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April 13, 2011 at 1:04 AM

My Major League Soccer power rankings — week five

Real Salt Lake Logo.jpgLots of parity. I believe 12 of the 18 teams have one, and only one, win…

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1. (1) Real Salt Lake 3-0-0

Hammered the Revs on the road with a second team. Clearly the class of the league.

2. (2) Colorado Rapids 3-1-0

Humiliated against Dallas and face a tall task Wednesday against Rocky Mountain foe RSL.

3. (4) Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1-2

Hard to punish a team for losing road win on an obvious dive by D.C., resulting in a late PK.

4. (6) Philadelphia Union 3-1-0

A goal a game is just enough for a stingy back line that has only conceded one goal all year.

5. (3) New York Red Bulls 1-1-2

Averaging an MLS-worst .5 goals per game despite all its star talent on offense.

6. (5) San Jose Earthquakes 1-1-2

Simon Dawkins, on loan from Tottenham of the EPL, has come up big in back-to-back weeks.

7. (7) Sporting Kansas City 1-1-1

Missing DP forward Omar Bravo for 3-6 weeks with a hernia is a big blow up front.

8. (8) Chicago Fire 1-1-1

Uruguayan partnership of Chaves and Puerari looks good — when they stay on their feet.

9. (11) Seattle Sounders FC 1-2-2

Look for a 6th-different lineup in as many games Saturday if Fredy Montero is able to return.

10. (15) FC Dallas 1-2-1

Got some revenge for last year’s MLS Cup disappointment, beating Colorado 3-0.

11. (16) Houston Dynamo 1-1-2

M Brad Davis recorded assists on each goal in a 3-1 win vs. Vancouver, tying a team record.

12. (9) New England Revolution 1-1-3

Trip to Houston could turn things around, having won four-straight at Robertson Stadium.

13. (10) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-2-2

Lots of excitement up north. Nine goals scored are MLS high, but so are 10 goals allowed.

14. (12) Columbus Crew 1-1-2

Defense has recorded three straight shutouts thanks to D Chad Marshall, GK Will Hesmer.

15. (14) D.C. United 1-2-1

Can’t reward a team salvaging a home draw on a blatant dive. Davies racking up PK goals.

16. (13) Toronto FC 1-1-2

Plays L.A. on Wednesday and hasn’t scored a goal against the Galaxy in 296 minutes.

17. (17) Chivas USA 0-2-2

Could get ugly. Four of the next five games are on the road, including trips to RSL, N.Y., S.J.

18. (18) Portland Timbers 0-2-1

Will expansion franchise’s first-ever games at home this week spark some better results?

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Very difficult this week with the cluster in the middle of the league. Some call it parity. Others prefer to call it mediocrity. Either way, help me out in the comments section.

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