clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

MLS Power Rankings, Week 29: Struggles at the top

The top teams struggled to create separation in this week's Power Rankings.

The Third Rail had a lot to cheer about this week.
The Third Rail had a lot to cheer about this week.
Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

It's getting chaotic, folks. With 13 matches in Week 29, the top teams all looked to create some separation from the middle of the table and clinch berths in the 2015 MLS Playoffs. However, only the Red Bulls were able to capitalize, becoming the first (and so far, only) team to secure their place in the postseason. All of the top teams with the exception of Columbus dropped points this week. It's only creating a bottleneck in the playoff race, as many of the teams under the playoff line stepped up and got valuable wins to charge into the race.

As we enter the last weekend in September, time is running out for those teams to get the points they need to play in November. As the only team to clinch a playoff spot last week, the Red Bulls remain #1. Chicago is back in the cellar, where they are in absolute turmoil with the firing of coach Frank Yallop. United, fresh off yet another defeat in league play, drop down to 10. Teams who are hovering in that 4th-6th position in the conference standings will have to dig deep with the games they have remaining. Who wants to be in the playoffs? Who will be sitting at home? Now, time for you to comment!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

New York Red Bulls

1

48

28

Lost midweek but became first team to qualify for playoffs.

2

Columbus Crew SC

8

47

30

Welcome to the top 3, Columbus.

3

LA Galaxy

2

47

30

Got pummeled by RSL but still one of the best in the league.

4

New England Revolution

5

46

30

They are charging towards the top of the East.

5

FC Dallas

3

47

28

Got hurt in Kansas City, but still have games in hand.

6

San Jose Earthquakes

6

40

30

Drew Montreal and lost at NYC.

7

Seattle Sounders

10

45

30

Seattle’s starting to get all their guys healthy and clicking.

8

Vancouver Whitecaps

4

48

29

Top team in Supporters Shield, but got smoked by Seattle at home.

9

Sporting Kansas City

11

44

28

Took care of business against Dallas at home and looked good doing it.

10

D.C. United

7

45

30

The drop continues in the league…need to right the ship before

11

Real Salt Lake

13

38

29

Sent LA out of the RioT with a whipping.

12

Portland Timbers

9

41

29

Got popped by the Red Bulls at home Sunday night.

13

Toronto FC

15

40

29

Lost at NYC but then beat Colorado easily.

14

Montreal Impact

16

36

27

They are now above the playoff line in the East.

15

New York City FC

20

34

30

Two big victories gets them into the thick of the playoff chase.

16

Houston Dynamo

12

35

29

Can’t think about getting into the playoff hunt when you lose to Philly.

17

Orlando City

17

35

30

Beat Chicago, still in the hunt for the playoffs.

18

Philadelphia Union

18

33

30

Thumped Houston at home, their season isn’t done yet.

19

Colorado Rapids

14

34

29

Even with the exchange rate, 0 points from their trip to Toronto is 0 points.

20

Chicago Fire

19

27

29

The only team in the league that really seems like their season may be done.