While New York City struggled with an MLS Cup hangover and set their sights on an eventual futile game in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Philadelphia Union established themselves as a team that should win the Eastern Conference and a contender for the Fan Shield. » for LAFC. However, things have changed in the last two months. NYCFC grabbed an aspirin and a cup of coffee to move up the standings while Philadelphia has only won one of the last ten.

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The Bronx Blues visited Philadelphia on Sunday to face two of the conference’s best players, and Jim Curtin’s team took a six-minute lead, which they managed to do for the next 82 minutes. Valentin Castellanos then equalized in 89th and Union looked doomed to a draw, but Corey Burke dug deeper, scoring the winning goal in the 96th minute to give the club their second win since 10 April.

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For the first time in the entire season, there is a hint of a fight at the top of one of the conferences.

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In Week 16, Kyle Bonagura and Danny Guerra take a look at the results, analyze the position of all 28 teams after a hectic weekend, and bring you the latest edition of the MLS Power Rankings.


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1. LAFC

Previous rating: one

Next MLS match: June 29 – vs. Dallas, 10:30 pm ET

The Black and Golds were the best team at the moment, so of course they came out and bolstered the roster with Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, both of whom could have been eligible to play against Galaxy on July 8th. (22:00 ET, live on Sportzshala). It will likely not stop there as general manager John Torrington has indicated that the club will likely fill their vacant designated player position as well. –Bonagura

2. real salt lake

Previous rating: 3

Next MLS match: July 3, Minnesota United, 8:00 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

The RSL’s goalless tie with Columbus wasn’t indicative, but it’s clear Salt Lake City is picking up steam. The club have sold eight consecutive matches at the Rio Tinto stadium and have the best home record in the league (6-0-2). In the next four matches with teams below the playoff line, RSL has a chance to break into the first place in the Western Conference standings. –Bonagura

3. New York City FC

Previous rating: 2

Next MLS match: June 29 Cincinnati FC 7:30 pm ET Sportzshala+

The emerging rivalry between the NYCFC and Philadelphia escalated in Sunday’s 2-1 Union victory. The NYCFC knocked on the door with 10 minutes left before a brawl between the players (and a Philadelphia coach) derailed the match. VAR then awarded the NYCFC a penalty to seemingly save the tie, but it was converted when Philadelphia was awarded a goal that was originally called offside. — Guerra

four. Austin FC

Previous rating: four

Next MLS match: June 30, Charlotte FC, 7:00 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

Goals from Sebastian Driussi and Danny Hosen saved Austin a point after he lost 2-0 at home against Dallas. A goal from Driussi brought him level with Jesús Ferreira (Dallas) and Jeremy Ebobiss (San Jose) in the lead in the Golden Boot race (9 goals). –Bonagura

5. Philadelphia Union

Previous rating: 7

Next MLS match: June 29, Chicago Fire, 8:00 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

The match-up moment of the Union’s wild victory over the NYCFC? Not the final minutes when the VAR system determined a goal for each side, but a hand-to-hand fight in the 79th minute, when the Philadelphia coach received a red card for pushing an NYCFC player while exchanging animated words. I think it’s the first time in MLS. — Guerra

6. New York Red Bulls

Previous rating: 5

Next MLS match: June 30 vs. Atlanta United 8:00 pm ET Sportzshala+

RBNY have been solid throughout the season and have been among the top teams in the East, but Sunday’s trip to MLS’s best LAFC didn’t go as planned. Two starters – Luquinhas and Aaron Long – were ruled out for safety reasons before kick-off. The game seemed to be tied before the LAFC made some key substitutions and took the win. — Guerra

7. FC Dallas

Previous rating: 9

Next MLS match: June 29, LAFC, 10:30 pm ET.

A 2-2 draw with Austin looks more like a two-point loss after Dallas conceded twice after taking a 2-0 lead on second-half goals from Paul Arriola and Brandon Servania. After the sensation the LAFC made this week, Dallas could make a name for itself with a win in Los Angeles on Wednesday. –Bonagura

eight. Nashville SC

Previous rating: eight

Next MLS match: July 3 vs. Portland Timbers, 8:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

Hani Mukhtar’s goals are scored in batches. His brace in Nashville 3-1 against D.C. United was his third of the season and brought him closer to eight Golden Boot goals this season. –Bonagura

9. Los Angeles Galaxy

Previous rating: 6

Next MLS match: June 29 vs Minnesota United 10:30 pm ET Sportzshala+

Using the Designated Player slot on Douglas Costa looked like a whiff even before the LAFC brought Bale into the TAM deal. This sensational signing reinforces the sense of urgency for Galaxy as they hover near the playoff line as their dominance in the Los Angeles market continues to wane. –Bonagura

10. CF Montreal

Previous rating: ten

Next MLS match: June 29, Seattle Sounders, 10 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+.

