The MLS All-Star Game is in the rear-view window and the focus is on Week 23 of the regular season. But before we look ahead, we take one glance back on Week 22 with the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings.
If you’re a fan of the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC, you will be happy this week with their steady rise.
The Major League Soccer Power Rankings are created by averaging the rankings submitted by a committee of Pro Soccer USA’s editor and writers.
1. (Previously 1) Atlanta United (14-4-5, 47 points): Two more Josef Martinez, three more points from a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact for the Five Stripes, who open August against Toronto FC at the Benz
2. (2) New York City FC (13-5-4, 43 points): A win at Orlando was followed by a loss at Seattle just four days later. It was a brutal week for NYCFC, who return home to meet Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday.
3. (4) Portland Timbers (9-3-7, 34 points): it’s 14 games without a loss and counting for the Timbers, who needed an 80th minute goal from Fanendo Adi to get past the Houston Dynamo.
4. (3) New York Red Bulls (13-6-2, 41 points): The Red Bulls fell into a three-goal hole in the opening 31 minutes against Columbus Crew SC and staged a furious second-half rally to fall just short in a rare home loss. Next up is a marquee showdown with LAFC Sunday.
5. (5) FC Dallas (12-3-6, 42 points): Before last Saturday, Michael Barrios hadn’t scored a goal in 2018. After, he’s got three — all coming from three shots in a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.
6. (7) Los Angeles Football Club (10-5-6, 36 points): Another blown two-goal lead, more El Trafico frustration for LAFC, which drew the LA Galaxy 2-2 and lost midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to a fractured ankle.
7. (8) LA Galaxy (10-7-5, 35 points): Zlatan Ibrahimovic did Zlatan Ibrahimovic things, scoring his first MLS hat trick and assisting on a Gio dos Santos goal in a 4-3 win over Orlando. After skipping the All-Star Game, Ibrahimovic will not play at Colorado Saturday.
8. (13) Columbus Crew SC (10-7-6, 36 points): Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Mensah added a goal as the Crew had a rare road offensive explosion in a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls.
9. (6) Sporting Kansas City (9-6-6, 33 points): It’s now five straight games without a win after Sporting fell at home to FC Dallas, 3-2. Sporting has conceded 11 goals in those five games
10. (11) New England Revolution (7-7-7, 28 points): The Revs are another team being punished for defensive mistakes and take a three-game losing streak to Orlando for a huge match against the Lions Saturday.
11. (9) Houston Dynamo (7-8-6, 27 points): It’s consecutive losses and four games without a win for the Dynamo, who fell at Portland, 2-1, on Saturday. They host SKC in a big game for both struggling sides on Saturday.
12. (10) Montreal Impact (9-13-1, 28 points): The Impact had their five-match Stade Saputo winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United last Saturday. Montreal remains home for D.C. United Saturday.
13. (19) Philadelphia Union (8-10-3, 27 points): Alejandro Bedoya, Cory Burke and Fafa Picault scored unanswered goals as the Union erased an early deficit to beat Houston for their second straight road win.
14. (14) Seattle Sounders FC (7-9-5, 26 points): It appears the Sounders are up to their old tricks again with another second-half surge. They have won three straight after a 3-1 home win over NYCFC, but face a tricky match at Minnesota on Saturday.
15. (17) Toronto FC (6-11-4, 22 points): Like the Sounders, Toronto FC look to be making their playoff push after back-to-back wins over the Chicago Fire and four wins in a row in all competitions.
16. (15) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-9-5, 29 points): Alphonso Davies had two goals and two assists, Yordy Reyna had another Man-of-the-Match performance and Kei Kamara added a goal in a 4-2 home win over Minnesota United.
17. (21) DC United (4-9-5, 17 points): Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal and then received his first MLS broken nose in a 2-1 home win over the Colorado Rapids. Montreal is up next.
18. (12) Real Salt Lake (9-9-4, 31 points): RSL picked up their fifth road point of the season in a 0-0 draw at San Jose. They are back at Rio Tinto Saturday where they are 8-1-2 to meet Chicago.
19. (18) Chicago Fire (6-12-5, 23 points): it’s now five straight league losses for the Fire, who were doused by Toronto FC, 3-0, at BMO Field last Saturday and are five points from the playoff line in the East.
20. (16) Minnesota United FC (9-12-1, 28 points): More defensive miscues, more goals conceded for the Loons, who lost at Vancouver, 4-2. The good news for Minnesota is a return to TCF Bank Stadium Saturday where they seek a fifth straight home win when the Sounders come to town.
21. (20) Orlando City SC (7-14-1, 22 points): Despite short rest and a long flight, the Lions took the game to the LA Galaxy in the opening 45 minutes. However, some shocking defensive mistakes loomed large in a 4-3 defeat at StubHub Center.
22. (22) Colorado Rapids (4-12-5, 17 points): Kellyn Acosta scored his first goal for his new club and it appeared the Rapids would leave Audi Field with at least a draw. But a 90th-minute own goal by Niki Jackson was devastating in a 2-1 road loss to D.C. United.