Power rankings may not be the most scientific way of measuring who's in good form and who isn't, but it's sure better than looking at the standings, which can be deceiving – especially in MLS.
We've gotten through roughly a third of the MLS season, so now's a good time as any to look at who's in the driver's seat. Here are our power rankings of all 22 teams for Week 11:
Real Salt Lake
Worst team in MLS? No one can be sure of that quite yet, but RSL announced their entrance into the worst-of-the-season race with another pitiful week plagued by bad performances on both sides of the ball.
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The Rapids switched up their formation and took a more attack-minded approach, netting them their biggest win of the season. They'll need to try their 4-4-2 against better competition to see if it'll work going forward, but in a 3-0 win over the Quakes, there are no complaints.
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The Impact continue to struggle. They have the pieces to be better than they are, and they should be happy with Blerim Dzemaili's debut, but they need to start putting it all together.
Not even the return of Patrick Mullins could help them. The Black and Red are out of ideas in the attack.
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Unfortunately for the direct, fast Whitecaps, the Houston Dynamo beat them at their own game. They need some tactical flexibility if they want to stay above the red line, which they barely are at the moment.
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San Jose Earthquakes
The Quakes continue to be a tough team to figure out. Conceding three goals to the Colorado Rapids was pretty awful.
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Whether it lasts or not remains to be seen, but the Galaxy are playing well. They went on the road and won their first match in the Eastern time zone since 2013 and it was a convincing 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls, which we wrote more about here.
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We're not saying that the Union are a good team, but they are playing like one at the moment. They've got back-to-back blowout wins after a dominant 4-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday.
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New England Revolution
They crushed Real Salt Lake, 4-0, but the keywords in that sentence are "Real Salt Lake." Although the Revs certainly dominated, it wasn't exactly against top tier competition.
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Losing by one goal to Toronto FC in Toronto isn't anything to feel down about. The Loons are looking better defensively these days, and it may be that they were slightly too conservative at times in Toronto. It's clear, though, that the Loons are playing with some decent chemistry right now.
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New York Red Bulls
Coach Jesse Marsch called Sunday's loss to the LA Galaxy the team's worst home performance since he took over as coach. Well then.
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There's no doubt that Atlanta will be pleased to leave Portland with a point. Atlanta needed a positive result after two very bad back-to-back losses and they managed to put the Timbers under pressure.
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The Fire hosted the reigning MLS Cup champs and beat them handily on the back of a team performance that saw six different players contribute to their four goals.
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For all the attacking talent the Sounders have, it's not great that they lost to Chicago, and badly too. But Sounders fans don't have the right to panic until at least August, so don't be too down on them yet.
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They beat Montreal over the weekend, but faltered to Toronto midweek in a respectable performance. While they would've preferred to get some sort of result hosting Toronto, they are consistently looking competitive.
New York City FC
Going to Dallas and grinding out a point is a positive, and NYCFC certainly did grind it out. It took a gutsy, physical battle to make it happen and NYCFC may even feel a win was within reach, but a point against arguably the best team in the West ain't bad.
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A win is a win, and though it wasn't the prettiest victory over Vancouver this week, the Dynamo continue to grind out results at home. Their young attacking corps continue to create goal after goal.
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While conceding that the Timbers didn't have Darlington Nagbe in their draw with Atlanta at home this week, it's looking like the Timbers' hot start is over. There will be many peaks and valleys for any team in an MLS season, and the Timbers are in a bit of a valley right now.
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The Lions finally didn't win at home, but a 2-2 draw against what has looked like one of the league's top teams in Sporting Kansas City isn't anything to feel terrible about. Their home winning streak in their new stadium ended at five.
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Sporting Kansas City
Dom Dwyer was suspendedm but Kansas City went on the road and still managed to score goals thanks to Latif Blessing. If you're SKC, it's good to know you've got depth, and they continue to look like one of the league's best.
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While they couldn't put away their chances and beat NYCFC this week, they are still the only unbeaten team in MLS this season.
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No surprise here. They are now on a six-game winning streak, and they managed to do it even while rotating and not having players like Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore start. TFC might be the deepest team in MLS and, right now, they are also the best.