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MLS Power Rankings Week 19: San Jose Earthquakes climb to No. 2 after Clasico sweep

Only LAFC at No. 1 and Columbus Crew SC at No. 24 have unchanged positions in the Week 19 Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings

There are only two teams who have unchanged positions in the Week 19 Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings — No. 1 Los Angeles Football Club, which has outscored opponents, 14-3, in three consecutive wins, while Columbus Crew SC maintain its spot at the basement after a fifth straight loss.

The biggest movers are the San Jose Earthquakes, who rumble up six spots after a Cali Clasico sweep of the LA Galaxy, while the New York Red Bulls move up two spots to No. 3 after a Hudson River Derby win over New York City FC.

The New England Revolution continue to trend up, jumping three spots to No. 14 following a 2-2 draw with D.C. United, while Minnesota United breaks into the top 10 after beating FC Dallas 1-0 for their fourth straight victory.

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 (14-2-4, 46 points): Adama Diomande struck for a brace and Diego Rossi added a late insurance goal as LAFC rallied from an early deficit to beat the Houston Dynamo, 3-1.
  2. (8) San Jose Earthquakes (9-7-4, 31 points): The Earthquakes have lost just once in their last minute, also bouncing back from an early deficit to beat the LA Galaxy, 3-1, and sweep this season’s Cali Clasico.
  3. (5) New York Red Bulls (9-7-4, 31 points): We’re sensing a trend here as the Red Bulls also came back from an early deficit to beat NYCFC, 2-1, thanks to a Danny Royer double at Red Bull Arena Sunday.
  4. (2) New York City FC (7-3-8, 29 points): A perfect ball from Anton Tinnerholm set up Heber’s opening strike, but NYCFC conceded a pair of goals by Royer, the second highly controversial, to drop a second straight league game.
  5. (6) Seattle Sounders FC (10-5-5, 25 points): Raul Ruidiaz sliced up the Atlanta defense and Harry Shipp put the finishing touches on a 2-1 win at CenturyLink Field for a Sounders team that now preps for the Timbers.
  6. (3) Philadelphia Union (10-6-6, 36 points): Is it time to sound the alarm in the City of Brotherly Love? The Union have just one win in their last five following a 4-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
  7. (4) Atlanta United (9-8-3, 30 points): Josef Martinez powered in the equalizer, latching onto a Pity Martinez corner. But Shipp responded with the eventual winner six minutes later as the Five Stripes are now winless in three straight with one victory in the last four.
  8. (7) D.C. United (8-5-8, 32 points): The Black-and-Red rallied from a two-goal first-half deficit to draw the New England Revolution, 2-2, at Audi Field Friday with Quincy Amarikwa scoring the late equalizer after Leonardo Jara pulled D.C. to within a goal in the 43rd minute.
  9. (10) Portland Timbers (7-8-3, 24 points): The Timbers led twice, including from a Diego Valeri penalty kick in the 63rd minute, but they settled for a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids after Sam Nicholson equalized in the 76th minute. Portland was reduced to 10 men when Julio Cascante was sent off 10 minutes into the second half.
  10. (11) Minnesota United (10-7-3, 33 points): Mason Toye remains on a torrid pace, coming off the bench to score the stoppage-time winner and Vito Mannone sure the result stood with an even later penalty kick save to deny Reto Ziegler.
  11. (9) LA Galaxy (11-8-1, 34 points): After one rivalry defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Galaxy would like nothing better than to take their frustrations out on LAFC in the first El Trafico of 2019 Friday in Carson.
  12. (14) Real Salt Lake (9-9-2, 29 points): Jefferson Savarino struck for a brace and assisted on Albert Rusnak’s 81st-minute goal, while Damir Kreilach tacked on a fourth goal one minute from full time in an emphatic home win.
  13. (12) FC Dallas (8-8-5, 29 points): After conceding the game’s lone goal in the 91st minute, FC Dallas had a golden chance to share the points at Allianz Field, but Ziegler’s penalty kick was saved by Mannone as FC Dallas have won just one of their last four.
  14. (17) New England Revolution (6-8-6, 24 points): Teal Bunbury and Carles Gil staked the Revs a two-goal lead after just 31 minutes, but they settled for a 2-2 draw with D.C. United and finished with 10 men after Wilfried Zahibo was sent off for his second bookable offense.
  15. (13) Colorado Rapids (5-10-5, 20 points): Jonathan Lewis canceled out a Tommy Smith own goal and Nicholson struck for the late leveler in a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
  16. (18) Orlando City SC (7-9-4, 25 points): In a listless game that had 0-0 written all over it, Benji Michel flipped the script with his first MLS goal in the 84th minute to lead the Lions to a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew SC at Exploria Stadium Saturday night.
  17. (15) Houston Dynamo (8-8-3, 27 points): Romell Quioto struck early, but the Dynamo conceded three unanswered goals in a 3-1 defeat to LAFC, their first league loss at BBVA Stadium this season.
  18. (20) Toronto FC (7-8-5, 26 points): Alejandro Pozuelo opened the scoring in the 61st minute and Jozy Altidore tacked on the stoppage-time clincher in a huge 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Clasique Saturday.
  19. (16) Montreal Impact (9-10-3, 30 points): Things went from bad to worse for the Impact, who not only lost to bitter rivals Toronto FC at home, but they also lost the influential Samuel Piette to injury during the defeat.
  20. (21) Sporting Kansas City (6-7-7, 25 points): Gerso was so influential, playing a role in all three goals to lift Sporting to a 3-0 win, their second in a row, over the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at BC Place.
  21. (23) FC Cincinnati (5-13-2, 17 points): Allan Cruz scored the fastest goal of FC Cincinnati’s young MLS history and Fanendo Adi netted the winner in the 83rd minute as the expansion side defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-1.
  22. (19) Vancouver Whitecaps (4-9-8, 20 points): Outside of perhaps a five-minute stretch early in the second half, the Whitecaps had no life in a 3-0 loss to SKC, extending a winless run to six straight games.
  23. (22) Chicago Fire (5-9-7, 22 points): After conceding 45 seconds after kickoff, Nico Gaitan provided a lifeline when he pounced on the rebound of his saved penalty kick for the equalizer in first-half stoppage time. But, in a game the Fire needed to win, to remain in the playoff hunt, they conceded a late Adi winner, making it eight out of the last nine games without a win.
  24. (24) Columbus Crew SC (5-14-2, 17 points): Gyasi Zardes put a shot off the crossbar in the first half and missed the target completely with an open downward header late, while Harrison Afful was denied by a diving Brian Rowe for Crew SC’s only shot on frame in a 1-0 loss at Orlando.

Pro Soccer USA writer Dylan Butler contributed to this report.




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