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MLS Power Rankings Week 11: ‘Manchester City of MLS’ remain on top

The Chicago Fire made the biggest jump, while FC Dallas and Sporting KC took the largest tumble in the Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings after Week 11.

New York City FC might be the sister club, but it’s Los Angeles Football Club are the Manchester City of MLS. At least that’s what Columbus Crew SC coach Caleb Porter thinks after his team fell to Bob Bradley’s side 3-0 at home Saturday night.

And like Man City, LAFC are top of the table, and top of the Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings after Week 11 of the season.

After back-to-back wins for the first time in two years, the Chicago Fire are the biggest upward movers, rising up seven spots to No. 12, while FC Dallas plummeted eight rungs following consecutive losses.

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 (8-1-3, 27 points): Mark-Anthony Kaye scored a first-half goal and Adama Diomande and Carlos Vela struck late in a 3-0 win over Columbus Crew SC, extending LAFC’s Supporters’ Shield lead to four points.
  2. (3) Seattle Sounders FC (6-1-4, 22 points): After three consecutive draws, the Sounders got back to their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo thanks to another Cristian Roldan golazo.

  3. (6) Philadelphia Union (7-3-2, 23 points): Jamiro Monteiro scored the decisive goal in the 68th minute in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC for the Eastern Conference leaders, who won for the fourth time in five unbeaten matches.

  4. (2) Houston Dynamo (6-2-1, 19 points): The Dynamo didn’t win, but they proved with their performance in a 1-0 loss at Seattle that they are among the strong contenders in the Western Conference this year.

  5. (5) D.C. United (7-3-2, 23 points): On a soggy Sunday night at Audi Field, Paul Arriola scored the lone goal in the 78th minute to lift the Black-and-Red to their second straight win, a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

  6. (8) Toronto FC (5-4-1, 16 points): Alejandro Pozuelo leveled in the 51st minute, erasing a first-half Chris Mavinga own goal, but Monteiro scored the winner less than 20 minutes later for the surging Union.

  7. (11) Atlanta United FC (5-3-2, 17 points): Pity Martinez opened his account in the 14th minute, a goal that lifted Atlanta United to a 1-0 victory over Orlando City SC, their fourth consecutive clean sheet win.

  8. (9) New York City FC (4-1-6, 16 points): The Cityzens extended an unbeaten streak to seven matches with their fourth win in their last five, beating the LA Galaxy, 2-0, in Carson Saturday. Heber and Maxi Moralez provided the first-half goals.

  9. (4) LA Galaxy (7-4-1, 22 points): After just one loss in their first nine games, the Galaxy have come back down to earth a bit with three straight defeats, including a 2-0 loss to in-form New York City FC.

  10. (12) New York Red Bulls (4-5-2, 14 points): Coach Chris Armas made 10 changes to his lineup from Wednesday’s home loss to the Montreal Impact and the heavily rotated squad defeated FC Dallas, 3-1, their third win in their last four games.

  11. (19) Chicago Fire (4-4-4, 16 points): Nicolas Gaitan and Aleksandar Katai scored first-half goals in a 2-0 win over Minnesota United, which came on the heels of a 5-0 victory over the New England Revolution on the midweek.

  12. (10) Minnesota United FC (4-4-3, 15 points): The Loons might be undefeated at Allianz Field, but they fell on the road for the fourth time in a 2-0 loss to the Fire at SeatGeek Stadium.

  13. (14) Montreal Impact (6-5-2, 20 points): The Impact won for the first time in 10 trips to Red Bull Arena on the midweek, but fell at FC Cincinnati, 2-1, at Nippert Stadium. The Revs come to Stade Saputo this weekend. 

  14. (15) Portland Timbers (3-6-1, 10 points): The Timbers three-match winning streak came to an end Friday night with a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Cascadia nemesis Fredy Montero struck again for the ‘Caps.

  15. (7) FC Dallas (5-4-2, 17 points): Jesus Ferreira leveled in first-half stoppage time, but FC Dallas conceded twice after halftime in a 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls, their second consecutive defeat.

  16. (17) Columbus Crew SC (5-7-1, 16 points): A 3-1 win in the midweek over the LA Galaxy snapped a five-match losing streak. But then Crew SC got thumped by three goals by LAFC at MAPFRE Stadium.

  17. (21) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-5-3, 12 points): Montero scored the lone goal and Maxime Crepeau stuffed Diego Valeri late to secure a 1-0 win over the rival Timbers that, at least for one night, moved the ‘Caps above the playoff line for the first time this season.

  18. (20) Real Salt Lake (4-6-1, 13 points): Albert Rusnak and Corey Baird scored two minutes apart midway through the first half and Sam Johnson scored the second-half winner in a 3-2 Rocky Mountain Cup victory over the Colorado Rapids.

  19. (13) San Jose Earthquakes (3-6-2, 11 points): Vako scored two minutes from full time, but it was a cosmetic goal for the Quakes, who fell to the Revolution, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

  20. (18) Orlando City SC (3-5-3, 12 points): It’s now seven matches without a win against their southern rival Atlanta United for the Lions, who fell, 1-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday afternoon.

  21. (22) FC Cincinnati (3-7-2, 11 points): Allan Cruz and Fatai Alashe scored a goal in each half to lift FC Cincinnati to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, snapping a five-match losing streak without a goal.

  22. (16) Sporting Kansas City (2-4-4, 10 points): It’s back-to-back shutout defeats for Sporting and six matches without a victory for a Sporting side crushed by numerous long-term injuries.

  23. (23) New England Revolution (3-8-2, 11 points): Juan Agudelo and Cristian Penilla scored inside the opening half hour and Carles Gil added an insurance goal in the 68th minute in a 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in the aftermath of Brad Friedel’s firing.

  24. (24) Colorado Rapids (0-9-2, 2 points): Kellyn Acosta and Danny Wilson erased an early two-goal deficit, but the Rapids conceded the decisive goal six minutes later in a 3-2 loss to RSL, the Rapids eighth consecutive defeat.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler and Emily Olsen contributed to this report.

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