MLS Power Rankings, Week 22: 'Caps, Sounders, and Timbers on the rise

Troy Wayrynen-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 22 of the 2017 season:

1. Toronto FC (-)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. D.C. United
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Portland (6:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
12-3-8 42 23

Toronto FC does a lot of things well, but it looks like a touch of overconfidence has crept into the team; sometimes, the Reds need to get out of second gear.

2. New York City FC (+1)

  • Last Week: 3-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at LA Galaxy (11:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
12-7-4 43 33

David Villa's first MLS hat-trick gave New York City FC a second win over the New York Red Bulls and victory in the 2017 edition of the Hudson River Derby.

3. Chicago Fire (-1)

  • Last Week: 4-1 win vs. New England Revolution
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at Columbus (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
12-5-5 44 25

The Chicago Fire are on Toronto's heels, just three points back with a game in hand. They drop a spot only because NYCFC earned a bump up from third.

4. Sporting Kansas City (-)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. Atlanta United
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 9 vs. San Jose (8:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-4-10 29 18

It's strange to see Sporting Kansas City sitting atop the West with nine wins, while Atlanta sits fifth in the East with 10. Those draws keep piling up.

5. FC Dallas (-)

  • Last Week: 3-1 loss vs. Philadelphia Union
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Colorado (8:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-5-7 33 26

The era of video assistant referees (VARs) has come to MLS, and FC Dallas was the first casualty. Still, the Union managed to score thrice.

6. New York Red Bulls (-)

  • Last Week: 3-2 loss vs. New York City FC
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Orlando (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
11-9-2 34 29

The New York Red Bulls have work to do if they are to match rivals NYCFC in the remainder of the 2017 season. This latest loss hurts morale and confidence.

7. Atlanta United (-)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. Sporting Kansas City
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 23 at D.C. United (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
10-7-5 42 29

Atlanta United plucked a late point out of Sporting KC and now takes a much-deserved break through the next two weeks before returning to MLS action.

8. Seattle Sounders (+1)

  • Last Week: 4-0 win vs. Minnesota United
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Sporting KC (4:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-7-7 36 31

The Seattle Sounders pulled off a straightforward win over the Loons and will hope to use this result as a platform to launch another late-season surge.

9. Houston Dynamo (-1)

  • Last Week: 0-0 draw vs. Real Salt Lake
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. San Jose (9:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-7-7 39 32

The top seven teams in the Western Conference each have nine wins. For the second-placed Houston Dynamo, the margin from top to bottom is quite slim.

10. Portland Timbers (+1)

  • Last Week: 3-1 win vs. LA Galaxy
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at Toronto (6:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-8-7 42 39

The Portland Timbers earned their first win at Providence Park since June 10. Liam Ridgewell's return bodes well for the final stretch of the season, too.

11. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1)

  • Last Week: 2-2 draw vs. Colorado Rapids
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at New England (8:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-8-4 32 31

The Vancouver Whitecaps battled back to earn a point out of Colorado, which will do this week. Carl Robinson's side is starting to find its fighting identity.

12. Orlando City (-2)

  • Last Week: 2-1 loss vs. Montreal Impact
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at NY Red Bulls (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
8-9-6 24 33

It's the third week in a row that Orlando City has conceded a late goal to throw points away. Jason Kreis' side needs to sort out some serious defensive flaws.

13. San Jose Earthquakes (-)

  • Last Week: 2-1 win vs. Columbus Crew
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 9 at Sporting KC (8:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
9-9-5 26 35

The San Jose Earthquakes earned their win this week as Chris Wondolowski once again played hero. Also worth noting: the rise of Tommy Thompson.

14. Philadelphia Union (+1)

  • Last Week: 3-1 win vs. FC Dallas
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Montreal (8:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
8-10-5 32 28

The Philadelphia Union once again turned around a loss with a surprise win, but will need to keep up that run of form to clinch a playoff berth.

15. Columbus Crew (-1)

  • Last Week: 2-1 loss vs. San Jose Earthquakes
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Chicago (7:30 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
10-12-2 34 39

The Columbus Crew got a consolation goal in a 2-1 loss against San Jose, but little more, as Gregg Berhalter's side looked unconvincing through 90 minutes.

16. New England Revolution (-)

  • Last Week: 4-1 loss vs. Chicago Fire
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Vancouver (8:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-10-5 37 38

It's another up-and-down fortnight for the New England Revolution, who came off a good win only to lose 4-1 to Chicago. Back to the drawing board.

17. Montreal Impact (+2)

  • Last Week: 2-1 win vs. Orlando City
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at Philadelphia (8:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-8-6 32 37

The Montreal Impact have Anthony Jackson-Hamel to thank for a nice little win over the Lions, while Ignacio Piatti made his way back to full fitness by scoring.

18. LA Galaxy (-1)

  • Last Week: 3-1 loss vs. Portland Timbers
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. NYCFC (11:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-11-5 32 40

The LA Galaxy tested their one-two Dos Santos punch in Jonathan dos Santos' debut, but it was overshadowed by an incredible Diego Valeri goal.

19. Minnesota United (-1)

  • Last Week: 4-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 20 at Seattle (9:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-13-4 29 49

Minnesota United managed to feel both sides of a 4-0 result in the last two weeks, and now takes a bit of a break before returning for revenge in Seattle.

20. Real Salt Lake (-)

  • Last Week: 0-0 draw vs. Houston Dynamo
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at D.C. United (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
7-12-5 30 44

Real Salt Lake grabbed a much-needed point and sees a window back into the playoff picture. Four points out of seventh, 10 games left - it's go time.

21. Colorado Rapids (-)

  • Last Week: 2-2 draw vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 at Dallas (8:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
6-12-3 22 31

The Colorado Rapids took a rare lead this weekend, only to blow it, once more, at the hands of a rallying opponent. A point is a point, but this feels like a loss.

22. D.C. United (-)

  • Last Week: 1-1 draw vs. Toronto FC
  • Next MLS Match: Aug. 12 vs. Real Salt Lake (7:00 p.m. ET)
Record (W-L-D) Goals For Goals Against
5-14-4 19 43

A 10-man D.C. United held Toronto to a draw at RFK Stadium, and that's just fine in 2017. Ben Olsen will hope for more solid defensive showings like that.

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