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 By Arch Bell

Toronto tops unchanged top of Power Rankings, while slumping Fire tumble

Little change from the top four, but Real Salt Lake, Portland and Columbus move upward while Chicago suffers a big drop.

1. Toronto FC (no change): Hands down the most dominant team in MLS. Toronto followed up its midweek 3-0 win over Philadelphia with a 3-1 thrashing of Canadian rivals Montreal. There's just no stopping them.

2. New York City FC (no change): It wasn't pretty but the 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena showed NYCFC can still get a result even when they're off their game.

3. Seattle Sounders (no change): The unbeaten streak continues; now 11 after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Portland. Midfielder Victor Rodriguez looks like a very savvy addition.

4. Sporting Kansas City (no change): Hurricane Harvey forced the cancellation of their visit to Houston. The Cascadia draw is a favorable result.

5. Houston Dynamo (+3): The Dynamo showed some serious resilience in a comeback 3-3 midweek draw at FC Dallas. The city of Houston will surely do the same in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

6. New York Red Bulls (+1): The Red Bulls outplayed city rivals NYCFC and were unlucky to earn just a point in a 1-1 draw. They continue to look better each week when at full-strength.

7. Atlanta United (-1): A bad 1-0 midweek loss to D.C. United was followed by a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Philadelphia. Next six are at home though.

8. Vancouver Whitecaps (+2): Vancouver did well to grab a 1-1 draw midweek against Seattle after going down a man, and then making the long trip to Orlando and picking up a 2-1 win.

9. Portland Timbers (+3): The Timbers gutted out a 1-1 draw on the road to Cascadia rivals Seattle after a midweek 2-1 home win over Colorado. Trending upward.

10. Columbus Crew SC (+3): Columbus had arguably the best week in MLS, with two excellent home wins to rise to third in the East. No one is talking about this team, which probably suits them just fine.

11. Chicago Fire (-6): Biggest drop of the week after losing 2-1 at home to Minnesota. Veljko Paunovic's team has lost four straight and suddenly a playoff spot -- once thought to be a certainty -- could be in jeopardy.

12. Real Salt Lake (+3): RSL is turning into a compelling story. A 4-0 win over San Jose and then a 4-1 win against Colorado. Plenty of confidence in Mike Petke's side right now.

13. Montreal Impact (-4): After rising six places last week, it's back down four after Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Toronto. Still in the playoff mix though.

14. San Jose Earthquakes (no change): After taking a 4-0 hammering at Real Salt Lake, the Quakes drilled the Galaxy 3-0 in the California Clasico. Hard to pin down which is the real San Jose.

15. FC Dallas (-4): No playoffs for FC Dallas if the season ended Monday. Now winless in six after a 3-3 draw to Houston and 2-1 loss at Columbus.

16. Philadelphia Union (no change): Bad luck for Philly. After going 2-0 up against Atlanta United, they went down a man and coughed up a late equalizer in a 2-2 final.

17. D.C. United (+3): Ben Olsen's men now have three straight wins, all by a 1-0 scoreline, the latest coming against New England. New arrivals Paul Arriola, Zoltan Stieber and Russell Canouse have contributed nicely.

18. New England Revolution (-1): More road blues after a 1-0 loss in Washington. A poor attacking display against one of worst defenses in MLS.

19. Orlando City SC (-1): Orlando's playoff hopes are pretty much done after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Vancouver. Time to start thinking about 2018.

20. Minnesota United (+1): The Loons picked up their first road win of the season in the 2-1 victory at Chicago. A nice rebound after last week's bitter 2-1 stoppage-time loss in Seattle.

21. LA Galaxy (-2): LA dropped two clunkers: 2-0 to the Crew and then an embarrassing 3-0 home loss to the Quakes. Abysmal.

22. Colorado Rapids (no change): Things have gone from bad to worse in Colorado. The Rapids lost twice this week, including a 4-1 thumping at the hands at Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake.

Arch Bell is based in Austin, Texas and covers CONCACAF for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @ArchBell .


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