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MLS Power Rankings, Week 23: The race tightens

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Several teams have moved back into the hunt in this week's Power Rankings.

Giovinco has got the Reds moving on up the Rankings.
Giovinco has got the Reds moving on up the Rankings.
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Major League Soccer season hit what is possibly its most competitive weekend yet as far as eyeballs, as the Olympics opened in Rio de Janeiro and has taken a lot of the media attention. Still, a few teams used the weekend's matches to move up in the playoff chase. Toronto FC used two home victories to vault to 2nd in the Eastern Conference, while the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City have started to close in on FC Dallas in the Western Conference.

For other teams, they are working hard to try and get above that playoff line and be in the hunt for November soccer. Teams like the Vancouver Whitecaps, our beloved D.C. United and Orlando City can't afford to drop points over the next few weeks if they want to catch up with the teams above the playoff line. A full slate of games this weekend, particularly in several cities on the East that are expecting unbearably hot weather, means teams will have to dig deep and use their depth to get the points they need.

Alright, let's hear from you now. Which teams, besides our beloved Black-and Red, desperately need victories this weekend? Who do you think is set up for the let up? Which of the major MLS acquisitions will make the biggest impact over the rest of the season? Comments are open...have at it!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

1

44

24

Idle.

2

LA Galaxy

2

37

22

Drew the Red Bulls at home, keeping pace with the peloton.

3

Colorado Rapids

3

41

22

Dispatched Vancouver at home.

4

New York City FC

4

37

24

Escaped San Jose with the draw.

5

Real Salt Lake

5

37

24

Loss at Toronto midweek, but pummeled Chicago at home over the weekend.

6

Montreal Impact

6

33

22

1-0 winners over Houston at home.

7

Toronto FC

11

36

23

Great week with two home victories against RSL and the Revs.

8

New York Red Bulls

7

33

24

Went to LA and escaped with the point.

9

San Jose Earthquakes

8

28

22

Scoreless draw against NYC.

10

Portland Timbers

10

32

24

Destroyed KC at home.

11

Philadelphia Union

9

31

23

Let DC get the draw at the very end of the match.

12

Sporting Kansas City

12

34

25

Got rocked in Portland, but still in the hunt.

13

Vancouver Whitecaps

13

30

24

A loss to Colorado sees them underneath the playoff line in the West.

14

New England Revolution

15

26

23

Ran off the field by Toronto.

15

Houston Dynamo

16

20

22

Played tough but lost to Montreal on the road.

16

D.C. United

18

24

22

Another draw at the death, but need more than just draws to move up in the standings.

17

Seattle Sounders

19

24

22

Only team to win on the road, and they torched Orlando.

18

Orlando City

14

26

22

They got owned by Seattle at home.

19

Chicago Fire

17

18

21

Got smoked by RSL.

20

Columbus Crew SC

20

19

21

Idle.