MLS Power Rankings: Toronto takes back top spot

One week atop the Power Rankings was it for New York City FC, which fell back into the pack by losing, 4-0, to Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Chicago's mini-slide continued with a 3-2 loss at Western Conference leader Sporting Kansas City. Vancouver and the Red Bulls continued their moves up the standings by also posting 4-0 victories.
 
MLS WEEK 21:

July 26
Philadelphia 3, Columbus 0. Highlights
July 29
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 1. Highlights
New England 3, Philadelphia 0. Highlights
FC Dallas 0, Vancouver 4. Highlights
Houston 2, Portland 2. Highlights
Sporting Kansas City 3, Chicago 2. Highlights
Minnesota United 4, D.C. United 0. Highlights
New York Red Bulls 4, Montreal 0. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 2, Columbus 2. Highlights
San Jose 1, Colorado 0. Highlights
L.A. Galaxy 0, Seattle 0. Highlights
July 30
Toronto FC 4, New York City FC 0.
 
Only MLS results are factored into the Power Rankings, which include a team's record in parentheses and rank last week.
 
1. TORONTO FC (12-3-7), 2. With two golazos -- one from each foot -- Sebastian Giovinco hit the half-century mark in MLS goals as TFC reminded NYCFC of its 5-0 pounding in the playoffs last year. Raheem Edwards notched his first MLS tally. TFC ran its unbeaten streak to four games and opened up a five-point lead in the overall standings.

2. ATLANTA UNITED (10-7-4), 4. A run of four straight victories ended when AUFC needed to rally just to get a point at home, which will no longer be Bobby Dodd Stadium. Hector Villalba scored in a second straight game as the team closed out its temporary stay with an impressive 6-2-1 home record. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium opener is Sept. 10.

3. NEW YORK CITY FC (11-7-4), 1. The sight of Giovinco breezing past Andrea Pirlo preceding his first goal foreshowed Pirlo's substitution after he scored again. NYCFC failed to score for the first time since the season opener and this weekend plays the first of two August derbies against the Red Bulls.

4. SPORTING KC (9-4-9), 6. SKC overcame a Matt Besler own goal with proper strikes from Daniel Salloi, Benny Feilhaber, and Latif Blessing -- sort of -- to extend its unbeaten streak to eight games. Blessing got credit for the goal on a Diego Rubio shot that bounced off him into the net.

5. CHICAGO (11-5-5), 3. The Fire rallied late with a goal by sub David Accam -- his 12th of the season -- but fell short and lost a second straight game.

6. VANCOUVER (9-8-3), 8. Hard to rate which is more impressive: a third win in the last four matches or said victory being a defeat of FCD in Big D. Fredy Montero is getting back his MLS groove; he bagged a pair of goals and assisted on another. Nicolas Mezquida nailed an overhead kick.

7. NY RED BULLS (11-8-2), 9. Another double by Daniel Royer (six goals in the last four games) powered NYRB to its fourth straight victory -- during which it has scored 15 goals to four by opponents -- to set up perfectly a derby with NYCFC this weekend.

8. HOUSTON (9-7-6), 7. The Dynamo had to rally twice and needed a Juan Cabezas header in the 81st minute to preserve its home unbeaten record at 8-0-3. His first goal followed a Mauro Manotas' equalizer and earned Houston its eighth point in the last four games.

9. FC DALLAS (9-4-7), 5. The sending-off of Carlos Gruezo in the 59th minute assured a defeat already on the cards -- pun intended -- would be worse. More worrying is this recurring penchant for clunkers by a team that is obviously very good.

10. SEATTLE (8-7-7), 11. The Sounders racked up 17 shots in extending their unbeaten streak to six games and also pitched a second straight shutout. Right back Kelvin Leerdam is looking like a good move.

11. SAN JOSE (8-9-5), 12. Rookie Nick Lima burnished his reputation with a rocket into the top corner and a crucial defensive play as the Quakes ended a three-game losing streak.

12. MONTREAL (6-8-6), 10. Coming off the bench as a sub for the second straight game after sitting out three matches is good for the Impact and Ignacio Piatti. But with or without him, Montreal has won only two of the last eight.

13. NEW ENGLAND (7-9-5), 14. The Revs edged past the Union in the standings with a pair of goals by Kei Kamara and solid defending against a fatigued foe.

14. REAL SALT LAKE (7-12-4), 16. Suspended head coach Mike Petke watched from the stands as RSL overturned a deficit but couldn't hold onto its lead. Joao Plata and Jefferson Savarino scored three minutes apart early in the second half and RSL ended up tying a second straight home game it had led in the second half.

15. PHILADELPHIA (7-10-5), 18. Dominance over New England -- three straight wins by combined scores of 11-0 -- ended rudely even though defender Jack Elliott pulled off a spectacular goal-line clearance early in the second half. In the midweek game, Philly paid back the Crew for a defeat last week, led by C.J. Sapong's goal and two assists.

16. COLUMBUS (10-11-2), 13. After a rough night in Philly Crew SC ended a run of three games in eight days by scratching out a point at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ola Kamara opened and closed the scoring to increase his goal output this season to 11.

17. PORTLAND (8-8-7), 17. The disappointment of blowing a lead on the road is mitigated by the fine form of Diego Valeri, who drilled the first goal off the underside of the crossbar and with a slick turn set up Sebastian Blanco to tally his fourth goal in the last eight games.

18. ORLANDO CITY SC (8-8-6), 20. A sharp attack started by Brad Guzan's long boot up to Cyle Larin and finished by Kaka's screamer into the top corner will no doubt make the highlight reels.  And the point was its fourth in the last two road games. The problem is those are the only points in the last five matches overall.

19. COLORADO (6-12-2), 15. The Rapids gave keeper Tim Howard the night off and the only goal conceded by Zac MacMath, who posted seven saves, zoomed into the top corner. Three losses in the last four games have dropped Colorado into last place in the Western Conference.

20. L.A. GALAXY (6-10-5), 19. Not losing at home without giving up a goal is progress of a sort and so the second coming of head coach Sigi Schmid is deemed a modest success, even though defender Jelle Van Damme -- already cautioned -- drew his third red card of the season by two-footing Nicolas Lodeiro. Up next is a real test at Portland.

21. MINNESOTA UNITED (6-12-4), 21. A 4-0 rout of United started with a goal by Christian Ramirez -- his team-leading 11th of the season -- that ended a scoreless streak of 358 minutes. Abu Danladi scored and so did Miguel Ibarra, who replaced Ramirez when he suffered a hamstring strain.

22. D.C. UNITED (5-14-3), 22. A few missed chances and a bad goal that Bill Hamid let skip between him and the near post added up to another long day in a miserable month. Unfortunately, the next three months will likely be the same. The losing streak is six games.
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