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MLS Power Rankings, Week 26: Parity prevails

Everyone's bunched up real close in this week's Power Rankings.

Philadelphia is pumped up about their rise in the Rankings.
Philadelphia is pumped up about their rise in the Rankings.
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Week 26 was a chance for several teams to open up the gaps between themselves and the rest of the pack fighting for playoff spots. With 16 matches over the week, including 6 on Wednesday, many teams had two chances to gain or leave their competition in the dust. What did we learn? Parity seems to be undefeated. The playoff races are right where we all thought they would be at this time of year: incredibly tight. There are only 4 teams in the league that are sitting under 30 points, while now 8 teams have 40 points or more. That means that there's a lot of chance for teams to make some movement in the standings.

FC Dallas did enough to move back to the top spot in this week's Power Rankings, while the Philadelphia Union vault into the top 5. On the bottom, the usual suspects are there in the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire. Our beloved D.C. United, fresh off a week where they drew away against the Montreal Impact and then put 6 on Chicago, are in the top 10, which further lets you know how parity has affected the Power Rankings.

Still, let's hear from you. Where do you think teams should be slotted? Who has the worst chance of making the playoffs? What do you expect to see from the Black-and-Red before the 10 day break for the international window? Sound off in the comments if you're feeling it!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

2

48

27

Pummeled their rivals and are back on top.

2

Colorado Rapids

1

43

25

Tough loss to RSL.

3

Real Salt Lake

5

43

27

Nice win at home against Colorado.

4

LA Galaxy

4

40

26

Two draws on the week.

5

Philadelphia Union

10

40

27

Double win week and looked great doing it.

6

New York City FC

3

41

27

Loss at Orlando to lose some ground.

7

Toronto FC

6

43

27

Loss and win this week still puts them top of the East…but they lose Sebastian Giovinco.

8

New York Red Bulls

7

40

27

Win at home against New England in an ugly game to watch.

9

Sporting Kansas City

8

38

28

They lose to Philly and drop in the standings.

10

D.C. United

11

32

26

Can we have 6 goals every game please? Kthxbai.

11

Montreal Impact

13

37

26

Draw midweek against DC and then beat Toronto over the weekend.

12

Portland Timbers

14

35

27

They worked Seattle like a full time job.

13

San Jose Earthquakes

9

32

26

Draw and loss on the week…not a good week to help their playoff hopes.

14

Orlando City

15

31

26

Loss and win on the week and they’re still in the race.

15

Vancouver Whitecaps

16

31

27

Draw in LA.

16

Seattle Sounders

12

31

26

Smoked. Absolutely smoked by Portland.

17

Houston Dynamo

17

25

26

Go down at home to Dallas.

18

Columbus Crew SC

19

26

25

Win against San Jose and they’re somehow back in this playoff race.

19

Chicago Fire

18

23

25

They drew against LA and then got annihilated at RFK.

20

New England Revolution

20

27

27

Draw and a loss on the week. Have a lot of work to do now.