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MLS 2017 Power Rankings, Week 17: Chicago still top

The Fire holds on to top spot as MLS 2017 hits its halfway point.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The top three seem to be starting to separate from the rest of the Rankings...

1. Chicago Fire (no movement)
  • 34 points, 2nd in Eastern Conference
  • 2nd in Supporters' Shield race
  • Last result: Chicago 4-0 Orlando
The Fire's unbeaten streak now stands at nine league games, and it has won its last three matches in MLS.

2. Toronto FC (no movement)

  • 35 points, 1st in East
  • 1st in Shield race
  • Last result: TFC 2-0 New England
TFC's next three games are on the road, starting with FC Dallas on July 1. The top team in the league will be top of these Rankings again if it can extend its current winning streak into over the next couple of rounds of league play.

3. New York City FC (no movement)
  • 30 points, 3rd in East
  • 3rd in Shield race
  • Last result: RBNY 0-2 NYCFC
Three wins in a row for NYCFC now.

4. Sporting Kansas City (up two places)
  • 30 points, 1st in Western Conference
  • 4th in Shield race
  • Last result: LA 1-2 KC
Beat LA in LA: take LA's spot on this list.

5. LA Galaxy (down one place)
  • 22 points, 6th in West
  • 13th in Shield race
  • Last results: Colorado 1-3 LA (June 21); LA 1-2 KC (June 24)
Moving down in the Rankings but up in the league standings - which is probably all the Galaxy cares about at the moment.


6. Vancouver Whitecaps (down one place)
  • 21 points, 7th in West
  • 14th in Shield race
  • Last result: Minnesota 2-2 VWFC
A tie in Minnesota is a respectable result, but the Caps need to start winning again to reverse their current trajectory on this list.

7. Atlanta United (up five places)
  • 24 points, 6th in East
  • 10th in Shield race
  • Last results: DC 2-1 Atlanta (June 21); Atlanta 1-0 Colorado (June 24)
It's hard to justify Atlanta's big jump into the top 10 after a week in which it lost to struggling DCU, other than the fact that there simply aren't many teams in compelling form at the moment.

8. New England Revolution (no movement)
  • 20 points, 8th in East
  • 16th in Shield race
  • Last results: TFC 2-0 Revs
The Revs have had the misfortune of playing two of the best sides in MLS - Chicago and Toronto - over the last two weeks, and lost on both occasions. But New England also beat Toronto and took a point away from a visit to NYCFC prior to its current slump, so the Rankings are inclined to go a little easy on the middling Eastern Conference side.

9. Seattle Sounders (up one place)
  • 21 points, 8th in West
  • 15th in Shield race
  • Last results: Seattle 1-1 Orlando (June 21); Portland 2-2 Seattle (June 25)
A pair of draws is sufficient for Seattle to rise this week.

10. Colorado Rapids (down three places)
  • 16 points, 11th in West
  • 22nd in Shield race
  • Last results: Rapids 1-3 LA (June 21); Atlanta 1-0 Rapids (June 24)
Back-to-back losses should probably drop the Rapids out of the top 10 altogether, but the current bottom team in the league is only a week removed from being among the hottest in MLS. Colorado gets another week to salvage its place in the Rankings.


11. Houston Dynamo (no movement)
  • 25 points, 2nd in West
  • 7th in Shield race
  • Last result: Houston 1-1 FCD
Another draw makes it one win from the last seven league games for Houston.

12. Montreal Impact (down three places)
  • 18 points, 11th in East
  • 20th in Shield race
  • Last result: Columbus 4-1 Montreal
As soon as the Rankings start to think L'Impact might be good, the team takes a beating on the road and slumps back to the bottom of the East.

13. FC Dallas (no movement)
  • 25 points, 4th in West
  • 9th in Shield race
  • Last result: Houston 1-1 FCD

14.  Minnesota United (up seven places)
  • 18 points, 9th in West
  • 19th in Shield race
  • Last results: Minnesota 3-2 Portland (June 21); Minnesota 2-2 VWFC (June 24)
Minnesota made good use of back-to-back home games in Week 17, and gets a lively jump up the Rankings as reward.

15. Columbus Crew (up three places)
  • 25 points, 5th in East
  • 6th in Shield race
  • Last result: Columbus 4-1 Montreal
Away form has stalled the Crew recently, but maybe this week's big home win over Montreal marks a turnaround. Maybe.


16. Philadelphia Union (up one place)
  • 19 points, 9th in East
  • 17th in Shield race
  • Last result: Philadelphia 1-0 DCU
The Union took full advantage of hosting one of the few teams in worse form than itself this week.

17. San Jose Earthquakes (up three places)
  • 23 points, 5th in West
  • 12th in Shield race
  • Last result: SJ 2-1 RSL
Another team reaping the benefits of playing a floundering opponent in Week 17.

18. New York Red Bulls (down four places)
  • 23 points, 7th in East
  • 11th in the Shield race
  • Last result: RBNY 0-2 NYCFC
A stinging derby loss at home that also dropped RBNY out of the playoff places in the Eastern Conference: not a good week for the Red Bulls.

19. D.C. United (up three places)
  • 18 points, 10th in East
  • 18th in Shield race
  • Last results: DCU 2-1 Atlanta (June 21); Philadelphia 1-0 DCU (June 24)
DC creeps up the Rankings after a creditable win over Atlanta in Week 17. The loss to Philadelphia is why DCU isn't rising that high this week.

20. Portland Timbers (down four places)
  • 25 points, 3rd in West
  • 8th in Shield race
  • Last result: Minnesota 3-2 Timbers (June 21); Timbers 2-2 Seattle (June 25)
One point from its last three games; two wins in its last 10: Portland is in a rut.

21. Orlando City (down six places)
  • 26 points, 4th in East
  • 5th in Shield race
  • Last results: Seattle 1-1 Orlando (June 21); Chicago 4-0 Orlando (June 24)

22. Real Salt Lake (down three places)
  • 17 points, 10th in West
  • 21st in Shield race
  • Last result: SJ 2-1 RSL
RSL currently has the most losses (11) and the worst goal difference (-20) in MLS 2017.