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MLS Power Rankings, Week 26: 19's a crowd

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Last week's results mean a crowded bunch in this week's Power Rankings.

San Jose is rising to new heights.
San Jose is rising to new heights.
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Week 26 saw most of the top teams take a tumble in league play, the middle teams make a statement and some of the bottom feeders really solidify their place at the bottom of the table.  Only 19 points separate the top team in the Supporters Shield standings, the Galaxy, from the bottom team (Philadelphia).  And with the calendar now flipped to the month of September, we're really into the playoff chase now.  Every match counts.  And with several teams off this coming weekend and many of the league's stars on international duty, we're in a calm period before the playoff race gets into high gear.

Fresh off the 3-0 victory, the Red Bulls are on top of the Power Rankings, while the turmoil facing L'Impact have them holding down the cellar.  The Black & Red fall to 7 this week.  So, now it's your turn to have a say.  What did you make of last week's results?  What teams do you think get the heat they need to be the teams to beat moving forward?  Comments time...speak your mind!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

New York Red Bulls

3

42

25

Their win over United erased any memory of their midweek flop in Chicago.

2

LA Galaxy

1

46

28

Small drop after losing to SJ.

3

San Jose Earthquakes

4

38

26

Are they peaking at the right time?

4

FC Dallas

6

41

25

Getting back on track as we shift into September.

5

Vancouver Whitecaps

2

45

27

Got dropped by Houston in the Texas heat.

6

Columbus Crew SC

8

41

27

This team is starting to put it together.

7

D.C. United

5

44

28

We better use this 2 week break to regroup. And fast.

8

New England Revolution

10

37

26

They are still hanging around.

9

Portland Timbers

7

40

27

Tough loss to rival Seattle.

10

Houston Dynamo

11

35

27

Lost at Colorado, but rebounded to smack the Whitecaps in the mouth.

11

Sporting Kansas City

9

40

25

Lost in Denver…can’t lose games like that in the Western Conference.

12

Colorado Rapids

14

33

26

Probably the best week they’ve had all season.

13

Toronto FC

13

37

25

Beat Montreal, which they should with their lineup. Still in the playoff chase.

14

Seattle Sounders

15

38

27

Tough win against their archrivals.

15

Real Salt Lake

12

32

27

Slowly playing themselves out of the playoff chase by remaining in the Western Conference cellar.

16

Orlando City

19

29

27

Listless draw against Chicago.

17

Chicago Fire

20

27

26

Chicago got 4 points on the week, including somehow beating the Red Bulls.

18

New York City FC

18

28

27

Got beat by Columbus after trotting out a JV lineup.

19

Philadelphia Union

16

27

27

The Union would hold down the basement but for L’Impact.

20

Montreal Impact

17

28

23

They’re in turmoil.