Portland Timbers tumbling, Red Bulls rising as playoff picture takes shape

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With simply a few weeks to go till Decision Day, Major League Soccer‘s stars and high groups are battling for playoff positioning and, within the case of LAFC, merely hoping to sneak into the playoffs in any respect. While the New England Revolution have the Eastern Conference effectively and actually wrapped up — as well as the Supporters’ Shield given to the perfect staff within the common season — and the Seattle Sounders have the Western Conference of their sights, there’s nonetheless all to play for up and down the desk.

Find out who else rose and fell on this week’s standings, and the place your staff sits in our Week 31 Power Rankings.


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Previous rating: 1

Next MLS match: Oct. 20 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

To the winners go the spoils. In New England’s case, meaning having the ability to relaxation gamers after claiming the Supporters’ Shield. It did not end up too badly both as Adam Buksa‘s two objectives helped the Revs rally for a 2-2 draw with Orlando. New England wants three factors from its final two video games to interrupt LAFC‘s single-season factors report. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 3

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. LA Galaxy. 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1

With Sporting Kansas City and Seattle tied, 1-1, SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia’s “Rock Bottom” takedown of Cristian Roldan in some way solely earned him a yellow card. With SKC nonetheless at full power, Johnny Russell scored a 79th-minute winner. The staff now trails the first-place Sounders by simply three factors with a sport in hand. — Bonagura

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VAR determines Tim Melia can keep it up in objective for Sporting KC after placing a wrestling transfer on Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan.

Previous rating: 2

Next MLS match: Oct. 26 at LAFC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Seattle missed a chance to create some separation atop the Western Conference in a 2-1 loss at residence to second-place Sporting Kansas City, which is three factors again with a sport in hand. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 4

Next MLS match: Oct. 30 at New York Red Bulls, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Union has been stalking Nashville over these previous few weeks, and Philadelphia lastly handed NSC with a 1-0 win that vaulted them into second place within the East. Philadelphia’s protection — tied for fourth-best within the league — and the goalscoring of Kacper Przybylko proceed to hold this staff. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 8

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at New England, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Dominique Badji and Diego Rubio each scored as the Rapids clinched their playoff spot in a 2-0 win in opposition to Portland. This will mark the primary time Colorado has certified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 2010-2011, and the Rapids are an actual menace to win the entire thing. — Bonagura

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The Rapids get objectives from Dominique Badji and Diego Rubio, giving them the 2-0 win over the Timbers.

Previous rating: 9

Next MLS match: Oct. 23 at Columbus Crew, 6:00 p.m. ET; ESPN+

The Red Bulls are again within the playoff locations due to its 2-1 highway win in opposition to Columbus. Sean Nealis was the unlikely hero, netting the game-winner, however it’s simply reward for a string of strong performances which have helped the Red Bulls overcome the lack of Aaron Long. — Carlisle

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Sean Nealis’ objective within the 87th minute leads RBNY previous the Columbus Crew and right into a playoff place.

Previous rating:7

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Atlanta is probably going nonetheless fuming over the midweek draw with NYCFC, on condition that it coughed up a late equalizer. The end result did preserve it within the hunt for the playoffs, although outcomes over the weekend meant the Five Stripes fell to seventh within the East with a sport in hand on most of its postseason rivals. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 10

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

A 1-1 draw with San Jose leaves the Whitecaps proper on the playoff edge. They’re forward of Real Salt Lake by two factors within the remaining playoff spot, however RSL has a sport in hand to assist shut the hole. After Wednesday’s sport in opposition to Minnesota, Vancouver closes the season at LAFC and residential in opposition to Seattle. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 6

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at FC Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The 1-0 highway defeat to the Union most likely did not do a lot to vary NSC’s playoff destiny, however a winless streak that is now reached six video games may find yourself costing Nashville a house date to begin the playoffs. One extra win ought to settle issues, and hopefully midfield linchpin Dax McCarty recovers from the harm that sidelined him on Saturday. — Carlisle

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Major League Soccer: Osvaldo Alonso (65′) Minnesota United FC 1-1 LAFC

Previous rating: 11

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Osvaldo Alonso’s equalizing objective within the Sixty fifth minute helped Minnesota decide up a degree in opposition to LAFC, which saved the Loons a degree forward of Vancouver in sixth place. A win at Vancouver on Wednesday can be a large end in Minnesota’s playoff push. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 12

Next MLS match: Oct. 20 vs. CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Oh, Orlando. The Lions seemed set to profit from New England resting some gamers — initially, not less than — solely to squander a 2-0 lead and dangle on for a 2-2 draw. The end result most likely will not damage Orlando an excessive amount of, however it may have cemented the staff’s probabilities of a house playoff sport. Now that’s nonetheless doubtful. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 5

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. San Jose, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

A 2-0 loss to Colorado makes it three straight losses for the Timbers, which lead the pack of groups trying to lock up playoff spots. As issues sit, Portland would host a first-round sport, however it has only a two-point cushion over seventh-place Vancouver and nonetheless has work to do to make sure will probably be within the postseason. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 13

Next MLS match: Oct. 20 at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+, TVA Sports

In phrases of late objectives conceded, Montreal suffered a gut-punch in opposition to Toronto, as Jozy Altidore scored on a Ninety fifth-minute free kick that ought to have been saved. Now Wilfried Nancy’s facet is outdoors the playoff locations, stage on factors with Atlanta and the Red Bulls, however having performed one sport extra. — Carlisle

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On the final kick of the sport, Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore scores a objective in further time to power a 1-1 tie with CF Montreal.

