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Sebastian Giovinco dazzled again Sunday afternoon, scoring twice and assisting another goal in Toronto’s rout of NYCFC.

Lots of movement in the Power Rankings this week, as Toronto FC leapt to the top after its big win and the Chicago Fire’s loss to Sporting Kansas City.

1. Toronto FC (+2): Just in case anyone had forgotten, Sebastian Giovinco reminded MLS that he remains the best player in the league with two goals in a 4-0 romp over NYCFC.

2. Chicago Fire (-1): On the field, the Fire ran into a Sporting team with something to prove and lost 3-2 in Kansas City. Off it, David Accam’s future remains up in the air.

3. New York City FC (-1): NYCFC were undone by the Giovinco Show in Toronto, with Andrea Pirlo looking decidedly ineffective in Yangel Herrera’s place.

4. Sporting Kansas City (+2): No Dom Dwyer, no deficiencies on the attacking end for Sporting. The emergence of Daniel Salloi in a 3-2 win over the Fire is a great sign.

Sporting KC earned a hard fought 3-2 win over Chicago to maintain top spot in the Western Conference.

5. FC Dallas (-1): A deflected shot and questionable penalty had Dallas in a hole even before a red card for Carlos Gruezo, all of which resulted in a shocking 4-0 loss to Vancouver.

6. Atlanta United (-1): There was a bit of bad luck at play in Atlanta’s 1-1 draw with Orlando in their final game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The frame of the goal kept out several excellent efforts.

7. New York Red Bulls (+2): Since losing to NYCFC on June 24, the Red Bulls are on a four-game unbeaten run, the most recent of which saw them beat Montreal 4-0.

8. Houston Dynamo (no change): Juan Cabezas’ first goal in Dynamo orange helped salvage a 2-2 draw against the Portland Timbers and kept Houston’s unbeaten home record intact.

9. Seattle Sounders (+2): Seattle kept up its unbeaten run, which is now at six games, with a strong defensive performance in a scoreless draw against LA.

10. Columbus Crew SC (-1): After Wednesday’s 3-0 debacle of a loss in Philadelphia, Crew SC did a credible job with a 2-2 draw across the country in Utah.

11. Vancouver Whitecaps (+4): Not many would have picked the ‘Caps to go on the road and beat down Dallas 4-0, but a bit of a luck and a red card for the host set things up nicely for Vancouver.

12. San Jose Earthquakes (-2): Nick Lima’s sweet half-volley was all the Quakes needed to take down the Rapids 1-0 at Avaya Stadium.

Juan Cabezas netted late for the Houston Dynamo to steal a point against the Portland Timbers.

13. Portland Timbers (+1): The good news is that VAR would have fixed the missed call that kept the Timbers to a 2-2 draw in Houston. The bad news it that VAR won’t be operational until next week.

14. LA Galaxy (-2): Sigi Schmid’s Galaxy debut and showdown with his old club came and went with a whimper as neither teams found the net in a goalless draw against Seattle.

15. Orlando City SC (-2): Kaka has still got it. The Brazilian showed his quality with a wonderful goal in Orlando’s 1-1 draw with Atlanta. Now to sort out the Dwyer / Cyle Larin partnership.

16. Real Salt Lake (+1): Mike Petke’s suspension meant there was no rant this week. RSL’s bad luck with the post kept things to a 2-2 draw with Columbus.

17. New England Revolution (+1): That’s two wins in a row, with seven goals in total, following a 3-0 win over Philadelphia. If this is a resurgence for the Revs, the real test comes next weekend in Chicago.

From Kaka’s stunner to Giovinco’s magical brace, relive all the goals from an exciting 21st round of MLS action.

18. Philadelphia Union (-2): Flip sides of the coin for the Union between two games this week. Good: 3-0 win over Columbus at home. Bad: A dispiriting 3-0 loss in New England.

19. Minnesota United (+2): Nothing like facing the sad sack Black & Red to bring some joy to a difficult expansion season. The Loons set a new mark for largest margin of victory with a 4-0 win over D.C.

20. Colorado Rapids (-1): In the end, it wasn’t the lack of Tim Howard in net that hurt the Rapids in their 1-0 loss at San Jose; Colorado just can’t generate chances.

21. Montreal Impact (-1): It’s the Daniel Royer Show in Jersey these days. The Austrian scored twice in the Red Bulls’ 4-0 romp over the Impact.

22. D.C. United (no change): There’s not much to say about the lost season for United. Attention is already on 2018, a new stadium, and — perhaps — new owners.

Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.



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