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September 7, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Major League Soccer power rankings — week twenty-four

1. (1) Real Salt Lake 12-4-7

Defending champs look the part & come to Qwest Thursday for a nationally televised game.

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

Extended an unbeaten streak to 13 despite missing five starters to injury and suspension.

3. (4) Columbus Crew 13-5-5

Finally signed Peruvian forward Andres Mendoza for the stretch run in three competitions.

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

David Beckham expected to make long-awaited season debut Saturday against the Crew.

5. (5) New York Red Bulls 11-8-4

Will be heavily tested the rest of September with games against Colorado, Dallas, L.A.

6. (7) Colorado Rapids 9-6-7

Consecutive 3-0 wins against West foes has Gary Smith’s team one of the hottest in MLS.

7. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 9-7-5

Geovanni is earning his DP dollars after a goal and an assist led to 2-1 win over Houston.

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

The worst 10 minutes in team history against N.E. will make playoff push tougher.

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

Allowed a late goal in third straight match to give away points but still have games in hand.

10. (11) Kansas City Wizards 7-9-6

Surprisingly have lost just once in past eight games (4-1-3) heading in to this week’s bye.

11. (10) Toronto FC 7-9-6

Circling the drain and have only three more games this season at the haven of BMO Field.

12. (14) New England Revolution 7-12-3

Will emotional lift from comeback win against Seattle give them fuel to get back in it?

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

Dominated San Jose but allowed two counterattack goals. It’s been that kind of year.

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

Out of Open Cup and MLS race, fans are surely more excited for a Sept. 14 Chivas friendly.

15. (15) Philadelphia Union 5-11-6

Despite his team’s woes, ex-Sounder Le Toux became first with 10 goals and 10 assists.

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

After horrendous error in 1-0 loss, GK Bill Hamid tweeted an apology to team and fans.

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