MLS Power Rankings: Top two teams take chase for Supporters' Shield down to Decision Day

The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United remain 1-2 in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, though Atlanta carries a one-point lead into the final weekend of the regular season.

MLS, Week 33/34 Results:
Friday, October 12
LAFC 4 Houston 2.
Saturday, October 13
Minn. United 0 Colorado 2.
D.C. United 1 FC Dallas
New England 2 Orlando City 0.
Wednesday, October 17

D.C. United 1 Toronto FC 0.
Orlando City 1 Seattle 2.
Vancouver 1 Sporting KC 4.
Thursday, October 18
Real Salt Lake 4 New England 1.
Sunday, October 21
Atlanta United 2 Chicago 1.
Philadelphia 0 NY Red Bulls 1.
Orlando City 2 Columbus 1.
Montreal 2 Toronto FC 0.
D.C. United 3 NYCFC 1.
FC Dallas 0 Sporting KC 3.
San Jose 0 Colorado 0.
Minn. United 1 LA Galaxy 3.
LAFC 2 Vancouver 2.
Houston 2 Seattle 3.
Portland 3 Real Salt Lake 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. NY RED BULLS (21-7-5), 1.
The Red Bulls and Atlanta United set single-season wins records (post-shootout era) with their 21st victories on Sunday.
2. ATLANTA UNITED (21-6-6), 2. The Five Stripes clinched a berth in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League as the team with the highest combined points total from the 2017 and 2018 regular seasons. They also tied the MLS regular-season points record with 69.
3. SEATTLE (17-11-5), 4. Nicolas Lodeiro assisted on all three goals, breaking both the Sounders' single-season and all-time records for assists with 15 and 35, respectively.



4. SPORTING KC (15-8-8), 6. Sporting KC gets to host the FS1 spotlight game on Sunday when all 11 games will be played simultaneously. Its match against LAFC will decide first place in the Western Conference.
5. LAFC (16-8-9), 5. Its point against Vancouver set a new MLS record for most points earned by an expansion team with 57, passing Bob Bradley’s 1998 Fire (56 points).
 ----------------------------------------------
6. FC DALLAS (16-8-9), 3. FC Dallas blew a chance to clinch first place in the Western Conference, but it will take second -- and avoid a game in the Knockout Round -- with a win at Colorado on Sunday.
7. PORTLAND (15-9-9), 8.
For the first time, the Timbers qualified for the postseason in consecutive seasons in the MLS era.



8. D.C. UNITED (14-11-8), 11. Wayne Rooney's brace was his fourth in 19 games, the most by any player in MLS in 2018.
9. NYCFC (15-10-8), 7.
Young Venezuelan Yangel Herrera made his first appearance since May. Struggling NYCFC will need him for the playoffs.
10. PHILADELPHIA (15-13-5), 9. Auston Trusty can become MLS’s youngest field player in history to play 3,060 minutes in the regular season with a 90-minute performance against NYCFC next Sunday.
---------------------------------------------
11. LA GALAXY (13-11-9), 13. Dominic Kinnear is 3-1-1 in his five games since being named interim coach. The common theme to the three wins: Kinnear started the same lineup.
12. MONTREAL (14-15-4), 14. Ignacio Piatti's two goals give him 50 in his last three seasons and 63 in five seasons with the Impact.
13. COLUMBUS (13-11-9), 10. The Crew has averaged only a point per game over its last nine games (2-4-3) and dropped into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. It could be out of the playoffs if it doesn't win at home against Minnesota United on Sunday.
14. REAL SALT LAKE (14-13-7), 12. RSL's regular season ended on Sunday night. It must hope Houston gets a result at the Galaxy on Sunday to move into the postseason.
15. VANCOUVER (12-13-8), 15.
The 'Caps rallied from two goals down to earn a tie at the Banc of California Stadium but it needed a win to stay alive.


----------------------------------------------
16. MINNESOTA UNITED (11-19-3), 16. The Loons have earned just eight points in their last 12 games since crushing LAFC, 5-1, in late July.
17. HOUSTON (9-16-8), 17. Mauro Manotas extended club his  single-season scoring record to 17 goals but it wasn't enough to pull the Dynamo even in its home finale.
18. NEW ENGLAND (9-13-11), 19. Kelyn Rowe scored, giving him one goal in each of his last two seasons after scoring 27 in his first five seasons.
19. TORONTO FC (9-18-6), 18. Like Minnesota United and Houston, TFC has dropped three games in a row.
20. CHICAGO (8-18-7), 20. The Fire is 2-11-2 in its last 15 games.
----------------------------------------------
21. ORLANDO CITY (8-21-4), 21. The Lions rallied to beat Columbus thanks to a pair of goals from the penalty spot for just their second win in 16 games since James O'Connor took over as head coach.



22. COLORADO (7-19-7), 22. After losing seven games in a row, the Rapids have four points in their last two games.
23. SAN JOSE (4-20-9), 23. Gilbert Fuentes, 16, made his MLS debut, coming on in the 90th minute.

MLS, Week 35 Schedule:
Sunday, October 28
Seattle vs. San Jose 4:30 pm.
Vancouver vs. Portland 4:30 pm.
Columbus vs. Minnesota United 4:30 pm.
NYCFC vs. Philadelphia 4:30 pm.
Colorado vs. FC Dallas 4:30 pm.
Chicago vs. United 4:30 pm.
Sporting KC vs. LAFC 4:30 pm.
LA Galaxy vs. Houston 4:30 pm.
NY Red Bulls vs. Orlando City 4:30 pm.
Toronto FC vs. Atlanta United 4:30 pm.
New England vs. Montreal 4:30 pm.
mls
Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications