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Originally published Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings

San Jose hangs on to top spot in Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings.

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Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings
Rankings will run Wednesdays during the regular season
Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. San Jose (1) Just barely holding on to the top spot after a winless two-game week against mediocre teams.
2. D.C. United (2) Might've challenged for the top spot if not for a bye. New ownership has provided excitement.
3. Real Salt Lake (5) Alvaro Saborio dazzled with a hat trick one game after having had a fair goal disallowed.
4. Sporting K.C. (6) Would host the U.S. Open Cup final with a semifinal win Wednesday at Philadelphia.
5. N.Y. Red Bulls (3) Defenders have picked up the scoring slack with four of the team's last five goals.
6. Vancouver (8) Boasts a league-high nine shutouts; 30 points is already more than last year's total (28).
7. Chicago (4) The attacking duo of Oduro and Nyarko has combined for two goals since mid-May.
8. Sounders FC (10) Mauro Rosales' six assists are tied for fourth-most in MLS. He has four in his last five games.
9. Columbus (7) Super soph: Justin Meram's three goals are second-most on the team after not scoring as a rookie.
10. Houston (9) Defense has recorded back-to-back shutouts. Too bad the offense hasn't scored.
11. L.A. Galaxy (12) Landon Donovan is up to 99 career assists and would be the sixth in MLS history to reach 100.
12. New England (15) New DP, forward Jerry Bengston, had a scoring debut in a 2-0 win against New York.
13. Chivas USA (13) League season hasn't been too exciting so far, but reaching an Open Cup final would help.
14. Montreal (14) Late winner at home against Columbus was a fine way to end a three-game losing streak.
15. Colorado (11) Will boos for Brian Mullan quiet in Seattle after a jersey exchange with Steve Zakuani?
16. Philadelphia (18) A big beneficiary from the coaching change? Jack McInerney (three goals in four games).
17. Portland (16) Rival in flux: Coach John Spencer was fired Monday midway through his second season.
18. Toronto FC (17) Five-game unbeaten run ended rudely with a 3-0 road loss to the Union at PPL Park.
19. FC Dallas (19) A franchise-worst winless streak has reached 13 games. And you thought Seattle's was bad.

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