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

Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls remained 1-2 in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings while the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC follow after big wins on the road.

MLS, Week 28/29 Results:
Wednesday, September 5
NYCFC 0 New England 1.
Saturday, September 8
NYCFC 1 D.C. United 1.
Sporting KC 1 Orlando City 0.
Portland 2 Colorado 0.
Wednesday, September 12
D.C. United 2 Minn. United 1.
Saturday, September 15
Colorado 0 Atlanta United 3.
Toronto FC 5 LA Galaxy 3.
Philadelphia 1 Montreal 4.
FC Dallas 0 Columbus 0.
Houston 4 Portland 1.
Real Salt Lake 1 Minn. United 1.
Vancouver 1 Seattle 2.
LAFC 1 New England 1.
San Jose 5 Sporting KC 1.
Sunday, September 16
D.C. United 3 NY Red Bulls 3.
Chicago 4 Orlando City 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 (17-5-6), 1. An easy win in Commerce City marked the return of Darlington Nagbe, who started and played 77 minutes in his first appearance since June 24.
2. NY RED BULLS (17-7-5), 2.
Bradley Wright-Phillips became just the second player in league history to record three game-tying goals in a single match, completing his hat trick in the 90th minute.
3. SEATTLE (13-9-5), 5. Seattle's climb up the ladder in the Western Conference continued when it beat Vancouver for its ninth straight victory and the four  teams above it all failed to win. Most important, the win put four points between the Sounders and 'Caps, in seventh place.
4. SPORTING KC (15-7-6), 7. Sporting KC moved into the lead in Western Conference when it crushed San Jose and FC Dallas had to settle for a scoreless tie at home against Columbus.
5. FC DALLAS (14-6-8), 3. The scoreless draw dropped FC Dallas a point behind Sporting KC when it crushed San Jose.


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6. LAFC (13-7-8), 4. 3. Third-place LAFC fell four points behind SKC in the Western Conference when it could only tie New England at home.
7. NYCFC (14-8-7), 6. Off after securing only one point from two home games the previous week, NYCFC has fallen eight points behind first-place Atlanta and seven points behind the Red Bulls.
8. COLUMBUS (12-8-8), 8. The scoreless draw in Frisco was the exception on an otherwise high-scoring weekend. The other 10 games averaged 4.4 goals.
9. PORTLAND (12-8-8), 9.
A busy week -- three matches in an eight-day span -- did not start well at BBVA Compass Stadium.
10. REAL SALT LAKE (13-10-6), 10. The draw with Minnesota was not the result RSL was looking for. It is still in fourth place, a point ahead of Seattle and Portland, but has played more games than both teams.
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11. MONTREAL (12-14-3), 13. 2. The Impact improved its playoff prospects considerably with its win in Chester. It moved four points ahead of seventh-place D.C. United in the battle for the final playoff berth.



12. PHILADELPHIA (12-12-4),
11.
A five-game unbeaten streak ended when the Union gave up four unanswered goals to Montreal after taking an early lead.
13. VANCOUVER (11-10-7), 12. The Whitecaps' playoff chances took a hit when they lost at home to Seattle before a record MLS crowd (27,863).
14. D.C. UNITED (9-11-8), 14. United thought it had won when Luciano Acosta made it 3-2 in the 87th minute but BWP had other ideas. Coupled with Montreal's win in Philadelphia, the tie dented United's playoff hopes.
15. TORONTO FC (7-14-6), 16. The Reds tuned up for their rematch with Mexico's Tigres in the Copa Campeones with a 5-3 win over the Galaxy but not before they blew a 3-0 lead.
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16. NEW ENGLAND (8-10-10), 17. Rookie Brandon Bye's first MLS goal in the 82nd minute earned the Revs a surprise draw at LAFC.
17. LA GALAXY (10-11-8), 15. Nothing changed about the Galaxy following Sigi Schmid's exit. Little defense and another outrageous goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the wild loss at Toronto.
18. MINNESOTA UNITED (9-16-3), 18. Miguel Ibarra evened the score at RSL in the 84th minute but an offside call on Video Review deprived him of a winner a few minutes later.
19. HOUSTON (8-13-7), 20. The Dynamo ended a 10-game winless streak with a big win over Portland. Mauro Manotas tied club single-season scoring record -- 14 goals -- with two goals.



20. CHICAGO (7-15-6), 21.
The was like old times at Toyota Park. Nemanja Nikolic scored two goals, Michael de Leeuw had a goal and assist, and teen Djordje Mihailovic added two assists as the Fire ended a nine-game winless streak.
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21. COLORADO (6-16-6), 19. The Rapids have lost four games in a row by shutout -- a margin of 13-0.
22. ORLANDO CITY (7-18-3), 22. There wasn't anything positive to come out of the loss to Chicago in the battle to stay out of the Eastern Conference basement.
23. SAN JOSE (4-16-8), 23. Within 48 hours of the 5-1 home loss to Sporting KC, Mikael Stahre was gone as head coach. Interim coach Steve Ralston's first game is on Wednesday. The opponent: Atlanta United.

MLS, Week 30 Schedule:
Wednesday, September 19
Portland vs. Columbus 10:30 pm.
San Jose vs. Atlanta United 11 pm.
Seattle vs. Philadelphia 11 pm.
Saturday, September 20
LAFC vs. Earthquakes 3:30 pm.
NY Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC 5 pm.
Atlanta United vs. Real Salt Lake 7 pm.
Columbus vs. Colorado 7:30 pm.
Orlando City vs. Houston 7:30 pm.
New England vs. Chicago 7:30 pm.
Montreal vs. NYCFC 7:30 pm.
Minn. United vs. Portland 8 pm.
Sunday, September 23
Philadelphia vs. Sporting KC 1 pm.
LA Galaxy vs. Seattle 7 pm.
Vancouver vs. FC Dallas 7 pm.
All times ET.
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