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MLS Power Rankings, Week 30: Bunched Up

The playoff standings and the Power Rankings this week are very concentrated.

LA is back on top of the standings and the rankings.
LA is back on top of the standings and the rankings.
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In last week's Power Rankings, we discussed the need for those top teams in the lead to begin their final push to create some separation from the pack and secure their playoff berths. Well, take a look at the Supporters Shield standings this week and you will see the true definition of parity. 14 teams in MLS are separated by only 9 points, and with so many teams bunched up, it means that the conference playoffs standings are just as tight. With each team playing this weekend in league play before most teams sit for the international break, teams need to enter October playing their best soccer of the season if they want to ensure that they're playing all month long and into November.

The Galaxy, fresh off their victory over Dallas, leads the Supporters Shield standings and return to the top spot this week in the Power Rankings. Our beloved Black & Red fall even further this week, landing at 15th.  Montreal, who has been on fire with one Didier Drogba leading the charge, makes the biggest leap this week, from 14th to 5th. Finally, Chicago maintains its usual position in the basement of the Power Rankings.

So, let's hear your take. Is United's fall going to continue? Are people as high on Montreal and their strength right now? Who's going to make that playoff push? Comments time...hit them up and let us know.

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

LA Galaxy

3

50

31

Victory gets them back on track and in the Supporters Shield driver’s seat.

2

New England Revolution

4

47

31

Draw Philly, but poised to make a run for the top East spot.

3

New York Red Bulls

1

48

29

Pummeled by Orlando at home, so they fall from the top spot.

4

San Jose Earthquakes

6

43

31

Squeak out a win against RSL.

5

Montreal Impact

14

42

29

They are on fire and vault into the top 5...can Didier Drogba lead them to the playoffs?

6

Columbus Crew SC

2

47

31

Lose at home to Portland, but still in the hunt for the #1 East seed.

7

FC Dallas

5

47

29

Ran into LA and couldn’t escape with points.

8

Seattle Sounders

7

46

31

Drew SKC, still in contention for the Supporters Shield.

9

Sporting Kansas City

9

45

30

Lost to Houston and drew Seattle…hanging onto a playoff spot.

10

Vancouver Whitecaps

8

48

30

NYC came in and took 3 points from them.

11

Portland Timbers

12

44

30

Dinged Columbus on the road.

12

Toronto FC

13

43

30

They beat Chicago, the only result that’s acceptable agains the Fire right now.

13

New York City FC

15

37

31

Their stars are starting to come together at the right time.

14

Houston Dynamo

16

41

31

Two big wins to inch them closer to that playoff line.

15

D.C. United

10

45

31

Fix it…now.

16

Real Salt Lake

11

38

30

Lost to SKC and thanks to other results, find themselves needing serious help for the playoffs.

17

Orlando City

17

38

31

They’re not quitting yet, destroying the Red Bulls in Harrison.

18

Philadelphia Union

18

34

31

Andre Blake's 10 saves singlehandedly saves a draw for Philly.

19

Colorado Rapids

19

34

30

Played okay against Houston, but still lost.

20

Chicago Fire

20

27

29

Just an awful display of soccer by the Fire.