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MLS Power Rankings Week 19: Montreal, Real Salt Lake move up

Atlanta United remains atop the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings, but there’s movement near the top following New York City FC’s 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City’s loss to Real Salt Lake and draw against Toronto FC.

Find out where your favorite team is ranked after Week 19 of the regular season.

  1. Atlanta United (12-4-4, 40 points): Josef Martinez scored from the penalty spot and was part of the buildup that led to Hector Villalba’s insurance goal as Atlanta cruised to a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union that came on the heels of a 3-2 loss at FC Dallas.
  2. Portland Timbers (8-3-5, 29 points): Samuel Armenteros struck for a brace to lift the Timbers to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes that stretched their unbeaten streak to 11.
  3. New York City FC (10-4-4, 34 points): Maxi Moralez scored the lone goal in the 85th minute as NYCFC defeated the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, Sunday at Yankee Stadium to move up two spots from last week.
  4. New York Red Bulls (10-5-2, 32 points): A rare defensive gaffe on an errant ball played back to Aaron Long from Tyler Adams led to NYCFC’s loan goal and spoiled Chris Armas’ debut as head coach.
  5. LAFC (10-4-4, 34 points): After conceding a pair of stoppage-time goals in a 2-2 draw with Houston last Tuesday, LAFC extended their unbeaten streak with a 4-1 win over Orlando City SC. Adama Diomande tacked on two more goals in a stunning start to his MLS career.
  6. Sporting Kansas City (9-4-6, 33 points): An injury-riddled Sporting side fell to Real Salt Lake, 4-2, on the Fourth of July and then played Toronto FC to a 2-2 draw on Saturday with a trip to Red Bull Arena on the horizon.
  7. FC Dallas (10-3-5, 35 points): A 3-2 win over Atlanta United on the Fourth of July moved FC Dallas into first place in the Western Conference. They stay there despite a 2-0 defeat at RSL on Saturday.
  8. New England Revolution (7-4-7, 28 points): It wasn’t pretty — in fact it was downright ugly, but the Revs extended their undefeated streak to seven games with a drab 0-0 draw against Seattle Sounders FC. Of those seven games without defeat, five have been draws.
  9. Houston Dynamo (7-6-4, 25 points): Wilmer Cabrera was impressed with a remarkable rally from a two-goal deficit to tie LAFC, 2-2, last Tuesday. It appears to have provided a spark, with the Dynamo beating Minnesota United FC, 3-0, on Saturday.
  10. LA Galaxy (7-7-4, 25 points): After squandering a two-goal lead in a draw against D.C. United, the Galaxy had their most complete performance in a month to defeat Crew SC, 4-0.
  11. Montreal Impact (8-11-0, 24 points): Allez Montreal! The Impact made it four consecutive wins, and five victories in their last six games, when they beat the Colorado Rapids, 2-1. Saphir Taider struck for a brace and the Montreal defense allowed its first goal in four games.
  12. Real Salt Lake (9-8-2, 29 points): No team in MLS had a better week than RSL, which moved up six spots after back-to-back wins over Western Conference leaders — first defeating SKC and then knocking off FC Dallas. Now if they can find a way to win away from RioT.
  13. Columbus Crew SC (8-6-6, 30 points): What is wrong with Crew SC? They have lost three of their last four, including a 4-0 drubbing at StubHub Center. It doesn’t get any easier with a match against NYCFC at Yankee Stadium coming up Saturday.
  14. Seattle Sounders FC (4-9-4, 16 points): The Sounders picked up three massive points on the Fourth of July, beating Colorado, 2-1. They picked up another point away from CenturyLink Field on the weekend, playing New England to a 0-0 draw.
  15. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7-7-5, 26 points): After consecutive losses, the Whitecaps defeated Chicago, 3-2, at BC Place on Saturday with Kei Kamara scoring a brace and Jordon Mutch adding a goal.
  16. Chicago Fire (6-8-5, 26 points): The Fire’s five-match unbeaten streak was snapped in Vancouver Saturday night, though they didn’t go down without a fight with Nemanja Nikolic and Tony Tchani scoring in each half.
  17. Philadelphia Union (6-9-3, 21 points): The Union dropped their second straight game, and fourth in their last five games, falling at home to Atlanta, 2-0. In each of those losses, Philly has scored one or fewer goals.
  18. Toronto FC (4-10-4, 16 points): The defending champions make-or-break July started with back-to-back losses to the Red Bulls and Minnesota Untied before the Reds rallied to tie SKC, 2-2, at Children’s Mercy Park.
  19. D.C. United (2-7-5, 11 points): It’s not just football that’s coming home. So, too, are D.C. United, who are set to open Audi Field Saturday against Vancouver. Darren Mattocks scored a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy on the Fourth of July.
  20. San Jose Earthquakes (2-10-6, 12 points): Following three straight draws, the Quakes fell to Portland, 2-1, at Providence Park. It was encouraging that San Jose was in the game, but they’re desperate for points. 
  21. Minnesota United FC (6-11-1, 19 points): It was one step forward — a dramatic 4-3 win over TFC on July 4 — and one step backward — a 3-0 drubbing by Houston on the weekend.
  22. Colorado Rapids (4-11-3, 15 points): Dominique Badji scored late, but the Rapids fell to Montreal, 2-1. It was their second consecutive loss by that scoreline after losing at home to Seattle.
  23. Orlando City SC (6-11-1, 19 points): The losing streak is now nine game after a 4-1 loss at LAFC. Sacha Kljestan breathed some life into the Lions by pulling them to within a goal in the 59th minute, but they conceded twice in a two-minute span late to fall again.

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