The Philadelphia Union continued to trend upward following a stunning 6-1 thrashing of a New England Revolution side that fell five spots to No. 23.

New York City FC entered the top 10 at No. 9, a leap of four spots, following an impressive 2-0 road win over the Montreal Impact.

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

  1. (1) Los Angeles Football Club (7-1-3, 24 points): A 0-0 draw at home against the Chicago Fire was LAFC’s second straight draw, their longest stretch without a win this season. They head to Columbus Saturday.
  2. (5) Houston Dynamo (6-1-1, 18 points): Mauro Manotas scored a goal in each half, including what proved to be the 58th-minute winner as the Dynamo dropped rival FC Dallas, 2-1, in the first match of the Texas Derby.
  3. (3) Seattle Sounders FC (5-1-4, 19 points): The Sounders haven’t lost, but they also haven’t won in their last three games. Cristian Roldan scored a remarkable goal, though, in a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United FC.
  4. (2) LA Galaxy (7-2-1, 22 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic flexed his muscles with a goal and an assist to put the Galaxy in front, but the Red Bulls rallied after halftime to snap LA’s seven-match unbeaten streak.
  5. (6) D.C. United (6-3-2, 20 points): United rebounded in a big way from a loss in Minnesota to beat Crew SC, 3-1, on goals by Luciano Acosta, Wayne Rooney and Paul Arriola.
  6. (7) Philadelphia Union (6-3-2, 20 points): Two wins by an 8-1 aggregate in Week 10 sounds like some sort of a dream, but that was the Union’s reality in wins over FC Cincinnati and the New England Revolution.
  7. (4) FC Dallas (5-3-2, 17 points): Dominique Badji breathed some late life into the visitors, but FC Dallas fell to the Houston Dynamo, 2-1. They look to rebound at home against the New York Red Bulls Saturday.
  8. (8) Toronto FC (5-2-1, 16 points): Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chapman broke a scoreless draw with a pair of goals in a 12-minute span to lift Toronto FC to a 2-0 win at Orlando.
  9. (13) New York City FC (3-1-6, 15 points): The Cityzens stretched their unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-0 win over Montreal at Stade Saputo, their third win in their last four games.
  10. (9) Minnesota United FC (4-3-3, 15 points): The Loons are still unbeaten at Allianz Field after a scintillating 1-1 draw against Seattle with Ike Opara heading in Minnesota’s lone goal.
  11. (16) Atlanta United FC (3-3-2, 11 points): They’re baaaack. Josef Martinez struck for a brace and Ezequiel Barco had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 thumping of Sporting Kansas City. Back-to-back wins for the defending MLS Cup champs, who host Toronto for a midweek tilt.
  12. (17) New York Red Bulls (3-4-2, 11 points): Amro Tarek, Marc Rzatkowski and Derrick Etienne each scored their first goal of the year as the Red Bulls rallied to beat the Galaxy for their second straight win.
  13. (22) San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-2, 11 points): The Earthquakes are above the playoff line in the West, a not insignificant fact in early May, after beating FC Cincinnati, 1-0, at home, their fourth straight game without a loss.
  14. (14) Montreal Impact (5-4-2, 17 points): After back-to-back shutout wins over New England and Chicago, the Impact fell 2-0 at home to NYCFC. It’s back on the road for the Impact, who play at the Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati this week.
  15. (21) Portland Timbers (3-5-1, 10 points): Don’t look now, but the Timbers own the league’s longest winning streak after beating Real Salt Lake for their third consecutive victory. Then comes word that the club signed Brian Fernandez to a Designated Player contract.
  16. (10) Sporting Kansas City (2-3-4, 10 points): Injury-riddled Sporting is now five games without a win following a 3-0 home defeat to Atlanta United. They hope to rebound at D.C. United Saturday. 
  17. (12) Columbus Crew SC (4-6-1, 13 points): Crew SC fell in a three-goal hole en route to a 3-1 loss at D.C. United, Columbus’ fifth straight loss. It doesn’t get any easier with LA Galaxy and LAFC coming to MAPFRE this week.
  18. (11) Orlando City SC (3-4-3, 12 points): The Lions only managed to put two of their 18 shots on frame in a 2-0 loss to Toronto FC that dropped their home record to 2-3-1.
  19. (19) Chicago Fire (2-4-4, 10 points): The Fire became the first team this season to take a point from LAFC at Banc of California Stadium. However, they haven’t scored in three straight.
  20. (15) Real Salt Lake (3-6-1, 10 points): Sam Johnson canceled out Sebastian Blanco’s first half goal, but RSL conceded what proved to be the decisive goal six minutes later by Diego Valeri in a 2-1 loss to the Timbers, RSL’s second straight defeat.
  21. (23) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-5-3, 9 points): Andy Rose scored the winning goal three minutes from full time and Fredy Montero and Lucas Venturo struck 10 minutes apart in the first half in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids.
  22. (20) FC Cincinnati (2-7-2, 8 points): A 2-0 loss at Philadelphia was followed by a 1-0 defeat at San Jose, which extended the expansion side’s losing streak to five straight games and ended Alan Koch’s run as head coach.
  23. (18) New England Revolution (2-7-2, 8 points): Have the Revs hit rock bottom? It’s hard to say, but a 6-1 loss at Philadelphia and conceding 13 goals in three games without a win isn’t a good look.
  24. (24) Colorado Rapids (0-8-2, 2 points): Kei Kamara struck twice from the penalty spot, his second spot kick equalizing the game, but the Rapids couldn’t get interim coach Conor Casey his first win as they dropped their seventh in a row.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Robert Jonas and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.

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