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August 25, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Major League Soccer power rankings — week twenty-two

1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 13-4-4

A once-firm hold on the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs is loosening every passing week.

2. (2) Real Salt Lake 11-4-6

Boasts the league’s best goal-differential at +20 and is the only unbeaten team at home.

3. (3) Columbus Crew 12-5-4

Put me in, coach? F Steven Lenhart has four goals in the last four games as a substitute.

4. (4) FC Dallas 9-2-9

Could soon establish a league-record 10-game unbeaten streak on the road in Columbus.

5. (5) New York Red Bulls 10-7-4

DP Rafael Marquez scored a wonder goal in a head-turning 4-1 demolition of Toronto.

6. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 8-6-5

F Chris Wondolowski ($48,000 salary, eight goals) might be the biggest bargain in MLS.

7. (6) Seattle Sounders FC 8-8-5

Didn’t lose much ground in MLS during a week off, but another super-busy stretch looms.

8. (7) Colorado Rapids 7-6-7

Have just one win in 10 games and allowed a season-worst 3 goals in a loss to Columbus.

9. (10) Chicago Fire 6-6-6

With 3 assists for his new team, Freddie Ljungberg has matched his production in Seattle.

10. (9) Toronto FC 7-8-5

The season’s first home loss came in embarrassing fashion to N.Y. Playoffs slipping away?

11. (12) Kansas City Wizards 6-9-5

Called up from an amateur league, Birahim Diop scored twice in a 4-1 win over the Revs.

12. (15) Houston Dynamo 6-10-5

After an incredible hat trick, F Brian Ching now has six goals following his World Cup snub.

13. (11) New England Revolution 6-11-3

Desperately switched to a 3-5-2 formation but lost twice to nearly end all postseason hopes.

14. (13) Chivas USA 5-11-4

The league season is crumbling, but soon comes a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in Tukwila.

15. (14) Philadelphia Union 4-11-5

Going winless in the last four home games killed any chance of competing in Year One.

16. (16) D.C. United 4-14-3

MLS mainstay Ben Olsen got his 1st win as interim coach, but there’s no saving this season.

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