Atlanta surges up MLS Power Rankings, but top three remains unchanged
A stable top three, but the real movers this week in MLS were Atlanta and New England.
1. Toronto FC (no change): Toronto FC's 4-0 win over San Jose was textbook from the Canadians. A clean sheet, a Victor Vazquez assist, a Jozy Altidore goal. The only thing lacking was a score from Sebastian Giovinco.
2. New York City FC (no change): Full credit to NYCFC for beating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in midweek without David Villa. But two wins in a row without the Spanish forward was too big an ask against surging Portland.
3. Seattle Sounders (no change): The Sounders are now unbeaten in their last 12 matches, but a 1-1 draw at home against the lowly Galaxy is a missed opportunity.
4. Atlanta United (+3): Those new digs seem to suit Atlanta quite nicely. Tata Martino's men spanked FC Dallas 3-0 on Sunday and could have had more. With their next five at home, Atlanta are poised to make their move in the East.
5. New York Red Bulls (+1): The Red Bulls have had two difficult road matches in a row -- FC Dallas and Chicago -- and come away with a draw in each. Their play continues to improve even if it's not reflected in the final score.
6. Sporting Kansas City (-2): They showed their rust in the midweek loss to New York City and needed Tim Melia to make some big stops to not fall in Columbus. Probably just a small dip.
7. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1): Another impressive outing from the Whitecaps. Facing off against red-hot Real Salt Lake, Vancouver one-upped them with an impressive attacking performance in a 3-2 win.
8. Portland Timbers (+1): David Villa might not have been on the field, but a win at NYCFC is a nice prize. Leading the way in Cascadia right now.
9. Chicago Fire (+2): A nice bounce-back after a four-game losing streak, with a 1-0 win vs. Montreal last week and a 1-1 home draw with the Red Bulls. Better news is that Nemanja Nikolic snapped his nine-game goalless drought.
10. Houston Dynamo (-5): A lack of cutting edge in the final third against the Rapids, and then a late lapse, cost the Dynamo dearly in a 1-0 loss.
11. Columbus Crew SC (-1): A 1-1 home draw against Sporting Kansas City is nothing to be ashamed of, but they seemed to play too conservatively when three points could have been had.
12. New England Revolution (+6): Impressive back-to-back wins have the Revs back in the playoff hunt after Saturday's 1-0 win over Montreal. They just need to show that same form on the road, where they are still winless.
13. Real Salt Lake (-1): Just when RSL was becoming a playoff dark horse, their tendency to commit defensive errors reared its head in a 3-2 loss in Vancouver.
14. Montreal Impact (-1): Three straight losses have the Impact's playoff hopes in peril. Where are the goals? They have just one in their last three games.
15. San Jose Earthquakes (-1): Hard to penalize the Quakes too much after the 4-0 loss to TFC. Most teams leave Toronto with their tail between their legs.
16. Philadelphia Union (no change): The winless streak stands at five for Philly after a 1-1 draw in Minnesota. Essentially playing out the string now.
17. FC Dallas (-2): FC Dallas would still be in the playoffs if the season ended today, but their defense is a mess, and they were lucky to only allow three on Sunday in Atlanta.
18. Orlando City SC (+1): Orlando was starving for something positive, and that's what happened in a 2-1 win at D.C. United. Too late to make a difference though.
19. D.C. United (-2): A dose of reality against Orlando after a three-game winning streak. It might be time to start thinking about 2018.
20. Minnesota United (no change): Ethan Finlay has been a nice pick-up for Minnesota, but that's about it from the 1-1 draw against the Union.
21. LA Galaxy (no change): There were signs of improvement in the 1-1 draw at Seattle on Sunday, but there's still a long way to go in L.A.
22. Colorado Rapids (no change): Yes, they won 1-0 in Houston, but that alone is not enough to climb out of the basement.
Arch Bell is based in Austin, Texas and covers CONCACAF for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @ArchBell .