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Joshua Mayers’ power rankings

Joshua Mayers ranks the MLS teams Team (prev. rank)Comment1. Sounders FC (2)Any doubters left? Seattle is the near-consensus No. 1 after a convincing win vs. RSL2. Real Salt Lake (1)Nick Rimando empathized with another C-Link victim, tweeting: “I feel you @49ers”3. N.Y. Red Bulls (5)Thie

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Joshua Mayers’ power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
1 (2)Sounders FCAny doubters left? Seattle is the near-consensus No. 1 after a convincing win vs. RSL
2 (1)Real Salt LakeNick Rimando empathized with another C-Link victim, tweeting: “I feel you @49ers”
3 (5)N.Y. Red BullsThierry Henry has scored in two straight after being benched; team is up to first in East
4 (3)L.A. GalaxyHeld to a tie against last-place D.C., plus Donovan and DeLaGarza are banged up
5 (4)MontrealMarco Di Vaio got his league-leading 18th goal, though it came in an upset loss to Crew
6 (8)ColoradoNathan Sturgis is having a good year but making 25% as much as his NFL kicking brother
7 (6)Sporting K.C.Jimmy Nielsen has league-best 0.96 goals-against avg., tied for MLS lead with 10 shutouts
8 (7)PortlandRoad winless streak is up to eight games after settling for a tie against lowly Chivas USA
9 (13)ChicagoHas the league’s best win pct. when leading at the half (.917) and losing at the half (.417)
10 (9)FC DallasWent 8-2-4 in its first 14 games of the year; Rapids loss dropped them to 2-6-6 in last 14
11 (10)New EnglandFederal Way’s Kelyn Rowe is red-hot with either a goal or assist in his last five games
12 (14)HoustonHas scored 34 percent of its goals this season (11 of 32) in the final 15 minutes of games
13 (11)San JoseImproved its home unbeaten streak to 14 games, but really needed to beat the Whitecaps
14 (12)PhiladelphiaMichael Lahoud returned to Sierra Leone after 21 years to play a World Cup qualifier
15 (15) VancouverJay DeMerit is back for the first time since an Achilles’ rupture eight minutes into the year
16 (16)ColumbusKept its playoff hopes alive, just barely, with a big win on the road against the Impact
17 (17)Chivas USALate-season spoiler has taken points from Portland, Vancouver and N.Y. in recent weeks
18 (18)Toronto FCJoined in 2007, but could end this year as the only team to have never made the playoffs
19 (19)D.C. UnitedNever would’ve thought DeRo, Pontius would have only five combined goals at this point

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