Week 25 MLS Power Rankings
Three was the magic number in Major League Soccer this weekend.
Three managers were ejected from matches, three players netted a brace, and Robbie Keane scored three goals against Real Salt Lake.
As for how the number three relates to this week's Bleacher Report MLS Power Rankings, the new No. 1 club jumped three spots into the top slot.
Read on to see who claimed the No. 1 position in the latest B/R MLS Power Rankings.
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: 18
Week 25 Result: Loss to Montreal, 2-1.
While Chivas USA are showing no signs of progress by the week, D.C. United are doing just the opposite.
Conor Doyle scored his second goal in three matches in United's loss to Montreal, which despite the result was another step in the right direction for the young squad.
18. Chivas USA
Last Week's Ranking: 19
Week 25 Result: No Match Played
The good news for fans of MLS this weekend was that they did not have to witness the joke of a team that Chivas USA puts out on the pitch on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately for all of us, and the club's 10 fans, the miserable Goats are back on the StubHub Center pitch Sunday against the Red Bulls.
17. Toronto FC
Last Week's Ranking: 17
Week 25 Result: Loss to Columbus, 2-0.
The Reds were handed a slight dose of payback in their Trillium Cup battle with Columbus at Crew Stadium.
Ryan Nelsen's club will look to break their two-match losing streak in the battle of the bottom feeders on Saturday against D.C.
16. Chicago Fire
Last Week's Ranking: 12
Week 25 Result: Loss to New England, 2-0.
The return of Mike Magee to the lineup did not yield any positive results for the Fire in Foxborough on Saturday.
The loss to the Revs snapped the four-match unbeaten run that Frank Klopas' club were on.
Chicago will have a short week as they play on Friday at home against Sporting Kansas City.
T-14. San Jose Earthquakes
Last Week's Ranking: 16
Week 25 Result: Win over Sporting, 1-0.
San Jose's absurd unbeaten streak at home against Sporting continued on Sunday night.
Chris Wondolowski scored in his fifth straight match against Sporting on the way to extending his club's home unbeaten run against their Sunday opponent to 14 regular season matches.
On top of all that, San Jose officially re-entered the playoff race with the victory.
T-14. FC Dallas
Last Week's Ranking: 13
Week 25 Result: Loss to Portland, 2-1.
FC Dallas are continuing to prove that the early bird does not in fact get the worm.
However, the early birds of the MLS season do have an 11-match winless streak.
That winless streak has sunk Schellas Hyndman's club down into seventh place in the West, and three points out of the final playoff spot.
13. Columbus Crew
Last Week's Ranking: 15
Week 25 Result: Win over Toronto, 2-0.
Revenge is a dish best served by Federico Higuain.
Higuain scored twice against Toronto to avenge the Crew's heartbreaking late loss in Canada on July 27.
The Argentinian's second goal of the match was an exquisite chip that was even better than the chip he scored with last week.
12. New England Revolution
Last Week's Ranking: 14
Week 25 Result: Win over Chicago, 2-0.
Jay Heaps' Revolution continued their under the radar playoff chase with a win over the Fire.
By winning, the Revs kept in touch with the Dynamo in the race for fifth place in the East.
At the moment, their deficit is just a mere three points.
11. Seattle Sounders
Last Week's Ranking: 9
Week 25 Result: Loss to Houston, 3-1.
The disappointment suffered by Seattle on Saturday was bigger than the gut hiding under manager Sigi Schmid's shirt.
Schmid's Sounders were thoroughly outclassed by the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium, and one has to believe the club were looking ahead to the massive Cascadia Cup showdown with Portland on Sunday at home.
10. Montreal Impact
Last Week's Ranking: 11
Week 25 Result: Win over D.C., 2-1.
Montreal's Marco Schallibaum proved on Saturday that baseball is not the only sport where a managerial ejection sparks a club.
Just a few minutes after he and D.C. manager Ben Olsen were disqualified from the match, Marco Di Vaio responded to a United equalizer with an 83rd-minute winner.
Di Vaio's scoring slump was destroyed on Saturday as he netted two goals in the victory.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps
Last Week's Ranking: 8
Week 25 Result: Loss to Colorado, 2-0.
The Whitecaps fell flat in Colorado against the Rapids on Saturday.
With the loss, Martin Rennie's club slid down to fifth place in the West, and their lead over Seattle for the final playoff position shrunk down to two points.
8. Philadelphia Union
Last Week's Ranking: 6
Week 25 Result: Draw with New York, 0-0.
The good news for the Union is that they earned their first ever point at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.
The bad news for the Union was that they played in a lifeless goalless draw against their main rival, New York.
7. Colorado Rapids
Last Week's Ranking: 7
Week 25 Result: Win over Vancouver, 2-0.
Colorado's league-high nine-match unbeaten run continued this weekend as they defeated Vancouver at home.
Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle were the unexpected goalscorers for the Rapids as they pulled off their fifth win of the unbeaten run.
Oscar Pareja's club are now just two points behind Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake.
6. Houston Dynamo
Last Week's Ranking: 10
Week 25 Result: Win over Seattle, 3-1.
The Dynamo were not in the mood for laying down the carpet and throwing a homecoming party for Seattle's Clint Dempsey.
Giles Barnes was the main player who made sure that would not happen as he scored twice in a four-minute span during the first half.
Barnes' second strike was a golazo that in any other week would be a clear-cut Goal of the Week winner.
5. New York Red Bulls
Last Week's Ranking: 3
Week 25 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 0-0.
The Red Bulls once again failed to take advantage of Sporting's misfortune, as they drew at home with Philadelphia.
The goalless result kept Mike Petke's club in second place in the East, where the top four clubs are separated by just one point.
4. Los Angeles Galaxy
Last Week's Ranking: 5
Week 25 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 4-2.
Two words can describe the Galaxy's win over Real Salt Lake: Robbie Keane.
Keane delivered a scintillating hat trick in front of the home crowd at the StubHub Center.
The other Galaxy goal came from the newest designated player in the league, Omar Gonzalez.
3. Sporting Kansas City
Last Week's Ranking: 2
Week 25 Result: Loss to San Jose, 1-0.
Against the Earthquakes in San Jose, Sporting Kansas City now has a 14-match, regular-season winless streak that dates back to 2000.
To say that the Bay Area is the Achilles' heel of Sporting Kansas City would not quite do this slump justice.
Sporting's infamous drought against San Jose was extended on Sunday night by Chris Wondolowski and the Earthquakes.
Peter Vermes' club will have to recover quickly from the loss as they visit Chicago on Friday.
2. Real Salt Lake
Last Week's Ranking: 1
Week 25 Result: Loss to Los Angeles, 4-2.
After Joao Plata's opening goal in the second half, Real Salt Lake were in line to take down the Galaxy.
Four consecutive conceded goals later, Jason Kreis' club were left wondering what happened to them at the StubHub Center.
While they still have the lead in the Western Conference and the Supporters' Shield standings, RSL's lead in both competitions is now down to a meager two points.
1. Portland Timbers
Last Week's Ranking: 4
Week 25 Result: Win over FC Dallas, 2-1.
Two goals in a seven-minute span against FC Dallas handed the Timbers their ninth win of the season.
The victory by Caleb Porter's club gave them plenty of momentum to take into their Cascadia Cup showdown with Seattle on Sunday, a match that will be played in front of over 65,000 fans.