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 By Jason Davis

MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City locked at the top

1. Atlanta United

Record: 9W-3D-3L
Week 14 ranking: 1

The Five Stripes became the first team to take points off of NYCFC at Yankee Stadium with a 1-1 draw Saturday. Brad Guzan's nine saves -- and the interventions of the post -- were crucial to securing the point for Atlanta.

2. Sporting Kansas City

Record: 8-5-2
Week 14 ranking: 2

Good defending, good goalkeeping and the hallmark organization of a Peter Vermes team pushed Sporting to a road draw against the Timbers. The point does nothing to hurt SKC's place among the West's elite group.

3. New York Red Bulls

Record: 7-2-4
Week 14 ranking: 3

The Red Bulls can only be said to have escaped from Columbus with a point considering how thoroughly the Crew outplayed them in the first half. Capitalizing on a wasteful performance by the hosts, New York found a goal and a draw.

4. Columbus Crew SC

Record: 7-6-3
Week 14 ranking: 4

Gregg Berhalter's side got a goal from Gyasi Zardes, his 10th of the year, and extended its unbeaten run to nine with a draw against the Red Bulls. Not a bad result, but not the one Berhalter wanted.

5. FC Dallas

Record: 8-5-1
Week 14 ranking: 5

The winning run continued for Oscar Pareja's team on the weekend, with a 2-0 victory over Montreal putting FC Dallas on four straight. The Texas side is the toughest to beat in MLS and is near the top of the ranks because of that fact.

6. New York City FC

Record: 8-4-3
Week 14 ranking: 6

NYCFC bossed Atlanta United for most of the day at Yankee Stadium in a 1-1 draw but was unable to find the net for the winner. City outshot Atlanta 23-6 in the match and struck the post three times.

7. LAFC

Record: 7-3-4
Week 14 ranking: 8

LAFC's defending left a lot to be desired Saturday, but the attack never stopped. The comeback 4-3 victory over San Jose ended a four-game winless run for Bob Bradley's team.

8. Portland Timbers

Record: 6-4-3
Week 14 ranking: 7

Without the heart of their midfield, Diego Chara, in the lineup, the Timbers kept their unbeaten streak going with a goalless draw against Sporting. Portland moved back into the playoff places in the West with the point.

9. Houston Dynamo

Record: 6-3-5
Week 14 ranking: 10

The Dynamo did what they had to do in taking down a terrible Rapids team in a 2-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium. Wilmer Cabrera's team snapped a two-game losing streak against cellar-dwelling Colorado.

10. Vancouver Whitecaps

Record: 6-5-5
Week 14 ranking: 12

The Whitecaps benefited from a red card in a 5-2 win over Orlando City and ran up the score late, but that shouldn't negate the brilliant performance of the team's teenage phenom, Alphonso Davies. The midfielder scored and collected three assists in the victory.

11. New England Revolution

Record: 6-5-4
Week 14 ranking: 9

Lady Luck smiled on the Revs this week as they managed to sneak out of Bridgeview with a point thanks to a howler by Richard Sanchez. While far from a convincing performance, the draw is a good result for New England.

12. LA Galaxy

Record: 6-2-7
Week 14 ranking: 15

LA's reclamation project is slowly getting into gear after a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center. RSL is no one's idea of a big scalp, but the victory will put aside some thoughts of change at head coach for the time being.

13. Toronto FC

Record: 4-2-7
Week 14 ranking: 17

The Reds now have two shutout wins in the 2018 season and both of them have come against the Philadelphia. A feisty 2-0 victory over the Union in Chester means the champs have some hope of a turnaround again.

14. Orlando City

Record: 6-1-7
Week 14 ranking: 11

It all went sideways on the road in British Columbia for the Lions, who are are now in a complete free fall after the 5-2 loss. Five defeats in a row has Orlando's position above the playoff line under threat in the East.

15. Real Salt Lake

Record: 7-1-7
Week 14 ranking: 13

Real Salt Lake held out for an hour against the Galaxy in Carson before conceding three goals in 16 minutes and losing 3-0. A three-game winning streak ended with the defeat and puts RSL in danger of dropping out of the playoff spots in the West.

16. Philadelphia Union

Record: 5-3-7
Week 14 ranking: 14

The events of last week meant Philadelphia faced Toronto without Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin -- absences it was unable to overcome. Despite creating chances, the Union fell 2-0 at home to the defending champs.

17. Chicago Fire

Record: 5-3-7
Week 14 ranking: 16

Chicago was on its way to three important points against an Eastern Conference rival when Richard Sanchez literally dropped the ball and abetted the equalizing goal. The Fire look like a team stuck in neutral.

18. Seattle Sounders FC

Record: 3-2-7
Week 14 ranking: 20

Signs of life are finally here for the Sounders, who took care of DC United 2-0 at home Saturday. The summer still needs to deliver reinforcements, but at least Nicolas Lodeiro is back and healthy for the Rave Green.

19. Minnesota United

Record: 5-1-8
Week 14 ranking: 18

The Loons were the lone team without a game this weekend.

20. Montreal Impact

Record: 4-0-11
Week 14 ranking: 19

Remi Garde's scorched-earth policy of ripping his players week in and week out doesn't seem to be paying dividends. The Impact looked like a team with no direction in a 2-0 loss against FC Dallas in Frisco.

21. San Jose Earthquakes

Record: 2-3-9
Week 14 ranking: 22

The Quakes conspired to concede four goals in a wild game where they themselves scored three against LAFC, losing 4-3. Chris Wondolowski extended his record tally of MLS teams scored against with two goals in the game.

22. D.C. United

Record: 2-3-6
Week 14 ranking: 21

United has always struggled against the Sounders, and Saturday's clash at CenturyLink Field was no exception. DC has lost six straight to Seattle going back to 2013. The loss keeps United mired in last place in the East.

23. Colorado Rapids

Record: 2-2-9
Week 14 ranking: 23

It's hardly worth wasting time talking about the Rapids, who have now lost eight straight and show no signs of future improvement.

Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.

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