Nobody likes the status quo in power rankings, unless you are a fan of the team in the No. 1 spot. Los Angeles Football Club have been in the penthouse for much of the season and remains there again following Week 22.
But there is plenty of movement in the Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings. In fact, LAFC are one of just three teams — FC Dallas at No. 13 and Toronto FC at No. 15 — to remain in the same spot they were a week ago.
The Philadelphia Union moved up five spots following a 5-1 victory over D.C. United at Audi Field, a result that dropped the hosts five places. Atlanta United moved back into the top five after a convincing 3-0 victory over the LA Galaxy, as did Minnesota United, which advanced six places after a 1-0 home win over the Portland Timbers.
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 (16-3-4, 52 points): The league’s best team knocked off the hottest one as LAFC defeated the New England Revolution 2-0 on goals by Diego Rossi and Latif Blessing. Next up is a tasty home tilt against the New York Red Bulls.
- (7) Philadelphia Union (12-7-6, 42 points): Marco Fabian struck for a brace and Alejandro Bedoya, Kacper Przbylko and Fafa Picault had a goal apiece in a 5-1 drubbing of D.C. United at Audi Field.
- (2) San Jose Earthquakes (11-7-5, 38 points): The winning streak ended at four matches, but the Quakes are now unbeaten in five following a 1-1 home draw with Columbus Crew SC. Magnus Eriksson scored San Jose’s lone goal late in the first half.
- (8) Atlanta United (12-9-3, 39 points): Do the defending MLS Cup champs have their swagger back? In front of 72,548 fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta United dismantled the LA Galaxy 3-0 with Josef Martinez scoring from the penalty spot following a pair of first-half own goals.
- (11) Minnesota United FC (11-7-5, 38 points): The Loons took the express elevator to the top five thanks to a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers with Ethan Finlay scoring the lone goal from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time.
- (10) New York Red Bulls (11-9-4, 37 points): An own goal by Chris Mavinga set up by a moment of brilliance from Kaku and a Kemar Lawrence insurance tally in second-half stoppage time secured a 2-0 home win over Toronto FC.
- (5) Seattle Sounders FC (11-7-5, 38 points): The Sounders rallied thanks to a Jordan Morris second-half brace, but they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Sporting Kansas City.
- (3) New York City FC (9-4-8, 35 points): NYCFC got off to a hot start thanks to another Alex Ring goal, but the visitors appeared to run out of gas in a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night.
- (4) Portland Timbers (9-9-4, 31 points): The Timbers tumble five spots following a loss to Minnesota United that snapped a six-match unbeaten streak.
- (12) LA Galaxy (12-10-1, 37 points): The Zlatan-less Galaxy fell flat in a 3-0 loss at Atlanta with Dave Romney and Giancarlo Gonzalez accounting for two of the goals with first-half own goals.
- (6) New England Revolution (9-9-6, 33 points): The league’s longest unbeaten streak is no more as the Revs run ended at 11 matches with their first defeat since Bruce Arena took over.
- (14) Real Salt Lake (10-9-4, 34 points): It’s now four matches without defeat for RSL, which rallied from an early deficit to beat NYCFC at RioT thanks to goals by Jefferson Savarino, Albert Rusnak and Nick Besler.
- (13) FC Dallas (9-9-6, 33 points): Like so many other teams in the league, FC Dallas are searching for consistency. After a win and a draw, they suffered a 2-0 loss to Orlando City S C on the road.
- (9) D.C. United (9-7-9, 36 points): It was a rough week for D.C. United, which suffered a lopsided home loss to the Union, are now winless in their last three and learned star forward Wayne Rooney will leave at season’s end to be a player-coach at Derby County.
- (15) Toronto FC (9-10-5, 32 points): The Reds lost on the road to the Red Bulls and finished with 10 men, but were the better team in the opening 45 minutes, but couldn’t solve Luis Robles, who robbed Jacob Shaffleburg late in the first half.
- (17) Orlando City SC (8-11-5, 29 points): The Lions secured three huge home points Saturday, beating FC Dallas on goals by Tesho Akindele and Carlos Ascues.
- (21) Sporting Kansas City (7-9-7, 28 points): Felipe Gutierrez had a first-half brace and Erik Hurtado scored the eventual game-winner in the second half in a huge 3-2 win over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field Sunday.
- (16) Montreal Impact (10-12-3, 33 points): Three goals are usually good enough to secure a win, but not when the Impact leak six in a nine-goal thriller at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Saturday night.
- (19) Columbus Crew SC (7-14-4, 25 points): Gyasi Zardes scored the second-half equalizer as Crew SC secured a 1-1 draw at San Jose to extend an unbeaten streak to four games.
- (24) Chicago Fire (6-10-9, 27 points): The Fire snapped a five-match winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the host Houston Dynamo with Nemanja Nikolic scoring the lone goal in first-half stoppage time.
- (20) Colorado Rapids (6-12-5, 23 points): Kei Kamara struck for a hat trick, not including his early own goal, and Diego Rubio and Andre Shinyashiki aded goals for the Rapids in a 6-3 win over visiting Montreal.
- (18) Houston Dynamo (9-11-3, 30 points): BBVA Stadium was once a fortress for the Dynamo, but it’s now three consecutive home losses, including two straight by the same 1-0 scoreline. Next up is a tricky Thursday night match against NYCFC at Yankee Stadium.
- (23) Vancouver Whitecaps (5-11-9, 24 points): A nine-match winless streak ended Saturday night with the Whitecaps pulling out a 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium. Felipe, who was dealt to D.C. United three days later, scored the late winner.
- (22) FC Cincinnati (5-17-2, 17 points): It’s four consecutive defeats and losses in 10 of the last 12 for FC Cincinnati, which fell to the Whitecaps at Nippert Stadium. Next is the first “Hell is Real” derby against Columbus Crew SC.
Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Marco Cummings, Chris Fuhrmeister, Robert Jonas, Mitchell Northam, Emily Olsen and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.