MLS Power Rankings, Week 17: The Impact crash lower as TFC stays top

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the 2017 MLS Power Rankings, where we rank each team after each week with consideration to form, latest results, stats, and some other intangibles to try to craft an idea of how things stand in one single table.

Here's how each team ranks after Week 17 of the 2017 season:

1. Toronto FC (-)

  • Last Week: 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at Dallas (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
10-2-5 30 15

Another week, another 2-0 win over an Eastern Conference side for Toronto FC, who managed the result despite playing two matches in three days.

2. Chicago Fire (-)

  • Last Week: 4-0 win vs. Orlando City
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. Vancouver (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
10-3-4 31 17

Nemanja Nikolic may be the man of the hour, but don't forget about David Accam, who reminded Chicago Fire fans of his skill with three goals of his own.

3. New York City FC (+1)

  • Last Week: 2-0 win vs. New York Red Bulls
  • Next MLS Match: June 29 vs. Minnesota (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-5-3 31 20

Patrick Vieira's New York City FC procured victory at Red Bull Arena at long last, and now sit among the favorites for the Eastern Conference crown.

4. Sporting Kansas City (-1)

  • Last Week: 2-1 win vs. LA Galaxy
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. Portland (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
8-4-6 22 12

A win is nice, but Sporting KC successes come at a price: Graham Zusi, Dom Dwyer, and Matt Besler now have Gold Cup duty with the U.S. national team.

5. Houston Dynamo (-)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at Colorado (9:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-6-4 30 25

Another draw in the Texas Derby, but that's just fine for the Houston Dynamo, who will take any number of points out of Dallas as a big positive this year.

6. FC Dallas (-)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. Houston Dynamo
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. Toronto (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-3-7 23 15

Unlike last week's 1-1 draw, FC Dallas scored an equalizer of its own to rescue a point in a lackluster Texas Derby that has now ended in a pair of ties.

7. Atlanta United (+2)

  • Last Week: 2-1 loss vs. D.C. United, 1-0 win vs. Colorado
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at Columbus (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-7-3 33 25

Atlanta United suffered a midweek loss against D.C., but turned it around with an easy win over Colorado. Josef Martinez is back in scoring form, too.

8. Orlando City (-1)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. Seattle, 4-0 loss vs. Chicago
  • Next MLS Match: June 30 at Real Salt Lake (9:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-6-5 20 26

Everything was going oh so well for Orlando City before the week, but Cyle Larin's DUI arrest and a draw and a loss have the Lions licking their wounds.

9. New York Red Bulls (-1)

  • Last Week: 2-0 loss vs. New York City FC
  • Next MLS Match: July 5 at New England (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-8-2 17 23

The New York Red Bulls tasted a first home defeat to their Hudson River rival. Jesse Marsch, absent in training last week, now has a break to play catch-up.

10. Seattle Sounders (+1)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. Orlando, 2-2 draw vs. Portland
  • Next MLS Match: July 4 at Colorado (9:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-7-6 22 27

The Seattle Sounders' road woes came to something of an end with a draw away to rivals Portland. Now, Seattle enjoys a break to regroup and recover.

11. Portland Timbers (-1)

  • Last Week: 3-2 loss vs. Minnesota, 2-2 draw vs. Seattle
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at Sporting KC (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-7-4 31 28

The Portland Timbers failed to turn around a surprise loss to Colorado last week by losing to the Loons, then conceding late to give rivals Seattle a point.

12. Columbus Crew (+2)

  • Last Week: 4-1 win vs. Montreal Impact
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. Atlanta (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
8-9-1 29 30

A big win is just what the doctor ordered for the otherwise ailing Columbus Crew, as Kekuta Manneh finally flexed his footballing chops in his new home.

13. LA Galaxy (-)

  • Last Week: 3-1 win vs. Colorado, 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-6-4 25 24

The LA Galaxy played spectators to Ike Opara's incredible game-winning goal and suffered a first home loss against Sporting KC since 2010.

14. San Jose Earthquakes (+1)

  • Last Week: 2-1 win vs. Real Salt Lake
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. LA Galaxy (10:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-6-5 18 21

The San Jose Earthquakes picked up a win off the back of a star signing, but relieved long-serving head coach Dominic Kinnear of his duties shortly after.

15. Vancouver Whitecaps (-3)

  • Last Week: 2-2 draw vs. Minnesota United
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at Chicago (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-6-3 21 21

Movement around them, plus a conceded draw to the Loons has the Vancouver Whitecaps taking a bit of an unfortunate dive down to spot No. 15.

16. Minnesota United (+2)

  • Last Week: 3-2 win vs. Portland, 2-2 draw vs. Vancouver
  • Next MLS Match: June 29 at NYCFC (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-9-3 24 38

Hey, a win and a draw is perfectly fine for Minnesota United, who have started to show a bit of mettle and fight with this pair of second-half comebacks.

17. New England Revolution (-1)

  • Last Week: 2-0 loss vs. Toronto FC
  • Next MLS Match: July 2 at Philadelphia (5:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-7-5 27 25

Back-to-back losses against the top teams in the Eastern Conference has the New England Revolution sitting below the red line, with little hope of climbing.

18. Philadelphia Union (+1)

  • Last Week: 1-0 win vs. D.C. United
  • Next MLS Match: July 2 vs. New England (5:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-7-4 21 20

The Philadelphia Union ended a three-game losing streak but still have plenty of work to do to survive the coming weeks without Alejandro Bedoya to call on.

19. Real Salt Lake (+1)

  • Last Week: 2-1 loss vs. San Jose Earthquakes
  • Next MLS Match: June 30 vs. Orlando (9:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-11-2 17 37

Real Salt Lake only move up because of Montreal's poor form. Losing to the Earthquakes was just the setback Mike Petke was trying to avoid this week.

20. D.C. United (+1)

  • Last Week: 2-1 win vs. Atlanta, 1-0 loss vs. Philadelphia Union
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 at Montreal (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-9-3 12 25

A win and a loss has D.C. United in flux, so we'll keep them right where they are until a few more results go their way in the coming weeks.

21. Montreal Impact (-4)

  • Last Week: 4-1 loss vs. Columbus Crew
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. D.C. United (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
4-5-6 24 26

The Montreal Impact have one last chance to salvage the year with a win over Toronto in the Canadian Championship. A loss, and it's all over, folks.

22. Colorado Rapids (-)

  • Last Week: 3-1 loss vs. LA Galaxy, 1-0 loss vs. Atlanta United
  • Next MLS Match: July 1 vs. Houston (9:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-10-1 15 23

It's back to the drawing board for Pablo Mastroeni. A pair of losses spell the end of the Colorado Rapids' season just midway through the 2017 campaign.

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