Four-point weeks for two teams helped jostle the rankings at the top, though the top three of Toronto FC, New York City FC and Seattle stayed pat.
Atlanta United delighted combined crowds
of more than 115,000 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium by scoring 10 goals, and Vancouver took over the Western Conference lead by beating Minnesota United and rallying late to tie Columbus.
Speaking of Crew SC, it is 3-0-3 since early August. Contrast the record to that of Montreal, which has fallen off the playoff pace by losing four in a row after crashing at home to expansion entrant
Minnesota United, and the LA Galaxy, which fell at home to Toronto FC without mustering a shot on goal.
MLS Results, Week 28 Sept. 13
Atlanta United 7, New England 0. Highlights
Vancouver 3, Minnesota United 0. Highlights Sept. 16
Atlanta United 3, Orlando
City 3. Highlights
Real Salt Lake 2, Portland 1. Highlights
Chicago 3, D.C. United 0. Highlights
Montreal 2, Minnesota United 3. Highlights
Vancouver 2, Columbus 2. Highlights
Sporting Kansas City 3, New England 1. Highlights
FC Dallas 0, Seattle 0. Highlights
Colorado 1, New York City FC 1. Highlights
San Jose 1, Houston 0. Highlights
L.A. Galaxy 0, Toronto FC 4. Highlights Sept. 17
New York Red Bulls 0, Philadelphia 0. Highlights
Only MLS results are factored into the
Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses and rank last week. 1.TORONTO FC (18-3-8), 1.
Two goals by Tosaint Ricketts
in his first start since
late May punctuated a dominant display (16-3 in shots, no Galaxy shots on goal) and sixth straight victory achieved with Jozy Altidore
and Michael Bradley
rested. The steadily excellent
registered his seventh goal and 16th
assist. 2. NEW YORK CITY FC (15-8-6), 2.
For the third time this season NYCFC lost a victory by conceding a
goal in the final five minutes. Tom McNamara
’s goal was just the third scored by NYCFC in the last four games and set up with a rare Andrea Pirlo
assist. After sitting out two
games with a strained hamstring, David Villa
came off the bench to play the final 18 minutes. 3. SEATTLE (11-7-11), 3.
The Sounders were seldom troubled while extending
their unbeaten streak to 13 games. A sharp diving save by Stefan Frei
turned aside a low shot from Kellyn Acosta
as they registered their 10th shutout of the season.
4. SPORTING KC (11-6-11), 5.
It traded Dom Dwyer
for lots of allocation money to build for the future, but the deal also put pressure on players like Diego Rubio
to get goals
He responded with two opportunistic tap-ins as SKC maintained its unbeaten home record (9-0-5). 5. VANCOUVER (13-9-6), 6.
A blown 1-0 lead thanks to an early Fredy
didn’t dissuade the Caps from snatching a point with a stoppage-time goal by Tony Tchani
that was just enough to retain first place in the Western Conference. As
for the midweek defeat of MNUFC, that also started with an early goal -- by emerging star Yordy Reyna
-- supplemented by strikes from Erik Hurtado
and Brek Shea
. Rookie right back
got his third assist in the last three games. 6. NY RED BULLS (12-10-6), 4.
A few starters were rested for the Open Cup final and thus did NYRB acquire only
its fourth straight tie. Head coach Jesse Marsch
has placed a high priority for the Open Cup against SKC Wednesday, and must also plan for three league games in eight days starting Saturday at
Columbus. 7. ATLANTA UNITED (12-8-7), 8.
Many great players have come and gone, but MLS ain’t never seen anything like Josef Martinez
. Hat tricks in back-to-back
games upped his take to 16 goals in 14 games. A record crowd of 70,425 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium observed his second hat trick of the week and third of the season that made for a most remarkable week
of soccer in the South. 8. PORTLAND (12-10-8), 7.
By scoring in an eighth consecutive game Diego Valeri
set a league record but the Timbers back line was cut open repeatedly
as their four-game unbeaten streak ended. Dairon Asprilla
blazed the rebound of a parried Valeri shot wide from close range and former RSL keeper Jeff Attinella
let a savable shot slip
past his fists. 9. REAL SALT LAKE (11-14-5), 11.
