SA's MLS Power Rankings: Minnesota United and San Jose continue climb

MLS Results, Week 19:

Friday, July 12
D.C. United 2 New England 2
Houston 1 LAFC 3
LA Galaxy 1 San Jose 3
Saturday, July 13
Montreal 0 Toronto FC 2
Orlando City 1 Columbus 0
Chicago 1 FC Cincinnati 2
Minnesota United 1 FC Dallas 0
Real Salt Lake 4 Philadelphia 0
Vancouver 0 Sporting KC 3
Portland 2 Colorado 2
Sunday, July 14
Seattle 2 Atlanta United 1
NY Red Bulls 2 NYCFC 1

√  Minnesota United won its fourth MLS game in a row to move into third place in the Power Rankings. LAFC has won three games in a row while FC Cincinnati, San Jose, Seattle and Sporting KC have won two straight games.

√  San Jose produced one of the most dominating performances on the road in MLS history in sweeping the LA Galaxy in the Cali Clasico. The Quakes outshot the Galaxy 32-5 and had a 16-1 edge in shots, forcing Galaxy keeper David Bingham into making 14 saves.

√ Columbus has lost five games in a row and is winless in its last nine games while Canadian teams Montreal and Vancouver have both lost three games in a row.

RANK (PREVIOUS) TEAM (W-L-T)

1. (1) LAFC (14-2-4)
2. (4) Seattle (10-5-5)
3. (6) Minn. United (10-7-3)
4. (2) Philadelphia (10-6-6)
5. (8) NY Red Bulls (9-7-4)
6. (3) NYCFC (7-3-8)
7. (11) San Jose (9-7-4)
8. (10) D.C. United (8-5-8)
9. (5) LA Galaxy (11-8-1)
10. (7) FC Dallas (8-9-5)
11. (9) Atlanta United (9-8-3)
12.
(13) Portland
(7-8-3)
13. (15) Real Salt Lake (9-9-2)
14. (16) New England (6-8-6)
15. (17) Toronto FC (7-8-5)
16. (18) Sporting KC (6-7-7)
17. (12) Houston (8-8-3)
18.
(14) Montreal
(9-10-3)
19. (21) Orlando City (7-9-4)
20. (20) Colorado (5-10-5)
21. (19) Chicago (5-9-7)
22. (23) FC Cincinnati (5-13-2)
23. (22) Vancouver (4-9-8)
24.
(24) Columbus
(5-15-2)
Note: Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings.

MLS Schedule, Week 20:

Two big Western Conference derby matches take place: the first LA Galaxy-LAFC meeting of the season and second Seattle-Portland meeting. For the Timbers, it's their second match in what is a big week for them.

√ New England is unbeaten in its last eight games and has a chance to move into the Eastern Conference playoff zone with matches at home against struggling Vancouver and at FC Cincinnati.

Sporting KC will look to edge closer back into the Eastern Conference playoff zone when it hosts FC Dallas.

Wednesday, July 17

Atlanta United vs. Houston 7 pm.
New England vs. Vancouver 7 pm.
Chicago vs. Columbus 8 pm.
Toronto FC vs. NY Red Bulls 8 pm.
Thursday, July 18
FC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United 8 pm.
Portland vs. Orlando City 10 pm.
Friday, July 19
LA Galaxy vs. LAFC 10 pm.
Saturday, July 20
Columbus vs. Montreal 7:30 pm.
Philadelphia vs. Chicago 7:30 pm.
Toronto FC vs. Houston 7:30 pm.
Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas 8:30 pm.
Colorado  vs. NYCFC 9 pm.
Real Salt Lake vs. Minn. United 10 pm.
Vancouver vs. San Jose 10 pm.
Sunday, July 21
Atlanta United vs. D.C. United 4 pm.
FC Cincinnati vs. New England 6 pm.
Orlando City vs. NY Red Bulls 7:30 pm.
Seattle vs. Portland 9:30 pm.
Note: All times ET.

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