POWER RANKINGS: Week 33 MLS Roundup

FRISCO – With only four matches being played last week, not a lot of changes were made in MLS Power Rankings. FC Dallas took a little dip after falling 1-0 to D.C. United on the road.

It has a crucial match with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at 4PM.

Sporting KC is coming off back-to-back 1-1 draws and will play in Vancouver on Wednesday before heading to Frisco.

Heading into the match, here’s where both teams stand in the power rankings.

MLSSoccer.com

1. New York Red Bulls (no change)
2. Atlanta United FC (no change)  
3. Sporting Kansas City (+1) - Dallas' loss moves Sporting up and gives them hope of jumping to the top of the Western Conference. But with their final three games coming against Vancouver, desperate for a playoff berth, and fellow top of the West contenders Dallas and LAFC, Sporting's playoff run has effectively started.
4. Seattle Sounders (no change)
5. FC Dallas (-2) - 
Yes, Dallas lost, but their defeat at Audi Field was the result of one rather fluky breakdown. Still, with the postseason approaching, it felt like a grinding playoff game, and should give Oscar Pareja some lessons before the big games arrive.

ESPNFC (as of Oct. 8)

1. New York Red Bulls (no change)
2. Atlanta United FC (no change)
3. FC Dallas (no change) - The West leaders crept further ahead of chasing SKC thanks to a 2-0 win at home over lowly Orlando City. It took FC Dallas more than an hour to score despite a number of excellent chances in the first half.
4. Seattle Sounders (no change)
5. LAFC (no change)
6. Sporting Kansas City (no change) - Sporting slipped two points further behind FC Dallas for the top spot in the West after a 1-1 draw with the Galaxy in Kansas City. Peter Vermes might as well get his checkbook out after a postgame tirade about the referees.

Soccer America (as of Oct. 9)

1. New York Red Bulls (no change)
2. Atlanta United (no change)

3. FC Dallas (no change) - Victor Ulloa become FCD's first Homegrown player to reach the 10,000-mark in minutes played -- and celebrated with his first goal in nearly two years.
4. Seattle Sounders (no change)
5. LAFC (no change)
6. Sporting Kansas City (no change) - Sporting KC also clinched a playoff berth even though it had to settle for a tie with the visiting Galaxy.

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