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MLS Power Rankings, Week 30: The pack closes in

5 teams are within striking distance of the Supporters Shield leaders in this week's Power Rankings.

NYCFC is reaching to try and get ahead of the rest of the East.
NYCFC is reaching to try and get ahead of the rest of the East.
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Week 30 saw several teams start to put some pressure on FC Dallas in the race for the Supporters Shield. While Dallas still enjoys a 5 point lead over the rest of the pack with 3 matches to play, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids all have 48 points and are easily within striking distance. Colorado has 5 matches left while Toronto has 4, so they may be the teams that have the best chance of catching Dallas and taking the Shield.

On the other end, the race for the last couple spots in the East is fully lit, with our beloved D.C. United, Montreal Impact, Orlando City, and the New England Revolution realistically battling for 2 spots. In the West, the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders are fighting for that last spot and maybe even catching Sporting Kansas City. No team has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but the coming week of matches could possibly change that. Each team with a shot at the playoffs better remember Wedding Crashers Rule 76, otherwise they will not be playing November soccer.

As always, it's time to hear from you. Who's ranked just right? Who's too high or low? Which team stands the best chance of doing what they need to do to either win the Shield or sneak into the playoffs? Comments time...let's hear those takes!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

FC Dallas

1

53

31

They keep getting results and maintain their Supporters Shield lead.

2

New York City FC

5

48

31

Thrashing of Chicago and now they’re in the hunt for the Shield.

3

LA Galaxy

2

48

31

Started off hot and then lost the plot against Seattle.

4

Colorado Rapids

3

48

29

Entertaining draw against Vancouver.

5

Toronto FC

4

48

30

Draw at home against Philly.

6

New York Red Bulls

7

48

31

Held off Montreal for the 3 important points at home.

7

Sporting Kansas City

8

43

31

Won in San Jose to maintain their grip on 5th in the West.

8

Real Salt Lake

6

45

31

Scoreless draw against the league leaders.

9

Philadelphia Union

9

42

31

Came back from Toronto with a point in their pocket.

10

D.C. United

13

37

30

Most needed victory of the season over Orlando and are now above the playoff line.

11

Montreal Impact

10

38

30

Lost to Red Bull and are now in a battle for 5th place.

12

Seattle Sounders

15

38

29

Slow start but then smoked LA.

13

San Jose Earthquakes

14

34

29

Another loss and they’re losing their grip on any playoff hopes.

14

Portland Timbers

11

41

31

Bad loss to Houston to let Seattle back into the race.

15

New England Revolution

12

36

31

Terrible loss to Columbus to drop below the playoff line.

16

Houston Dynamo

18

32

29

Mathmatically still in it after pummeling Portland.

17

Columbus Crew SC

19

32

29

They’re somehow not out of it after killing the Revs.

18

Vancouver Whitecaps

17

35

31

Draw against Colorado at home.

19

Orlando City

16

34

30

Biggest game of their season and they got smoked in DC.

20

Chicago Fire

20

27

29

Ran into a wall in the Bronx.