Power Rankings

Week 29 MLS Power Rankings: How the Eastern Conference is won

The Eastern Conference still needs a winner. Derek Ciapala breaks the race down with last week’s results in our MLS Power Rankings.

Week 29 of the MLS season featured several teams making their playoff push. The New York Red Bulls hurt the Philadelphia Union’s chances of winning the Eastern Conference title with a devastating 2-0 victory. New York’s win unbelievably kept it within a point of earning a first-round home game. Meanwhile, Atlanta United recovered from its shock loss to the Columbus Crew with two straight victories. 

Out west, the Los Angeles Galaxy earned a critical 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact to land in fourth place. Elsewhere, Minnesota United pulled closer to the second-place Seattle Sounders with a tough 0-0 tie at Portland.

Here is a look at the Week 29 Cincinnati Soccer Talk MLS Power Rankings:

(Legend: (W-L-T, LW: last week’s rankings )


1. Los Angeles FC (19-4-8, LW: 1)

LAFC dominated MLS this season, but its recent struggles should raise some eyebrows.

2. New York City FC (16-5-10, LW: 2) 

NYCFC can clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over Atlanta United and a Philadelphia loss or tie this week.

3. Atlanta United FC (17-11-3, LW: 4)

Atlanta still has a chance to win the regular season Eastern Conference title, but it needs a little help. Oh, and it has to do it without Josef Martinez.

4. Philadelphia Union (15-9-7, LW: 4) 

The Union have faded a bit recently, but they still have an outside shot at one of the top two seeds in the East. 

5. Minnesota United FC (14-10-7, LW: 5) 

I would have thought someone crazy for predicting Minnesota United to finish in the top three teams out west. Actually, Minnesota appears to be more of a threat than the Sounders right now.

6. Seattle Sounders FC (14-10-8, LW: 7)

The Sounders’ 2-0 loss to D.C. United should serve as a reminder that they are not true contenders.

7. Real Salt Lake (14-12-5, LW: 9)

RSL faces the L.A. Galaxy at Rio Tinto in what should be regarded as a must-win for both clubs.

8. Los Angeles Galaxy (15-13-3, LW: 11)

Something woke up in the Galaxy with their seven-goal demolition of the Sporting Kansas City a couple weeks ago. However, winning at Rio Tinto may be a bit much for them.

9. D.C. United (13-10-9, LW: 12)

D.C. United vaulted back into the fourth seed with a tough 2-0 win over the visiting Seattle Sounders.

10. Toronto FC (12-10-10, LW: 13)

Toronto FC’s fortunes looked dim as it entered the season, but it overcame some definitive flaws. Now it might just earn a home playoff game with Chicago and Columbus still on the schedule.


11. New York Red Bulls (14-13-5, LW: 14)

Two critical victories in a row over quality opponents clinched a playoff berth for the Red Bulls.

12. FC Dallas (12-11-9, LW: 10)

The tie with NYCFC keeps Dallas ahead of struggling San Jose and Portland.

13. New England Revolution (10-10-11, LW: 13)

The Revolution’s toughness has made them a leading candidate for team to watch entering 2020.

14. Portland Timbers (13-13-5, LW: 8)

Well, the Timbers had everything set for them, and they blew it.

15. Colorado Rapids (11-15-6, LW: 19)

Imagine where the Rapids would be ranked if they showed up for their first 11 matches.

16. San Jose Earthquakes (13-13-5, LW: 6)

San Jose’s collapse is nearly complete. What happened to the team that swept the Galaxy and gave the rest of the league fits?

17. Chicago Fire (9-12-11, LW: 17)

Chicago really blew an opportunity to pull closer in the East with the 0-0 draw with FC Cincinnati.

18. Houston Dynamo (11-16-4, LW: 22)

Too little, too late for the Dynamo.

19. Orlando City (9-14-9, LW: 18)

The loss to Houston likely ended Orlando’s hopes for a playoff spot.


20. Columbus Crew (9-15-8, LW: 21)

The Crew showed their improvement with a 3-1 win over Atlanta. It’s something to build on for next year.

21. Sporting Kansas City (10-14-7, LW: 16) 

Epic failure of a season for Sporting Kansas City.

22. Montreal Impact (11-17-4, LW: 21) 

At least they gave the Galaxy a match.

23. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7-15-10, LW: 23) 

Will the Whitecaps ever draw a star-caliber player on their turf? 

24. FC Cincinnati (6-22-4, LW: 24) 

So many flaws on this roster. It’s going to take some time before FC Cincinnati can compete for a playoff berth.

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