Still playing without Djordje Mihajlovic, the Canadian club did enough against a depleted Charlotte side to keep up with first place in the East. Without Mihailović, Romelle Kyoto played his part, scoring an early goal and playing his part in the winning match. — Guerra

11. Seattle Sounders

Previous rating: 12

Next MLS match: June 29 vs. Montreal, 10 p.m. ET, Sportzshala+

After the defeat of Sporting Kansas City 3-0, the Sounders continue to move up. Since the beginning of May, only NYCFC has a better average points per game (2.1) in MLS than Seattle (2.0). –Bonagura

12. Orlando City

Previous rating: eleven

Next MLS match: July 4 vs. DC United 7:00 pm ET Sportzshala+

The Lions’ offense failed without playmaker Mauricio Pereira against the Cincinnati. Still a formidable team, but Orlando would love to see someone off the bench like Tesho Akindele or Alexander Pato contribute a little more. — Guerra

13. FC Cincinnati

Previous rating: 16

Next MLS match: June 29 vs. New York City 7:30 pm ET Sportzshala+

In MLS season 1, Cincy won six games, followed by four consecutive win campaigns. In this period, the FCC has already won seven victories. Luciano Acosta continues to impress, narrowly missing a goal before rushing to pass to the winner of Brenner’s game. As for the latter, I hope his first goal of the season will give him confidence. — Guerra

fourteen. New England Revolution

Previous rating: fourteen

Next MLS match: July 3 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

Revs goaltender Djordje Petrovic won’t make fans forget Arsenal-linked Matt Turner anytime soon, but a couple of clutches and saves in a goalless draw against Vancouver showed what he can do. The Revs were unlucky not to score in this matchup, but Bruce Arena’s team looks to be fine if Petrovic can keep up the good work. — Guerra

15. Houston Dynamo

Previous rating: 17

Next MLS match: June 29, Portland Timbers, 10:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

Dynamo scored (20) and conceded (19) the same number of goals this season as Real Salt Lake, but this did not affect the results. A 2-0 win over Chicago on Saturday, thanks to goals from Darwin Quintero and Sebastian Ferreira, gave Houston their first home win since May 14. –Bonagura

16. Inter Miami

Previous rating: 19

Next MLS match: July 4, Dallas, 9:00 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

It was a solid victory for Miami over away Minnesota, rallied after a goal scored by a late brace from Aston Villa’s loan Indiana Vasiliev. After the game, Miami coach Phil Neville praised freshman Bryce Duke for his control in center field. The win also extended Miami’s home unbeaten streak to six games. — Guerra

17. Atlanta United

Previous rating: fifteen

Next MLS match: June 30, New York Red Bulls, 8:00 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

Another week, another major injury for Atlanta. Starting right-back Brooks Lennon will now sit out six to eight weeks after suffering a knee injury in the warm-up ahead of a 2-1 loss to Toronto. Luis Araujo scored a great goal, but impromptu midfield and a weakened defense continue to cause headaches. — Guerra

eighteen. Colorado Rapids

Previous rating: 13

Next MLS match: July 4 vs. Austin, 9:00 pm ET, Sportzshala+

With no wins in three games since a 3-0 loss to Portland, the Rapids offense needs a major overhaul. Since the trade for forward Gyasi Zardes on April 22, Colorado have become the only team in MLS to average less than one goal per game (0.9). –Bonagura

19. Charlotte FC

Previous rating: twenty

Next MLS match: June 30 vs. Austin, 7:00 PM ET, Sportzshala+

Interim coach Christian Lattanzio lost his first game at the helm in a 2-1 loss to Montreal, and Charlotte remains without a win on the road this season. The Queen City side had 10 players unavailable due to injury and protocol and had the chance to draw throughout the game, so it wasn’t the most heartbreaking effort. — Guerra

twenty. Columbus Crew

Previous rating: 21

Next MLS match: June 29, Toronto, 7:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+.

The crew is struggling without a troop of top scorers such as Derrick Etienne Jr and Lucas Zelarayan as they await the arrival of club record holder Cucho Hernandez. After a goalless draw on the RSL, the week gets tougher with visits to Toronto and Minnesota. — Guerra

21. Portland Timbers

Previous rating: 22

Next MLS match: June 29 vs. Houston Dynamo, 10:30 pm ET, Sportzshala+

Portland’s 3-0 win over Colorado ended a four-match winless streak that began with a 7-2 win over CCM on May 14 to just two wins in 11 games. Turning point? Let’s see. –Bonagura

22. Vancouver Whitecaps

Previous rating: 23

Next MLS match: July 2 vs. LAFC 10 PM ET Sportzshala+

In their last four games, the Whitecaps have won against Dallas and RSL and tied with New England, a team that can compete with anyone in the league. They just can’t find any consistency. The Caps are second in the league in expected goals (xG) per game (1.1), indicating no change…