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MLS Energy Rankings: Toronto FC nonetheless on high, Columbus Crew SC slide

Toronto FC remained at the top of the pile, and the Eastern Conference playoff picture emerged as the top four teams took off after the season. Still, it's still wide open in the Western Conference as no playoff participants have to stamp their tickets yet and three teams – Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City – are divided by just one point at the top. There were shocks, late, late goals and a lot of drama. In short, just another weekend in Major League Soccer.

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Previous ranking: 1

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th at the Philadelphia Union (7:30 p.m. ET)

It was announced over the weekend that the Supporters Shield will not be awarded this season and Toronto manager Greg Vanney was less than pleased with the decision. One would hope, however, that everything TFC has been through will somehow be remembered and recognized if it secures the top spot in the overall standings. Pablo Piatti's late header against Atlanta, which secured a 1-0 win, brought the Reds one step closer to that goal.

Toronto managed to beat Atlanta United very late this weekend, although their 2020 efforts won't be rewarded with the Supporters Shield, which left TFC players and coaches a bad taste. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 2

Next MLS game: Monday, October 19 in New England (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +)

After Brenden Aaronson's move to FC Red Bull Salzburg was confirmed on Friday in January, eyes are now on defender Mark McKenzie. He did no harm to his prospects with a late blast to win a weekday draw at D.C. United secure.

Previous ranking: 4th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th at Inter Miami CF (3:30 p.m. ET)

The not-so-good: Victories have been hard to come by lately as OCSC recorded three straight draws, including 1-1 on Sunday at the New York Red Bulls. The attack is also a bit stale with about five goals in five games. The Good: The Lions expanded their undefeated streak to 12 games, but best of all? The Lions are in the playoffs for the first time in their history.

Previous ranking: 3

Next MLS game: Thursday, October 22nd, Seattle Sounders, 10:30 p.m. ET

A loss to RSL and failure to beat a understaffed LAFC team at home put a five-time winning streak behind them. The Timbers also lost influential striker Jeremy Ebobisse to a leg injury.

Previous ranking: 5

Next MLS game: Thursday, October 22nd vs. Portland Timbers (10:30 p.m. ET)

A 0-0 street draw in San Jose isn't the worst result, although it is considered a missed opportunity to take first place in the west alone. Another obstacle that Raul Ruidiaz has to sign in international service on COVID-19 is another obstacle to overcome.

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Previous ranking: 6th

Next MLS game: Monday, October 19 v Philadelphia Union (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +)

It wasn't long ago that Kekuta Manneh was a forgotten man. But against Montreal, the former Whitecap looked reborn and was a constant threat on the left wing. The Revs are not mentioned among the top teams in the East, but they are firmly anchored in the playoff spots and have the potential to cause damage early in the postseason.

Previous ranking: 8th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th at the Houston Dynamo (8 p.m. ET)

The crew needed something special to get a four-game winning streak. Columbus scored Artur's first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to NYCFC. However, the injuries continue to pile up. Artur and another goalscorer, Pedro Santos, are the latest victims.



Gyasi Zardes and the Columbus Crew win again with a 3-1 win over NYCFC. Check out MLS on ESPN +.

Previous ranking: 7th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th versus Montreal Impact (7:30 p.m. ET)

NYCFC's rise in the standings has been halted and Ronny Deila's side are now three games without a win. The attack is no doubt still feeling the effects of Heber's injury and Alexandru Mitrita's loan. Can Deila find a solution?

Previous ranking: 10

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24 v Colorado Rapids (8:30 p.m. ET)

Peter Vermes made his anger towards referee David Gantar clear in his post-game comments, including a penalty kick that went unnoticed. But the bottom line was that SKC should have been better organized than being caught by a long ball on Chicago's late equalizer in the 2-2 draw. As a result, a chance to get to the top in the West has been missed.



Djordje Mihailovic scores 2: 2 for Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC. Check out MLS on ESPN +.

Previous ranking: 9

Next MLS game: Sunday October 25 vs. LA Galaxy (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN +)

Given their offensive talent either due to injury or after international engagement, it's still difficult to know what kind of team LAFC is right now. After losing 2-0 to Vancouver last week, it is thanks to Black and Gold that they drew 1-1 in Portland on Sunday night. 16-year-old Christian Torres equalized.

Previous ranking: 11

Next MLS game: Tuesday, October 20 in Nashville SC (8:30 p.m. ET)

The Reggie Cannon saga, in which the former defender said the club asked him to apologize to fans for struggling to get booed after suffering a knee in a game against Nashville SC, overshadowed the massive 1-0 victory for FCD in midweek Kansas City. The situation he said / they said was the last bad look for Dallas.

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Previous ranking: 12

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th at Cincinnati FC (7:30 p.m. ET)

Two home goals, the Loons were fortunate to escape in a 2-2 draw with Houston as Minnesota apparently wasn't playing to lose instead of closing it. Was it rust from two consecutive shifts? Possibly, but the Loons had to do better.

