It was a tough week for the powerhouse teams in Los Angeles and a very good week for the two biggest surprises of the 2019 MLS season so far.
The Houston Dynamo topped FC Dallas in the latest installment of the Texas derby, boosting their points-per-game average to the highest in the league in the process. The Philadelphia Union continued their impressive form by demolishing the New England Revolution to hold onto first place in the Eastern Conference.
The LA Galaxy saw their unbeaten run halted, though even in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls you could see the quality of a team that's only going to get better. LAFC dropped points for the second straight week, and saw its league-leading attack held without a goal for the first time this season.
It was a rough week for LA teams, but it has been a brutal month for Ohio teams, with FC Cincinnati and the Columbus Crew both mired in long losing streaks. In fact, the Ohio teams haven't registered a single point since April 7.
Turnarounds continue for last year's MLS Cup finalists. Atlanta United's 3-0 thrashing of Sporting Kansas City makes it three wins in four for the reigning MLS Cup champions, while the Portland Timbers posted their third straight win in Saturday's victory at Real Salt Lake. You can add reigning Supporters' Shield winners New York Red Bulls to that list of 2018 powerhouses starting to turn things around. The Red Bulls have won two straight, including Saturday's impressive win against the LA Galaxy. Making their mini-streak more impressive is that it has come without attacking stars Bradley Wright-Phillips and Kaku.
Here are Goal's MLS Power Rankings after week 10 action: