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Originally published Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

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MLS power rankings

Times reporter Joshua Mayers' rankings run Wednesdays during the regular season.

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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) Already clinched a 2013-14 CCL berth and could lock up the Supporters' Shield next.
2. Sporting K.C. (2) Will miss Roger Espinoza for 2-4 weeks as the midfielder recovers from an ankle sprain.
3. Real Salt Lake (5) Road win in L.A. has the team closing on a coveted top-three seed in the Western Conf. playoffs.
4. Sounders FC (7) Defense produced shutouts in consecutive weeks versus rivals Vancouver and Portland.
5. Chicago (3) Became the second team in the East to lock up a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win in New York.
6. N.Y. Red Bulls (4) Can they overcome the stunning midseason removal of GM Erik Soler and make the playoffs?
7. L.A. Galaxy (6) A knee injury to Landon Donovan will keep him out of World Cup qualifiers this month.
8. D.C. United (9) No team has been better than Ben Olsen's in the past five games, with four wins and a tie.
9. Houston (8) Second-year forward Will Bruin is up to 12 goals, tied for 10th-best in MLS.
10. Columbus (11) GK Andy Gruenebaum, a former supplemental draft pick, leads the league with 117 saves.
11. Vancouver (13) Can clinch the final playoff spot in the West with a win next weekend or a Dallas loss.
12. FC Dallas (10) Blew a lead to lowly Chivas USA, which was a devastating blow to its postseason hopes.
13. Montreal (12) Ex-Sounder Sanna Nyassi scored his sixth goal, a new career high, in a 1-1 tie vs. Houston.
14. Philadelphia (16) Three wins in four games has the team .500 since a midseason coaching change (8-8-4).
15. Colorado (14) Eight goals from Omar Cummings and Conor Casey in 44 combined games isn't nearly enough.
16. Portland (15) Will get one last chance to clinch the Cascadia Cup, but needs a win in Vancouver on Oct. 21.
17. New England (17) There are rumblings of potential moving games to a new venue. Would that provide a spark?
18. Chivas USA (18) 22 goals are 10 fewer than the next worst team (Portland), five fewer than SJ's Wondolowski.
19. Toronto FC (19) Hasn't won a game since July 18. It's just about time to start scouting for that No. 1 draft pick.

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