Power Rankings Week 23: Rapids crack the top five in several polls

A look at the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites

Power Rankings - Brown and O'Neill with the Rocky Mountain Cup

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

Each week we will take a look at where the Colorado Rapids stand in the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites.

Week 23 saw the Rapids win back the Rocky Mountain Cup thanks to a 2-2 draw vs. Real Salt Lake in dramatic fashion. The draw keeps the Rapids three points out of 1st place in a very congested Western Conference. Currently the Rapids are tied for 4th in the overall in MLS standings.

Here’s how the week affected the team's standings in national MLS Power Rankings (last week in paranthesis):

MLSSoccer.com #3 (#5)

We are officially sold on the Rapids, and doubly so on young Shane O'Neill – or as certain members of the Power Rankings Politburo are calling him, "Geoff Cameron v2.0."

Bleacher Report #5 (#8)

With the league's longest unbeaten streak already in hand, Colorado also took home the Rocky Mountain Cup on Saturday for the first time in seven years.

Jaime Castrillon was the player who salvaged both for the Rapids with his 70th minute equalizing header.

Yahoo.com #3 (#4)

The Rocky Mountain Cup is Colorado's for the first time in seven years. Congrats to the Rapids and to their fans.

Soccer America #3 (#6)

The Rapids and RSL endured a lightning-storm delay of more than an hour before concluding their 2-2 tie at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Equalizers by Deshorn Brown and Jaime Castrillon matched goals by RSL’s Ned Grabavoy and Alvaro Saborio, who waited out the weather delay to take a penalty kick awarded by referee Fotis Bazakos just before he suspended play.

Pro Soccer Talk #6 (#8)

A 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake was enough to get the Rocky Mountain Cup into Rapids hands for the first time in seven years. That’s a big day around DSG Park.

And, ESPN FC #8 (#9)

The Rapids' 2-2 draw with RSL wasn't the desired result, but it was enough for them to claim the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time since 2006. Left back Chris Klute continues to impress, as he assisted on Jaime Castrillon's equalizer.

The Rapids continue to climb the table and the weekly rankings on the wave of the longest current unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer. What do you think of the rankings? Sound off below.