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MLS Power Rankings, Week 29: Draw happy

Pens and pencils everywhere were happy at the amount of drawing teams did in this week's Power Rankings.

New England with the huge victory in Week 29.
New England with the huge victory in Week 29.
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We have officially reached crunch time in the MLS season. With only 5 weeks left in the season, there isn't a lot of time left for teams to state their case for making the playoffs. Some teams have games in hand and some only have 4 left. Either way, the league play is going to have to be at its best.

What won't help most teams? Draws. Still, half the matches in Week 29 ended up deadlocked at the full time whistle. On one hand, it speaks to the parity this league has, where anyone can get a result against any other team. On the other hand, teams now need all the points they can get to be above that red line at the end of the season and book a spot in the postseason. Let's see if the teams that need 3 points, specifically our beloved D.C. United, can get them this weekend. Draws at this point in the season simply won't help.

Now, here are the Power Rankings for this week. FC Dallas maintains the top spot while the Chicago Fire (probably harshly) falls back to the bottom. The Black-and-Red fall a couple spots to #13. Let's hear from you, though. Who's ranked too high or too low? Which team has the most important match this weekend? Finally, which team has the most left to do to make the playoffs or secure the Shield? Comments are open, so get to it!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

1

52

30

Difficult draw in the Bronx, but still have their hold on the Shield.

2

LA Galaxy

2

48

30

Late equalizer from Landon Donovan gives the Galaxy a point against KC.

3

Colorado Rapids

3

47

28

Scoreless draw against San Jose.

4

Toronto FC

5

47

29

Entertaining draw against the Red Bulls.

5

New York City FC

6

45

30

A draw against Dallas was an excellent result.

6

Real Salt Lake

4

44

30

They lose to Houston and they probably will regret those lost points later.

7

New York Red Bulls

7

45

30

A lot of goals but only could muster a draw.

8

Sporting Kansas City

9

40

30

Gave LA all they could handle but gave up a late goal to end in a draw.

9

Philadelphia Union

8

41

30

Go down to Portland on the road.

10

Montreal Impact

10

38

29

Surprisingly thumped by the Revs.

11

Portland Timbers

13

41

30

Beat the Union at home and stay above the playoff line.

12

New England Revolution

15

36

30

Huge victory for them to stay a couple points above DC and Orlando for 6th place.

13

D.C. United

11

34

29

Every game should come with free Pepto Bismol for the heartburn…but they can’t draw their way into the playoffs.

14

San Jose Earthquakes

14

34

28

Scoreless draw in Colorado.

15

Seattle Sounders

17

35

28

Beat Vancouver at home and needed those points.

16

Orlando City

12

34

29

Lost heavily to Columbus. Huge match looms Saturday in DC.

17

Vancouver Whitecaps

16

34

30

Loss in Seattle hurts their playoff chances.

18

Houston Dynamo

18

29

28

A victory to play spoiler against Salt Lake.

19

Columbus Crew SC

20

29

28

They destroy Orlando and actually still have a shot at playoffs.

20

Chicago Fire

19

27

28

Should have won, had the win in hand…and then somehow snatched a draw from the hands of victory.