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MLS Power Rankings, Week 24: Top 5 still alive

The top 5 teams remain unchanged in this week's Power Rankings, but who did well to move up the ladder?

Philly's great game has them feeling good.
Philly's great game has them feeling good.
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Week 24 of the Major League Soccer season saw the top 5 teams in the Power Rankings stay the same, while in the Supporters Shield standings, the pack has really bunched up. While FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids are the two teams that are above 40 points on the season, 3rd place and 13th place are separated by only 8 points.

So what do teams need to do to get above the playoff line and stay there? Well duh, wins are helpful. Many teams have inside of ten games left in the regular season, so there's not a lot of opportunity to get max points. Losses, especially at home, will only hurt their chances. This may sound like an elementary solution, but many teams now have many games packed into a tight calendar, with CONCACAF Champions League, the U.S. Open Cup final and even having league games in hand from breaks earlier in the season. The teams that can manage their schedule the best will be the ones likely playing soccer after October 23rd.

Now, take a look at the Rankings and let's hear your take. You know the drill, so hit those comments and don't hold back!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

1

45

25

Draw against KC in a great match.

2

LA Galaxy

2

38

25

Got the draw against Colorado.

3

Colorado Rapids

3

42

23

Secured the point and is still among the top teams.

4

New York City FC

4

38

25

Epic draw against Columbus, but should have beaten the Crew.

5

Real Salt Lake

5

37

25

Go down in Seattle in a close match.

6

New York Red Bulls

8

36

25

They thump Montreal at home.

7

Toronto FC

7

37

24

A draw in Houston in the heat.

8

San Jose Earthquakes

9

31

23

Defeat Vancouver on the road.

9

Philadelphia Union

11

34

24

Torch the Revs and looked excellent doing it.

10

Montreal Impact

6

33

23

Didn’t have the juice against the Red Bulls.

11

Sporting Kansas City

12

35

26

Draw in Dallas and that’s a terrific result.

12

Portland Timbers

10

32

25

Came to DC and caught that L.

13

D.C. United

16

27

23

Now THAT’S how you’re supposed to play. From now on, THAT’S HOW YOU PLAY!

14

Vancouver Whitecaps

13

30

25

Lost at home to San Jose and need to pick up the pace to get back above the playoff line.

15

Seattle Sounders

17

27

23

They needed that win, but still got work to do.

16

Orlando City

18

27

23

A bad tie against Chicago, and now the playoff line is above their name in the standings.

17

New England Revolution

14

26

24

Got smoked by Philly and really look to be in trouble.

18

Houston Dynamo

15

21

23

Draw at home against Toronto.

19

Chicago Fire

19

19

22

Good on them to pull out a draw against Orlando.

20

Columbus Crew SC

20

20

22

Drew NYC but still hold the lease for the bottom of the rankings.