MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta United and Red Bulls remain 1-2

Atlanta United stayed on top in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings after it beat Columbus, 3-1. The New York Red Bulls remained in second place thanks to their 2-2 tie at Vancouver. Western Conference leader FC Dallas climbed into third place with a 2-0 win over Minnesota United in a match whose start was delayed more than two hours because of bad weather.

MLS, Week 25 Results
Tuesday, August 14
LA Galaxy 2 Colorado 2.
Wednesday, August 15
D.C. United 4 Portland 1.
LAFC 2 Real Salt Lake 0.
Saturday, August 18
Seattle 5 LA Galaxy 0.
Philadelphia 2 NYCFC 0.
Vancouver 2 NY Red Bulls 2.
Montreal 2 Chicago 1.
FC Dallas 2 Minn. United 0.
Sporting KC 3 Portland 0.
Houston 1 Real Salt Lake 2.
San Jose 1 Toronto FC 1.
Sunday, August 19
Atlanta United 3 Columbus 1.
D.C. United 2 New England 0.
LAFC 2 Colorado 0.

Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses (W-L-T) and rank last week.
 
1. ATLANTA UNITED (15-4-6), 1. After briefly being tied by the Red Bulls in the Supporters' Shield race, Atlanta is back on top. Josef Martinez's record-tying 27th goal of the season got all the attention, but Miguel Almiron's slump-busting goal is what the Venezuelan wanted to talk about after the game.
2. NY RED BULLS (15-6-3), 2.
Daniel Royer and Tyler Adams teamed up on both goals, the Austrian's second coming in the 90th minute to earn a point at BC Place. The Red Bulls are now 7-2-1 in their last 10 matches.
3. FC DALLAS (13-5-6), 5. It was a long wait -- kickoff was delayed 154 minutes -- but the win marked head coach Oscar Pareja's 100th career victory in MLS and most important, kept FC Dallas in first place in the Western Conference.



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. NEW YORK CITY FC (14-6-5), 4.
Ronald Matarrita's red card in stoppage time capped off a tough evening in Chester.
5. LAFC (12-7-6), 8. A pair of 2-0 wins at home put an end to the expansion's first major slide of the season.


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6. PORTLAND (10-6-7), 3. After going unbeaten in 15 straight games, the Timbers have dropped three in a row, the last two 4-1 and 3-0 on the road.
7. SEATTLE (10-9-5), 9. The 5-0 win over the Galaxy set a Sounders' record for the biggest win in their MLS history. They have won six games in a row, tied with Orlando City for the longest win streak of the season.
8. COLUMBUS (11-8-6), 6. The Crew didn't play terribly at Atlanta, but the result was the same. It has lost by two goals in all four of its regular-season meetings.
9. SPORTING KC (12-6-6), 10. After going five games without a win and conceding 14 goals, Sporting KC has now won three in a row -- all by shutout.
10. REAL SALT LAKE (11-10-5), 11. Albert Rusnak became the first MLS player to score the tying goal (93rd minute) and winning goal (100th) in a game in stoppage time.
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11. PHILADELPHIA (10-11-3), 13. The Union is now 6-0-0 when Cory Burke starts a regular-season match. The Jamaican scored the winner with his sixth goal of the season.
12. MONTREAL (10-13-3), 12. Left-back Daniel Lovitz's first MLS goal in 90 games was the winning goal in stoppage time after the Impact had blown an early lead against the struggling Fire.
13. LA GALAXY (10-9-7), 7. Failing to hold on to a lead against Colorado at home was disappointing. The 5-0 loss at Seattle was embarrassing even if the Galaxy was shorthanded. Suddenly, the playoff picture doesn't look so rosy.
14. VANCOUVER (9-9-7), 14. Goals by Kendall Waston on either side of halftime should have been enough for the 'Caps to pick up three points. The tie allowed the Sounders to jump ahead of them into seventh place in the Western Conference.



15. D.C. UNITED (7-9-6), 18. Wayne Rooney was right -- it was all about getting nine points on the week. He had two goals on Wednesday but didn't score on Sunday night. No problem -- two more wins moved United to within six points of sixth-place Montreal with four games in hand. More important, nine of its last 12 games are at home.
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16. NEW ENGLAND (7-9-8), 15. Montreal's win dropped the Revs, seventh in the Eastern Conference, to four points below the red line. More worrying, United's win has wiped out 16 of the 18-point gap between the teams on July 1.
17. TORONTO FC (6-12-6), 17. TFC won the Canadian Championship in convincing fashion with a 5-2 win in the second leg against Vancouver. It may be the only title it wins in 2018. Garnering one point at San Jose is at this point not good enough.
18. HOUSTON (7-11-6), 16. Coach Wilmer Cabrera said the loss to RSL -- the Dynamo's fifth straight defeat -- was "embarrassing." Even before losing on Rusnak's stoppage-time goals, Houston was very fortunate to be leading.
19. MINNESOTA UNITED  (9-14-2), 19. The loss at FC Dallas was a reminder of the gap between the Loons and the Western Conference leader.
20. COLORADO (6-13-6), 20. Back-to-back road games at the LA teams yielded one point.
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21. ORLANDO CITY (7-15-2), 21.
The Lions (1-13-1 over their last 15 games) used the bye week to get away and regroup with a mini-camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton. They're back at it on Friday against Atlanta United.
22. CHICAGO (6-15-5), 22. Head coach Veljko Paunovic was in a foul mood after the Fire's losing streak reached eight games with the loss in stoppage time at Montreal. "It always comes to the same mistakes from the same people," he said afterward. Asked to comment on the losing streak, Pauno went off: "Stop asking me those questions. We’re f****** suffering. It’s difficult for us. It’s terrible. It’s f****** terrible."
23. SAN JOSE (3-13-8), 23. A tie with the defending champion isn't bad, but it still left the Quakes with one win at Avaya Stadium in 11 games. No team in MLS history has won fewer than two games at home in a season.

MLS, Week 26 Schedule
Wednesday, August 22
NYCFC vs. NY Red Bulls 7 pm
Thursday, August 23
Chicago vs. Columbus 7 pm
Houston vs. FC Dallas 9 pm
Friday, August 24
Orlando City vs. Atlanta United 8 pm
LA Galaxy vs. LAFC 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 25
Philadelphia vs. New England 7 pm
Toronto  FC vs. Montreal 8 pm
Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United 8:30 pm
Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake 9 pm
San Jose vs. Vancouver 10 pm
Sunday, August 26
NY Red Bulls vs. D.C. United 7 pm
Portland vs. Seattle 9:30 pm
All times ET.
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