The final week of the MLS regular season is upon us, which means there’s one more week for team to move up, or down, the Pro Soccer USA power rankings.
Week 30 of the regular season brought the expected drama, with teams clinching playoff berths and Concacaf Champions League spots. But what does it mean in our power rankings?
Minnesota United, following a draw with Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC, moved up two spots to No. 3, while the Colorado Rapids made the biggest noise, jumping four places after a stunning 3-0 win over FC Dallas that kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
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) Los Angeles Football Club (20-4-9, 69 points): Carlos Vela tied the MLS single-season scoring record and LAFC secured the Supporters’ Shield in a four-point week.
- (2) New York City FC (17-6-10, 61 points): Alexandru Mitrita struck for a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Atlanta, which was followed by a 2-0 loss at New England. But NYCFC still clinched first in the East.
- (5) Minnesota United (15-10-8, 53 points): After a win at Banc of California Stadium, the Loons tied LAFC 1-1 at Allianz Field with Michael Boxall heading in the equalizer.
- (3) Atlanta United (17-12-4, 55 points): A 1-1 draw in Montreal followed that stunning loss in the Bronx for Atlanta, which can still finish second in the East.
- (4) Philadelphia Union (16-10-7, 55 points): An emotional rally in the midweek against Portland was followed by a flat performance in a 2-0 loss at Columbus.
- (8) Seattle Sounders FC (15-10-8, 53 points): Jordan Morris struck for the 94th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes that moved the Sounders level on points with second-place Minnesota ahead of a tasty Decision Day clash.
- (6) D.C. United (13-10-10, 49 points): D.C. United made it four consecutive clean sheets with a 0-0 draw against the rival Red Bulls, giving Ben Olsen’s side the edge to finish fourth place in the East.
- (7) LA Galaxy (16-14-3, 51 points): The Galaxy were brought back to earth a bit with a shocking 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. A similar result against Houston on Decision Day could bounce them from a home playoff game.
- (9) New York Red Bulls (14-13-6, 48 points): The Red Bulls haven’t conceded a goal in three games, but they failed to score against D.C. United and it might cost them a home playoff game.
- (11) Real Salt Lake (15-13-5, 50 points): Jefferson Savarino scored the 75th-minute winner in Nick Rimando’s final regular season game at Rio Tinto Stadium. The victory over the Dynamo also clinched a playoff spot.
- (13) New England Revolution (11-10-12, 45 points): Gustavo Bou scored a beauty of a chip and Matt Turner was a beast as the Revs defeated NYCFC 2-0 to clinch a playoff berth.
- (10) Toronto FC (12-10-11, 47 points): Omar Gonzalez headed in the equalizer in the 80th minute as Toronto FC drew the Chicago Fire to extend an unbeaten streak to 10 matches.
- (16) Colorado Rapids (12-15-6, 42 points): The Rapids are still alive thanks to a 3-0 win over FC Dallas, their fourth victory in their last five games. Colorado needs a win at LAFC, a bit of help, to clinch an unlikely playoff berth.
- (14) Portland Timbers (13-13-7, 46 points): The Timbers didn’t get the win they desperately wanted, but they’re still alive for a playoff spot after back-to-back draws against New England and Sporting KC.
- (15) FC Dallas (12-12-9, 45 points): It’s four straight games without a win for FC Dallas, who are clinging to seventh place in the West ahead of a Decision Day clash with Sporting Kansas City.
- (12) San Jose Earthquakes (13-15-5, 44 points): The Quakes are confident, but they can book a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs despite going into the final regular season game against the Portland Timbers on a five-match losing streak.
- (17) Chicago Fire (9-12-12, 39 points): The final game at SeatGeek Stadium was an entertaining one, with Aleksandar Katai and Fabian Hebers scoring nine minutes apart in the second half. But the Revs home win over NYCFC meant the Fire would miss out on the postseason yet again.
- (20) Columbus Crew SC (10-15-8, 38 points): Despite being eliminated from postseason contention, the Crew extended an unbeaten run to five following a 2-0 win over the Union.
- (19) Montreal Impact (11-17-5, 38 points): Bojan scored an 81st-minute equalizer in a 1-1 home draw against Atlanta United for the Impact, who will again miss the MLS Cup playoffs.
- (18) Orlando City SC (9-14-10, 37 points): The Lions search for a first playoff berth will reach a sixth year after a 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati.
- (21) Sporting Kansas City (10-15-8, 38 points): A four-match losing streak was snapped as SKC battled, quite literally, the Timbers in a 2-2 draw.
- (23) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-15-10, 34 points): They’ve already been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Whitecaps made it three matches without a defeat following a wild 3-2 win over the LA Galaxy.
- (22) Houston Dynamo (11-18-4, 37 points): Tomas Martinez scored a 32nd-minute equalizer, but the Dynamo conceded a 75th-minute winner to fall at Real Salt Lake 2-1.
- (24) FC Cincinnati (6-22-5, 23 points): Allan Cruz scored the opening goal, but FC Cincinnati drew Orlando City 1-1.
Pro Soccer USA writers Dylan Butler, Julian Cardillo, Marco Cummings, Chris Fuhrmeister, Robert Jonas, Emily Olsen and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.