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April 20, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Major League Soccer rankings — week five

1. Los Angeles Galaxy (1)
Edson Buddle scored two more goals in another win. Does he deserve a USMNT call-up?
2. Columbus Crew (2)
Another bye week for the boys in yellow. Wonder what they think of Seattle’s new look.
3. New York Red Bulls (5)
Got a third win Sat. with a last-gasp PK against Dallas. Had only five wins total in 2009.
4. Seattle Sounders FC (6)
Instant karma worked in Seattle’s favor as one stoppage-time goal deserved another.
5. Kansas City Wizards (3)
Disappointing result at Qwest. But Peter Vermes’ team won believers, even in defeat.
6. Colorado Rapids (8)
High-powered offense had a field day against weary Toronto and its woeful defense.
7. Houston Dynamo (9)
Newcomer Lovel Palmer had a beautiful goal in a three-goal demolition of Chivas USA.
8. San Jose Earthquakes (10)
What’s more the surprising: the 2-1 start or the two goals by rookie defender Ike Opara?
9. New England Revolution (4)
Will hope to bounce back from a loss with three consecutive games at Gillette Stadium.
10. Real Salt Lake (7)
Only a stoppage-time goal against Seattle has prevented a three-game losing streak.
11. Chicago Fire (14)
Earned a much-needed first win of the season for rookie coach Carlos de los Cobos.
12. Chivas USA (11)
Have scored just two goals in four games, tied for worst in the league with lowly D.C.
13. FC Dallas (12)
The worst average attendance in MLS won’t improve if the team doesn’t start winning.
14. Toronto FC (15)
Earned a win against short-handed Philly, but also claim an awful -6 goal differential.
15. Philadelphia Union (13)
Might go from bad to worse. Next three games are all on the road at N.Y., L.A. and RSL.
16. D.C. United (16)
The once-proud franchise is at rock bottom. Just two goals scored and 11 allowed. Ugly.
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Did I get closer this time…?

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