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Originally published March 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM | Page modified March 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings

Joshua Mayers ranks the MLS teams.


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Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Rankings will run Wednesdays during the regular season
RankTeamComment
1Sporting KCDefending champ always gets top spot; Week 1 assignment is facing 40,000 in Seattle
2Portland Year 1 under coach Caleb Porter was a revelation; what’s in store for an encore?
3LA Galaxy Have to wonder if the window is closing. Landon Donovan is 32, Robbie Keane 33
4NY Red Bulls Supporters’ Shield holders didn’t do much in offseason, might have even regressed
5Real Salt Lake So begins life without revered coach Jason Kreis; tough act to follow for Jeff Cassar
6Sounders FC“Rebuilding” year still comes with the same pressure and MLS Cup expectations
7New England Young, exciting core is a year more experienced, led by Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe
8Colorado Talent warrants decent ranking, but this might be high, with no full-time coach in place
9Houston Didn’t make major moves, but coach Dominic Kinnear always has them in it at the end
10Toronto FC Clear offseason winner, acquiring Michael Bradley/Jermain Defoe, but that’s just on paper
11San Jose One of the hottest teams from the end of last year has Chris Wondolowski back healthy
12Philadelphia Centerpiece of a few active months was bringing back U.S. international Maurice Edu
13Columbus Another returning USMNT player, Michael Parkhurst, will help shore up a leaky defense
14FC Dallas Can new coach Oscar Pareja replicate what he did in Colorado and find right formula?
15Vancouver Uphill battle? Didn’t get its top coaching target (Bob Bradley), lost its top scorer (Camilo)
16Chicago Reigning MVP Mike Magee will need to keep up that ’13 pace for Fire to be contenders
17D.C. United Made EJ a DP and other moves to look much more competitive, but have to see it first
18Montreal Had the quietest of offseasons, which doesn’t instill confidence after last year’s collapse
19Chivas USA Needs to rebuild from recent embarrassment; changing ownership was requisite step


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