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MLS Power Rankings, Week 17: Power through

With an overflow of matches, Week 17's Power Rankings is where teams need to start to power through.

Seattle can only look on as NYCFC celebrates.
Seattle can only look on as NYCFC celebrates.
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Week 17. We've reached the midway point of the season in Major League Soccer, and some teams are about to have a full slate of games over the next week or two. With midweek matches this week and U.S. Open Cup in Week 18 before the holiday weekend, the depth of these teams (or lack thereof) will really need to show. Now, teams will be regaining players they lost for most of the month for Copa America Centenario, and a couple teams will wait a bit longer for the completion of Euro 2016 to get their full squad back stateside. With the hot summer days, they will need fresh legs to carry them through the dog days of July and August.

Still, the action was intense last week as several teams put multiple goals on the scoreboard. 39 goals were scored among the 12 matches, a 3.25 goals per game average. Only the match between the LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids ended without a ball in the back of the net. That's the type of action that will carry MLS back into the forefront as the summer's major tournaments end (Copa) or begin its final days (Euro). The Fourth of July weekend is this weekend, and with America out and about, let's hope this barrage of goalscoring continues to bring people out to the parks to create some tremendous atmospheres.

The Rapids maintain their top spot in the rankings, and the top 10 remains mostly unchanged. The Chicago Fire continue to be the keepers of the crypt in the rankings basement, while D.C. United move up a spot to 15. But enough about where I see it, it's time to hear from you. Where does the Black-and-Red fall along your scale? Who's on the verge of making a run at the leaders? Who needs a key addition before they can shed the pretender label? You know where the comments are by now...let's hear your takes!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

Colorado Rapids

1

32

16

A draw in LA is enough to keep them on top.

2

San Jose Earthquakes

2

22

16

The Quakes settle for a draw at home in the California Clasico.

3

LA Galaxy

3

23

16

Two draws on the week against #1 and #2 in the rankings keeps them secure in the 3 spot.

4

FC Dallas

4

31

18

They took it right to RSL and looked good from start to finish.

5

Philadelphia Union

5

26

17

Split the week but still the top team in the East.

6

Real Salt Lake

7

27

16

Beat Red Bull midweek but lose in Dallas over the weekend.

7

Montreal Impact

8

21

15

Entertaining draw against KC at home.

8

New York Red Bulls

6

23

17

Lose at RSL and then only manage a draw against Columbus.

9

Vancouver Whitecaps

10

24

17

Good on them to get a tough victory on the road against Philly.

10

Portland Timbers

9

23

17

Should have taken care of business against Houston, but did enough for 3 points.

11

Sporting Kansas City

11

22

18

KC gets the draw against Montreal.

12

New York City FC

15

24

17

They travel to Seattle and snuff out the Sounders.

13

Orlando City

13

20

15

Do well to take out Toronto at home.

14

Toronto FC

12

19

15

They fight hard but lose to Orlando.

15

D.C. United

16

20

16

They hammered New England early and took it to them in securing 3 points.

16

New England Revolution

14

19

16

They looked lost on the field against United and fall easily.

17

Columbus Crew SC

19

16

15

They managed a draw against Red Bull at home.

18

Seattle Sounders

17

16

15

Got worked at home by NYCFC.

19

Houston Dynamo

18

14

16

They fought hard but went down to the defending champs.

20

Chicago Fire

20

11

14

Showed some fight, but still lost to Philly.