Week 29 rankings: Landon's the man
Landon Donovan tied the all-time MLS mark for assists in the L.A. Galaxy's 4-0 blowout of the New York Red Bulls, and the win enabled L.A. to remain atop ESPN's MLS Power Rankings.
1. L.A. Galaxy (no change)
The Galaxy maintained its scintillating form with a 4-0 blasting of the New York Red Bulls thanks to Landon Donovan's goal and three assists. The trio of helpers saw Donovan tie Steven's Ralston's MLS all-time assist mark, and with four games left in the regular season, he seems a cinch to have it all to himself.
2. Seattle Sounders (no change)
The Sounders ended the week on a positive note with a 4-2 win over Chivas USA, but its midweek defeat to Dallas has left it tied on points with L.A. for the Supporters Shield. Obafemi Martins continued to state his MVP credentials with two goals and an assist against the Goats.
3. Real Salt Lake (no change)
Saturday's loss to Vancouver was a weird one. RSL looked to be in control despite not playing its best, but a silly penalty conceded by Carlos Salcedo and Pedro Morales' late second goal resulted in a 2-1 loss. A few players were rested for the match, leaving fans to hope the team will return to winning ways when those regulars return.
4. FC Dallas (no change)
David Texeira scored twice, but it was front-line mate Blas Perez who keyed the 3-1 victory over Seattle. A game that looked to be slipping away turned around once FCD found Perez's feet in transition, and he started connecting passes and breaking pressure.
5. D.C. United (no change)
Only L.A. has conceded fewer goals than DCU, and that defensive resilience served the Black and Red well in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia. Oh, and Luis Silva continued his prolific ways with his 11th tally of the season. Is there a way back into the lineup for Eddie Johnson? It doesn't look like like it.
6. New England Revolution (no change)
Friday's triumph over Kansas City was as big a win as New England has recorded this season, with Jermaine Jones making up for an earlier mistake by lashing home the game winner. The Revs are now level with SKC on points in the Eastern Conference.
7. Columbus Crew (+4)
The Crew's fifth straight home win has taken it to fourth place in the East. Now comes the hardest part: a three-game road swing to New England, Philadelphia, and New York before finishing the regular season at home to the Union. If the Crew's improved defense continues to hold up, the playoffs will beckon for Columbus.
8. Philadelphia Union (-1)
The Union look like a team that is running out of gas following its 1-0 loss to D.C. United. Now with Sebastien Le Toux forced to exit Saturday's defeat with a right ankle sprain, Philadelphia's odds of reaching the postseason are getting longer.
9. New York Red Bulls (no change)
Elimination in the CONCACAF Champions League in midweek was followed by the debacle against the Galaxy. All is not lost, however. With three of their last four regular-season games at home, the Red Bulls still have a good chance of making the playoffs.
10. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
Shipping three goals to the Revs is just the latest sign that all is not well with SKC's defense. Kansas City's last clean sheet against a team other than Chivas USA came back in June against Portland, and its 37 goals allowed are seven more than it allowed all of last season. Poor goalkeeping hasn't helped either.
11. Toronto FC (+3)
Time will tell whether TFC's epic victory against Portland will define its season, but the Reds certainly have momentum now. A huge in-game turnaround by Nick Hagglund -- who scored twice after gifting Portland its first tally -- keyed a comeback from two goals down.
12. Houston Dynamo (no change)
The reports that manager Dominic Kinnear has been given permission to talk to San Jose didn't have a depressing effect on the Dynamo, who beat Chicago 2-0. The Sarkodie-Davis-Garcia connection produced as pretty a goal as you'll ever see.
13. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)
Pedro Morales was another hero, burying a second-half penalty after missing one earlier, and then redirecting a shot for the game winner against Real Salt Lake. Kekuta Manneh may be struggling with his finishing, but his run and pass to set up the game winner was outstanding.
14. Portland Timbers (-4)
The Timbers suffered through a soul-crushing day against Toronto. Not only did it blow a two-goal lead against TFC, it also lost midfielder and captain Will Johnson to a broken leg. For a team that continues to struggle defensively, especially on set pieces, Johnson's loss is devastating.
MLS Power Rankings
- October 27: Seattle at the Double
- October 20: Sounders surging ahead
- October 13: Down to the wire
- October 6: Revs rise up the charts
- September 29: Donovan is the man
- September 22: Galaxy are on target
- September 15: Rose-tinted Sounders win
- September 8: LA in another Galaxy
- September 1: Runaway train
15. Chicago Fire (no change)
An attack-minded lineup didn't have the desired effect for the Fire, as Frank Yallop couldn't lead his side to victory against former protege Dominic Kinnear. The defeat all but seals the Fire's postseason fate.
16. Montreal Impact (no change)
Advancing to the quarterfinals of the CCL meant that not even the 2-0 loss to Columbus could spoil the week for Montreal, even if Frank Klopas channeled former Impact manager Marco Schallibaum by getting ejected.
17. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)
Matias Perez Garcia showed his quality, with his deft touching setting up Atiba Harris' equalizer. It wasn't enough to overcome Victor Bernardez's failure to track Gabriel Torres on Colorado's goal. It's incredible to see how much his play has dropped since 2012.
18. Colorado Rapids (no change)
The Rapids played their most complete game in months, but it wasn't enough to secure three points against San Jose. As coaching baptisms go, Pablo Mastroeni's has been about as brutal as it gets.
19. Chivas USA (no change)
Well, at least the Goats scored, twice putting the ball in Seattle's net. There wasn't much else to cheer about as Chivas USA extended its winless streak to 12, 11 of which have been losses.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.