Previous rating: 16

Next MLS match: Oct. 26 vs. Seattle, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

LAFC conceded a vital Sixty fifth-minute objective in opposition to Minnesota United that leveled the rating, 1-1, and value the Black and Gold two factors. With simply three matches remaining, LAFC sits three factors behind seventh-place Vancouver for the ultimate playoff spot and a degree behind Real Salt Lake, which has a sport in hand. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 18

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1

Second half objectives from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Sebastian Lletget pulled the Galaxy out of a 2-0 gap to select up a key level at residence. The draw leaves LA, uncomfortably, in fifth place with Sporting Kansas City, Seattle and Minnesota left on the regular-season schedule. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 19

Next MLS match: Oct. 23 vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 pm ET; ESPN+

NYCFC snapped its six-game winless streak in emphatic type with a 6-0 blowout of D.C. United, proving as soon as once more it loves the house cooking of Yankee Stadium, the place it’s 5-1-1 this season. Following up a midweek draw with Atlanta, the Blues vaulted as much as fifth within the East, and a positive run-in ought to see NYCFC attain the postseason. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 14

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+

The Black-and-Red deserved each little bit of the 6-0 hammering it acquired by the hands of NYCFC. Nobody performed effectively, with a number of primary errors resulting in objectives. Now, D.C. want a win in opposition to an in-form Red Bulls facet with a purpose to get again among the many playoff locations. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 15

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at FC Dallas, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

A 1-0 loss to hapless Chicago leaves RSL two factors out of the ultimate playoff spot, however it has a sport in hand over the 4 groups forward of it within the Western Conference standings. After travelling to Dallas on Wednesday, RSL has San Jose, Portland and SKC forward to complete the common season. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 17

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. Orlando City, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

With supervisor Caleb Porter sidelined as a consequence of COVID-19, Columbus thought it had achieved the arduous half in midweek with a 1-1 highway draw in opposition to Nashville, solely to succumb at residence to the Red Bulls due to some gentle marking within the field. Now 5 factors out of the playoff locations with three video games to play, the reigning MLS Cup champs want a miracle to make the postseason and defend their crown. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 16

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Quakes obtained an excellent objective from Benji Kikanovic in a 1-1 draw with Vancouver, however they now not have a practical hope of qualifying for the playoffs. Another up-and-down season for San Jose will once more finish in disappointment. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 23

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at Atlanta United, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Miami loved every week the place it beat up on the underside of the Eastern Conference, defeating Toronto 3-0 and Cincinnati 5-1. Against FCC, the brothers Higuain (Gonzalo and Federico) each scored, conserving Miami’s faint playoff hopes alive. They’re 5 factors out of seventh place with three video games to play. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 25

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 at New York City FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

In entrance of 31,308 followers, its largest crowd of the 12 months, the Fire delivered a second straight win, this time defeating RSL 1-0. Gaga Slolina continues to profit from his alternatives in objective whereas Robert Beric scored his eighth of the common season, making it three in his previous two matches. — Carlisle

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Austin will get two first-half objectives, main them to a 2-1 win over Houston.

Previous rating: 24

Next MLS match: October 27 at FC Dallas, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

While Austin’s debut season has largely been an on-field disappointment, there can be some comfort in ending forward of each FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo. A 2-1 win, together with the winner from Sebastian Driussi, in opposition to Houston on Sunday retains that chance in play. Austin stays within the Western Conference basement, however is only a level behind Dallas and two behind Houston. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 22

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia Union 7:30 pm ET, TSN, ESPN+

After getting crushed 3-0 by Miami in midweek, Toronto performed its function of spoiler to a tee, with Jozy Altidore equalizing deep into stoppage time in opposition to Montreal. That the end result dealt a hammer blow to their rival’s playoff hopes made it all of the sweeter. — Carlisle

Previous rating: 21

Next MLS match: Oct. 31 vs. Colorado, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN+

An inconsequential late personal objective was all of the Dynamo may muster in a lackluster 2-1 loss at Austin as the race to keep away from final place within the Western Conference intensified. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 26

Next MLS match: Oct. 27 vs. Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Jesus Ferreira and Franco Jara each scored as Dallas took a 2-0 lead into halftime in opposition to the Galaxy, however two second-half objectives from the hosts allowed them escape with a draw. Dallas’ lead over last-place Austin has shrunken to a single level. — Bonagura

Previous rating: 27

Next MLS match:Oct. 27 vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Allan Cruz‘s pink card for taking a swipe at Miami attacker Julian Carranza just about summed up Cincinnati’s evening in South Florida. FCC suffered a 5-1 defeat simply days after conceding in stoppage time to lose to Chicago 4-3. New GM Chris Albright has plenty of roster holes to fill, and the protection specifically is screaming out for reinforcements. — Carlisle

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