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November 3, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Major League Soccer power rankings — playoff edition

So this is the first week I haven’t done my regular MLS power rankings in a while. I’m sure a ton of you were wondering why your Wednesday felt a little different today…

Anyways, I wanted to keep things going on the blog with what we’ve seen in the playoffs so far. So here’s how I rank the final eight teams after their respective first legs in the conference semifinals:

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1. Los Angeles Galaxy (beat Sounders FC on the road 1-0) — Unashamed to embrace a defensive style, which will make Seattle’s come-from-behind efforts on the road that much harder.

2. New York Red Bulls (beat San Jose on the road 1-0) — Got the easiest draw of the field, but made sure to take advantage thanks to a well-taken goal by stalwart Joel Lindpere.

3. FC Dallas (beat Real Salt Lake at home 2-1) — I wasn’t sure this team had the capability to beat RSL like they did. Ferreira and Co. have a great chance to advance with Morales suspended.

4. Real Salt Lake (lost to FC Dallas on the road 2-1) — Will be confident it can get a win at home no matter what the roster looks like. Should be an exciting one at Rio Tinto to watch on Saturday.

5. Colorado Rapids (beat Columbus at home 1-0) — A trendy pick to pull off the upset, but the Crew has winning tradition on its side. West v. East bragging rights on the line is this one, for sure.

6. Seattle Sounders FC (lost to L.A. Galaxy at home 1-0) — Confident and motivated going to Los Angeles. Getting out of the Home Depot Center with a win would be quite the feat.

7. Columbus Crew (lost to Colorado on the road 1-0) — Experience and pedigree will give the maligned side confidence on the return leg. Beating the Rapids at home shouldn’t be too big of a surprise.

8. San Jose Earthquakes (lost to New York at home 1-0) — Chris Wondolowski would surely make some of his MVP voters feel better with a strong showing at Red Bull Arena. Will he?

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