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POWER RANKINGS: Week 32 Roundup

FRISCO, Texas - The season has truly come full circle for FC Dallas. The club opened 2017 as an MLS Cup favorite and kicked off the year in winning fashion with a dominant 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Carson, CA. FC Dallas will close the regular season fighting for its playoff life against LA at Toyota Stadium on Sunday in a match presented by Papa John’s.

There are two scenarios in which FC Dallas can clinch a spot in the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday:

Scenario 1

  • FC Dallas will clinch a playoff berth with a win over the LA Galaxy and a San Jose Earthquakes tie or loss vs. Minnesota United FC on Sunday.

Scenario 2

  • FC Dallas can clinch a playoff berth with a tie vs. the Galaxy and a San Jose Earthquakes loss vs. Minnesota United FC and a Real Salt Lake tie or loss vs. Sporting Kansas City.

About the Galaxy

LA looks different, as well. The club fired first-year head coach Curt Onalfo mid-season and replaced him with former coach Sigi Schmid. Since Schmid took over, the Galaxy have gone 2-8-4, but are fresh off a 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC last Sunday. LA is currently in last place in the Western Conference.

Here’s a look at where both teams stand in our latest Power Rankings Roundup. Interestingly, Dallas moved up in one poll. The reason might surprise you.

ESPNFC

1. Toronto FC (no change) 
2. Seattle Sounders FC (+3)
3. Atlanta United (-1)
4. Sporting Kansas City  
5. New York City FC (-1)  
16. FC Dallas (-1) - The death spiral continues for the defending Shield winners, who fought it out with the Sounders for an hour before collapsing in a 4-0 loss.
21. LA Galaxy (+1) - The lone bright spot for the Galaxy in what has been one their worst seasons is Romain Alessandrini, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over Minnesota United.

The Score

1. Toronto FC (no change) 
2. Atlanta United (+1)
3. Chicago Fired (+3)  
4. New York City FC (-2)
5. Portland Timbers (+3)
13. FC Dallas (+1) - FC Dallas lost to Seattle, so why the bump up? Simple - despite the thrashing, RSL's 1-0 loss to Colorado proved a bigger blow. One playoff spot remains.
22. LA Galaxy – (no change) The LA Galaxy have been poor all year, and a 3-0 win over Minnesota doesn't change that fact. Now it's back to the drawing board in anticipation of 2018.

Soccer America

1. Toronto FC (no change)
2. Atlanta United (no change)
3. Vancouver (+1)
4. Seattle Sounders FC (+3)
5. Columbus (+3)
16. FC Dallas (-2) - FCD matched Seattle in shots (14-14) and connected on 85 percent of its passes while tumbling to its seventh loss in the last 14 games to lose control of its playoff destiny.
18. LA Galaxy (-2) - Courtesy of VAR, Jonathan Dos Santos scored his first Galaxy goal in between a pair of tallies by Romain Alessandrini, who in a shipwreck of a debut season has racked up 13 goals and 11 assists. Baggio Husidic ended a 4½-month injury layoff by playing the last 14 minutes.

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