Previous ranking: 13

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th in Chicago Fire (7:30 p.m. ET)

Red Bulls USL alumni have long been a boon to the first team, and last week was no different with 17-year-old Caden Clark's equalizer securing a 1-1 draw with Toronto and Brian White doing the same weekend in a 1-1 draw with Orlando.



Brian White scores in stoppage time for the New York Red Bulls in a 1-1 draw with Orlando. Check out MLS on ESPN +.

Previous ranking: 17th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24 in Vancouver Whitecaps (10 p.m. ET)

San Jose did well to get back into the playoffs and while Sunday's 0-0 draw with Seattle wasn't perfect, it was a four-point week. The upcoming games against Vancouver and Real Salt Lake are a once in a lifetime opportunity to close the postseason deal.

Previous ranking: fifteen

Next MLS game: Tuesday, October 20 v FC Dallas (8:30 p.m. ET)

Hany Mukhtar became Nashville's attack hub ahead of the season. It looked like this against Houston, with two goals in a 3-1 win that only kept it within the playoff spots.

Previous ranking: 14th

Next MLS game: TBD due to shifts

If the Rapids emerge from their COVID-19 outbreak, they will have a week to prepare before playing again. Will their relative inactivity work for them or against them?

Previous ranking: 16

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th vs. New York Red Bulls (7:30 p.m. ET)

We thank the fire for the fight to the end and the 2-2 draw with Kansas City, but Chicago really had to do better at home. At least Robert Beric continued his hot streak, scoring his sixth goal in the last eight games.



Maximiliano Urruti scores for Thierry Henry to beat Inter Miami 2-1. Check out MLS on ESPN +.

Previous ranking: 20th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th at New York City FC (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bojan came to life with a goal and assist in Impact's 2-1 win over Inter Miami. The win allowed Thierry Henry's side to get some daylight between themselves and the other teams chasing them for one of the final playoff spots.

Previous ranking: 22nd

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th vs. San Jose (10 p.m. ET)

The eighth and last place in the playoffs is still owned by the caps, which is not least due to the 2-0 win at the beginning of the week against LAFC. But Mann made the late 1-0 defeat against the Galaxy Sting. The home game against San Jose next weekend will be vital to the Caps' post-season hopes.



Kai Koreniuk finds the back of the net to give LA Galaxy three points against Vancouver. Check out MLS on ESPN +.

Previous ranking: 23

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24 v FC Dallas (8:30 p.m. ET)

Just when it looked like RSL were in free fall, it conjured up a 2-1 home win over the previously soaring Portland. Damir Kreilach continues to defy any position other than the goalscorer. His eight goals have kept RSL afloat almost single-handedly.

Previous ranking: 18th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24 v DC United (4 p.m. ET)

Goals are still a rare commodity for the Five Stripes, who tied Miami 1-1 away and suffered a late 1-0 defeat in Toronto. Home games against D.C. United and Cincinnati over the next two weeks will be big contributors to whether Atlanta can sneak into the postseason.

Previous ranking: 19th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24 v Orlando City SC (3:30 p.m. ET)

The Brek Shea comeback tour is in full swing. The former US international scored his third and fourth goals of the season this week. Unfortunately for Miami, the rest of the team couldn't make them count and only scored one point in two games.

Previous ranking: 21st

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24 v Columbus Crew SC (8 p.m. ET)

The Dynamo were two goals down on one point and secured one point in Minnesota. Without the woodwork, he might have won the day. The playoff dreams aren't dead yet, but Houston doesn't have time to make them a reality.

Previous ranking: 26th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th at Atlanta United FC (4 p.m. ET)

Joy finally reigned in the nation's capital as the Blacks and Reds beat Cincinnati 2-1 for their first win since September 2 and only for their third win of the season. The fact that cancer survivor Chris Odoi-Atsem got the game winner added to the positive mood. After a 2-2 midweek draw with Philadelphia, interim manager Chad Ashton will see the week as a big step forward for his side.

Previous ranking: 24

Next MLS game: Sunday, Oct 25 at LAFC (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN +)

If you had "Kai Koreniuk added time winner" in your Save Schelotto bingo card, you should go to Vegas immediately. Schelotto's seat still seems unbearably hot – especially after being beaten 4-0 by San Jose – but the 1-0 win over Vancouver should allow him to survive a while longer.

Previous Ranking: 25th

Next MLS game: Saturday, October 24th v Minnesota United (7:30 p.m. ET)

A 2-1 win in Hell is a real derby against Columbus that got the FCC moving. But the 2-1 home defeat against DC – partly due to a goalkeeping gaffe by Bobby Edwards – stopped this dynamic and all weak playoff hopes.

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