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September 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

My Major League Soccer power rankings — week 29

LA Galaxy Logo.jpg1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 17-3-10

Beat Columbus with a B squad and can clinch the Supporters’ Shield this weekend.

2. (2) Seattle Sounders FC 15-6-9

Earned the Cascadia Cup on Sat., and the U.S. Open Cup could soon be on the way.

3. (3) Real Salt Lake 15-8-6

Playoff matchup with Seattle looks likely, but who will get home-field advantage?

4. (5) Sporting Kansas City 10-9-11

Would be running away with the Eastern Conference title if it could hold onto second-half leads.

5. (4) FC Dallas 13-10-7

Three straight shutout losses, and it looks less likely that injured star David Ferreira will return.

6. (10) Houston Dynamo 10-9-12

First road win of the season stunningly vaulted the Dynamo into first place in the East.

7. (6) Columbus Crew 11-11-8

Home loss to weakened Galaxy lineup won’t help attendance — 11,974 avg. is an MLS low.

8. (8) Philadelphia Union 9-7-13

Tie in K.C. clinched a playoff berth for Sounders, but will it be able to earn its own?

9. (11) D.C. United 9-8-11

DeRo has quickest hat trick in MLS history (31 min.) and added an assist in a 4-1 win vs. RSL.

10. (9) Colorado Rapids 10-9-12

Coach Gary Smith won’t even travel to a CCL game on Wed. Throwing in the towel?

11. (7) Portland Timbers FC 10-13-7

Frustrating week severely hampered playoff hopes, and three of its last four are on the road.

12. (12) New York Red Bulls 8-7-15

Dysfunctional and disappointing but still talented and in the middle of the wild-card race.

13. (15) Chicago Fire 6-8-15

Sebastian Grazzini was a phenomenal midseason addition that helped turn season around.

14. (16) Chivas USA 8-12-11

Resurgent Angel has given them late life, but it likely won’t be enough to make the postseason.

15. (13) Toronto FC 6-13-12

Could be eliminated from playoff contention this week. Will 2012 be the year?

16. (14) New England Revolution 5-13-12

Has allowed 12 goals in past five games and hosts Seattle’s league-best offense Saturday.

17. (17) San Jose Earthquakes 6-11-13

Progress toward a new soccer-specific stadium is the only positive news these days.

18. (18) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-15-10

The opening of its new home, B.C. Place, provides a sense of optimism, even if not for this year.

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From what I’ve seen, there has been a lot of disparity in power rankings around the league this week. What do you think? Who’s too high or too low?


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