Atlanta United midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, who made his 400th MLS game appearance, battles Orlando City midfielder Josue Colman for the ball during the second half Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Atlanta United won, 1-0.
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

MLS Power Poll Week 12: Shuffling the top five

Here are the results of the weekly MLS Power Poll, which takes into account only the results and not potential:

1. LAFC (9-1-4)

Last week: 1.

Defeated Dallas 2-0 and drew at Dallas 1-1.

What is MLS doing with its schedules? Twice now LAFC has played two contenders in the West in back-to-back games.

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2. Houston (7-2-2)

Last week: 2.

Draw vs. Portland 0-0 and defeated DC United 2-1.

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3. Philadelphia (7-3-3)

Last week: 3.

Draw with Seattle 0-0.

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4. Seattle (7-1-4)

Last week: 5.

Defeated Orlando 2-1 and draw at Philadelphia 0-0.

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5.  D.C. United (7-4-3)

Last week: 4.

Draw at Toronto 0-0 and lost at Houston 2-1.

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6. Montreal (6-5-3)

Last week: 7.

Draw with New England 0-0.

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7. New York Red Bulls (5-5-2)

Last week: 11.

Defeated Atlanta United 1-0.

A terrific result for a team reduced to 10 men. And I learned something that may prove to be invaluable about a small group of the team’s supporters.

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8. Dallas (5-5-3)

Last week: 8.

Lost at LAFC 2-0 and drew with LAFC 1-1.

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 9. NYCFC (4-1-6)

Last week: 9.

Did not play.

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10. Atlanta United (6-4-2)

Last week: 10.

Won at Vancouver, 1-0, and lost at Red Bulls, 1-0.

Offense again becoming an issue for the Five Stripes.

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11. Minnesota (5-4-3)

Last week: 13.

Defeated Columbus 1-0.

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12. San Jose (4-6-2)

Last week: 14.

Defeated Chicago 4-1.

Chris Wondolowski with four goals, on just four touches, to become the league’s all-time leading goal-scorer. 

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13. L.A. Galaxy (7-5-1)

Last week: 6.

Defeated by Colorado 1-0.

This team is a paper tiger with the thuggish Zlatan Ibrahimovic not helping.

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14. Portland (3-6-2)

Last week: 15.

Draw at Houston 0-0.

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15. Real Salt Lake (5-6-1)

Last week: 16.

Defeated Toronto 3-0.

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16. Orlando (4-6-3)

Last week: 23.

Defeated at Seattle 2-1 and defeated Cincinnati 5-1.

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17. Toronto (5-5-2)

Last week: 12.

Draw vs. D.C. United 0-0 and defeated at Real Salt Lake 3-0.

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18. Vancouver (3-6-4)

Last week: 17.

Defeated by Atlanta United 1-0 and drew at Sporting KC 1-1.

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19. Columbus (5-8-1)

Last week: 18.

Lost at Minnesota 1-0.

Team has lost 6 of 7 and Caleb Porter doesn’t seem to have many answers.

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20. Chicago (4-5-4)

Last week: 19.

Defeated at San Jose 4-1.

Horrible effort on defense. Horrible.

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21. Sporting KC (2-4-5) 

Last week: 21.

Draw with Vancouver 1-1.

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22. New England (3-8-3)

Last week: 22.

Draw at Montreal 0-0.

New coach Bruce Arena still refuses to take responsibility for the U.S. crashing out of the World Cup, while also saying the team doesn’t need to spend like Atlanta United to succeed. Yes, he’s going to do great in this new MLS.

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23. Cincinnati (3-8-2)

Last week: 20.

Defeated at Orlando 5-1.

They haven’t hit bottom yet.

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24. Colorado (1-9-2)

Last week: 24.

Won at L.A. Galaxy 1-0.

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