MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta United top as LAFC, Orlando City hold ground
1. Atlanta United (no change)
The Five Stripes had something of a slow start, falling behind the Impact at home before breaking open the game in the second half. Standing ovation for Kevin Kratz and his two brilliant free kick goals.
2. New York City FC (+1)
David Villa's 400th and 401st professional goals grabbed the headlines as NYCFC maintained first place overall with a 3-1 win over FC Dallas. With Sporting's loss, NYCFC is again up against Atlanta for the league's best team.
3. New York Red Bulls (+1)
After last week's home blip against the Fire, a win on the road at the StubHub Center was just what the Red Bulls needed. Jesse Marsch's team needed a late penalty to secure the three points after jumping ahead 2-0.
4. Sporting Kansas City (-2)
Sporting had a chance to jump atop the Supporters Shield standings on the road in New England but fell victim to its own inability to put the ball in the net and a strange sequence that gifted the Revs the winning goal.
5. LAFC (no change)
The opener at Banc of California Stadium was hardly a classic, but all the LAFC faithful will remember is that Laurent Ciman christened the building with his late free-kick goal and that the home side beat the Sounders.
6. Columbus Crew SC (no change)
Columbus ended a four-game winless run with a 2-1 victory over San Jose, one earned through Mike Grella's eighth-minute goal. It was the winger's first MLS strike since October 2016 when he was with the Red Bulls.
7. Orlando City (no change)
The Lions' slow start is a distant memory now. A mostly healthy Orlando squad is rolling through every challenge in front of it, the latest a well-earned 2-1 victory over the Rapids on the road in the difficult environs of Colorado.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1)
The good news is that the Whitecaps earned three points against a Western Conference rival in a 2-0 win on Friday night. The bad news is that they'll be missing Cristian Techera next week because of his ridiculous second yellow earned for taking off his shirt.
9. Toronto FC (-1)
Let's be honest: TFC is only holding on to a top-10 ranking because of reputation. With the Champions League run over and attention back on the league, the Reds will have to start winning to keep their spot -- drawing at home after being up 2-0 against the Fire won't be good enough.
10. Portland Timbers (no change)
Giovanni Savarese's team was idle this weekend ahead of a trip to San Jose to open May.
11. New England Revolution (no change)
Convincing it wasn't, but the Revs 1-0 win over Sporting on Saturday keeps New England in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Turned out that Teal Bunbury did the right thing -- always play until the referee stops you with a whistle.
12. Houston Dynamo (no change)
The Dynamo went cold in front of net after taking an early lead in Minnesota, through some of that was down to Bobby Shuttleworth's excellent performance in net for the home side. Houston will take solace in the number of chances created on the attacking end.
13. FC Dallas (no change)
The last MLS unbeaten is unbeaten no more. It shouldn't be a surprise that the clean start for FC Dallas came to an end in the notoriously difficult surroundings of Yankee Stadium, where the home team is nearly unbeatable.
14. LA Galaxy (no change)
The problems persist in Carson and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic can't fix them. While the Galaxy have some real beefs with the officiating in its loss to New York, the team play isn't good enough to earn them the benefit of the doubt.
15. Real Salt Lake (no change)
RSL was 15 minutes away from a road point when a penalty conceded by Nick Besler put it a goal down. Gifted a man-advantage after the goal, RSL was unable to make any progress toward an equalizer. Disappointing for Mike Petke.
16. Philadelphia Union (+2)
The solution to the Union's inability to score goals arrived in Chester in the form of a poor D.C. United defense. Philadelphia's three-goal output doubled the club's total for the season.
17. Chicago Fire (no change)
Chicago's comeback draw on the road against TFC would mean more if the Reds weren't coming off a difficult end to their Champions League run. There's still plenty of positives for the Fire, however, and road points can't be taken for granted.
18. Seattle Sounders (-2)
What a way to lose for the Sounders. Though they never found the breakthrough at Banc of California Stadium, it's tough to say they didn't deserve a point. Stefan Frei's bad moment will haunt him ... at least until next week.
19. Minnesota United (+3)
The Loons came through at home and broke a four-game winless run. Losing Christian Ramirez takes some shine off the win, but Ibson scoring the winner was a great moment for a man who played with the NASL version of United.
20. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)
The Quakes have managed to stay in every game they've played so far in 2018, but that hasn't led to many points. San Jose's loss in Columbus pushed its winless run to six and kept the Quakes stuck in 11th in the West.
21. Colorado Rapids (-2)
Rough day at home for the Rapids in a 2-1 loss to Orlando City. Backup goalkeeper Zac MacMath's rust showed on Cristian Higuita's goal and a penalty conceded by Dillon Serna ensured the loss.
22. Montreal Impact (-1)
The Impact might not have deserved anything out their trip to Atlanta based on the balance of play, but a wasted halftime lead is bad news for a team on a four-game losing streak. Over that span, Remi Garde's side has conceded 14 goals.
23. D.C. United (no change)
With the opening of Audi Field still months away, a game in Philadelphia where United actually had a lead and a chance at a point with 20 minutes to go will feel like a big opportunity missed.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.