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MLS Power Rankings, Week 28: Let the chase begin

The push for the playoffs has begun in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 28 didn’t see much movement among the top teams in Major League Soccer, as the top 11 teams all got at least 1 result during the week. As we enter the home stretch of the season and with a lot of teams bunched up in the playoff race, every match is critical for the teams that want to play soccer in November and December. Four teams can clinch playoff berths this week: Columbus, the Red Bulls, New England and our beloved United. For the others, the chase is only beginning and it will be a mad dash to the finish line. There are thirteen games in Week 29, and each one of them will count. The time is now for teams to stake their claim for the second season.

The Red Bulls, using the luck of the Irish or some other kind of luck, came back to beat Chicago to maintain the top spot in the Power Rankings. The Black & Red, who secured a late draw in Colorado, stays at #7. NYCFC continues to pay rent in the Boogie Down basement. Now, let’s hear your hot takes. Where do you see the teams ordered at the top? Is NYCFC really the weakest in the league in your opinion? You know the drill…head to the comments section and let us know!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

New York Red Bulls

1

45

26

Pulled out their lucky rabbit’s foot in their comeback victory against Chicago.

2

LA Galaxy

2

47

29

Cooled off a bit against Montreal.

3

FC Dallas

3

47

27

Used the Olimpico to beat NYCFC.

4

Vancouver Whitecaps

4

48

28

Dispatched Colorado midweek.

5

New England Revolution

6

43

28

They’re on fire and making a statement.

6

San Jose Earthquakes

5

39

28

Held off Seattle for the draw.

7

D.C. United

7

45

29

Tale of two halves in securing a point late in Colorado.

8

Columbus Crew SC

8

44

29

Got 3 significant points to gain ground on the lead pack in the East.

9

Portland Timbers

9

41

28

Drew KC to stay barely above the playoff line in the West.

10

Seattle Sounders

10

42

29

Important point at San Jose keeps them above the playoff line.

11

Sporting Kansas City

12

41

27

Got a point from road trips to Portland and Orlando.

12

Houston Dynamo

11

35

28

Terrible loss to RSL at home.

13

Real Salt Lake

15

35

28

Much needed victory to get 3 major points.

14

Colorado Rapids

13

33

26

Lost at Vancouver midweek and then gave up a late goal to draw DC.

15

Toronto FC

14

37

27

Ran up against a hot Revs squad. Got beat soundly.

16

Montreal Impact

17

32

25

Held off LA for a scoreless draw.

17

Orlando City

19

32

29

Punked a tired SKC squad.

18

Philadelphia Union

16

30

29

Lost to the Crew at home.

19

Chicago Fire

18

27

28

Should have won. Could have won. Didn’t win.

20

New York City FC

20

28

28

Lost on the road to Dallas.