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MLS Power Rankings Week 14: Atlanta United make leap into top five

Outside of No. 1 LAFC and No. 6 D.C. United, the top 10 is completely different than Week 13

Another wild week means even more movement in the MLS Power Rankings. Once again, including No. 1 with a bullet Los Angeles Football Club, three teams are in same spot among the league’s 23 teams as they were a week ago.

The team trending upward the most is the defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United, which have secured clean sheets in each of their eight wins, including a 2-0 Week 14 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Also making a leap this week is FC Dallas, who climbed eight spots after an impressive 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders FC.

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 (11-1-4, 37 points): Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead after 34 minutes and Latif Blessing added a third goal in the second half to lift LAFC to a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers.
  2. (5) Philadelphia Union (8-4-4, 28 points): The Union became the first team to win at Allianz Field with Jamiro Monteiro and Haris Medunjanin scoring equalizing goals and Auston Trusty scoring the winner four minutes from full time.
  3. (7) New York Red Bulls (7-5-3, 24 points): An own goal by Marcelo Silva opened the floodgates and Danny Royer, Michael Amir Murillo and Omir Fernandez followed with goals in a 4-0 rout of Real Salt Lake.
  4. (3) Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-5, 26 points): Raul Ruidiaz scored late, but the Sounders weren’t able to overcome a pair of first-half own goals and fell to FC Dallas, 2-1, for their second straight defeat.
  5. (15) Atlanta United (8-5-2, 26 points): What a week for the defending MLS Cup champions, who defeated Minnesota United and then the Chicago Fire without conceding. Josef Martinez scored four goals in the pair of wins.
  6. (6) D.C. United (7-4-6, 27 points): It’s now four draws in the last five matches without a win for D.C. United, which played the Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes to a pair of draws in Week 14.
  7. (2) New York City FC (4-1-8, 20 points): NYCFC’s MLS-best unbeaten streak is now nine games after rallying to tie Columbus Crew SC on a late long-distance strike by Taty Casellanos.
  8. (10) LA Galaxy (9-6-1, 28 points): The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked a midweek win at SKC, but the Galaxy were then stunned at home by Bruce Arena’s New England Revolution.
  9. (16) FC Dallas (6-6-3, 21 points): A six-match winless streak came to an end Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium. Who cares that both goals were own goals, right?
  10. (9) Houston Dynamo (7-3-3, 24 points): Alberth Elis scored the equalizer as the Dynamo drew Sporting Kansas City to remain unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium this season after nine home games.
  11. (11) Toronto FC (5-6-3, 18 points): Following back-to-back defeats, Toronto FC at least earned a point in a 1-1 draw at Vancouver thanks to a 90th-minute Nick DeLeon leveler.
  12. (12) Real Salt Lake (6-8-1, 19 points): It wasn’t the homecoming Mike Petke envisioned as Real Salt Lake suffered a 4-0 defeat at Red Bull Arena following a midweek loss at Montreal.
  13. (19) Montreal Impact (7-7-3, 24 points): The week was a mixed bag for the Impact, who celebrated a 2-1 win over RSL on Wednesday only to scratch their collective heads following a 3-0 home loss to Orlando City SC.
  14. (8) Minnesota United FC (6-5-3, 21 points): The Loons twice leveled on goals by Hassani Dotson and Kevin Molino, but Trusty grabbed the late winner and the unbeaten streak at Allianz Field ended at six games.
  15. (20) Orlando City SC (5-7-3, 18 points): Nani scored his eighth goal for the Lions and Canadians Tesho Akindele and Will Johnson also scored in a 3-0 torching of the Impact.
  16. (22) New England Revolution (3-8-4, 13 points): Arena finally made his Revs coaching debut Sunday night in Carson and his team responded in kind with a gutty 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy, extending an unbeaten run to four consecutive games.
  17. (14) San Jose Earthquakes (5-6-3, 18 points): Chris Wondolowski can’t be stopped. The veteran forward has scored all seven of his teams goals during a three-match unbeaten streak, including the only goal in a 1-1 draw with D.C. United.
  18. (23) Colorado Rapids (3-9-3, 12 points): Nicolas Mezquida and Diego Rubio scored inside the final 20 minutes for the Rapids, who defeated FC Cincinnati, 3-1, for their third victory in four consecutive games without a loss.
  19. (18) Sporting Kansas City (3-5-6, 15 points): Yohan Croizet put the visitors in front, but Elis leveled six minutes later as Sporting settled for a 1-1 draw in Houston Saturday night.
  20. (4) Portland Timbers (4-6-2, 14 points): The home opening party was crashed by LAFC, although the Timbers made it interesting after halftime thanks to goals by Cristhian Paredes and Brian Fernandez.
  21. (21) Columbus Crew SC (5-9-2, 17 points): The good news is Crew SC did well to get a pair of leads Saturday night on goals by Gyasi Zardes and Pedro Santos. But NYCFC equalized twice as the teams shared the points at MAPFRE Stadium, snapping a three-match losing streak.
  22. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-6-6, 18 points): When Fredy Montero struck from the penalty spot six minutes from full time, it appeared the ‘Caps would take all three points for the second time in three matches. But a DeLeon equalizer meant a share of points for the Canadian rivals.
  23. (15) Chicago Fire (4-6-6, 18 points): It’s now four matches without a win for the Fire, who rallied to draw late at D.C. United in the midweek before losing at Atlanta, 2-0.
  24. (24) FC Cincinnati (3-10-2, 11 points): Kekuta Manneh scored the second-half equalizer, but FC Cincinnati surrendered a pair of goals in nine minutes to fall at Colorado, their third straight defeat and eighth in the last nine games.

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

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