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May 4, 2011 at 12:03 AM

My Major League Soccer power rankings — week eight

Real Salt Lake Logo.jpgSounders FC coach Sigi Schmid gave me a little lighthearted grief over my past rankings in Tuesday’s teleconference. I jumped Seattle a couple spots this week, but they can continue to use these as motivation however they like…

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

Get a mulligan (just this once) for losing after an emotional CCL defeat.

2. (3) New York Red Bulls 4-1-2

Amid a team of some int’l stars, 5-foot-8 Luke Rodgers (3 goals) has stood out.

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

Tied for the most wins this season (4) despite having scored the fewest goals (5). Crazy.

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

Hosts the Red Bulls late Saturday night in a glamour game broadcast on ESPN2.

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

Forward Will Bruin (four goals) is clearly the early favorite to win MLS Rookie of the Year.

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

The goals are nice, but a shutout streak of 238 min. has helped key the hot streak, too.

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

Plays Sounders FC, who will be on short rest, but hasn’t beaten Seattle in five tries.

8. (5) Colorado Rapids 3-3-1

Might get a boost in the healthy returns of Folan, Wynne, Amarikwa and Thompson.

9. (11) FC Dallas 3-3-1

The hot-and-cold team might just be finding consistency in back-to-back wins.

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

Still perfect at home and three of the next four are at intimidating Jeld-Wen Field.

11. (15) Chivas USA 2-2-3

Current five-game unbeaten streak (including two wins) is the team’s longest since 2009.

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

The shine of Benny Feilhaber’s arrival wore off quickly in a 3-0 drubbing to Chivas USA.

13. (13) Sporting Kansas City 1-4-1

The strain of the road has to be taking effect. Won’t play at home until June 9.

14. (10) D.C. United 2-4-1

Leaking goals (has allowed a league-worst 16) and recently lost DP Branko Boskovic (ACL).

15. (14) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-4-3

Future’s bright. No. 1 overall draft pick Omar Salgado, 17, made his first start, scored too.

16. (17) Chicago Fire 1-3-3

Can they get back on track with consecutive games against struggling Canadian teams?

17. (16) San Jose Earthquakes 1-4-2

Just six goals scored. No wins at home. Things are getting grim in the Bay Area.

18. (18) Toronto FC 1-3-4

Futile performance in Seattle. The faith of the loyal fans will be tested again this year.

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What do you think? Seattle still too low?

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