These Major League Soccer power rankings were not easy to assemble in that the top teams in the league both lost in heartbreaking fashion on the road.
Nothing about RBNY suggests that they are actually better than are Salt Lake or KC, and the Rapids are but a weekend of favorable results away from being at the top of the league table. At least DC and Chivas remained consistently poor. After all, too much change can be exhausting on the emotions.
2013 Week 22 MLS power rankings
19. DC United (2-15-4): It's not all bad, DC fans. You're maybe getting a soccer-specific stadium. That should be fun.
18. Columbus Crew (6-10-5): Mark down July 27 as the day when the Crew's season died a painful death up in Toronto. It's soul-searching time for Columbus.
17. Chivas USA (4-12-5): Sure, they lost again, but Chivas put up a fight in Seattle. They've been halfway decent since parting ways with Chelís.
16. Toronto FC (3-10-8): That TFC comeback at home was a lot of fun to watch. Those fans that bothered to show up in order to watch two "meh" teams deserved a reason to cheer.
15. Chicago Fire (7-9-4): A draw in Houston is a fine result, but Chicago drops in the MLS power rankings due to several other sides picking up wins this past Saturday.
14. New England Revolution (8-7-6): I wanted to bump the Revs up higher in this week's list, but I'm still not convinced they are for real. They'd be a playoff side if the regular season ended today, but beating lowly DC is hardly a sign that New England is an actual contender.
13. FC Dallas (8-5-8): They didn't play during the final weekend of July, but other results around the league landed Dallas out of the top five in the conference standings. Their days of being atop the league table seem like ages ago.
12. Seattle Sounders (8-7-4): Beating Chivas at home is hardly a reason to celebrate. Seattle has several things to figure out if it is to be a playoff side come this fall.
11. San Jose Earthquakes (7-9-6): Should San Jose consider dumping Wondo? This stretch of play during the Gold Cup clearly shows that they don't need him (only a little sarcasm there).
10. Houston Dynamo (8-6-6): Things have been changing rather quickly in MLS standings this season. Houston is currently out of the conference's top five.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (9-7-5): Uh oh. Are Vancouver fans experiencing flashbacks of the meltdown that occurred one year ago?
8. Philadelphia Union (9-6-7): A huge victory up north at Vancouver left me very impressed. Philly is only three points behind first place RSL.
7. LA Galaxy (10-9-3): LA's awful road form continues to be a trend. Perhaps Landon Donovan does mean more to the Galaxy than we knew.
6. Real Salt Lake (11-7-4): Yes, they remain atop the league standings, but back-to-back losses that came at the death absolutely hurt. Is any team in the league happier that the Gold Cup is finally over?
5. Portland Timbers (8-3-10): Portland looks truly vulnerable for the first time this season. This is where Caleb Porter earns his paycheck.
4. Colorado Rapids (9-7-7): Their points per-game average isn't good enough for top five in the MLS West, but the Rapids are currently second in the conference standings. They continue to climb up the table and up MLS power rankings.
3. New York Red Bulls (10-7-5): This team is going to drive fans to the brink of insanity. While New York never wins at KC, a good showing on the road for once would be nice to see.
2. Sporting Kansas City (10-6-6): KC stumbled at Montreal, but I still see them as the most complete team in the conference. Will they be suffering from an All-Star Game hangover this coming weekend?
1. Montreal Impact (10-5-5): Look who is back at the top of the points per-game table and MLS power rankings. I guess some of us buried Montreal a bit too early.
Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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