Week 22 MLS Power Rankings
The ongoing tug of war at the top of the B/R MLS Power Rankings between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City continues this week with both clubs deserving of the top spot.
Both clubs fell in final minutes of their respective matches, but they are still considered to be the class of the league.
Which of the conference leaders in MLS found their way to the top this week?
Continue reading the B/R MLS Power Rankings to find out.
Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from one to 19.
Each team will be given a point total for its specific ranking.
For example, the team that is ranked No. 1 is given 19 points, while the last-place team receives just one point.
We will compile the votes each week, and the team with the highest point total will be placed atop the power rankings.
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All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com
19. D.C. United
Last Week's Ranking: 19
Week 22 Result: Loss to New England, 2-1.
The good news for D.C. United is that there are just three months remaining in the season.
The bad news for D.C. United is that there are still three months remaining in the season.
At least they can talk about the fancy new stadium plans laid down this past week.
18. Chivas USA
Last Week's Ranking: 17
Week 22 Result: Loss to Seattle, 2-1.
Chivas USA failed to carry over the momentum from their win over Toronto last week into their Sunday match with Seattle.
After scoring the opening goal, the Goats conceded twice to further separate themselves from the rest of the clubs in the Western Conference.
17. Toronto FC
Last Week's Ranking: 18
Week 22 Result: Win over Columbus, 2-1.
Toronto FC has made a profession out of conceding late goals all season, so it was only right that for once they scored the late, match-winning goals.
The Reds scored twice in the final seven minutes at a rain-drenched BMO Field to take down Columbus.
Ryan Nelsen's club will look to earn a point against their third consecutive Eastern Conference foe against New England on Sunday.
16. Columbus Crew
Last Week's Ranking: 15
Week 22 Result: Loss to Toronto, 2-1.
The 2013 Crew campaign is rapidly turning into a forgettable one.
Columbus dropped their second match in a row and fifth in six matches on Saturday in Toronto.
Now buried in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the Crew need nothing short of a miracle to make the playoffs.
15. Chicago Fire
Last Week's Ranking: 14
Week 22 Result: Draw with Houston, 1-1.
The magic of Mike Magee could only propel the Fire to a draw on the road in Houston.
Magee's 63rd-minute equalizer helped Chicago breach the fortress known as BBVA Compass Stadium.
With the goal, Magee once again caught up with Camilo Sanvezzo for the lead in the Golden Boot race. Both players now have 13 goals this season.
14. San Jose Earthquakes
Last Week's Ranking: 16
Week 22 Result: Win over Portland, 2-1.
The mantra of "Steven Lenhart does what Steven Lenhart wants" was out in full effect at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday night.
After Lenhart's 58th minute goal, he unleashed one of the most horrifying goal celebrations that you will ever see.
Let's all hope and pray that Chris Wondolowski does not jump in on that trend when he scores his first goal after returning from international duty.
13. Seattle Sounders
Last Week's Ranking: 13
Week 22 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 2-1.
Seattle's playoff hopes were kept alive on Sunday night as they flew past Chivas USA at home.
Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle were the goalscorers in the club's eighth win of the season.
Next up for Sigi Schmid's club is a match with a struggling FC Dallas club on Saturday.
12. FC Dallas
Last Week's Ranking: 10
Week 22 Result: No Match Played
With the week off from league action, FC Dallas welcomed Stoke City to FC Dallas Stadium to play a friendly, which they lost 1-0 to the EPL side.
11. New England Revolution
Last Week's Ranking: 12
Week 22 Result: Win over D.C., 2-1.
It is truly amazing what two consecutive victories can get you this time of year.
In the case of the Revolution, two straight wins over Columbus and D.C. has them sitting in the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 30 points.
T-9. Vancouver Whitecaps
Last Week's Ranking: 4
Week 22 Result: Loss to Philadelphia, 1-0.
After Jun Marques Davidson decided to do his best Zinedine Zidane impression on Saturday, all seemed lost for the Whitecaps.
