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MLS Power Rankings Week 20: LA Galaxy climb 3 spots after El Trafico win

The Timbers moved to No. 7 after a Cascadia Cup win and the Chicago Fire move into the basement after another defeat

Another week in the books with more spicy rivalry matches. A week after the Hudson River Derby was decided, El Trafico took center stage, which was followed by a Cascadia Cup showdown two days later.

How do these matches affect the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings in Week 20? Despite the home defeat, LAFC remain atop the rankings, while the LA Galaxy climbed three spots into the top 10.

The Portland Timbers knocked off the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field and moved up two rungs to No. 7. We also have a new basement dweller with the Chicago Fire earning that dubious honor after Columbus Crew SC snapped a 10-match winless streak with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact.

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 (14-3-4, 46 points): Carlos Vela scored the opening salvo early and added a second-half insurance goal, but it wasn’t enough as LAFC have still not beaten the LA Galaxy.
  2. (2) San Jose Earthquakes (10-7-4, 34 points): After conceding seven minutes after kickoff, Vako, Chris Wondolowski and Magnus Ericksson scored unanswered goals to lift the Quakes to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  3. (3) New York Red Bulls (10-8-4, 34 points): Brian White slid in to connect with a Kaku service to score the lone goal in a 1-0 win over host Orlando City SC Sunday.
  4. (4) New York City FC (8-3-8, 32 points): Alexandru Mitrita scored the late winner after Heber leveled in the 40th minute as NYCFC rallied from an early deficit to defeat the 10-man Colorado Rapids, 2-1, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  5. (6) Philadelphia Union (11-6-6, 39 points): With the gap in the Eastern Conference closing quickly, the Union picked up three huge points Sunday, defeating the Chicago Fire, 2-0, at Talen Energy Stadium with Marco Fabian and Anthony Fontana scoring a goal in each half.
  6. (7) Atlanta United (11-8-3, 36 points): Two wins by a combined 7-0 scoreline in Week 20 have moved the defending MLS Cup champions to within three points of Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia with a game in hand.
  7. (9) Portland Timbers (8-8-4, 28 points): Brian Fernandez struck for a brace to lift the Timbers to a 2-1 Cascadia Cup win over the host Seattle Sounders, their fifth game in a row without defeat.
  8. (11) LA Galaxy (12-8-1, 37 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a lot to say leading up to the first El Trafico of the season and he backed it with a hat trick in a 3-2 home win over LAFC.
  9. (5) Seattle Sounders FC (10-6-5, 35 points): After back-to-back 2-1 wins, the Sounders suffered a 2-1 loss to the archrival Portland Timbers with Fernandez scoring one minute after Raul Ruidiaz’s 50th-minute equalizer.
  10. (8) D.C. United (9-6-8, 35 points): D.C. United held Atlanta United without a goal for 88 minutes, but they conceded twice at the death to fall, 2-0, Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  11. (10) Minnesota United FC (9-9-3, 30 points): It’s now five games without defeat for the Loons, who took the lead through Darwin Quintero only to concede the equalizer 13 minutes later in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.
  12. (12) Real Salt Lake (9-9-3, 30 points): Marcelo Silva leveled for RSL in a draw with Minnesota United, which made it points in five of their last six for the Claret-and-Cobalt.
  13. (13) FC Dallas (9-8-5, 32 points): Dominique Badji and Jesus Ferreira scored 20 minutes apart — separated by halftime — to lift FC Dallas to a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City to move Luchi Gonzalez’s squad two points clear of the playoff line in the West.
  14. (14) New England Revolution (8-8-6, 30 points): The hottest team in MLS are the Revs, who remain undefeated since Bruce Arena took over, defeating FC Cincinnati, 2-0, on goals by Carles Gil and Antonio Delamea to move above the playoff line in the East.
  15. (16) Orlando City SC (7-10-5, 26 points): Carlos Ascues, Tesho Akindele and Sacha Kljestan hit the woodwork after halftime in a hard-luck 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
  16. (17) Houston Dynamo (9-9-3, 30 points): The Dynamo bounced back from a 5-0 drubbing by Atlanta United in a big way, defeating Toronto FC, 3-1, at BMO Field to snap a three-match losing streak.
  17. (18) Toronto FC (8-9-5, 29 points): Jozy Altidore scored in the 75th minute, but it was just a cosmetic goal as TFC fell in a 3-0 hole before the hour mark in a home loss to the Dynamo.
  18. (15) Colorado Rapids (5-11-5, 20 points): Jonathan Lewis helped his new team get off to a flying start against his old team, setting up 16-year-old Sebastian Anderson with the opening goal on six minutes. But Anderson was sent off on a straight red card in the 33rd minute and NYCFC scored two unanswered as the Rapids extended a winless run to three games.
  19. (19) Montreal Impact (9-11-3, 30 points): If the Impact fail to make the MLS Cup playoffs, they can point to this current stretch of futility as the likely reason. Montreal fell to Columbus Crew SC, 2-1, for its fourth straight defeat.
  20. (20) Sporting Kansas City (6-8-7, 25 points): A pair of defensive miscues proved costly for SKC, which fell to FC Dallas, 2-0, at home, a loss that sends Sporting five points adrift of the playoff line.
  21. (21) FC Cincinnati (5-15-2, 17 points): After consecutive wins, it’s now back-to-back losses for the expansion side, which fell to D.C. United and the New England Revolution by a combined 6-1 scoreline.
  22. (24) Columbus Crew SC (6-14-3, 21 points): For the first time since May 8, Crew SC picked up a league win, defeating the Montreal Impact, 2-1, at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night on goals by Josh Williams and newly-acquired David Accam.
  23. (23) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-11-8, 20 points): Doneil Henry provided the bright spot, but the Whitecaps conceded three times to suffer a fifth defeat and extend a winless streak to eight games.
  24. (22) Chicago Fire (5-10-8, 23 points): The Fire’s woes continued Saturday with a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, their eighth defeat in their last 10 games.

Pro Soccer USA writer Dylan Butler contributed to this report.

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