MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta United top, Toronto FC in freefall
1. Atlanta United (+1)
Four points this week for Atlanta, who left New England disappointed with a draw on Wednesday, but benefited from two red cards in the win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Atlanta returns to the top of the rankings on the back of the win.
2. Sporting Kansas City (+1)
Sporting did what good teams do on Sunday in a 4-1 win over Minnesota at Children's Mercy Park. Given a chance to put a weaker team to the sword, Peter Vermes' side did just that. Homegrown signing Wan Kuzain, 19, scored his first career goal.
3. New York Red Bulls (-1)
Missing Tyler Adams among others, New York couldn't make its lead from an excellent header from Bradley Wright-Phillips stand up on the road in New England. The Red Bulls now turn their attention to a rivalry match in the Open Cup against NYCFC.
4. Columbus Crew SC (no change)
The Crew looked sunk at home against TFC, down three goals with less than 25 minutes to go. A Gyasi Zardes strike served as the spark and late penalty helped Columbus salvage a point after a furious comeback.
5. FC Dallas (+3)
Six points in a week has FC Dallas at the top of the Western Conference standings, riding a six-game unbeaten run and a three-game winning streak. Even more impressive, FCD's streak came in three games during an eight-day span.
6. New York City FC (no change)
The Pigeons bounced back from a 3-1 humbling in Houston last week with a 3-0 thrashing of Orlando City at Yankee Stadium. The highlight of the day was a rebound goal from Maxi Moralez that came after two NYCFC shots hit the crossbar.
7. Portland Timbers (-2)
The Timbers' six-game winning streak came to an end with a 1-1 draw against the Galaxy on Saturday, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Portland forced David Bingham to make nine saves and more than deserved the point.
8. LAFC (-1)
Bob Bradley's team is winless in its past four games, earning two of a possible 12 points over that span. Missing several critical pieces due to the international break didn't help the cause in Saturday's 2-1 loss to FC Dallas.
9. New England Revolution (+3)
The Revs will happily take four points from a period of four days that had them play host to two of the league's best teams in Atlanta and New York. New England took advantage against a Red Bull team missing a few important starters.
10. Houston Dynamo (-1)
Two road losses this week has the Dynamo tumbling a bit in the rankings. Wilmer Cabrera's decision to rotate his lineup after the quick turnaround from Wednesday's game in Utah led to toothless attacking performance in Montreal.
11. Orlando City (-1)
Orlando City's six-game winning streak gave way to what is now a four-game losing run after a 3-0 loss against New York City FC. Injuries have been a factor, but the Lions are now on the verge of dropping out of the playoff places in the East.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1)
The Whitecaps entered the weekend on a four-game unbeaten run, though all four results were draws. The Rapids aren't the stiffest competition, but finally getting a win to add to the draws should boost confidence for Carl Robinson & Co.
13. Real Salt Lake (+1)
RSL has won three in a row, with two of those victories coming against the Sounders. With nine points earned off of Western rivals, the Utah club has climbed all the way to third place in the conference.
14. Philadelphia Union (+3)
The Union's win in midweek against Chicago was canceled out by a disaster of a match against Atlanta on Saturday. It remains to be seen if the two red cards will mean suspension for Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin and problems next week against Toronto.
15. LA Galaxy (no change)
The Galaxy failed to build on a pair of wins against Montreal and San Jose with just a point from two games this week. Sigi Schmid's decision to start Chris Pontius over Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Ola Kamara away might say something about the state of things in Los Angeles.
16. Chicago Fire (no change)
A win and a loss on the week for the inconsistent Fire, who got another goal from Alan Gordon in the win over San Jose. The results are sporadic for Chicago, putting the club solidly in the group likely to scramble for the sixth spot playoff spot in the East.
17. Toronto FC (-6)
For a team in need of wins if it's going to climb back into the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Saturday's draw against Columbus is a crushing blow. Doubly so because TFC had a three-goal lead on the Crew before a stunning collapse.
18. Minnesota United (no change)
Minnesota responded to going down an early goal against Sporting with an equalizer -- before subsequently conceding three and falling on the road 4-1 in Kansas City. The Loons have managed just three points away from home this season.
19. Montreal Impact (+3)
Head coach Remi Garde called his team out after a loss in Minnesota last week. Whether it was that public criticism or a weakened Houston lineup (or both) that led to the win on Saturday, three points will go a long way toward salving wounds.
20. Seattle Sounders (-1)
It's not getting better for the Sounders, who have now lost to Real Salt Lake twice in a row and are mired in three-game losing streak. The age of the roster and injuries probably mean no easy solutions are available to head coach Brian Schmetzer.
21. D.C. United (-1)
D.C. United sat out the weekend ahead of a trip to Seattle in the league next weekend.
22. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)
A disjointed San Jose squad fell to Chicago at Toyota Park on Saturday. The club's next-to-last points-per-game return makes positives hard to find, with only Danny Hoesen meeting the challenge on the attacking end.
23. Colorado Rapids (no change)
The hapless Rapids continued their woeful ways with a home loss to Vancouver on Saturday. Colorado has lost seven straight and shows no signs of pulling out of the hole they've dug themselves in 2018.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.