Vancouver Whitecaps quietly climbing — Goal's Week 10 MLS Power Rankings

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Cascadia's Canadian outfit has inched its way out of the basement in recent weeks, while Colorado has hit rock bottom.

With 10 weeks in the books, we're starting to see what teams are really made of. It's still early, however, and in MLS a good run in the first third of the season doesn't guarantee success for the rest of it.

(Our MLS Power Rankings are voted on by Goal's editors and writers. Comments written by Rudi Schuller).


1. FC DALLAS


Matt Hedges FC Dallas

LAST WEEK: 1
CHANGE: —

Dallas grabbed a 3-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium and made it look routine. Sure, RSL isn't the same side from a few years ago, but Dallas made sure that the gulf in class between the two sides was on full display.


2. TORONTO FC


Michael Bradley Jozy Altidore Toronto FC

LAST WEEK: 4
CHANGE: +2

Deepest team in MLS? Toronto coach Greg Vanney made the case, and his team backed it up. Two wins in Week 10 despite travel nightmares and massive squad rotation put TFC on top of the MLS standings.


3. NEW YORK CITY FC


Rodney Wallace New York City FC

LAST WEEK: 5
CHANGE: +2

Perhaps the most exciting side in the league right now (especially at home), NYCFC dispatched the newest team in the Eastern Conference with relative ease.


4. SPORTING KANSAS CITY


Ilie Sanchez Sporting Kansas City

LAST WEEK: 3
CHANGE: -1

If you had Sporting KC giving up two early goals to Minnesota en route to a 2-0 loss, I'd suggest you buy a lottery ticket.


5. PORTLAND TIMBERS


David Guzman Portland Timbers

LAST WEEK: 2
CHANGE: -3

Losing in San Jose isn't particularly noteworthy, but the manner in which the Timbers were defeated has to raise some question marks for Caleb Porter.


6. HOUSTON DYNAMO


Mauro Manotas Houston Dynamo

LAST WEEK: 9
CHANGE: +3

The Dynamo can't do anything on the road, but at BBVA Compass Stadium they are nearly unstoppable. 


7. NEW YORK RED BULLS


Sacha Kljestan New York Red Bulls

LAST WEEK: 6
CHANGE: -1

Consecutive road losses in Week 10, including a soul-crushing 3-0 defeat in Philadelphia, mean this Red Bulls side is lucky to have only dropped one spot.


8. SEATTLE SOUNDERS


Cristian Roldan Seattle Sounders

LAST WEEK: 7
CHANGE: -1

The much-hyped MLS Cup rematch saw the Sounders repeat their woeful attacking display against TFC, except without a penalty shootout to level the playing field.


9. ORLANDO CITY


Kaka Orlando City MLS 05082017

LAST WEEK: 8
CHANGE: -1

Heading into Week 10 as the hottest team in MLS, the Lions got a cold dose of reality with two road losses in the span of three days.


10. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES


Chris Wondolowski David Bingham San Jose Earthquakes

LAST WEEK: 10
CHANGE: +4

The Quakes have lost only once over the past six games, with a two-game winning streak boosting them up the rankings accordingly.


11. MONTREAL IMPACT


Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla Ambroise Oyongo Montreal Impact

LAST WEEK: 13
CHANGE: +2

Montreal hasn't had the start it wanted, but a first-ever regular season win at RFK Stadium and the continued emergence of Ballou Tabla are encouraging signs for the Quebec side.


12. COLUMBUS CREW


Nicolai Naess Columbus Crew

LAST WEEK: 15
CHANGE: +3

Columbus' two best attackers found their way onto the score sheet against the Revs, and when that happens the Crew will usually be favored. The task for Gregg Berhalter is to get his best players dominating on a regular basis.


13. ATLANTA UNITED


Hector Villalba Atlanta United

LAST WEEK: 10
CHANGE: -3

Remember the first month of the season when Atlanta was the talk of the league and looked nearly unstoppable? That's but a distant memory now.


14. CHICAGO FIRE


Juninho Chicago Fire

LAST WEEK: 12
CHANGE: -2

The Fire have reverted to the talented team struggling to find an identity, and the two dropped points in Los Angeles are a testament to that.


15. D.C. UNITED


Kofi Opare D.C. United

LAST WEEK: 11
CHANGE: -4

A stagnant attack combined with a poor defense equals a D.C. United team that forever looks like it'll be mired in mediocrity without an injection of talent.


16. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS


David Ousted Vancouver Whitecaps

LAST WEEK: 19
CHANGE: +3

The Whitecaps are quietly putting together a good run of form — three wins in four games, including consecutive road victories — after a disastrous start.


17. MINNESOTA UNITED


Bobby Shuttleworth Minnesota United

LAST WEEK: 20
CHANGE: +3

The Loons have reinvented themselves as a hardworking, no-nonsense team with an eye for goal, and it's working. Minnesota has moved on from its historically bad start and is now a team that will scrap for every point.


18. LA GALAXY


Romain Alessandrini LA Galaxy MLS 05062017

LAST WEEK: 18
CHANGE: —

Another home game, another less-than-optimal result. The Galaxy look like a team with too many chefs in the kitchen, all working without a cookbook.


19. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION


Scott Caldwell New England Revolution

LAST WEEK: 16
CHANGE: -3

Long gone is the young, dynamic side fom three years ago that seemed to be on the cusp of greatness. The Revs are lacking an identity, and continue to tread water while most of the league keeps improving.


20. PHILADELPHIA UNION


CJ Sapong MLS Philadelphia Union 05062017

LAST WEEK: 22
CHANGE: +2

C.J. Sapong — a.k.a. The Fresh Prince of Chest-Air — is the best thing about the Union, both on and off the field. His three goals gave Philadelphia its first victory of 2017, and while a single win over a rival isn't that big of a deal it's a glimmer of hope for a team that sorely needed one.


21. REAL SALT LAKE


Brooks Lennon Real Salt Lake

LAST WEEK: 17
CHANGE: -4

Nine goals for, 18 against. RSL is in a bad way right now, and Mike Petke will need quite a bit of time to clean up the mess he inherited.


22. COLORADO RAPIDS


Dominique Badji Colorado Rapids

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LAST WEEK: 21
CHANGE: -1

Bottom of the league and bottom of our Power Rankings. The Cinderella team of 2016 has seen the clock strike midnight — with a happy ending nowhere in sight.

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