2014 MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

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Aug 9, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo (11) celebrates scoring a goal in the second half against the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas beat Colorado 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In this week’s MLS Power Rankings, FC Dallas lead the way with a big victory at home. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders move back up the charts, as do Real Salt Lake, furthering proof that the West is indeed best. Let’s take a look at this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the MLS Multiplex.

1. FC Dallas

Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas are at the top of the MLS Power Rankings following a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Matt Hedges (9′), Michel (11′) and Fabian Castillo (55′) all scored for Dallas, who are back in action with a couple of matches. First off, they will host the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Aug. 12 at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET. On Aug. 16, FC Dallas hit the road to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

Aug 9, 2014; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake forward Olmes Garcia (13) shoots the ball during the second half against the D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

2. Real Salt Lake

Jeff Cassar’s Real Salt Lake keep on chugging after a 3-0 shutout victory over D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Joao Plata opened up the scoring in the 11th minute and Chris Schuler broke through with a brace in the 13th and 24th minutes of play. Real Salt Lake continue their season on Aug. 16 against the Seattle Sounders at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBCSN.

Aug 10, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; The Seattle Sounders FC celebrate after defeating the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Houston 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

3. Seattle Sounders

Marco Pappa (69′) and Gonzalo Pineda (75′) powered Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. The Sounders have a big week ahead on them. On Aug. 13, they host the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by USsoccer.com. On Aug. 16, they hit the road to face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBCSN.

Aug 9, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers

4. Portland Timbers

Goals from Diego Valeri (10′) and Rodney Wallace (39′) gave Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers a big 2-0 win over Chivas USA at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. Portland are back in action on Aug. 16 against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

Aug 9, 2014; Chester, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux (11) celebrates his goal during the second half of the match against the Montreal Impact at at PPL Park. The Philadelphia Union won the match 2-1. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

5. Philadelphia Union

Jim Curtin’s Philadelphia Union move up after a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Sebastien Le Toux was the hero, scoring a brace in the 12th and 63rd minutes of play. Philadelphia are back in league action on Aug. 15 against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBCSN and TSN2. Before that match, they will face FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup on Aug. 12 at Toyota Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

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