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MLS Power Rankings Week 30: LAFC, Philadelphia Union climb, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC fall

It’s another week and another new top five in the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings. While Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls remain in the top two spots, FC Dallas moved up two spots to No. 3, LAFC made a three-spot move to No. 4, while Sporting Kansas City dropped one to No. 5.

On the other end, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders — last year’s MLS Cup opponents — both dropped four spots after Week 29 losses.

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 (19-5-6, 63 points): Julian Gressel and Hector Villalba scored a goal in each half to lead Atlanta to a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, their third consecutive win, heading into Sunday’s Supporters’ Shield showdown against the Red Bulls.
  2. (2) New York Red Bulls (18-7-5, 59 points): Bradley Wright-Phillips set up goals by Kaku and Derrick Etienne in a 2-0 win over Toronto FC, but a late yellow card for dissent suspends him for the Atlanta clash.
  3. (5) FC Dallas (15-6-8, 53 points): Maxi Urruti’s set piece service led to goals by Santiago Mosquera and Matt Hedges in a 2-1 win over Vancouver that moved FC Dallas back on top of the Western Conference.
  4. (7) Los Angeles Football Club (14-7-8, 50 points): Walker Zimmerman latched onto a pair of Carlos Vela set pieces to lead LAFC to a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, stretching an unbeaten streak to six games.
  5. (4) Sporting Kansas City (15-8-6, 51 points): After winning six of their last seven games, Sporting fell to in-form Philadelphia, 2-0, on Sunday at rainy Talen Energy Stadium.
  6. (6) Columbus Crew SC (13-9-8, 47 points): After setting up Gyasi Zardes’ opening goal, Federico Higuain scored the game-winner in the 57th minute to lift Crew SC to a 2-1 win over 10-man Colorado.
  7. (3) Seattle Sounders FC (13-11-5, 44 points): The Sounders suffered their second straight loss, falling to the LA Galaxy, 3-0, Sunday on the road. Starting with Colorado Saturday, the schedule get a lot easier down the stretch.
  8. (12) Philadelphia Union (14-12-4, 46 points): The Union made it six wins in their last eight games, including two in a row, after beating Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, Sunday at home. Jay Simpson scored both goals.
  9. (8) Real Salt Lake (13-11-6, 45 points): After three straight wins, RSL fell back to earth a bit with a loss to Atlanta United that came on the heels of a draw against Minnesota. A showdown with SKC is coming up.
  10. (10) D.C. United (9-11-8): Following a bye, D.C. United continue its playoff push in a massive six-point game against sixth-place Montreal. That, and four of their last five regular season games, are at home.
  11. (11) Montreal Impact (12-14-4, 40 points): The Impact rallied to draw NYCFC, 1-1, at home on a goal by Michael Azira. They lead D.C. United by five points, but have played two additional games.
  12. (9) New York City FC (14-8-8, 50 points): It’s now one win in their last nine games, including consecutive draws. A playoff spot can be clinched with a win or draw against the Chicago Fire Wednesday.
  13. (13) Portland Timbers (13-9-8, 47 points): A furious second-half comeback on goals by Alvas Powell and Sebastian Blanco couldn’t make up for a terrible start in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota United.
  14. (16) Houston Dynamo (8-13-8, 32 points): A 0-0 draw at Orlando makes it back-to-back games without defeat for the Dynamo, whose season comes down to a U.S. Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union.
  15. (18) LA Galaxy (11-11-8, 41 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal and an assist and Romain Alessandrini had a pair of helpers in a 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders that breathed life into the Galaxy’s fading playoff hopes.
  16. (15) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11-11-7, 40 points): The Whitecaps suffered a second straight loss, a devastating defeat to FC Dallas at home Sunday that not only likely knocks them out of the playoffs, but resulted in Carl Robinson being fired.
  17. (17) New England Revolution (8-10-11, 35 points): The Revs are on a four-game unbeaten streak, with three draws, including a 2-2 tie against the Chicago Fire at home Saturday.
  18. (14) Toronto FC (8-15-6, 30 points): Needing a win, TFC came up well short in a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls Sunday.
  19. (19) Minnesota United FC (10-16-3, 33 points): Romario Ibarra struck for a brace and Michael Boxall added a goal two minutes before the break in a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers.
  20. (20) Chicago Fire (7-15-7, 28 points): It’s now three games without a loss for the Fire, who played New England to a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium Saturday night. They head to Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
  21. (21) Colorado Rapids (6-17-6, 24 points): The Rapids were reduced to 10 men and then dropped their fifth consecutive game in a 2-1 defeat at Columbus.
  22. (22) San Jose Earthquakes (4-18-8, 20 points): Their play is more inspired since Mikael Stahre was fired, but the Quakes lost twice last week, extending a losing streak to four consecutive games.
  23. (23) Orlando City SC (7-18-4, 25 points): It’s now three consecutive games without a goal, but the Lions did at least get a point in a 0-0 home draw against the Houston Dynamo.

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

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