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MLS Power Rankings, Week 28: Action packed

Balls were hitting the net at a tremendous rate in this week's Power Rankings.

Bill Hamid will need to make more saves like this going forward for DCU.
Bill Hamid will need to make more saves like this going forward for DCU.
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Week 28 had 12 matches coming off the international window, and teams did not hesitate to put their best foot forward. In a week that saw the opening of the NFL as well as week 2 of college football, there were plenty of reasons to put the local MLS match on. 44 goals were scored in those 12 matches, a 3.67 goal/game average. That's a lot of balls flying past goalkeepers into the back of the net. Many of those goals were needed by teams fighting for playoff spots and hoping to catch up to FC Dallas at the top of the Supporters Shield standings.

We're almost at crunch time. Each of these matches mean a lot because most teams only have 5 or 6 left to state their case that they deserve to be in the playoffs or hoist the Shield. There's little margin for error at this point, so let's hope that our beloved D.C. United can keep the firepower going to get victories with the remaining matches on their schedule. Other teams are going to be doing the same.

Now, let's hear from you in the comments. Is the Black-and-Red properly slotted at 11? Is Dallas still number one? Who's the team that's poised to move the most, up or down? You know what time it is...sound off, people!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

1

51

29

Loss to Colorado, but they’re still tops in the league.

2

LA Galaxy

3

47

29

Landon Donovan’s back. That’s really all we took from this game.

3

Colorado Rapids

4

46

27

Beat FCD and are still right there in the hunt for the Shield.

4

Real Salt Lake

2

44

29

Draw against LA and then a loss in Portland.

5

Toronto FC

8

46

28

Beat Chicago on the road to pace the East.

6

New York City FC

5

44

29

Got thumped by New England on the road.

7

New York Red Bulls

7

44

29

Had DC handled and then blew it. LOL.

8

Philadelphia Union

6

41

29

Draw at home against Montreal.

9

Sporting Kansas City

9

39

29

Should have beaten Houston in an entertaining game.

10

Montreal Impact

10

38

28

Went to Philly and left with a point.

11

D.C. United

11

33

28

Incredible to fight back to draw at the death and bring home the Atlantic Cup.

12

Orlando City

14

34

28

Creeping up fast and are now above the playoff line.

13

Portland Timbers

13

38

29

Defeated RSL at home.

14

San Jose Earthquakes

12

33

27

Draw against Seattle at home.

15

New England Revolution

18

33

29

Beat NYC and are now fully in the playoff race.

16

Vancouver Whitecaps

16

34

29

Skunked Columbus on the road.

17

Seattle Sounders

15

32

27

Draw on the road in San Jose.

18

Houston Dynamo

17

26

27

Somehow escaped KC with a point.

19

Chicago Fire

19

26

27

Lost at home to Toronto.

20

Columbus Crew SC

20

26

27

Still hold the bottom spot after losing to Vancouver.