MLS Power Rankings: Minnesota United makes good use of double dip

With just four games played last week, there wasn’t much movement in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, yet by halting Atlanta United’s amazing run of home dominance expansion counterpart Minnesota United got a boost.

The New York Red Bulls also moved up by posting a solid defeat of Vancouver that also clinched a playoff spot.
MLS Results:
Oct. 3
Atlanta United 2, Minnesota United 3. Highlights
Oct. 6
New York Red Bulls 3, Vancouver 0. Highlights
Minnesota United 1, Sporting Kansas City 1. Highlights
Colorado 1, FC Dallas 1. 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 (19-5-8), 1. A rivalry game with bitter neighbor Montreal, which is already out of playoff contention, is probably very low on the preference list of head coach Greg Vanney. TFC will want to perform well in the regular-season home finale, but avoiding injuries is Job One.

2. ATLANTA UNITED (15-9-8), 2. Blowing a 2-1 lead after Hector Villalba and Julian Gressel had scored five minutes apart ended the Five Stripes majestic run at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It can work on tightening up those defensive issues against the Red Bulls Sunday and against TFC in the regular-season finale.

3. SPORTING KC (12-7-12), 4. Keeper Tim Melia will be out 2-4 weeks after straining his hamstring against the Loons, and backup Andrew Dykstra could play twice this week in a pair of games with Houston as well as the season finale. Diego Rubio got the goal, his fourth in the last four games.

4. VANCOUVER (15-11-6), 3. The ‘Caps managed just one shot on goal as they lost for the second time in the last three games.

5. NEW YORK CITY FC (16-8-8), 5. Only one loss in the last 10 games gives NYCFC a real opportunity to take all three points at New England.

6. REAL SALT LAKE (12-14-6), 7.  RSL also gets a rivalry game against an eliminated foe this weekend and it has already won at Colorado this season.

7. SEATTLE (12-9-11), 7.  Two losses in the last three games has taken some luster away from the Sounders, but home games against FCD and Colorado offer a chance to regain momentum.

8. COLUMBUS (15-12-5), 8. Crew SC is on a strong eight-game unbeaten run (five wins, three ties) heading into its last two games, both of which are on the road.

9. PORTLAND (13-11-8), 5.  With two home games remaining, the Timbers have a good shot of finishing at least second to avoid the Knockout Round.

10. HOUSTON (11-10-10), 10. Home-and-away games with SKC this week will go a long way toward determining the Dynamo’s postseason chances.

11. MINNESOTA UNITED (10-16-5), 12.   Great week for the Loons, which rallied to stun Atlanta United with late goals by Christian Ramirez and Kevin Molino, and got a point with a late equalizer by Brent Kallman. Rookie Abu Danladi, who scored the first goal in Atlanta, assisted on Kallman’s strike.

12. CHICAGO (15-10-7), 11.  Eight points in the last five games gives the Fire some momentum heading into its last two games.

13. NY RED BULLS (12-12-7), 15. The resurgence under Daniel Royer continued as he scored his 12th goal of the season. Bradley Wright-Phillips tallied his 17th goal and Felipe also netted as NYRB got its first league win since early August.

14. FC DALLAS (10-9-13), 13. FCD picked up its second straight road point but gets a tougher test this weekend in Seattle.

15. SAN JOSE (12-14-6), 14.  The Quakes have been terrible on the road (3-12-1) this season and have a tough task Sunday in Vancouver.

16. PHILADELPHIA (10-13-9), 16.  Philly has taken points in five of its last six games, including a 3-1 defeat of the Fire. It plays at Chicago Sunday.

17. ORLANDO CITY (10-13-9), 17.  Home finale for the Lions Sunday against Columbus. They can finish as high as seventh and also tie their match their 12 wins of 2015.

18. D.C. UNITED (9-18-5), 18.  United can’t escape the cellar of the Eastern Conference; it makes its last long trip of the season this weekend to Portland.

19. NEW ENGLAND (11-15-6), 19.  Revs close out the home season against NYCFC.

20. COLORADO (8-18-6), 20.  Midseason Stefan Aigner scored his second goal in as many games for the Rapids, which can play a role in determining the playoff field in its last two games against RSL and Seattle.

21. MONTREAL (11-15-6), 21.  Rumors about that head coach Mauro Biello will not return, but the Impact should nonetheless be focused and motivated when it plays TFC this weekend.

22. LA GALAXY (7-17-8), 22. The Galaxy has been so bad at home this season it could certainly stumble against Minnesota United this weekend.

1 comment about "MLS Power Rankings: Minnesota United makes good use of double dip".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, October 10, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.

    You cheated RBNY out of a win - they are 13-12-7.  We need all the help we can get!

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