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MLS Power Rankings, Week 19: Two leaders emerge

We have two teams starting to separate from the pack in this week's Power Rankings.

Oscar Pareja's Dallas squad is top of the table and it has him smiling.
Oscar Pareja's Dallas squad is top of the table and it has him smiling.
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Week 19 stormed into town and while there were a lot of matches where there was at least one team that didn't score (seven, to be exact), this week succeeded in learning who were the teams that are starting to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the league. Those two teams would be FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids. Dallas has hit its stride as the summer progresses, while Colorado has been at or near the top of the table for a couple months now. With Colorado 4 points clear of the 3rd team in the Supporters Shield standings (New York City FC) and Dallas 7 points clear, they look to be the two teams to beat in the league.

There are a host of teams that are bunched up just off the leaders' pace, and there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up to Dallas and Colorado. It has made for an interesting race to see which teams will remain above the playoff line and whether they can keep pace or fall off. Teams like the San Jose Earthquakes and the New York Red Bulls that have started out hot have cooled down, and their fans will desire their teams to make the moves necessary to get back to the top third of the table.

Dallas is your new number one team in the rankings, with Colorado falling one spot to #2. D.C. United falls 3 spots to 17 after a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day in Philly last weekend. Your basement dwellers continue to be Columbus Crew SC. But, let's hear what you think. Are Dallas and Colorado set to pull away? Will there be a couple East teams that can keep pace? Will United get back on track this weekend? You can have your takes...just hit up the comments section and keep it real!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

2

37

20

Another win and they are now at the top.

2

Colorado Rapids

1

34

18

They go to Vancouver and leave with the draw.

3

LA Galaxy

3

29

18

They got the 3 points in Seattle.

4

Real Salt Lake

4

29

19

Battled Montreal to a draw.

5

Philadelphia Union

6

29

19

Thumped DC bad.

6

New York City FC

5

30

20

Beat NE midweek and then got dropped by KC over the weekend.

7

Montreal Impact

7

25

17

Got a tough draw in Salt Lake.

8

Sporting Kansas City

10

28

20

Popped NYC in the mouth.

9

Portland Timbers

8

25

19

Got the scoreless draw in Jersey.

10

San Jose Earthquakes

9

22

18

Tough loss at home to Dallas.

11

New York Red Bulls

11

24

19

A draw against Portland leaves them chasing the Eastern leaders.

12

Vancouver Whitecaps

12

25

19

Did well to hold Colorado to a draw.

13

Toronto FC

13

23

17

They beat Chicago like they were supposed to do.

14

Houston Dynamo

15

18

18

They got the draw in Orlando.

15

Orlando City

17

21

17

Orlando probably needed 3 points, but will settle for 1.

16

New England Revolution

16

22

19

Lost to NYC at home but then thumped Columbus over the weekend.

17

D.C. United

14

21

18

A game in Philly that we’ll forget ever happened.

18

Seattle Sounders

18

17

17

Dropped another game at home, this time to LA.

19

Chicago Fire

19

14

16

Went to Toronto

20

Columbus Crew SC

20

16

17

They get thumped by New England and remain at the bottom.