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Originally published August 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM | Page modified August 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings

Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings Rankings run each Wednesday during the regular season. Team (prev.) Comment 1 L. A. Galaxy (1) Two goals...

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Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings
Rankings run each Wednesday during the regular season.
Team (prev.) Comment
1 L.A. Galaxy (1) Two goals vs. Vancouver has Landon Donovan tied for third-most MLS goals all-time (114).
2 FC Dallas (3) That's five shutouts in seven games after blanking Chivas USA. GK Hartman has 12 this year.
3 Sounders FC (2) Has beaten Sporting KC, Saturday's opponent, five straight times in MLS/Open Cup games.
4 Columbus (6) New leaders in East are flying up the rankings, fueled by a dominant 6-1-4 home record.
5 Real Salt Lake (4) An injury to stalwart defender Jamison Olave in All-Star Game was unfortunate blow.
6 Colorado (10) Sanna Nyassi has four goals in past three games. He scored twice in 38 games for Seattle.
7 Philadelphia (5) Mysterious departure of F Carlos Ruiz is a strange one. Might they tumble as a result?
8 Sporting K.C. (7) Unbeaten in 13 games (5-0-8) since losing in Seattle; has seven games in a row at home.
9 N.Y. Red Bulls (8) Shockingly, won Emirates Cup over renowned clubs Arsenal, Boca Juniors and PSG.
10 D.C. United (11) Dwayne De Rosario is carrying team, scoring all three of its goals in last four games.
11 Houston (12) Excitement after big win was muted with rookie Will Bruin requiring knee surgery.
12 Chivas USA (9) Five-game unbeaten streak ended in almost unfair conditions (100-degree heat in Dallas).
13 New England (14) Signed first DP in franchise history Tuesday: Argentine forward Milton Caraglio.
14 San Jose (13) Nine-game drought is its longest since returning to the league in 2008.
15 Portland (15) Blew two-goal lead at home to lowly Toronto, and three of next four are on road.
16 Chicago (16) M Pavel Pardo is expected to debut Wednesday; has 148 caps for Mexican national team.
17 Toronto FC (18) Turnover at all levels (front office, coaches, players) makes stability a near impossibility.
18 Vancouver (17) Battles its Canadian rival weekly for bottom spot. A 4-0 drubbing by L.A. earns it this time.

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