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MLS Power Rankings Week 26: Toronto FC climbs up, Portland Timbers slip down

Josef Martinez is new MLS king of goals and Atlanta United remain the king of the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings following Week 26 of the Major League Soccer regular season.

Rivalry Week saw plenty of drama with teams already trending up, like the Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders picking up wins, while the struggling sides, like the Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Orlando City SC continue their rapid decline.

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 (16-4-6, 54 points): Josef Martinez broke the MLS single-season scoring record with his 28th goal, which proved to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC.
  2. (2) New York Red Bulls (16-6-4, 52 points): Kaku scored the lone goal and the league’s stingiest defense produced yet another clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over D.C. United Sunday.
  3. (3) Sporting Kansas City (13-6-6, 45 points): Another team traditionally known for its stout defense, Sporting produced a fourth straight shutout win and Yohan Croizet and Diego Rubio struck for second-half goals in a 2-0 win over Minnesota.
  4. (4) New York City FC (14-6-6, 48 points): Despite being down two men in the second half, NYCFC were the better team in the final 45 minutes and David Villa scored a deserved equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls.
  5. (5) FC Dallas (13-5-7, 46 points): Michael Barrios gave FC Dallas a late lead, but Ronaldo Pena got the later equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the rival Houston Dynamo.
  6. (7) Los Angeles Football Club (12-7-7, 43 points): LAFC will have to wait another year — or for the postseason — for their first El Trafico win, but Carlos Vela ensured the visitors would earn a second point in a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy.
  7. (8) Seattle Sounders FC (11-9-5, 38 points): The streak is seven straight wins and 10 games without defeat after beating Cascadia rival Portland, 1-0, at Providence Park.
  8. (9) Columbus Crew SC (11-8-7, 40 points): Staring a second consecutive defeat in the face, Niko Hansen’s first goal of the season three minutes from full time earned the sluggish Crew a 1-1 draw with Chicago.
  9. (10) Philadelphia Union (11-11-3, 36 points): The lesson learned from the Union’s third straight win and fourth in the last five games is play to the whistle. That’s why Cory Burke did to score the lone goal in a 1-0 win over New England.
  10. (8) Portland Timbers (10-7-7, 37 points): The Timbers were the better team on the night, but they were victimized by a Julio Cascante own goal and fell to Seattle, 1-0, for their fourth defeat in a row.
  11. (11) Real Salt Lake (12-10-5, 41 points): The award for most lopsided Rivalry Week victory goes to Real Salt Lake by a mile. A 6-0 drubbing at Colorado not only secured yet another Rocky Mountain Cup, but it was their second consecutive road win.
  12. (14) D.C. United (7-10-6, 27 points): It might seem weird that D.C. United actually move up two spots following a loss, but it was a 1-0 defeat at the New York Red Bulls, a defeat that snapped a streak of five straight games without defeat.
  13. (16) Toronto FC (7-12-6, 27 points): Is this the point when Toronto FC finally shift into the next gear and have the late-season run we’re all expecting? Time will tell, but a 3-1 win over Montreal at home Saturday might just have saved their season.
  14. (12) Montreal Impact (10-14-3, 33 points): The Impact conceded three goals inside of 29 minutes before Alejandro Silva stopped the bleeding and pulled the visitors back a goal. But it was the only goal the Impact would get in a 3-1 loss at Toronto FC.
  15. (15) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10-9-7, 37 points): Trailing by two at halftime, the Caps had a furious second-half rally as Yordy Reyna, Cristian Techera and Kei Kamara scored in a nine-minute span in a 3-2 win at San Jose.
  16. (13) LA Galaxy (10-9-8, 38 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored and Ashley Cole was a beast, but the Galaxy conceded a Carlos Vela equalizer in a 1-1 draw against LAFC that stretched a winless streak to five games.
  17. (17) Houston Dynamo (7-11-7, 28 points): They desperately needed three points, but Wilmer Cabrera will take the 90-minute effort, and the late leveler from Ronaldo Pena, in a Texas Derby draw against FC Dallas.
  18. (18) Minnesota United FC (9-15-2, 29 points): The Loons battled, but their shorthanded offense was suffocated by Sporting Kansas City in a 2-0 loss, their fourth defeat in five games without a win.
  19. (20) New England Revolution (7-10-8): A 1-0 loss at Philadelphia was the Revs sixth in the last seven games and extended a winless streak to eight games.
  20. (19) Colorado Rapids (6-14-6, 24 points): It started with a red card, and then another and then an avalanche of goals from visiting Real Salt Lake, which rolled to a 6-0 Rocky Mountain Cup victory.
  21. (21) Orlando City SC (7-16-2): Scott Sutter canceled out Leandro Gonzalez Pirez’s first-half goal, but any hopes the Lions had of taking a point from the Supporters’ Shield leaders went up in smoke when Josef Martinez made history in the 74th minute.
  22. (22) San Jose Earthquakes (3-14-8, 17 points): If only games were 45 minutes long. If that was the case, goals by Jahmir Hyka and Magnus Eriksson would have given the Quakes their first home win since early March, rather than suffering yet another defeat to the Whitecaps.
  23. (23) Chicago Fire (6-15-6, 24 points): They were almost out of the power rankings basement thanks to a Nemanja Nikolic 67th-minute goal. But Niko Hansen slammed that door shut three minutes from full time. The losing streak ends at eight, but the winless run is now nine.

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

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