The Sounders crack the top five after an incredible run of results --and if that feels high, well, would you want to face this team come playoff time?

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The Sounders crack the top five after an incredible run of results –and if that feels high, well, would you want to face this team come playoff time? Last week’s ranking in parentheses. 

1. Dallas (1) 
Even without Fabian Castillo, the road to MLS Cup runs through Frisco. Next match: vs. Seattle on Oct. 16.
2. New York Red Bulls (2)
Thrilling Philly win takes it to the top of the East. Up next: vs. Columbus on Oct. 16.
3. New York City FC (5)
Both New York teams could end up with a bye. Up next: at D.C. on Oct. 16.
4. Colorado (6)
Dealt a heavy blow to Portland’s fading playoff hopes. Up next: at Houston on Saturday.
5. Seattle (11)
After three wins in eight days, a home knockout round match is suddenly within reach. Up next: vs. Houston on Oct. 12.
6. Toronto (3)
Home loss to D.C. could prove costly. Up next: at Montreal on Oct. 16.
7. D.C. (10)
Like the Sounders, surging down the stretch. Up next: vs. New York City FC on Oct. 16.
8. Los Angeles (4)
Reeling from consecutive defeats to fellow contenders. Up next: at Houston on Oct. 16.
9. Salt Lake (7)
Might not even host a playoff game. Up next: vs. Kansas City on Oct. 16.
10. Montreal (14)
Rallied with a massive win in Orlando. Up next: vs. Toronto on Oct. 16.
11. Philadelphia (9)
Despite a hot start, dangerously close to the red line. Up next: vs. Orlando on Oct. 16.
12. Kansas City (8)
Has the look of a one-and-done. Up next: at Salt Lake on Oct. 16.
13. New England (15)
Fighting hard to play its way in. Up next: at Chicago on Oct. 16.
14. Columbus (13)
Going down swinging. Up next: at Chicago on Oct. 13.
15. Portland (12)
Defending champs unlikely to defend their crown. Up next: vs. Colorado on Oct. 16.
16. San Jose (19)
Did Seattle a favor by tripping up Salt Lake. Up next: at Colorado on Oct. 13.
17. Houston (16)
Looking ahead to 2017. Up next: vs. Colorado on Saturday.
18. Orlando (18)
Impact match felt like a last shot. Up next: at Philadelphia on Oct. 16.
19. Vancouver (17)
Officially eliminated with Sounders loss. Up next: at San Jose on Oct. 16.
20. Chicago (20)
Playing out the string. Up next: vs. Columbus on Oct. 13.