Colorado Rapids are still top, but big losses see Timbers and NYCFC drop
The two top teams played to a 1-1 draw amid swirling rumors about FC Dallas forward Fabian Castillo's imminent departure, so the real movement in this week's MLS Power Rankings comes further down the ladder thanks to a couple of statement wins.
1. Colorado Rapids (no change)
Marlon Hairston's emergence in Colorado is good news for a team that probably won't make many additions in the transfer market after spending big on several designated players.
2. FC Dallas (no change)
It took an 82nd-minute rocket off the foot of normally goal-shy Victor Ulloa to secure a point in Colorado, but any road point is a good one in MLS, and Dallas still top the West.
3. LA Galaxy (no change)
The Galaxy scored a pair of goals before we even had a chance to take in the atmosphere at Providence Park on Saturday and forced Portland Timbers to chase the game, falling right into Bruce Arena's hands.
4. Montreal Impact (+2)
No one forgot about Didier Drogba per se, but maybe we were starting to think he wasn't going to be a key figure for the Impact this season. His hat trick in the 5-1 win over Philadelphia Union says otherwise.
6. Sporting Kansas City (+3)
Sporting needs the Dom Dwyer that scored a brace on the weekend to show up more frequently if they hope to have a chance in the West this year. Four goals in his last five games suggests he's heating up.
7. Toronto FC (+4)
What can you say about hat-trick hero Sebastian Giovinco? The reigning MVP might be the best free kick taker the league has ever seen, and kepe in mind that David Beckham once played here.
8. Portland Timbers (-4)
Liam Ridgewell's absence proved to be a big problem against the Galaxy on Saturday. Now, the Timbers could lose Nat Borchers to injury as well. Very bad news.
9. San Jose Earthquakes (+1)
As Chris Wondolowski goes, so go the Quakes, so Dom Kinnear will be happy to see his star striker back on the scoresheet against Real Salt Lake after a seven-game drought.
10. Real Salt Lake (+2)
RSL can't afford to lose any of their attacking players, which makes the injury status of Yura Movsisyan of crucial importance. If he misses much time, his team will be in big trouble.
11. New York City FC (-6)
Patrick Vieira played right into Jesse Marsch's hands, and his team paid the consequences. Everyone in NYCFC blue melted in the heat at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
12. Philadelphia Union (-5)
After humbling defeat in Montreal, the danger now is that things could spiral out of control for the Union. Maybe Jim Curtin has the right idea when he says they'll tear up the tape and move on.
15. Orlando City SC (+1)
Jason Kreis hasn't arrived yet, but a comeback draw on the road against Columbus Columbus sets the table nicely for the new boss to start his tenure with victories.
16. D.C. United (-1)
Maybe he wouldn't have made much of a difference in Toronto, but it would be nice if goalkeeper Bill Hamid could stay healthy for a reasonable stretch.
18. Columbus Crew SC (+2)
Whenever things start to look encouraging for Crew SC, something goes awry. Against Orlando, Gregg Berhalter's team dominated possession but couldn't hold a two-goal lead.
19. Seattle Sounders (-2)
The Sounders had just one shot in their 3-0 loss to Sporting KC. More troublesome is the fact that it looks like the players have already packed it in for the season. Are changes coming?
20. Chicago Fire (-1)
This just in: Terrible road team fails to win on the road. More as updates warrant.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.