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Originally published Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

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Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings

Matt Pentz ranks the MLS teams.


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Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
RankTeamComment
1 (1) Sounders FCPortland trip looks to have rejuvenated the Supporter’s Shield leaders.
2 (4)FC DallasHard to imagine more impressive win than scoring two goals while a man down against RSL.
3 (6) D.C. UnitedA 3-0 rout to depose the leaders of the East in their own house is worth leap in the rankings.
4. (3)Real Salt LakeFrustrating night in Frisco written off as more of a matchup problem than anything else.
5. (5)L.A. GalaxyThe league game of the week comes early when the Galaxy plays host to red-hot DCU.
6. (2)Sporting K.C.A 3-0 loss to be deposed atop the East in your own house is worth a big drop in the rankings.
7. (8)Toronto FCThe gap between spots six and seven is a chasm: Toronto draws with Chicago yet moves up.
8. (11) Columbus I was just underwhelmed by the Crew until a scorching past few weeks.
9. (7)VancouverFight between sleepers for final postseason berth in West has become a battle of attrition.
10. (10)N.Y. Red BullsFightin’ Thierry Henrys took the expected three points for their home match vs. Montreal.
11. (9) PortlandOne last chance in Vancouver this weekend to breathe life into fledging playoff hopes.
12. (13)PhiladelphiaBeating San Jose at home is one thing. Do the same vs. Toronto and we’ll talk.
13. (16)New EnglandNothing like adding the missing piece (Jermaine Jones) to your midfield via blind draw.
14. (12) ColoradoSeemed on way to a statement win until second-half Galaxy rally continued free fall.
15. (14)San JoseCredit to San Jose’s discipline and threat on the counter to squeeze a point from Seattle trip.
16. (15) HoustonTwo wins out of four is good start. Two losses out of four won’t cut it when so far behind.
17. (17)ChicagoThe jilted party in the Jones saga, losing out on a potential franchise player.
18. (18)Chivas USAThe last five results – L-L-L-D-L – tells you all you need to know about another lost summer.
19. (19)MontrealMontreal only club averaging less than a point per match, and at 0.7, it’s not even close.


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