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Originally published Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

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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
RankTeamComment
1 (1) Real Salt Lake Eleven games unbeaten is the best MLS start since rules on shootouts changed in 1999.
2 (3) New England Became third team in league history to score five or more goals in back-to-back games.
3 (4) Sounders FCHas the defense taken a step forward? The rested Whitecaps will serve as a stern test.
4 (5) Vancouver Cascadia Cup holders can take first step to keeping the trophy Saturday vs. Sounders.
5 (2) Sporting KC Dreadful two-loss week also saw a debut to forget for young defender Erik Palmer-Brown.
6 (9) Houston David Horst’s incredible clearance off the goal line has to be the Save of the Week winner.
7 (7) D.C. United Eddie Johnson responded to his World Cup snub by scoring his first goal of the season.
8 (6) Colorado Losing to a rival stings worse when convinced it was aided by a blatant dive to get a PK.
9 (8) FC Dallas Tie at home against Chivas has to be considered progress after four straight losses.
10 (12) Toronto FC If failing to make England’s World Cup team lights a fire under Jermain Defore, watch out.
11 (14) Chicago Remains the league’s only team to have scored at least one goal in every game.
12 (10) NY Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips has been so clinical that his crucial wide-open miss was shocking.
13 (11) LA Galaxy Dead last in the West in points (9), but has played four fewer games than some teams.
14 (13) San Jose The look of bewilderment and awe on Jon Busch’s face after Oba Martins’ goal was epic.
15 (15) Columbus The winless streak is at eight, but Gonzalo Higuain added a fine goal to his highlight reel.
16 (16) Chivas USA The Bofo Experiment did not last long as the team parted ways with Adolfo Bautista.
17 (18) Philadelphia John Hackworth’s seat has to be getting hot after following up a needed win with 5-3 loss.
18 (17) Portland Will Johnson said the team plays with the heart of lion but the brain of a goldfish at times.
19 (19) Montreal Canadian int’l Issey Nakajima-Farran used the hashtag “inhumane” when traded here.


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