Atlanta United moves into top 5 of MLS Power Poll

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Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution weekly MLS Power Poll:

1. LAFC (17-3-4) 

Last week: 1.

Defeated New York Red Bulls 4-2.

As fun as this team is to watch during the regular season, it must show that it can change its style because playoff games won’t be wide open. This is a lesson that Atlanta United learned last year and put to use in the playoffs.

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2. Philadelphia (13-7-6) 

Last week: 3.

Defeated Houston 2-1.

They keep grinding out results.

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3. Atlanta United (13-9-3) 

Last week: 7.

Defeated NYCFC, 2-1.

 

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4. Portland (10-9-4) 

Last week: 5.

Defeated Vancouver 3-1.

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5. Minnesota (11-8-5) 

Last week: 2.

Defeated at Dallas 5-3.

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6. San Jose (11-8-5) 

Last week: 4.

Defeated at Colorado 2-1.

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7. Seattle (11-7-6) 

Last week: 6.

Draw with New England 3-3.

I was stunned last week when I read someone else’s analysis that this team is slow. I’ve said that for two years.

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8. Real Salt Lake (11-9-4) 

Last week: 11.

Won at Sporting KC 2-1.

Getting rid of Mike Petke was the best thing for this franchise.

9. New York Red Bulls (11-10-4) 

Last week: 8.

Defeated at LAFC 4-2.

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10. NYCFC (10-5-8) 

Last week: 9.

Defeated Houston 3-2 and defeated at Atlanta United 2-1.

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11. D.C. United (10-7-9) 

Last week: 12.

Defeated L.A. Galaxy 2-1.

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12. L.A. Galaxy (12-11-1) 

Last week: 10.

Defeated at D.C United 2-1.

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13. Dallas (10-9-6) 

Last week: 16.

Defeated Minnesota 5-3.

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14. Orlando (8-11-6) 

Last week: 13.

Draw at Toronto 1-1.

One of five teams that will compete for the final two playoff spots in the East.

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15. New England (9-9-7) 

Last week: 17.

Draw at Seattle 3-3.

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16. Columbus (7-14-5) 

Last week: 14.

Draw with Cincinnati 2-2.

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17. Montreal (10-13-3) 

Last week: 15.

Defeated at Chicago 3-2.

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18. Chicago (7-10-9) 

Last week: 20.

Defeated Montreal 3-2.

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19. Colorado (7-12-5) 

Last week: 21.

Defeated San Jose 2-1.

Conor Casey is keeping things simple, which is a lesson most coaches should follow.

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20. Toronto (9-10-6) 

Last week: 18.

Draw with Orlando 1-1.

Some please explain how this team will make the playoffs.

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21. Houston (9-13-3) 

Last week: 19.

Defeated at NYCFC 3-2 and defeated at Philadelphia 2-1.

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22. Cincinnati (5-17-3) 

Last week: 24.

Draw at Columbus 2-2.

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23. Vancouver (5-12-9) 

Last week: 22.

Defeated at Portland 3-1.

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24. Sporting KC (7-10-7) 

Last week: 23.

Defeated by Real Salt Lake 2-1.

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