Week 26 MLS Power Rankings
This was the week in Major League Soccer where plenty of statements were made.
Montreal, New England, and Real Salt Lake all made statements with blowout wins, while the crowd for the Seattle vs. Portland match proved that the league can have a stadium crowd that rival the ones of Europe on its best night.
Were any of those statements good enough to boost one of those clubs into the top spot?
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 26 Result: Draw with Toronto, 1-1.
On a team known for its youth, it was one of the veterans in the D.C. United squad who scored their only goal on Saturday.
2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario delivered a golazo in the 10th minute to give United an early lead.
However, that lead would only last 50 minutes as Ben Olsen's club settled for a draw with Toronto.
18. Toronto FC
Last Week's Ranking: 17
Week 26 Result: Draw with D.C., 1-1.
Bobby Convey scored his first MLS goal since May 12, 2012 to hand Toronto FC a road point at RFK Stadium on Saturday.
The goal by Convey against one of his many former clubs helped end the two-match losing streak that Ryan Nelsen's club was on.
17. Chivas USA
Last Week's Ranking: 18
Week 26 Results: Loss to FC Dallas, 3-1; Win over New York, 3-2.
Usually this space is used on a weekly basis to lambast Chivas USA for their play, but not this week.
The Goats pulled off the surprise of the weekend as they defeated the Red Bulls at home.
The victory by the club was their first since July 17, when they knocked off Toronto.
16. San Jose Earthquakes
Last Week's Ranking: T-14
Week 26 Result: Draw with FC Dallas, 2-2.
Heading into their match with FC Dallas, the Earthquakes desperately needed a win and the three points that come along with that result.
As they left FC Dallas Stadium, the Earthquakes had just one point from a draw, and two less players available for their match with the Galaxy on Saturday.
15. Columbus Crew
Last Week's Ranking: 13
Week 26 Result: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 4-0.
The Crew's trip to Utah was a rather rocky one, as they conceded four goals against Real Salt Lake.
The loss broke a two-match winning streak that Robert Warzycha's club had, and it also put them seven points back of the final playoff spot in the East, which is a deficit that seems insurmountable given the Crew's shaky play this season.
14. FC Dallas
Last Week's Ranking: T-14
Week 26 Result: Win over Chivas USA 3-1; Draw with San Jose, 2-2.
After the dust settled on Saturday night in Frisco, FC Dallas did mount a two-goal comeback, but they could only get one point out of their home match with San Jose.
The draw officially dropped Schellas Hyndman's club out of the top five in the Western Conference standings.
Starting with their Sept. 7 clash against Vancouver, the Hoops will have to fight tooth and nail if they want to find themselves in the postseason.
13. Chicago Fire
Last Week's Ranking: 16
Week 26 Result: Win over Kansas City, 1-0.
The man with one of the best names in the league helped validate Chicago's playoff chase on Friday night.
Hunter Jumper scored in the 13th minute against Sporting to put the Fire within two points of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
The Fire will continue their playoff surge against Houston on Sunday at Toyota Park.
T-11. Vancouver Whitecaps
Last Week's Ranking: 9
Week 26 Result: Loss to Los Angeles, 1-0.
Vancouver could not escape the carnage that was handed out throughout the Western Conference this week.
After their loss to the Galaxy and a few other results were determined, the Whitecaps fell down to seventh place in the West.
Luckily for Martin Rennie's club, they sit just one point behind fifth-place Seattle.
T-11. Houston Dynamo
Last Week's Ranking: 6
Week 26 Result: Loss to Montreal, 5-0.
Houston blew their chance to springboard up the Eastern Conference standings on Saturday night in Montreal.
The Dynamo were outclassed for the entire 90 minutes and fully deserved the walloping they received in Quebec against the Impact.
10. Philadelphia Union
Last Week's Ranking: 8
Week 26 Result: Loss to New England, 5-1.
There is no need to sugarcoat how brutal the Union's performance on Sunday was in Foxborough.
In need of a win, John Hackworth's club fell flat on their face and conceded five goals to the Revolution.
The only piece of good news to take out of the loss for the Union is that Sporting and New York both failed to earn any points in the Eastern Conference playoff race this week as well.
9. New England Revolution
Last Week's Ranking: 12
Week 26 Result: Win over Philadelphia, 5-1.
Led by a Kelyn Rowe brace, the Revolution took care of business, and then some, against the Union on Sunday.
The five-goal outburst marked the second time this season that the Revs netted a quintet of goals, they did the same against Los Angeles on June 2.
8. Seattle Sounders
Last Week's Ranking: 11
Week 26 Result: Win over Portland, 1-0.
In a match that marked the home debut of Clint Dempsey, it was another United States international who sent a crowd of over 67,000 into an uproar on Sunday night.
Eddie Johnson's 60th-minute header was enough for the Sounders to defeat Portland and raise themselves up into the fifth and final playoff spot in the West.
One thing that is going in Seattle's favor in regards to the playoff race is that they still have two matches in-hand on most of their rivals.
7. New York Red Bulls
Last Week's Ranking: 5
Week 26 Result: Loss to Chivas USA, 3-2.
New York kept the trend of underwhelming performances by Eastern Conference clubs alive and well on Sunday in their loss to Chivas USA.
Dax McCarty tried to spring a comeback with his 86th-minute goal, but that would come to no avail as Mike Petke's club left the West Coast with plenty of disappointment.
6. Montreal Impact
Last Week's Ranking: 10
Week 26 Result: Win over Houston, 5-0.
If there ever was a time to make a statement, Saturday was the day to do just that for Montreal.
With manager Marco Schallibaum watching from a box because of his two-match suspension, the Impact thrashed the Dynamo for five goals.
Powered by dominant performances from Marco Di Vaio and Justin Mapp, the Impact leapt up to first place in the East.
5. Colorado Rapids
Last Week's Ranking: 7
Week 26 Result: No Match Played
The Rapids missed out on all of the fun across the league this weekend.
Oscar Pareja's club will get back to work on Saturday in an important match against Sporting.
4. Sporting Kansas City
Last Week's Ranking: 3
Week 26 Result: Loss to Chicago, 1-0.
Sporting failed to open up a larger lead on top of the Eastern Conference standings this week.
Peter Vermes' club fell to Chicago on Friday night, and in the process they slipped back to third place behind Montreal and New York.
3. Portland Timbers
Last Week's Ranking: 1
Week 26 Results: Draw with Real Salt Lake 3-3; Loss to Seattle, 1-0.
Portland had a chance to make a statement to entire league this week, but instead they earned just one point from two massive matches.
While the late draw with Real Salt Lake and loss to Seattle will sting, the Timbers do have a chance to rebound from their disappointing week quicker than usual.
The Timbers will visit Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday to play their second match of the season against RSL.
2. Los Angeles Galaxy
Last Week's Ranking: 4
Week 26 Result: Win over Vancouver, 1-0.
The Galaxy's trip north of the border was a successful one as they left Vancouver with the three points that they went up to British Columbia to get.
The reason for achieving victory at BC Place was Landon Donovan, whose early strike from distance put the Galaxy ahead from the start.
1. Real Salt Lake
Last Week's Ranking: 2
Week 26 Results: Draw with Portland 3-3; Win over Columbus, 4-0.
Real Salt Lake's busy week ended with the club earning four points from two matches.
In Portland on Wednesday, Cole Grossman's first league goal helped RSL earn a point.
At home on Saturday, a four-goal blowout win over Columbus extended the club's lead atop the Supporters' Shield standings to four points.