Martin Rennie's side did hold on to a point for most of the match until the Union handed them their first loss at BC Place this season.
Luckily for Vancouver, most of their Western Conference rivals also dropped points this weekend.
T-9. Houston Dynamo
Last Week's Ranking: 7
Week 22 Result: Draw with Chicago, 1-1.
What was once a rare occurrence is turning into a regular one this season for the Dynamo.
At their home fortress of BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo failed to earn the full three points against a Chicago club that they needed to keep out of the playoff race.
Dominic Kinnear's club will now be in a fight with Chicago and New England for the final playoff spot out of the East.
8. Colorado Rapids
Last Week's Ranking: 11
Week 22 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 2-0.
With a major announcement about their roster looming over them, the Rapids gave their fans a display on the pitch to cheer about as well.
Dillon Powers was the man of the match against the Galaxy, as he provided a goal and an assist to the Rapids' victory.
The second-place Rapids are rumored to be welcoming Panama's Gabriel Torres as their first designated player sometime this week (via MLSSoccer.com).
7. Los Angeles Galaxy
Last Week's Ranking: 5
Week 22 Result: Loss to Colorado, 2-0.
No Donovan. No Keane. No Gonzalez. Tons of problems.
Without three of their superstars in the lineup, the Galaxy faltered on the road and came up shooting blanks against the Rapids.
When Bruce Arena's side jumps back into action on August 11, they should have all three stars back in the lineup as they look to begin a surge up the Western Conference standings.
6. Montreal Impact
Last Week's Ranking: 8
Week 22 Result: Win over Sporting, 1-0.
Blake Smith's late winner on Saturday night might have been the spark the Impact were searching for.
Marco Schallibaum's club, who were previously winless in their last six matches, prevailed at the death against Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City.
With the victory, the Impact sit just one point behind Sporting in the standings.
5. Philadelphia Union
Last Week's Ranking: 9
Week 22 Result: Win over Vancouver, 1-0.
Super-sub Antoine Hoppenot scored a late second-half goal to hand the Union a much-needed road victory.
Hoppenot's goal would gain importance just minutes later, as both Montreal and New York scored late match-winners at home.
After all of the late-match madness on Saturday, the Union sit just two points off the lead in the Eastern Conference in fourth place.
4. Portland Timbers
Last Week's Ranking: 3
Week 22 Result: Loss to San Jose, 2-1.
The Timbers suffered their second loss in four matches on Saturday against San Jose.
Caleb Porter's club have now slipped down to third place in the Western Conference, a spot that they will look to improve on in their next match against Cascadia rivals Vancouver.
3. New York Red Bulls
Last Week's Ranking: 6
Week 22 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 4-3.
The decibel level at Red Bull Arena reached the highest number it ever has on Saturday night.
Once Dax McCarty's stoppage time header found the back of the net, fans in the seats at Red Bull Arena instantly erupted and sent tremors up and down the Eastern seaboard.
The win could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a club looking to steal the top spot in the Eastern Conference away from Sporting Kansas City.
2. Sporting Kansas City
Last Week's Ranking: 1
Week 22 Result: Loss to Montreal, 1-0.
Sporting Kansas City's chances of extending their lead in the Eastern Conference standings were dashed in Montreal on Saturday night by Blake Smith.
Peter Vermes' club will get another chance to impose their will on an Eastern Conference foe on Saturday against the Red Bulls, a match in which they should have Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin back for.
1. Real Salt Lake
Last Week's Ranking: 2
Week 22 Result: Loss to New York, 4-3.
For the second consecutive week, Real Salt Lake suffered last-minute heartbreak.
Despite Alvaro Saborio netting a hat-trick, Jason Kreis' club conceded twice in the final five minutes at Red Bull Arena.
Heading into next week, RSL will still have the lead in the Supporters' Shield standings, but it is the slimmest of margins, one point, over Sporting Kansas City.