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April 27, 2011 at 2:43 AM

My Major League Soccer power rankings — week seven

Real Salt Lake Logo.jpgThey’re perfect in MLS play, but all eyes are on coach Jason Kreis and Real Salt Lake’s non-league game tonight: the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

RSL earned a 2-2 draw on the road in Monterrey last week and will win the championship (and a berth in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup) with any victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. Final scores of 1-1 or 0-0 will also give the MLS side the trophy due to the away goals tiebreaker.

The entire league has rallied around RSL, the consensus No. 1 team in power rankings around the country. Should be an entertaining night.

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1. (1) Real Salt Lake 4-0-0

Winning CONCACAF Champions League could be biggest moment in MLS history.

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

Landon Donovan ended scoring drought with Player of Week performance.

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

DP forward Thierry Henry looked rejuvenated in back-to-back wins by combined 7-0 score.

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

After stellar 2010 season, Sebastien Le Toux has no goals, one assist in five games.

5. (3) Colorado Rapids 3-3-0

Three straight shutout losses; defending champs need Conor Casey back, and fast.

6. (6) Houston Dynamo 2-1-3

Unbeaten streak now five (tied for MLS high) thanks to late goals in consecutive games.

7. (7) Columbus Crew 2-1-3

Defense’s shutout streak ended last week at 414 minutes, a club record.

8. (8) Seattle Sounders FC 2-2-3

Barely held on to beat 10-man Rapids. How will team fare without Steve Zakuani?

9. (14) New England Revolution 2-2-3

Eventful debut for Benny Feilhaber, with assist and red-card-drawing flop.

10. (9) D.C. United 2-3-1

Looked surprisingly OK in 4-0 home loss to New York on national TV. Go figure.

11. (16) FC Dallas 2-3-1

Form was turning around, but losing David Ferreira (broken ankle) is tremendous blow.

12. (10) Portland Timbers 2-3-1

Team’s first DP, Diego Chara, made debut over weekend as second-half sub.

13. (12) Sporting Kansas City 1-3-1

Get fireworks ready: Four of five games this season featured five or more goals.

14. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-3-3

DP Eric Hassli has been suspended 3 times, most recently for yellow-card accumulation.

15. (18) Chivas USA 1-2-3

Alejandro Moreno’s goal in Chivas’ first win broke team’s 313-minute scoreless streak.

16. (11) San Jose Earthquakes 1-3-2

Team still tumbling, and it might get worse with next two games on road.

17. (15) Chicago Fire 1-3-2

Newcomer Diego Chaves already has four goals, but Uruguayan forward needs help.

18. (17) Toronto FC 1-2-4

Could red card to Tony Tchani last week open door for ex-Sounder Nathan Sturgis?

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