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May 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Major League Soccer power rankings — week nine

1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0-2

Now it’s hold-on time as L.A. potentially plays its next four matches without Donovan and Buddle.

2. (2) Columbus Crew 4-0-2

One of two teams with a flawless record at home will play four of its next five on the road.

3. (3) San Jose Earthquakes 4-2-1

Earned a workmanlike point in New England, can they keep it up in front of 36,000 at Qwest Field on Saturday?

4. (7) Real Salt Lake 4-3-1

Don’t look now, but the defending champs have won three straight and lead the league in scoring with 15 goals (tied with L.A., but in one less game).

5. (6) Colorado Rapids 4-3-1

Won two games on the road last year. Have already won three games in five tries away this season.

6. (4) New York Red Bulls 5-3-0

Still lead the Eastern Conference, but have lost two games in a row and have a negative goal differential (-1).

7. (5) Houston Dynamo 4-4-1

Got roughed up by Real Salt Lake, but two home games against lowly D.C. and Philly will be nice.

8. (11) Seattle Sounders FC 3-3-3

Early-season struggles will be all but forgotten with a convincing home win against the Earthquakes.

9. (8) FC Dallas 2-1-5

Unbeaten in five games (2-0-3) and look especially sharp with goalkeeper Kevin Hartman as a starter.

10. (9) Toronto FC 3-4-1

Escaped road trip to L.A. with a point thanks to four saves in last 17 minutes by goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

11. (12) Chicago Fire 2-3-3

In desperate need of a spark during a winless month of May, but get three straight at home.

12. (13) Kansas City Wizards 2-3-2

Many remember his “miss of the century,” but forward Kei Kamara has five goals in 10 shots on goal.

13. (10) Chivas USA 3-5-1

Consistently inconsistent Goats are now dead last in the Western Conference, but would be third in the East.

14. (14) New England Revolution 2-5-2

Winless now in six games (0-4-2). Dreadful offense ruining a great season by goalkeeper Preston Burpo.

15. (15) Philadelphia Union 1-5-1

Got a stoppage-time equalizer from No. 1 draft pick Danny Mwanga to earn a point at home.

16. (16) D.C. United 1-7-0

Been competitive in a pair of 1-0 losses recently, but four goals scored is by far the worst in the league.

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I know you think I’m off on some of these…


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