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Originally published Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

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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) Chris Wondolowski needs one goal in the finale to tie the league single-season scoring record of 27.
2. Sporting K.C. (2) The only team in the East that's clinched a top-three seed and knows it will skip the first round.
3. Real Salt Lake (3) Talk about keeping a core intact: 10 regulars this year featured on the championship team in 2009.
4. Sounders FC (4) Rewarded its fans for record turnout (43,144 average) with its best season at home (11-4-2).
5. D.C. United (8) Undefeated streak has reached six, and earning the No. 1 seed in the East is still possible.
6. Chicago (5) Could finish as low as fifth in the conference after suffering an upset defeat in New England.
7. N.Y. Red Bulls (6) A high-powered offense has been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
8. L.A. Galaxy (7) Held San Jose to a tie without Beckham and Donovan in what could be a playoff preview.
9. Houston (9) Became the fourth team in league history to go unbeaten at home in a season at 11-0-6.
10. Columbus (10) Missed postseason despite earning 49 points in the East, seven more than the West's last team in.
11. Vancouver (11) Got help from Seattle to become the first Canadian team in history to make the MLS playoffs.
12. Montreal (13) Might it try to follow the Whitecaps' lead and earn a postseason berth before Toronto FC?
13. FC Dallas (12) Playoff hopes died in Seattle, but having five starters out injured didn't help.
14. Portland (16) Jack Jewsbury's Cascadia Cup-clinching goal is sure to become part of Timbers legend.
15. Colorado (15) Newcomers Jaime Castrillon and Martin Rivero lead the team in goals and assists, respectively.
16. Philadelphia (14) Young forward Jack McInerney has goals in four consecutive games — a franchise record.
17. New England (17) Lee Nguyen's exit from Vancouver was unceremonious, but he bounced back as MVP of the Revs.
18. Chivas USA (18) Ranks last in the West in goals scored (22, four less than Wondolowski) and goals allowed (56).
19. Toronto FC (19) Orlando City's Adrian Heath reportedly turned down a coaching offer and, oh yeah, 13 games winless.

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