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MLS Power Rankings: Vancouver Whitecaps (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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MLS Power Rankings: 15. Vancouver Whitecaps (+6)

After a double win week for the Vancouver Whitecaps, they have moved up six places on our MLS Power Rankings. They now occupy a spot inside the top 15 for the first time in quite a while.

They started the week with a win over Montreal on Wednesday. A double from Fredy Montero and a strike from Cristian Dajome saw them win 3-1. That was backed up with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. Mostly thanks to a late strike from Lucas Cavallini, which followed an earlier goal from David Milinkovic.

Thanks to those six points, the Whitecaps are now inside the post-season places in the Western Conference, and sit in 7th spot. They face Los Angeles FC and Portland Timbers this week, knowing both sides have points to prove.

This Week’s Fixtures: @ Los Angeles FC (Wed 23, 10:30 pm ET), vs. Portland Timbers (Sun 27, 10 pm ET)

MLS Power Rankings: 14. Colorado Rapids (+4)

It was a week of two halves, to use an old cliche, for the Colorado Rapids, as they lost heavily on Wednesday night. This was before bouncing back to down the Galaxy on Saturday night. In doing so, they moved back inside the playoff places, and have climbed four spots on our Power Rankings.

Thanks to a Santiago Mosquera hat-trick, Colorado lost out to FC Dallas in midweek. They bounced back thanks to goals from Cole Bassett and Jonathan Lewis, which saw them defeat the five-time MLS Cup champions 2-0.

They face the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City this week in two crunch all-Western Conference affairs. The Rapids currently hold 6th spot in the Conference, but know a poor run of form could see them drop as far as 11th.

This Week’s Fixtures: vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Wed 23, 9 pm ET), vs. Sporting Kansas City (Sun 27, 9 pm ET)

MLS Power Rankings: 13. Montreal Impact (-2)

It was a terrible week for the Montreal Impact on the pitch, as they conceded seven goals and lost twice. However, thanks to other poor results around them, they only drop two places in our Power Rankings.

The Impact lost out to both Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union in the last five days. More worryingly, they have now had a man sent off in each of their last three matches. Rudy Camacho saw red on Wednesday, while Romell Quioto was given his marching orders in their 4-1 defeat against the Union on Sunday night.

Despite losing twice, Montreal still hold a position in the top six in the Eastern Conference, and are just a point behind NYCFC in fifth spot. The Canadian side face New England and the Red Bulls this week, and will be aiming for better things this time round.

This Week’s Fixtures: @ New England Revolution (Wed 23, 5 pm ET), @ New York Red Bulls ( Sun 27, 7 pm ET)