2015 Major League Soccer power rankings, Volume VII: Usual suspects rise to the top

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Six weeks can mean plenty of upheaval in the Major League Soccer Power Rankings, and September’s early list follows suit with that logic.

Losing skids and winning streaks have been the name of the game since we last spoke, and surely the transfer market and international breaks have played a big role in that tumult.

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So after a weekend with only five matches, let’s get ready for the stretch run with a fresh roundup of MLS squads.

Here’s the new batch, different from the old batch. Check out the previous PR’s here.

RANKING Up/Down
source:  1 UP 1 Los Angeles Galaxy: Sure, we could argue that they are coming off a loss, but that one comes down to a questionable red card, doesn’t it? And that nationally-televised smashing of New York City FC still sits in our minds, the one where goals were so abundant that Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane wasted a sixth while trying to figure out who should score it.
source:  2 UP 5 New York Red Bulls: Let’s hope Jesse Marsch and Ali Curtis can forgive us for wondering what in the world they were doing post-Henry and Cahill (and Petke). Wow. Clean sheets in three of four. Matt Miazga has a future in this game, huh?
source:  3 UP 13 New England Revolution: Remember when Jermaine Jones hit the scene last summer and New England rocketed to the MLS Cup Final? Well he’s healthy now and joins a club which is 5W-0L-1T in its last six. Bobby Shuttleworth has been perfect through three matches, and has his long-term future sorted with a new contract.
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4 UP 1 Vancouver Whitecaps: Consistently good, but not consistently great. Losers of two of three, and the Caps have us wondering if they’re a team that can carry form through a playoff run.
source:  5 DOWN 2 FC Dallas: Back-to-back clean sheet wins save Oscar Pareja’s bunch from a significant drop down our list.
source:  6 Columbus Crew: Have to wonder how this weekend’s 3-0 loss to Dallas would’ve ended had Federico Higuain not bungled his PK attempt early on.
source:  7 UP 3 San Jose Earthquakes: Sure, their weekend loss had a lot of “MLS gonna MLS,” as Andy Edwards said, but seems like every time we wanna give these guys contender’s status, they struggle. No Anibal Godoy this weekend, so hopefully this isn’t the start of another slide.
source:  8 UP 1 DC United: Losers of three in-a-row and five of eight, are these simply late summer doldrums or the wheels sliding off the cart?
source:  9 DOWN 8 Sporting KC: It’s been four matches since KC allowed less than a pair of goals, and now they’ve lost three in a row.
source:  10 DOWN 6 Toronto FC: Arguably hasn’t beaten an opponent of consequence dating back to a June 6 win over DC United. New England on Sunday provides a chance to give us hope.
source:  11 UP 1 Seattle Sounders: Primed for a much higher ride now that Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are back and flying. Back-to-back wins don’t have us forgetting the rest of August… and July… and June.
source:  12 UP 6 Houston Dynamo: Last three wins are Vancouver, L.A. and San Jose… but those three wins stretch well into June.
source:  13 Philadelphia Union: Points in four of five matches, but probably too little, too late.
source:  14 DOWN 7 Portland Timbers: It’s all the referees’ fault.
source:  15 Colorado Rapids: Streakier than streaky, Colorado has made amends for a three-match losing streak by claiming nine-straight points.
source:  16 UP 3 Montreal Impact: Drogba’s hat trick has Montreal in the playoffs, and it seems the Ivorian was what the club needed. Now can it hold onto the sixth spot in the East? Surely no one wants any part of Drogba and Piatti early in the playoffs.
source:  17 Real Salt Lake: We ask the same question as last time — How are we feeling about the Saborio for Gil trade?
source:  18 DOWN 7 New York City FC: Going to need a lot of help to get into the Top Six. All but done?
source:  19 UP 1 Chicago Fire: The decision over Red Bulls has to be driving their fans mad. Scratch that… the Fire had already achieved that objective. Their form is seemingly determined by a pregame Magic 8 Ball.

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20 DOWN 6 Orlando City: A single win since late June.