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MLS Power Rankings Week 29: New York Red Bulls blast into top 10

More MLS Cup playoff berths were clinched and LAFC inched closer to capturing the Supporters’ Shield as the Major League Soccer season heads into its final two weeks.

And while LAFC remain atop the ProSoccerUSA Power Rankings, there was some musical chairs played by some of the teams below them with Atlanta United moving up three spots, the Seattle Sounders dropping three spots and the Philadelphia Union and Minnesota United both dropping one.

The biggest movers were the New York Red Bulls, who made a five-spot jump to No. 9 after consecutive 2-0 wins over the Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union.

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 (19-4-8, 65 points): Carlos Vela leveled from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC. LAFC are winless in five, but can wrap up the Supporters’ Shield Wednesday night with a win.
  2. (2) New York City FC (16-5-10, 58 points): Taty Castellanos staked NYCFC to a lead inside the opening minute in a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas that extended an unbeaten streak to eight games.
  3. (6) Atlanta United (17-11-3, 54 points): Emerson Hyndman and Pity Martinez scored late to secure three massive points, but all eyes are on Josef Martinez and his injury. How long the reigning Golden Boot winner is sidelined could determine how far the Five Stripes go in the playoffs.
  4. (3) Philadelphia Union (15-9-7, 52 points): The Union’s hopes of finishing atop the Eastern Conference took a major hit in a 2-0 loss to the rival New York Red Bulls Sunday night. They also lost Mark McKenzie and Sergio Santos to hamstring injuries.
  5. (4) Minnesota United FC (14-10-7, 49 points): A scoreless draw in Portland have brought the Loons to the edge of a first-ever playoff berth. That can be clinched with a midweek win over Sporting Kansas City.
  6. (8) D.C. United (13-10-9, 48 points): D.C. United extended a shutout streak to 324 minutes following a 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, which moved the Black-and-Red back into fourth place in the East a few hours after being leapfrogged by the rival Red Bulls.
  7. (9) LA Galaxy (15-13-3, 48 points): Cristian Pavon set up goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Uriel Antuna to lead the LA Galaxy to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, the club’s second straight win.
  8. (5) Seattle Sounders FC (14-10-8, 50 points): The Sounders remain in second place in the West, but their hold to that spot is anything but secure with Minnesota United and the LA Galaxy just behind them.
  9. (14) New York Red Bulls (14-13-5, 47 points): Don’t look now, but here come the Red Bulls. They have matching 2-0 wins over the Portland Timbers and the Union, have clinched a postseason berth for a 10th straight year and can take a big step toward a home playoff game against D.C. United Sunday.
  10. (7) Toronto FC (12-10-10, 46 points): Toronto FC extended a league unbeaten streak to eight games, but were mere moments from securing a huge win at LAFC thanks to a 19th-minute goal by Tsubasa Endoh. Instead they settled for one point after conceding a late PK.
  11. (11) Real Salt Lake (14-12-5, 47 points): A heavily-rotated RSL side earned a road point with a 0-0 draw at New England and host the LA Galaxy in a massive midweek tilt.
  12. (10) San Jose Earthquakes (13-13-5, 44 points): Cristian Espinoza and Chris Wondolowski are suspended and the Earthquakes have lost three straight games heading into a critical midweek clash vs. the Union.
  13. (13) New England Revolution (10-10-11, 41 points): The Revs pressed, and came close, but couldn’t find an elusive goal and settled for a 0-0 home draw against Real Salt Lake. They can inch closer to a playoff berth with a win in Portland Wednesday.
  14. (12) Portland Timbers (13-13-5, 44 points): The Timbers haven’t scored in three straight matches and, following a 0-0 draw against Minnesota United, are below the playoff line in the West with three games to play.
  15. (15) FC Dallas (12-11-9, 45 points): Paxton Pomykal helped set up Zdenek Ondrasek for a 66th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 home draw against NYCFC, moving FC Dallas one point above the playoff line in the West.
  16. (16) Colorado Rapids (11-15-6, 39 points): The Rapids rallied from an early two-goal deficit to defeat Sporting Kansas City for their fourth win in their last five games, which kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
  17. (18) Chicago Fire (9-12-11, 38 points): The Fire were frustrated to settle for a 0-0 draw against FC Cincinnati. While their unbeaten streak is now three matches, three points were needed to keep playoff hopes flickering.
  18. (17) Orlando City SC (9-14-9, 36 points): The Lions squandered a chance to move closer to a first playoff berth when a 1-0 lead evaporated into a 2-1 loss at Houston Saturday.
  19. (21) Montreal Impact (11-17-4, 37 points): The Impact fell to the LA Galaxy Saturday night and their third straight loss and sixth in the last eight games have dropped them to four points below the playoff line in the East with two games to play.
  20. (19) Columbus Crew SC (9-15-8, 35 points): The Crew are on the precipice of playoff elimination after conceding a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw against the already-eliminated Whitecaps Saturday.
  21. (20) Sporting Kansas City (10-14-7, 37 points): It went from bad to worse for Sporting Kansas City, which saw an early two-goal lead go up in smoke as they finished with 10 men and suffered a brutal 3-2 defeat to the Rapids, their third consecutive defeat.
  22. (23) Houston Dynamo (11-16-4, 37 points): The Dynamo likely won’t make the playoffs, but they’re not going down without a fight, rallying from a one-goal halftime deficit to beat Orlando City SC 2-1 at BBVA Stadium Saturday.
  23. (22) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7-15-10, 31 points): Playing spoilers, Fredy Montero rescued the Whitecaps from another disappointing defeat with a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Crew SC.
  24. (24) FC Cincinnati (6-22-4, 22 points): FC Cincinnati will likely set a new record for most goals conceded in a season, but it wasn’t happening at Nippert Stadium Saturday as the expansion side played the Fire to a 0-0 draw.

Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Chris Fuhrmeister, Robert Jonas, Emily Olsen and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.

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