The wins just keep on coming, especially at home, where RSL had gone four straight games without a victory as of Aug. 5.
and Albert Rusnak
scored as RSL won its third straight game at Rio Tinto by combined scores of 10-2. 10. COLUMBUS (13-12-5), 12.
Crew SC bounced
back from conceding an early goal in Vancouver but an apparent winner by former Whitecap Kekuta Manneh
was matched by counterpart Tchani. Steadily -- with three wins and three ties in the last
six games -- it has pulled clear of the chasing pack and considering how low Columbus finished last year (ninth of 10 teams), to plow up the standings in a much more competitive conference is a
tribute to the coaching staff and players. 11. SAN JOSE (11-12-6), 13.
With a goal by Danny Hoesen
, his third of the season, the Quakes extended their home unbeaten
streak to seven games and edged into the playoff sextet. Hoesen also set up three chances for teammates and rookie Jackson Yeuill
played a strong 90 minutes that included 10 recoveries and
three interceptions along with one key pass. 12. HOUSTON (10-10-8), 10.
The Dynamo fell behind the Quakes on the first tiebreaker, most wins, as it failed to win for a fourth
straight game. Erick Torres
hit the post with Houston’s best chance. Newcomer Tomas Martinez
earned his first MLS caution in his first MLS start as head coach
tries to stop the slide. 13. MINNESOTA UNITED (8-15-5), 15.
Twice rallying from one-goal deficits on the road -- on the heels of a loss and
cross-country flight -- and winning late with a great strike from rookie Abu Danladi
shows how much determination has been infused by head coach Adrian Heath
and his staff. Despite some
horrendous results and 58 goals conceded, the Loons are legit. 14. CHICAGO (14-9-6), 17.
Left back Brandon Vincent
got forward to score the clinching second goal with a
diving header as the Fire comfortably closed out a game they mostly controlled in the absences of midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger
and Michael de Leeuw
. 15. MONTREAL
That’s a big drop in the rankings, but justified by a fourth straight loss against an expansion team at home that leaves a six-point gap to the playoff tier. Unlike a few
conference rivals, the Impact hasn’t solved the problem of winning if its top player -– in this case, Ignacio Piatti
, who failed to convert penalty kick –- is absent or off
his game. 16. FC DALLAS (9-8-11), 14.
FCD plugged up its leaky defense – 12 goals allowed in the previous five games -- to post its first shutout in more than a month, but
has itself failed to score five times during its nine-match winless skid. Out of the playoff tier on goal difference, it starts a run of three matches in eight days Saturday at Minnesota United.
17. D.C. UNITED (8-17-4), 16.
An own goal by Ian Harkes
midway through the first half sent United on the path to a second straight defeat and eighth road shutout of the season. 18. ORLANDO CITY (9-12-8), 21.
The Lions took three leads they couldn’t hold, yet two goals by Dom Dwyer
and one from Cyle Larin
what they can do
when paired up top. They also showed an attack without Kaka
can work just fine. 19. NEW ENGLAND (10-14-5), 18.
Can it get any worse for the Revs? Krisztian
made his return to Kansas City infamous instead of memorable by tossing a careless elbow that got him tossed in the
11th minute three days after they were slaughtered in the
worst defeat in team history. Two players were sent off in Atlanta as well. 20. PHILADELPHIA (8-12-9), 19.
A third straight tie and fourth in the last five games leaves the Union
looking ahead to 2018 rather than girding for a playoff challenge. The Union managed only six shots from two players -- C.J. Sapong
and Chris Pontius
-- and needed another super game
(eight saves) by Andre Blake
. In his third consecutive start right back Keegan Rosenberry
-- remember him? – got in six tackles. 21. COLORADO (7-16-5), 22.
late equalizer by Dominique Badji
gave the Rapids a point even though they held just 43 percent of possession and fell behind in the 19th minute. 22. L.A. GALAXY (7-15-6), 20.
A record of 2-9-4 at StubHub Center is all you need to know about the 2017 season. Newcomer Michael Ciani
made his debut in a rejiggered defense of three defenders and two wingbacks that
mirrored TFC’s alignment but did little to slow it down