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Originally published Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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Josh Mayers' MLS Power Rankings

San Jose retains the top spot in the Week 24 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) Special season has the 'Quakes five wins away from tying the team record of 19 (set in 1999).
2. Sporting K.C. (5) On a winning streak for the first time in two months and won the U.S. Open Cup. Not bad.
3. N.Y. Red Bulls (3) New DP Tim Cahill hasn't needed long to adjust with two assists in his second game in MLS.
4. Houston (4) Red-hot run (five-game winning streak, eight-game unbeaten streak) ended in New York.
5. Real Salt Lake (2) Losers of its last four road games — five if you include the CONCACAF Champions League.
6. Sounders FC (6) A league-best 10-0-1 when scoring first, but also the only team without a comeback win.
7. Chicago (10) Defense has locked it down late with an MLS-low seven goals allowed in the final 15' of games.
8. D.C. United (7) Just three points ahead of Montreal for the last playoff spot, but has played four fewer games.
9. L.A. Galaxy (8) Followed up a 4-0 loss in Seattle with a 4-0 win vs. Chivas USA behind four Donovan assists.
10. Vancouver (11) A Cascadia Cup game at CenturyLink Field on Saturday is huge for potential playoff seeding.
11. Columbus (9) Thoughts from around the league are with the Crew after the unexpected death of Kirk Urso.
12. Montreal (14) Three straight wins have put the expansion team back on the edge of the playoff picture.
13. Chivas USA (12) Made a big splash in trading for Shalrie Joseph, but does the MLS great still have it?
14. FC Dallas (17) Will Brek Shea's shocking call-up to the U.S. national team pull him out of this season's funk?
15. Philadelphia (13) Have seemingly sleepwalked early in games with just one goal this year in the first 30 minutes.
16. Colorado (18) Veteran goalkeeper Matt Pickens leads the league in saves (82) but also losses (15).
17. Toronto FC (16) Goal differential of -15 is more than twice as bad as the next team in the East (Montreal: -7).
18. New England (15) Sinking week after week with three straight losses and five defeats in the past six games.
19. Portland (19) How bad have the Timbers been on the road? They're 0-8-2 and have been outscored 20-2

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