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MLS 2017 Power Rankings, Week 18: New York City FC on the rise

FCD is back in the top 10 this week, as NYCFC edges a little closer to the top spot.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

TFC slips and NYCFC takes advantage, and FC Dallas returns to the top 10...

1. Chicago Fire (no movement)
  • 37 points, 1st in Eastern Conference
  • 1st in Supporters' Shield race
  • Last result: Chicago 4-0 Vancouver
Top of the league, unbeaten in its last 10 MLS games, four-game winning streak, two consecutive 4-0 wins at home: the Fire is flying.

2. New York City FC (up one place)
  • 33 points, 3rd in East
  • 3rd in Shield race
  • Last result: NYCFC 3-1 Minnesota
NYCFC is tied with Chicago for the longest active winning streak in the league at the moment.

3. Toronto FC (down one place)

  • 35 points, 2nd in East
  • 2nd in Shield race
  • Last result: FCD 3-1 TFC
The first of three consecutive road games didn't go well for TFC.

4. Sporting Kansas City (no movement)
  • 31 points, 1st in Western Conference
  • 4th in Shield race
  • Last result: KC 1-1 Portland
Points dropped at home in Week 18, but SKC's position at the top of the West is built on being hard to beat: the team is now unbeaten in its last five league games.

5. Atlanta United (up two places)
  • 27 points, 5th in East
  • 10th in Shield race
  • Last results: Columbus 0-2 Atlanta
Three wins from its last four games: Atlanta seems to be enjoying the summer.


6. LA Galaxy (down one place)
  • 22 points, 6th in West
  • 14th in Shield race
  • Last results: San Jose 2-1 LA
Second loss in a row for LA - the Galaxy will be relieved to see the schedule deliver a home game against RSL next.

7. Vancouver Whitecaps (down one place)
  • 21 points, 7th in West
  • 15th in Shield race
  • Last result: Chicago 4-0 VWFC
A lot of teams lose to the Fire these days, so Vancouver doesn't slip that much this week - but it's heading out of the top 10 if cannot snap out of a winless streak that now stands at three consecutive games.

8. Colorado Rapids (up two places)
  • 19 points, 9th in West
  • 19th in Shield race
  • Last result: Colorado 3-1 Houston
Much-needed win for the Rapids, who had lost two in a row before the Dynamo visited Colorado.

9. Seattle Sounders (no movement)
  • 21 points, 8th in West
  • 17th in Shield race
  • Last results: Seattle 1-1 Orlando (June 21); Portland 2-2 Seattle (June 25)
No game in Week 18 for Seattle, but no Rankings penalty for that on this occasion.

10. FC Dallas (up three places)
  • 28 points, 2nd in West
  • 6th in Shield race
  • Last result: FCD 3-1 TFC
Clearing the way for Chicago to knock TFC off the top of the table, FCD grabbed just its second win in its last nine league games.

11. Montreal Impact (up one place)
  • 21 points, 9th in East
  • 16th in Shield race
  • Last result: Montreal 2-0 DCU
Back home after three games on the road, L'Impact was back to winning ways in Week 18.

12. New England Revolution (down four places)
  • 20 points, 10th in East
  • 18th in Shield race
  • Last results: Philadelphia 3-0 Revs
The Revs have lost three in a row and are arguably over-valued at 12th on this list.

13. San Jose Earthquakes (up four places)
  • 26 points, 4th in West
  • 9th in Shield race
  • Last result: SJ 2-1 LA Galaxy
Beating in-form LA is worth a healthy rise in the Rankings.

14. Philadelphia Union (up two places)
  • 22 points, 8th in East
  • 13th in Shield race
  • Last result: Philadelphia 3-0 New England
Six points from its last two games has the Union on the rise again.

15. Houston Dynamo (down four places)
  • 25 points, 2nd in West
  • 7th in Shield race
  • Last result: Colorado 3-1 Houston
Houston's indifferent form - one win from its last eight league games - is largely down to the fact it has played six of its last eight on the road.


16.  Minnesota United (down two places)
  • 18 points, 10th in West
  • 21st in Shield race
  • Last result: NYCFC 3-1 Minnesota
Losing on the road to one of the better teams in MLS isn't a shameful result, and Minnesota will be looking ahead to a run of five consecutive home games that starts on July 4 against Columbus.

17. Columbus Crew (down two places)
  • 25 points, 6th in East
  • 10th in Shield race
  • Last result: Columbus 0-2 Atlanta
The Crew has been struggling on the road lately, and losing at home to Atlanta raises the concern that those struggles might have followed the team back to Columbus.

18. Orlando City (up three places)
  • 29 points, 4th in East
  • 5th in Shield race
  • Last results: RSL 0-1 Orlando
First win since the end of May for Orlando.

19. New York Red Bulls (down one place)
  • 23 points, 7th in East
  • 12th in the Shield race
  • Last result: RBNY 0-2 NYCFC (June 24)
RBNY didn't play in Week 18, and that inactivity costs it a place in the Rankings.

20. Portland Timbers (no movement)
  • 26 points, 3rd in West
  • 8th in Shield race
  • Last result: SKC 1-1 Portland
Four games without a win for Portland now.

21. D.C. United (down two places)
  • 18 points, 11th in East
  • 20th in Shield race
  • Last result: Montreal 2-0 DCU
Fourth consecutive road loss for DC - and the team has two more road games to play before it next gets a run in front of its home crowd.

22. Real Salt Lake (no movement)
  • 17 points, 11th in West
  • 22nd in Shield race
  • Last result: RSL 0-1 Orlando