MLS Power Rankings: Toronto FC jumps four spots, Atlanta United still tops
1. Atlanta United (no change)
Atlanta United again showed its class in a 2-1 win on the road in Chicago, jumping into first place in both the Eastern Conference and the overall standings in the process. Tata Martino's team is clearly the best side in the league at the moment.
2. New York Red Bulls (+1)
The Red Bulls struck a blow in the battle for New York with a comprehensive 4-0 win over NYCFC on Saturday. New York's offseason investment in Alejandro Romero Gamarra (aka Kaku) is starting to pay real dividends.
3. Sporting Kansas City (+1)
Holding serve at home will be crucial to Sporting's quest to earn a top seed in the Western Conference, which is just what Peter Vermes' team did in a 1-0 win over Colorado.
4. New York City FC (-2)
NYCFC's trip to Red Bull Arena was not how the first Hudson River Derby match of 2018 was supposed to go. Patrick Vieira ripped his team afterward, saying that he would have changed out all 10 field players at halftime if he could have.
5. Toronto FC (+4)
The Reds got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Philadelphia on Friday night. That showing will help stave off any notion that TFC isn't still a force to be considered in the Eastern Conference as it moved out of last place.
6. Orlando City (+1)
The winning streak is now six for the Lions after a comeback home win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon. The schedule gets tough moving forward, making this a big win for Jason Kreis & Co.
7. LAFC (-1)
Steven Beitashour scored just the third goal of his MLS career, but LAFC wasn't able take full advantage of the lead and home field against FC Dallas. The duality of Laurent Ciman was on display, as the Frenchman was culpable on the FC Dallas goal.
8. Columbus Crew SC (-2)
Columbus went to Seattle and uglied up proceedings over 75 minutes following Pedro Santo's rejection. Playing a man down is never the ideal, but Gregg Berhalter's team will be a happy with a point, all things considered.
9. Portland Timbers (+1)
The magic of Diego Valeri carried the Timbers to a road win in San Jose in Week 9. The defending league MVP hit his fourth goal on a top class free kick, while the Portland defense earned a second clean sheet in a row.
10. Houston Dynamo (+2)
Houston's home form is coming around, a good sign for the club's chances of getting back to the playoffs. Saturday's 3-2 win over the Galaxy showed a fortitude the Dynamo will need to turn potential draws into important wins.
11. Vancouver Whitecaps (-3)
The Caps had a chance on the road in Minnesota with a man advantage to steal three points from a Western Conference rival and instead left with nothing. Vancouver's position in the table might be little more than a mirage.
12. FC Dallas (+1)
A point on the road in Los Angeles is a good return for Oscar Pareja's side. Maxi Urruti's excellent work was rewarded with a second-half goal that helped the visitors claim a draw against Bob Bradley's team.
13. New England Revolution (-2)
The Revs' momentum came to a screeching end on the road in Montreal. Brad Friedel has defensive issues to address after Ignacio Piatti & Co. ripped New England's back line to shreds on the break in the second half.
14. LA Galaxy (no change)
Three losses in a row and four losses out of five will have Galaxy fans pondering a repeat of last year's last-place finish. The attack had bright moments, but the defensive collapse highlighted big problems for Sigi Schmid. Zlatan Ibrahimovic called for his teammates to "wake up" after the latest setback.
15. Real Salt Lake (no change)
Mike Petke's team staked itself to a 1-0 lead before a defensive collapse and some wasteful finishing ruined any chance of points in Orlando. The performance was decent, but the result will sting.
16. Philadelphia Union (no change)
The Union followed up last week's win over D.C. United with a humbling road loss to Toronto. Whatever flashes Jim Curtin's team showed a week ago, the loss to TFC revealed a club that needs a lot of improvement if the playoffs are to be in its future.
17. Chicago Fire (no change)
The Fire didn't exactly fold in the face of Atlanta United's dynamic attacking group, but the 2-1 loss did illustrate the gap between Chicago and the first-place Atlanta side.
18. Minnesota United (+1)
The Loons showed some fight and overcame Mason Toye's red card in 1-0 home win over Vancouver on Saturday. It was hardly an impressive, but the victory gives Minnesota its first winning streak of the year.
19. Seattle Sounders (-1)
Up a man for 75 minutes, the Sounders were only able to get one shot on goal against the Crew at home Saturday. It didn't help that Nicolas Lodeiro was unavailable, but that doesn't make the result any more palatable.
20. Montreal Impact (+2)
Remi Garde's criticism apparently woke up the Impact, who scored four unanswered goals in the second half on the way to a 4-2 win over New England. Ignacio Piatti again showed he's the man who makes Montreal go.
21. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)
Nearly 90 minutes of work in keeping Portland off the board came undone in a moment on a Valeri free kick. The Quakes will be encouraged by the defensive effort but disappointed in the lack of goals.
22. Colorado Rapids (-1)
The Rapids have no answers on the attacking end of the field, as they needed several good saves from Tim Howard just to stay in the game against Sporting. Colorado managed just two shots on goal in 90 minutes.
23. D.C. United (no change)
United sat idle this week.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.