After an abbreviated Week 16, the MLS regular season returned in full force with 18 games over the course of last Wednesday and the weekend.
As promised, there’s some significant movement in this week’s MLS Power Rankings for Week 17, with New York City FC moving up three spots to No. 2 after a come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Union, which dropped two spots.
The biggest movers were the San Jose Earthquakes, who skyrocketed nine spots following a stunning 3-0 win over the LA Galaxy in the latest edition of the Cali Clasico.
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) Los Angeles Football Club (11-2-4, 37 points): For only the second time this season, LAFC lost, falling to the Colorado Rapids, 1-0. Ironically, their other defeat, also on the road, against the Vancouver Whitecaps, was by the same scoreline.
- (5) New York City Football Club (6-1-8, 26 points): NYCFC are now the lone one-loss team in MLS and extended an MLS-best unbeaten streak to 11 following a stirring 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Union.
- (3) Atlanta United (9-6-2, 29 points): Atlanta bounced back from a midweek loss at Toronto FC to defeat the Montreal Impact, 2-1, back at home. Justin Meram scored both goals — his first two for the Five Stripes.
- (2) Philadelphia Union (9-5-5, 32 points): Thanks to first-half goals by Fafa Picault and Kacper Przbylko, the Union had a 2-1 lead at halftime and appeared on the verge of another statement win. Instead, they conceded three second-half goals in a 4-2 defeat at Yankee Stadium.
- (5) New York Red Bulls (8-6-3, 27 points): Luis Robles was spectacular and the Red Bulls were clinical on the other end in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire with Kaku, Brian White and Danny Royer scoring goals.
- (6) Seattle Sounders FC (8-4-5, 29 points): The Sounders snapped a three-game losing streak in a dramatic way as Kelvin Leerdam struck deep in second-half stoppage time for a 1-0 Cascadia Cup win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
- (4) D.C. United (8-4-7, 31 points): It’s now five games without a loss after D.C. United rallied for a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC thanks to a stoppage-time penalty kick by Wayne Rooney.
- (17) San Jose Earthquakes (7-6-4, 25 points): With red-hot Vako leading the way, the Earthquakes extended an unbeaten run to six games with their fourth win during that stretch, defeating the LA Galaxy, 3-0, in the Cali Clasico.
- (8) LA Galaxy (10-7-1, 31 points): It’s now two losses out of their last three for the Galaxy, who fell to the Earthquakes in front of 50,000-plus at Stanford Stadium. They host Toronto FC on the Fourth of July next.
- (9) FC Dallas (7-7-5, 26 points): After a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on the midweek, FC Dallas fell to the Portland Timbers, 1-0, Sunday at Providence Park.
- (12) Montreal Impact (9-8-3, 30 points): After a 2-1 home win over the Portland Timbers, the Impact leveled in the 50th minute through Zakaria Diallo, but fell 2-1 to Atlanta United thanks to Meram’s late winner.
- (10) Portland Timbers (6-8-2, 20 points): Brian Fernandez did it again, and set an MLS record in the meantime by scoring in his fifth consecutive league game as the Timbers knocked off FC Dallas, 1-0, at home Sunday.
- (19) Minnesota United (7-7-3, 24 points): The Loons also set team records with a stunning 7-1 thumping of FC Cincinnati Saturday. It was the most goals they scored, and largest margin of victory, for Minnesota since joining MLS. Ike Opara led the way with a brace.
- (18) Colorado Rapids (5-9-4, 19 points): The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to seven the best of their five wins during that stretch, defeating LAFC, 1-0, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park thanks to a Danny Wilson goal four minutes into the second half.
- (11) Real Salt Lake (7-8-2, 23 points): Sam Johnson delivered in a big way, scoring a brace inside the opening half hour to lead Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at Rio Tinto Stadium.
- (13) Houston Dynamo (7-6-3, 24 points): It’s a third straight road loss for the Dynamo, who fell to the New England Revolution, 2-1, Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Darwin Ceren gave the visitors the lead on 25 minutes, but the Dynamo conceded twice after halftime.
- (15) Orlando City SC (6-8-3, 21 points): The Lions rebounded from a midweek defeat to D.C. United to defeat Columbus Crew SC, 2-0, on goals by Chris Mueller and Tesho Akindele in each half.
- (16) New England Revolution (5-8-5, 20 points): The Revs unbeaten run is now six games following a come-from-behind win over the Houston Dynamo in Foxborough. Antonio Delamea canceled out Ceren’s early strike and Teal Bunbury scored the stoppage-time winner.
- (21) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-7-8, 20 points): There would be no dramatic comeback this time as the Whitecaps had a six-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
- (14) Toronto FC (6-7-5, 23 points): It was an ideal return to Audi Field for Nick DeLeon, who scored a first half goal and was a few minutes from a win over his former club until Rooney leveled from the penalty spot.
- (20) Sporting Kansas City (4-6-7, 19 points): Sporting couldn’t build momentum after a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew in Week 16, losing to RSL, 2-0, Saturday night. SKC have been shutout in each of their last four defeats.
- (22) Chicago Fire (4-7-7, 19 points): The Fire had the edge in shots and possession and hit the woodwork a few times and if they were a bit more clinical in the final third, they would have celebrated a second straight win at Red Bull Arena. Nemanja Nikolic scored the lone goal late in the second half.
- (23) Columbus Crew SC (5-11-2, 17 points): The Crew have won just once in their last 12 games and lost for the fifth time in the last six games following a 2-0 defeat to Orlando City SC. It is the eighth time Columbus have been shut out this season.
- (24) FC Cincinnati (3-13-2, 11 points): Emmanuel Ledesma scored the lone goal in a 7-1 drubbing at Minnesota United Saturday. It was the expansion side’s sixth straight loss and 11th in the last 12 games.
Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Robert Jonas and Emily Olsen contributed to this report.