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MLS Power Rankings Week 25: Real Salt Lake rise, New York Red Bulls fall

The rest of the field is fighting behind the No. 1-ranked Los Angeles FC.

They lifted the Rocky Mountain Cup for a fourth consecutive year on Saturday, climbed to second in the Western Conference, and Real Salt Lake are also the biggest movers in the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings in Week 25. They move up seven spots after beating the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in convincing fashion.

Conversely, the New York Red Bulls have the most precipitous drop, falling five spots following a Hudson River Derby 2-1 defeat to New York City FC, who remain unchanged at No. 3 behind rivalry week winners LAFC and Atlanta United.

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 (19-3-5, 62 points): After pounding the San Jose Earthquakes, LAFC rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to earn a 3-3 El Trafico draw with  the LA Galaxy.
  2. (2) Atlanta United (15-9-3, 48 points): Josef Martinez extended an MLS record to 12 consecutive games with a goal and Atlanta United remained undefeated against Orlando City SC, winning 1-0 at Exploria Stadium.
  3. (3) New York City FC (13-5-8, 47 points): A six-point week was highlighted by a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls with Maxi Moralez and Heber scoring unanswered goals as NYCFC remained one point out of first place in the East.
  4. (4) Philadelphia Union (14-8-6, 48 points): Kacper Przybylko, Brenden Aaronson and Ilsinho scored inside the opening 36 minutes en route to a 3-1 home win over D.C. United which kept the Union level on points with first-place Atlanta United. 
  5. (12) Real Salt Lake (13-10-4, 43 points): Joao Plata struck for a stoppage-time penalty kick and Jefferson Savarino added an insurance goal in a 2-0 win over rival Colorado as RSL have won four out of five and secured points in seven of eight.
  6. (7) Seattle Sounders FC (12-8-7, 43 points): It’s back-to-back Cascadia Cups for the Sounders, who defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-1, at Providence Park Friday on goals by Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz.
  7. (9) LA Galaxy (13-11-3, 42 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an early brace and Carlos Pavon added a goal as the Galaxy remain unbeaten against LAFC in a 3-3 draw at Banc of California Stadium.
  8. (5) Minnesota United FC (12-9-6, 42 points): Fielding a rotated lineup ahead of Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against Atlanta United, the Loons suffered a 1-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City on Thursday.
  9. (8) New England Revolution (10-9-8, 38 points): Gustavo Bou scored the winning goal four minutes from full time to lift the Revs to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire. Bruce Arena’s squad has points in 14 of the last 15 games.
  10. (10) San Jose Earthquakes (12-10-5, 41 points): The Quakes bounced back from a lopsided loss at LAFC to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 at Avaya Stadium as Judson, Chris Wondolowski and Andres Rios scored a goal apiece.
  11. (6) New York Red Bulls (12-11-5, 41 points): A win at D.C. United was followed by a loss at NYCFC as the Red Bulls’ search for consistent results continues.
  12. (13) FC Dallas (11-10-7, 40 points): Reto Ziegler and Jesus Ferreira scored five minutes apart midway through the first half, Zdenek Ondrasek struck for a second-half brace and Michael Barrios scored in second-half stoppage time in a 5-1 rout of rival Houston.
  13. (11) Portland Timbers (11-11-4, 37 points): Diego Valeri scored on a deflected free kick in the 54th minute, but the Timbers couldn’t find an equalizer and fell to the Sounders 2-1 at home, their second straight home defeat.
  14. (15) Toronto FC (10-10-7, 37 points): Marky Delgado and Justin Morrow scored second-half goals as Toronto FC extended an unbeaten run to three straight games and moved above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact.
  15. (14) D.C. United (10-10-9, 39 points): A pair of rivalry week defeats to the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union make it three straight defeats ahead of a trip to Montreal in a pivotal match for both sides.
  16. (19) Sporting Kansas City (9-11-7, 34 points): Erik Hurtado scored the lone goal two minutes from full time to secure a second straight win for Sporting, which moved within six points of the playoff line in the Western Conference.
  17. (17) Chicago Fire (8-12-9, 33 points): The Fire’s playoff hopes took a huge hit Saturday night, losing 2-1 to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Next up is a must-win game against Columbus Crew SC.
  18. (18) Montreal Impact (10-14-4, 34 points): Wilmer Cabrera’s debut went as well as Remi Garde’s final game in charge as the Impact fell to Toronto FC 2-1 in the Canadian Classique.
  19. (16) Orlando City SC (9-12-7, 34 points): The Lions weren’t able to put away a bevy of chances and were again punished by Josef Martinez in a 1-0 loss.
  20. (20) Columbus Crew SC (8-15-6, 30 points): Gyasi Zardes scored a first-half brace and Luis Diaz added a goal in the first minute of first-half stoppage time in a 3-1 Hell is Real win at FC Cincinnati.
  21. (21) Colorado Rapids (7-14-6, 27 points): Winless in their last three, including a 2-0 Rocky Mountain Cup defeat at Real Salt Lake, the Rapids have hired Robin Fraser to right the ship as head coach.
  22. (22) Houston Dynamo (9-14-4, 31 points): Memo Rodriguez scored the Dynamo’s lone goal in a 5-1Texas Derby defeat at FC Dallas, extending Houston’s winless streak to six games.
  23. (23) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-13-9, 27 points): Maxime Crepeau set a dubious MLS record by making 16 saves as 43 shots were fired in his direction with 19 on target — also league records — in a 3-1 loss at San Jose.
  24. (24) FC Cincinnati (5-19-3, 18 points): Kekuta Manneh scored in the 89th minute, but it wasn’t enough to make up for three goals conceded in the opening 45 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Columbus, extending a winless run to seven games.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Julian Cardillo, Marco Cummings, Chris Fuhrmeister, Robert Jonas and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.

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