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MLS Power Rankings Week 25: Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia Union surge up

Week 25 of the Major League Soccer regular season had plenty of late drama, with the Montreal Impact, Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls pulling out results at the death. There were also some impressive (Philadelphia beating NYCFC) and shocking (Seattle thumping the LA Galaxy) scorelines.

Who is trending up and who is tumbling down? Find out now as Pro Soccer USA unveils the Week 25 Power Rankings.

The Major League Soccer Power Rankings are created by averaging the rankings submitted by a committee of Pro Soccer USA’s editor and writers.

  1. (1) Atlanta United (15-4-6, 51 points): Josef Martinez tied the MLS record for single-season goals and Hector Villalba and Miguel Almiron added second-half tallies in quick succession in a 3-1 win over Columbus Crew SC. Will the Five Stripes lose again?
  2. (2) New York Red Bulls (15-6-3, 48 points): Danny Royer scored early and late — very late — as the Red Bulls escaped Vancouver with a 2-2 draw. Now their attention turns to a massive Hudson River Derby tilt with New York City FC before an in-form D.C. United comes to Red Bull Arena.
  3. (8) Sporting Kansas City (12-6-6, 42 points): One of the biggest movers this week, Sporting smoked Portland, 3-0, for their third consecutive win. Diego Rubio struck for a first-half brace and Johnny Russell added an 89th-minute insurance goal.
  4. (3) New York City FC (14-6-5, 47 points): It was another second-half collapse for NYCFC as they not only conceded twice in a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, but they also lost Alex Callens and Jesus Medina to injury and Ronald Matarrita to a red card.
  5. (5) FC Dallas (13-5-6, 45 points): FC Dallas had to wait a long time — nearly two-and-a-half hours because of a weather delay, but they showed their quality in a comprehensive 2-0 win over Minnesota at home Saturday night. Maynor Figueroa and Michael Barrios scored the goals.
  6. (4) Portland Timbers (10-6-7, 37 points): My, how the Timbers have cooled off. They have been outscored 9-2 in three consecutive losses — their longest losing streak of the season — and have the surging Sounders coming to town for a Cascadia Cup clash Sunday.
  7. (7) Los Angeles Football Club (12-7-6, 42 points): It’s back-to-back clean sheets and two-goal wins for LAFC, which knocked off the Colorado Rapids, 2-0, at Banc of California Stadium Saturday. Lee Nguyen and Diego Rossi scored second-half goals for LAFC, who head to Carson Friday for the third El Trafico of the season.
  8. (9) Seattle Sounders FC (10-9-5, 25 points): All they do is win, win, win, no matter what. The Sounders made it six straight wins, demolishing a shorthanded LA Galaxy side, 5-0, Saturday afternoon. Next up: The struggling Timbers at Providence Park.
  9. (6) Columbus Crew SC (11-8-6, 39 points): Gregg Berhalter liked a lot of what he saw from his team, with the exception being the goals conceded in a 3-1 loss at Atlanta Sunday. Gyasi Zardes struck for his 15th goal as the Crew look to bounce back against the floundering Fire..
  10. (15) Philadelphia Union (10-11-3, 33 points): The 2-0 win over NYCFC Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium was the biggest of the season for the Union. Borek Dockal controlled the midfield and set up both Cory Burke and Ilsinho for second-half goals.
  11. (16) Real Salt Lake (11-10-5, 38 points): They were all set to lament missed opportunities and then Albert Rusnak find a phone booth, put on his Superman cape and saved the day with a pair of stoppage-time goals in a 2-1 win at Houston. It was only their second win away from Tio Tinto Stadium this season.
  12. (12) Montreal Impact (10-13-3, 33 points): The Impact earned three huge points that could keep them above the playoff line in the East, defeating the Fire, 2-1, at Stade Saputo on Saturday. Daniel Lovitz volleyed home the winner in second-half stoppage time.
  13. (10) LA Galaxy (10-9-7, 37 points): Do they get a pass? They were without Romain Alessandrini, both dos Santos brothers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but boy did they lay an egg in Seattle. A real test comes Friday at home against LAFC.
  14. (19) D.C. United (7-9-6, 27 points): Luciano Acosta remains red-hot, scoring another goal and Zoltan Stieber added one in the dying moments to lift D.C. United to a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution, their third in a row.
  15. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9-9-7, 34 points): Kendall Waston rose above all not once, but twice to head home on a corner kick, but the Whitecaps were victimized by a late set piece conceded when Tyler Adams picked out Danny Royer at the back post for the Red Bulls late equalizer.
  16. (14) Toronto FC (6-12-6, 24 points): The enigma that is Toronto FC stumbles right along. Just when it looked like the defending champs had it figured out, they are winless in their last three, including a dreadful draw at San Jose that could be the nail in their coffin.
  17. (11) Houston Dynamo (7-11-6, 27 points): Wilmer Cabrera had to figure a goal from Boniek Garcia was some kind of omen, especially since the Honduran hasn’t scored a league goal since 2015. It’s a goal that stood until stoppage time, when Albert Rusnak struck twice and sent the reeling Dynamo to their fifth straight defeat.
  18. (18) Minnesota United FC (9-14-2, 29 points): A three-game winning streak has been followed by four consecutive games without a victory. Its now three losses in their last for the Loons, who were outclassed by FC Dallas Saturday. Sporting KC is on deck.
  19. (20) Colorado Rapids (6-13-6, 24 points): The Rapids suffered their first loss in four games, which in itself is an accomplishment, when they fell at LAFC, 2-0. Now they host Real Salt Lake in a Rocky Mountain Cup clash on Saturday.
  20. (17) New England Revolution (7-9-8, 29 points): The struggle is real in New England. The Revs winless streak is now seven consecutive games following a 2-0 defeat at D.C. United Sunday. That was their fifth loss in their last six games. With playoff hopes fading, they’re at Philadelphia Saturday night.
  21. (21) Orlando City SC (7-15-2, 23 points): Well, the Lions didn’t lose in Week 24. They also didn’t play, spending the bye week fine-tuning things at the IMG Academy. With Atlanta, Philadelphia and SKC on the horizon, the Lions next win won’t be easy.
  22. (22) San Jose Earthquakes (3-13-8, 18 points): Chris Wondolowski came off the bench to score the late equalizer in a 1-1 draw vs. Toronto FC. Wondo now has 141 career goals, five from the MLS All-Time record.
  23. (23) Chicago Fire (6-15-5, 23 points): The losing streak is now eight games after the Fire fell at Montreal, 2-1, on Saturday. After hosting Columbus Thursday night, the Fire don’t play again until Sept. 16 against Orlando. That means they could go two entire months without a win.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler and Emily Olsen contributed to this report.

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