Dallas No. 1, Houston rises as Timbers and Impact fall in MLS Power Rankings
No change at the top in our Major League Soccer Power Rankings, though the margin is getting smaller between FC Dallas and Toronto FC. The Portland Timbers take a four-spot drop after a home draw, while both the Houston Dynamo and Atlanta United make strong moves up the board.
1. FC Dallas (no change)
Dallas holds on to the top spot -- just barely -- with a 1-1 draw against New York City FC that keeps its unbeaten start to the season alive. Kellyn Acosta continued his push into the MLS elite with his performance.
2. Toronto FC (no change)
Another six-point week for Toronto and now the winning streak is at six matches after beating Columbus Crew SC 2-1 and Minnesota United 3-2. The Reds have barely had time to breathe during the run and have showed off incredible depth.
4. Columbus Crew SC (+2)
Justin Meram's hat trick in the 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact puts him on seven goals for the year -- just one off his career high. Crew SC's firepower is keeping the team in games.
5. Orlando City SC (-2)
Orlando's home winning streak came to an end in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Sporting, dropping the Lions into third place in the Eastern Conference standings and fifth here.
6. Houston Dynamo (+3)
After a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Dynamo are now tied for first in the West based entirely on their play at home, where they are 6-0-1 with a 13-plus goal difference.
8. Portland Timbers (-4)
Portland was outplayed by Atlanta in the 1-1 draw at home, but still managed a point -- and without Darlington Nagbe in the lineup. On the flip side, Diego Valeri was kept quiet.
10. Chicago Fire (+2)
The trend is upward in Chicago and that is not something anyone could say about the Fire in recent years. The crowd in Bridgeview is evidence and they certainly enjoyed a 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders.
12. Atlanta United (+3)
Atlanta left Portland feeling like it should have had more than a point after a 1-1 draw. That's an improvement over last week and a sign that maybe the expansion side is adapting.
17. Minnesota United (no change)
The Loons were nearly there, just minutes away from a massive, confidence-building point on the road when their defense let them down and they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Toronto.
22. Real Salt Lake (-2)
It's probably not fair to judge Mike Petke quite yet. With the injuries and absences RSL is dealing with, it's hard to know how good (or bad) his team might be. But a 4-0 loss to the Revs will hurt.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.