SA's MLS Power Rankings: D.C. United and Toronto FC make big jumps

MLS Results, Week 28:

Wednesday, September 11
NYCFC 1 Toronto FC 1
Houston 1 Minnesota United 0
Colorado 2 LA Galaxy 1
Real Salt Lake 1 San Jose 0
Saturday, September 14
NYCFC 2 San Jose 1
Chicago 4 FC Dallas 0
Atlanta United 1 Columbus 3
Montreal 0 FC Cincinnati 1
Orlando City 3 New England 3
Philadelphia 1 LAFC 1
Vancouver 2 Houston 1
Sunday, September 15
Portland 0 D.C. United 1
Toronto FC 3 Colorado 2
Minn. United 3 Real Salt Lake 1
Seattle 4 NY Red Bulls 2
LA Galaxy 7 Sporting KC 2

√ LAFC's lead in the Supporters' Shield race was 16 points on Aug. 23. Now, it's down to seven points over NYCFC. Second-year LAFC should still win the 2019 regular-season title but it will need eight points in its last four games if it wants to break the single-season record of 71 points set by the New York Red Bulls in 2018.

Seattle moved into fourth place while the LA Galaxy climbed two spots to move into No. 9 while D.C. United and Toronto FC both climbed three spots and follow at 10-11.

√ FC Dallas and Portland both fell three spots and dropped out of the top 10 after suffering shutout losses over the weekend.

 RANK (PREVIOUS) TEAM (W-L-T)
1. (1) LAFC (19-4-7)
2. (2) NYCFC (16-5-9)
3. (3) Philadelphia (15-8-7)
4. (5) Seattle (14-9-7)
5. (4) Atlanta United (15-11-3)
6. (6) Minn. United (14-10-6)
7. (7) San Jose (13-12-5)
8. (8) Real Salt Lake (14-12-4)
9. (11) LA Galaxy (14-13-3)
10. (13) D.C. United (12-10-9)
11. (14) Toronto FC (12-10-9)
12. (9) FC Dallas (12-11-7)
13. (10) Portland (13-12-4)
14. (12) New England (10-10-10)
15. (15) NY Red Bulls (12-32-5)
16. (16) Colorado (10-15-6)
17. (19) Chicago (9-12-10)
18. (17) Sporting KC (10-13-7)
19. (20) Columbus (9-15-7)
20. (19) Montreal (11-16-4)
21. (21) Orlando City (9-13-9)
23. (22) Houston (10-16-4)
22. (23) Vancouver (7-15-9)
24. (24) FC Cincinnati (6-21-3)
Note: Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings.

MLS Schedule, Week 29:

The slumping Red Bulls face two tough tests, playing at Portland on Wednesday and then hosting Philadelphia on Sunday.

FC Dallas only has a short turnaround time after its worst outing of the season, traveling to Seattle on Wednesday and then hosting NYCFC on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 18
FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United 7:30 pm.
Portland vs. NY Red Bulls 10:30 pm.
Seattle vs. FC Dallas 10:30 pm.
Saturday, September 21
Atlanta United vs. San Jose 3:30 pm.
Vancouver vs. Columbus 5 pm.
FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago 7:30 pm.
New England vs. Real Salt Lake 7:30 pm.
Houston vs. Orlando City 8:30 pm.
Sporting KC vs. Colorado 8:30 pm.
LA Galaxy vs. Montreal 10:30 pm.
LAFC vs. Toronto  FC 10:30 pm.
Sunday, September 22
Portland vs. Minnesota United 3:55 pm.
FC Dallas vs. NYCFC 6 pm.
NY Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia 6:30 pm.
D.C. United vs. Seattle 8 pm.
Note: All times ET.

Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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1 comment about "SA's MLS Power Rankings: D.C. United and Toronto FC make big jumps".
  1. beautiful game, September 17, 2019 at 9:04 a.m.

    IMHO, these power rankings mean absolutely nothing, never did, never will.

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