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May 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 12

Real Salt Lake Logo.jpgEd note: These rankings were filed before Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup action and do not reflect those results. Next week’s will, however.

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1. (1) Real Salt Lake 9-3-2

Won with a less-than-full-strength lineup despite a gaffe by Reynish.

2. (2) New York Red Bulls 8-3-2

The winning streak ends at five, but six games unbeaten isn’t bad either.

3. (5) D.C. United 8-4-3

First in the East by one point, but has played two more games than N.Y.

4. (6) Sporting Kansas City 8-3-1

Had a “Don’t forget about us!” message in beating San Jose to end a four-game winless streak.

5. (4) San Jose Earthquakes 8-3-3

After more midweek drama from Alan Gordon, the magic ran out in K.C. on the weekend.

6. (3) Seattle Sounders FC 7-3-3

No wins in its last four MLS games, but the arrival of the Open Cup could be a needed spark.

7. (7) Houston Dynamo 4-3-4

Good week for Andre Hainault: He made his 100th MLS start and scored a winning goal, too.

8. (8) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5-3-4

Nine games in 28 days is a brutal haul, but they’ll be disappointed to lose the ACC to Toronto.

9. (12) Columbus Crew 5-4-3

The week’s big riser with wins vs. Seattle and Chicago. Unbeaten streak is at five (3-0-2).

10. (10) Colorado Rapids 6-6-1

Overcame a red card to beat expansion Montreal, 3-2, with a late goal by Jaime Castrillon.

11. (9) Chicago Fire 5-4-3

Got a gift in Pappa’s controversial winner vs. Dallas, but dropped points later in Columbus.

12. (11) Chivas USA 4-6-3

Offense is starting to click, but the defense gave up two more leads in ties vs. N.Y., Seattle.

13. (14) Portland Timbers FC 3-5-4

Kris Boyd ended his scoring drought, but the defense coughed up the lead to rival Vancouver.

14. (13) New England Revolution 4-7-1

Few teams have such a wide gap between home form (3-1-1) and road form (1-6).

15. (15) Montreal Impact FC 3-7-3

Made an exciting DP signing in Marco Di Vaio, but he won’t be eligible for a few weeks.

16. (16) Los Angeles Galaxy 3-8-2

The nightmare continues. Even if the reigning champs get hot, is it going to be too late?

17. (17) FC Dallas 3-8-4

Which loss hurt more? One on a goal that shouldn’t count or one that came in stoppage time?

18. (19) Toronto FC 1-9-0

Not a bad week, for once: Won the Canadian championship and earned its first MLS win.

19. (18) Philadelphia Union 2-7-2

Have earned one point in five games, and one of those losses came to previously winless TFC.

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What do you think? How should the Open Cup results affect the rankings, if at all?

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