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September 1, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Major League Soccer power rankings — week twenty-three

1. (2) Real Salt Lake 11-4-7

Defending champs are on a 10-1-6 run against league opponents and take over the top spot

2. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 13-5-4

A small cushion in the standings means little to a team slumping mightily down the stretch

3. (4) FC Dallas 9-2-10

They’re going streaking. Haven’t lost on the road in 10 league games and overall in 12

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

Only team besides Seattle still kicking in 3 competitions: MLS, CCL, U.S. Open Cup

5. (5) New York Red Bulls 11-7-4

Starting to catch fire as new guys come together; much-maligned Dane Richards is starring

6. (7) Seattle Sounders FC 9-8-5

Don’t look now, but Fredy Montero (10 G, 9 A) is emerging as leader in MVP race

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

In a big 3-0 win against Houston, Colorado scored 2-plus goals for first time in two months

8. (6) San Jose Earthquakes 8-7-5

Will need DP Geovanni to produce now that playmaker Bobby Convey has cooled a bit

9. (9) Chicago Fire 6-7-6

As Freddie Ljungberg goes, so goes his team. Will he be able to carry them to the playoffs?

10. (10) Toronto FC 7-8-6

Will certainly miss 3 stalwarts (De Rosario, de Guzman, Attakora) on national-team duty

11. (11) Kansas City Wizards 7-9-5

On a winning streak for only second time this year; who knew it’d come via road win in L.A.?

12. (14) Chivas USA 6-11-4

With postseason prospects over, expect them to put everything into USOC semi vs. Seattle

13. (12) Houston Dynamo 6-11-5

Suffered a fifth shutout in seven MLS games and haven’t won consecutively in 42 matches

14. (13) New England Revolution 6-12-3

Losers of three in a row face red-hot Sounders FC, then go on the road for three straight

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

Snapped a six-game winless streak with a rare road win at N.E., but it’s all about pride now

16. (16) D.C. United 4-15-3

Host Columbus twice this week: a big USOC semifinal Wednesday, league match Saturday

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