2014 MLS Power Rankings: Week 24

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Aug 16, 2014; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil (21) and forward Joao Plata (8) and forward Olmes Garcia (13) and midfielder Luke Mulholland (19) celebrate a goal during the second half against the Seattle Sounders FC at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Back at the top of this week’s MLS Power Rankings on the MLS Multiplex is Real Salt Lake, who are flying high after a big victory against the league leading Seattle Sounders. D.C. United and the Columbus Crew also make big leaps forward after a statement result at home. Let’s go straight to the MLS Power Rankings on FanSided’s MLS Multiplex.

1. Real Salt Lake

Goals from Joao Plata (53′) and Luke Mulholland (57′) paced Jeff Cassar’s Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The Game of the Week this week is on Aug. 22 between FC Dallas and RSL at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBCSN.

Aug 16, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes during the second half at Buck Shaw Stadium. FC Dallas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

2. FC Dallas

A mixed bag of results awaited Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas. Following a 1-1 draw to the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Tuesday, they fell on penalties, 3-4. Fabian Castillo scored for Dallas in the 81st minute. Michel, Tesho Akindele and Zach Loyd converted their penalties.

Dallas would take their anger out on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. A hat trick from Akindele (43′, 58′, 86′) and a brace from Castillo (30′, 74′) powered the visitors, who host Real Salt Lake in a big Friday night encounter on Aug. 22 at Toyota Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBCSN.

Aug 17, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Rapids in the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. United won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

3. D.C. United

Great teams deliver statement victories, and Ben Olsen’s D.C. United is one of those teams. A brace from Luis Silva (12′, 67′) combined with goals from Chris Rolfe (81′) and Fabian Espindola (86′) gave D.C. a comfortable 4-2 win over the Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Two matches are in the cards for D.C. this week. On Aug. 20, they host Waterhouse FC in the CONCACAF Champions League. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1. On Aug. 23, United travel to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. to take on Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

Aug 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell (6) defends Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. New England Revolution and Portland Timbers tied 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

4. Portland Timbers

Liam Ridgewell opened up his scoring account in the 65th minute to give Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. This week, the Timbers begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaign against Alpha United FC at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana on Aug. 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer Plus. On Aug. 24, Portland return home to host the Seattle Sounders in another Cascadia Cup clash. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.

Aug 16, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus forward Ethan Finlay (right) celebrates with fans following the teams 4-1 victory over the L.A. Galaxy at Crew Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

5. Columbus Crew

In one of their massive victories of the season, Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus Crew pasted the Los Angeles Galaxy at Crew Stadium, 4-1. Goals from Justin Meram (23′), Ethan Finlay (33′), Ben Speas (75′) and Giancarlo Gonzalez (84′) paced the Crew, who are back in action on Aug. 23 at home against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.

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