Atlanta United’s 3-1 win over D.C. United moved it back on top in Soccer America’s MLS Power Rankings.
The Five Stripes, who have lost only one of their last 10 games, are followed by New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls, MLS’s two best teams since the World Cup break. Portland and FC Dallas dropped to 4-5 after they both tied.
MLS, Week 21:
Wednesday, July 18
Minnesota United 2 New England 1.
Saturday, July 21
Atlanta United 3 D.C. United 1.
Seattle 2 Vancouver 0.
Chicago 1 Toronto FC 2.
NY Red Bulls 2 New England 0.
Philadelphia 1 LA Galaxy 3.
Columbus 3 Orlando City 2.
Houston 1 FC Dallas 1.
Real Salt Lake 2 Colorado 2.
Portland 2 Montreal 2.
Sunday, July 22
Minnesota United 5 LAFC 1.
Only MLS results are counted in the Power Rankings, which include a team’s record in parentheses (W-L-T) and rank last week.
1. ATLANTA UNITED (13-4-5), 4. In his first start for D.C. United, Wayne Rooney was introduced to the Josef Martinez show. All the Venezuelan did was erase an early 1-0 deficit with all three goals to give him 22 in 22 games and an MLS-record six career hat trick in only 43 games.
2. NEW YORK CITY FC (12-4-4), 3. NYCFC was off this past week. Now new coach Dome Torrent gets to learn all about MLS travel. NYCFC is at Orlando City on Thursday night and at Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
3. NY RED BULLS (12-5-2), 6. The Red Bulls have dominated at Red Bull Arena, where they are now 8-1-1 and have outscored their opponents, 25-6.
4. PORTLAND (8-3-7), 1. The Timbers’ unbeaten run is now at 13 games — the longest in MLS in 2018 — but they had to twice come from behind to earn a tie at home against the Impact. The unbeaten streak began with six wins but it has been followed by five ties in the last seven games.
5. FC DALLAS (11-3-6), 2. FCD would have taken the three points at Houston but for keeper Joe Willis’ rare double save on Roland Lamah’s penalty kick and follow-up attempt on the rebound of Willis’ initial save. The big news out of Friscois the trade that sent Kellyn Acosta to Colorado for Dominique Badji.
6. LA GALAXY (9-7-4), 7. Slowly but surely, the Galaxy is getting its act together. It is now unbeaten in its last seven MLS contests and has scored 18 goals in their last six MLS games. A major factor in recent games has been the work in midfield by Jonathan dos Santos, back from World Cup.
7. LAFC (10-5-5), 5. A big win in the Open Cup — 3-2 over Portland, which dropped its protest over the inclusion of six foreigners — was followed by a terrible showing in Minnesota. “We deserved to get smacked,” said LAFC coach Bob Bradley.
8. HOUSTON (7-6-6), 9. Mauro Manotas has already matched a career high with 10 goals. He could have had his 11th goal but it was disallowed for offside after Video Review.
9. MONTREAL (9-12-1), 10. The 2-2 tie at Portland — the Impact’s first draw in 22 games — gives it a 4-1-1 record, the fourth best in MLS since since the World Cup.
10. COLUMBUS (9-7-6), 13. A big win against Orlando City came after the Crew fell behind twice but rallied for goals by Gyasi Zardes — his second of the game — in the 88th minute and captain Wil Trapp’s rocket — just his second goal in 145 MLS games — in stoppage time.