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Joshua Mayers’ power rankings

Joshua Mayers ranks the MLS teams

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Joshua Mayers’ power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
1 (1)N.Y. Red BullsTim Cahill scored the fastest MLS goal (8 seconds); Supporters’ Shield is just a win away
2 (2)PortlandEarned its first playoff berth this season, in the driver’s seat for West’s No. 1 seed
3 (3)Sporting K.C.Jimmy Nielsen has three consecutive shutouts to increase his two-year total to 28
4 (4)Real Salt LakeSix straight years in postseason is longest active streak in MLS (L.A, Seattle have 5)
5 (5)L.A. GalaxyWill they get a present from the Sounders for help in clinching playoff berth?
6 (6)ColoradoDP forward Gabriel Torres has caught fire and could be an X-factor down the stretch
7 (9)New EnglandMatt Reis after Game 250: “Days like today you’re reminded of exactly how old you are.”
8 (11)ChicagoMVP award might just go to Mike Magee (20 goals) if he gets the Fire in the postseason
9 (10)San JoseNot officially out of the playoff race, but needs to score at least 13 goals in its last game
10 (7)Sounders FCGK Marcus Hahnemann joked all the winning got boring: “We had to create some drama.”
11 (8)HoustonSputtering with no goals in two games, but has the easiest final-week assignment: D.C.
12 (13)MontrealOne of the world’s great defenders, Alessandro Nesta, will be retiring after the season
13 (12)PhiladelphiaBlowing a second-half lead to the Impact all but killed any chance of making the playoffs
14 (16)FC DallasCoach Schellas Hyndman will resign after this year but will stay involved as a consultant
15 (14)ColumbusDominic Oduro got goal 13 (career high), though more attention is on the coaching search
16 (15)VancouverShowed some late improvement, but will it be enough for Martin Rennie to keep his job?
17 (17)Toronto FCBettered last year’s record by three points; little consolation with 50-105-66 all-time mark
18 (18)Chivas USAHas allowed a league-worst 60 goals and unmercifully gets RSL/Portland to close the year
19 (19)D.C. UnitedAt 3-23-7, needs to beat Houston to avoid being the first in MLS not to reach four wins

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