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MLS Power Rankings, Week 16: Summertime heat

As the weather heats up, so is the action on the field in this week's Power Rankings.

Philly fought, but then got destroyed.
Philly fought, but then got destroyed.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Man, was the first day of summer hot.  With the summer solstice hitting high gear on Sunday, so did the temperatures not just in D.C. but across the nation.  Luckily, Major League Soccer gave the fans in the stands around the league reason to brave the brutal heat, providing lots of quality soccer over the past weekend.  With all of the American-based teams also participating in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last week in addition to league matches, there was plenty of MLS action to take in.  Teams will be playing a truckload of games over the next couple weeks.  Be sure to stay hydrated as you prepare for all the fun set to take place over the next two months.  This summer is already shaping up to be hot, humid and rather stormy, but hopefully it doesn't mean that the soccer play will suffer on the field or that you'll be in the stands only wondering why you're out in the sweltering heat.

There were a few changes this week as the middle of the pack continues to be further bunched up and some of the top teams take stumbles or tumbles.  Our beloved Black-and-Red moves back to #1 partly because Seattle went down at home to San Jose and partly because...well, who else you going to put over them?  They're tops in the Supporters Shield rankings and a full 7 points clear of the field in the Eastern Conference.  Vancouver has also been playing well and earned some thought, but in the end the admitted homer pick is number one.

Now, it's your turn.  What does your rankings look like? Do you have a favorite in the bunched up West?  How will the upcoming Gold Cup affect the standings?  Comment away with your suggestions!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

D.C. United

2

31

18

#Rolfe4AllStar. #Rolfe4MVP. #Rolfe4President.

2

Vancouver Whitecaps

3

29

17

Ousted saves the day (pun intended) against the Red Bulls

3

Seattle Sounders

1

29

16

Where will Seattle find offense with Deuce and Martins out for a while?

4

LA Galaxy

6

25

18

Their offense is back, but will it maintain?

5

Portland Timbers

7

25

16

Looked good against Houston.

6

New England Revolution

5

24

17

Got Rolfe’d in the DC heat on Sunday.

7

San Jose Earthquakes

8

22

15

They have Seattle’s number, it seems.

8

Sporting Kansas City

4

24

15

Unlucky to lose in the final seconds in Salt Lake, but offense sputters at times.

9

FC Dallas

9

23

16

Will the draw right the sinking ship?

10

Columbus Crew SC

10

17

15

Idle.

11

Real Salt Lake

14

21

16

Stole 3 points at the death from Sporting.

12

Houston Dynamo

12

20

16

Houston is their name, inconsistency is their game.

13

New York City FC

15

17

16

Thrashed TFC and are suddenly in the playoff hunt.

14

Toronto FC

11

19

13

Got thrashed by NYC and have one more game with MB90 and Jozy before Gold Cup prep.

15

New York Red Bulls

13

17

14

BWP gets stoned twice on penalty kicks and down goes Red Bull.

16

Montreal Impact

20

17

12

Knocks Orlando back down to earth.

17

Colorado Rapids

18

15

15

Gets the home draw against Dallas, but probably deserved more.

18

Orlando City

16

20

16

Listless against Montreal and had to declare 0 points at the border.

19

Philadelphia Union

17

15

17

Got worked like a 9-to-5 by the Galaxy…absolutely worked.

20

Chicago Fire

19

14

14

Idle…but at the bottom now. Sorry.