New power rankings rule: If a long under-appreciated contender scores six goals in a game that might ultimately go down as MLS' Match of the Year, they automatically assume top spot.

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New power rankings rule: If a long under-appreciated contender scores six goals in what might ultimately go down as MLS’ Match of the Year, they automatically assume top spot.

Last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. D.C. (5)
Something tells me United is tired of getting overlooked. I see you, Nick DeLeon. Form: D-L-L-W-W. Up next: at Montreal on Saturday.
2. Vancouver (4)
A youthful Whitecaps attack ran circles around their rivals at CenturyLink. Form: L-L-D-W-W. Up next: vs. Salt Lake on Saturday.
3. Los Angeles (4)
This is not the team you want to face off with on national TV when you’re struggling through a slump. Form: L-W-W-L-W. Up next: vs. Seattle on Sunday.
4. Kansas City (2)
Obvious missed handball call in the box proves costly. Form: W-W-W-L-D. Up next: at Toronto on Saturday.
5. Dallas (1)
A two-goal loss to the Fire? Really, FCD? Form: W-W-W-W-L. Up next: vs. L.A. on Aug. 15.
6. New York Red Bulls (11)
The brothers Wright-Phillips already look like a fearsome combination. Form: W-L-W-W-W. Up next: vs. Montreal on Wednesday.
7. Orlando (15)
Orlando put five past Columbus during a seven-goal thriller that wasn’t even the highest-scoring match of the day. Form: D-L-L-L-W. Up next: at Toronto on Wednesday.
8. Portland (8)
Timbers played for that dire scoreless draw in San Jose. Form: W-L-D-L-D. Up next: vs. Chicago on Friday.
9. Toronto (6)
That letdown in Foxboro was very, very TFC. Form: L-D-W-D-L. Up next: vs. Orlando on Wednesday.
10. New England (14)
Steamrolled the Reds. Form: L-L-W-D-W. Up next: vs. Houston on Aug. 15.
11. Seattle (10)
Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Stefan Frei returned. Their winning ways did not. Form: W-L-L-L-L. Up next: at L.A. on Sunday.
12. Montreal (9)
Edged New York City FC in yet another Yankee Stadium thriller. Form: L-W-L-W-W. Up next: vs. New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
13. Columbus (7)
Sooner or later, I’ll finally stop falling for the Crew’s tricks. Form: L-W-W-D-L. Up next: at Colorado on Saturday.
14. Real Salt Lake (12)
That dramatic loss at RFK felt definitive. Form: D-L-W-W-L. Up next: at Vancouver on Saturday.
15. San Jose (17)
Needed more than a draw against Portland. Form: L-L-L-L-D. Up next: at Houston on Saturday.
16. Houston (16)
Stole a point at Sporting Park. Form: D-W-L-W-D. Up next: vs. San Jose on Saturday.
17. New York City FC (13)
NYCFC’s gilded front line can score, but man, this team cannot defend. Form: W-D-L-W-L. Up next: at New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
18. Colorado (16)
Now that felt more like the Rapids. Form: L-W-W-W-L. Up next: vs. Columbus on Saturday.
19. Chicago (19)
Trip to Providence Park is actually weirdly intriguing. Form: W-L-L-D-W. Up next: at Portland on Friday.
20. Philadelphia (20)
The less said, the better. Form: D-W-L-L-L. Up next: at Orlando on Saturday.