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MLS Power Rankings Week 12: New York Red Bulls surge, Chicago Fire plummet

The New York Red Bulls moved up three spots after a big win over Atlanta United, while the Chicago Fire fell four spots after a defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes

After 11 wild weeks, the Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings have some semblance of normalcy in Week 12.

There’s minimal movement in the top 10 with most of the league’s top teams getting the necessary results. The biggest upward mover is the New York Red Bulls, who climb three spots following an impressive 1-0 win over Atlanta United, which dropped two spots.

The Chicago Fire, meanwhile, dropped four spots to No. 15 after a 4-1 thumping to Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes.

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 (9-1-4, 31 points): LAFC stretched an unbeaten streak to six matches with a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas. Carlos Vela extended his league-leading goal total to 14 goals with an equalizing penalty kick in the 80th minute.
  2. (2) Seattle Sounders FC (7-1-5, 26 points): The Sounders’ unbeaten streak stretched to six consecutive matches after a 0-0 draw against the surging Philadelphia Union. Stefan Frei made six saves.
  3. (3) Philadelphia Union (7-3-3, 24 points): Andre Blake returned from injury to make one save as the Union have secured points in six straight matches.
  4. (4) Houston Dynamo (7-2-2, 23 points): The Dynamo rallied from an early second-half deficit to beat D.C. United than to goals by Memo Rodriguez and the legendary Tommy McNamara one minute apart.
  5. (5) D.C. United (7-4-3, 24 points): Wayne Rooney netted his seventh goal of the season three minutes into the second half, but the Black-and-Red conceded twice in short succession and ended with 10 men after Paul Arriola was sent off in a 2-1 loss to the Dynamo
  6. (8) New York City FC (4-1-6, 16 points): NYCFC were idle in Week 12, but head into a showdown with the Chicago Fire unbeaten in seven straight with wins in four of their last five
  7. (10) New York Red Bulls (5-5-2, 17 points): Despite playing 55 minutes down a man after a Tim Parker red card and without the injured Bradley Wright-Phillips and Aaron Long, the Red Bulls defeated Atlanta United, 1-0, on Tom Barlow’s first MLS goal.
  8. (6) Toronto FC (5-5-2, 17 points): The Reds have scored just once in their last four games, including a 3-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake Saturday.
  9. (7) Atlanta United FC (6-4-2, 20 points): The Five Stripes set an MLS record with five consecutive shutouts, but had a five-match winning streak snapped Sunday by the Red Bulls.
  10. (9) LA Galaxy (7-5-1, 22 points): With Zlatan Ibrahimovic serving the first of a two-game ban for putting his hands on the neck of NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson, the Galaxy fell to the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, their second straight shutout defeat
  11. (15) FC Dallas (5-5-3, 18 points): Ryan Hollingshead put the hosts in front just before the half hour mark off an assist from Dominique Badji, but Carlos Vela leveled from the penalty spot as FC Dallas’ winless streak extended to five matches.
  12. (12) Minnesota United FC (5-4-3, 18 points): Ethan Finlay scored the lone goal in the 70th minute as the Loons defeated Columbus Crew SC to remain undefeated at Allianz Field.
  13. (14) Portland Timbers (3-6-2, 11 points): The Timbers bounced back from a loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps to play the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 midweek draw with Brian Fernandez scoring the late equalizer on his MLS debut.
  14. (13) Montreal Impact (6-5-3, 21 points): The Impact welcomed back Nacho Piatti from injury, but the Argentine couldn’t find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw against the New England Revolution.
  15. (11) Chicago Fire (4-5-4, 16 points): After three consecutive clean sheets, the Fire conceded four goals — all by Chris Wondolowski — before Aleksandar Katai struck seven minutes from full time in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes
  16. (18) Real Salt Lake (5-6-1, 16 points): Damir Kreilach, Sebastian Saucedo and Jefferson Savarino scored for RSL, which defeated Toronto FC, 3-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium, their second straight win where they’ve scored three goals.
  17. (19) San Jose Earthquakes (4-6-2, 14 points): It’s Wondo watch no longer as Chris Wondolowski scored four times, including a second-half hat trick, to become MLS’ all-time leading scorer in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
  18. (17) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-6-4, 13 points): Derek Cornelius scored the stoppage time equalizer, canceling out a first half strike by Krisztian Nemeth, who was sent off early in the second half in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City.
  19. (20) Orlando City SC (4-6-3, 15 points): Thanks to braces by Nani and Tesho Akindele and a goal by Dom Dwyer, the Lions ended a three-match losing streak with a 5-1 win over FC Cincinnati.
  20. (16) Columbus Crew SC (5-8-1, 16 points): It’s now back-to-back shutout losses for the Crew, who fell to Minnesota United, 1-0, Saturday — their seventh defeat in their last eight games.
  21. (22) Sporting Kansas City (2-4-5, 11 points): The good news for SKC was a goal by Krisztian Nemeth, but the forward was sent off early in the second half and 10-man Sporting was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  22. (23) New England Revolution (3-8-3, 12 points): For the first time this season, the Revs have an unbeaten streak after a scoreless draw against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo
  23. (21) FC Cincinnati (3-8-2, 11 points): Darren Mattocks opened the scoring, but the expansion team conceded five consecutive goals in a 5-1 loss to Orlando City SC, their sixth defeat in seven games
  24. (24) Colorado Rapids (1-9-2, 5 points): After nearly a three-month wait, the Rapids finally won their first game of the 2019 season, defeating the LA Galaxy, 1-0, on a goal by rookie Andre Shinyashiki in the 82nd minute, snapping their eight-match losing streak.

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

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