POWER RANKINGS: Week 23 MLS Roundup

FRISCO – After suffering its first home loss in a 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas will now go on the road and face one of the hottest teams in the league in Seattle. The game will kick off at 9PM on FS1.

Dallas still has a comfortable lead in the Western Conference, up five points to second-place Portland. FCD is looking to avoid back-to-back losses in MLS-play for the first time since July 29 and August 5 last year.

Seattle has made a real push the last couple weeks for a playoff spot. They are currently in eighth place in the conference, only down five points to the last playoff seed. Just two weeks ago, they were in 10th place and down 10 points to sixth, but they have won three games since then.

Here’s where Dallas and Seattle landed in the latest MLS power rankings roundup.

MLS Soccer

1. Atlanta United FC (no change)
2. Portland Timbers (+1)
3. New York Red Bulls (+2)
4. NYCFC (-2)
5. FC Dallas (-1) - FC Dallas' loss to the Quakes was a "That's so MLS" moment, but honestly, if Jesse Gonzalez hadn't made the mistakes he did on the first two goals, Dallas probably would have at least gotten a draw, even if they weren't playing great.
10. Seattle Sounders FC (+2) - *whispers* Do you believe? The Sounders have won four in a row and are unbeaten in their last seven games. Now five points out of the final playoff spot, this Seattle team is a procrastinator's dream.

ESPNFC

1. Atlanta United (no change)
2. New York Red Bulls (+2)
3. Portland Timbers (+2)
4. NYCFC (-2)
5. Columbus Crew SC (+3)
6. FC Dallas (no change) - Jesse Gonzalez may never have a worse night than he did on Saturday. The talented young keeper was complicit on both of the goals that San Jose needed to score a surprising win in Frisco.
10. Seattle Sounders FC (+1) - The Sounders are like a reverse-Cinderella; With a massive comeback win in Minnesota, the defending Western Conference champs are now on a four-game winning streak as part of a seven-game unbeaten run. A playoff spot is just five points away.

Soccer America

1. Atlanta United (no change)
2. Portland Timbers (+1)
3. New York Red Bulls (+2)
4. FC Dallas (-2) - During a weekend of wacky results, FC Dallas' loss to the Quakes -- its first loss at home in 12 games -- topped the bunch. Things started badly when keeper Jesse Gonzalez was beaten by Vako on the first goal.
5. NYCFC (-1)
9. Seattle Sounders FC (no change) - The Sounders have won four in a row and are unbeaten since July 4. The win at Minnesota came thanks to goals by Nicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin in stoppage time. Newcomer Raul Ruidiaz, all of 5-foot-7, set up the winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time by winning a header and flicking the ball ahead to Bruin.

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