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June 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 16

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpgNote: These rankings were filed before U.S. Open Cup action Tuesday and, thus, did not take those quarterfinal results into consideration.

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1. (5) San Jose Earthquakes 10-3-3

“Goonies never say die” motto inspired by many thrilling late finishes.

2. (4) New York Red Bulls 9-4-3

Barklage starred Sunday, scoring twice against his former team, D.C.

3. (2) D.C. United 9-5-3

DeRo needs two goals to become the seventh in MLS history to reach 100.

4. (1) Real Salt Lake 10-5-2

Loss to L.A. was the franchise’s first after taking a two-goal lead. Then lost again to S.J.

5. (3) Sporting Kansas City 9-4-2

GK Jimmy Nielsen has six shutouts. Could he threaten the league record of 16 in a season?

6. (11) Chicago Fire 7-5-3

The week’s big riser is reportedly interested in signing Ukrainian legend Andriy Shevchenko.

7. (6) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7-4-5

Best team in the league (26 points) with a negative goal differential (minus-one).

8. (7) Columbus Crew 5-5-4

Hosts RSL on Saturday having beat Jason Kreis’ team in their last five games at Crew Stadium.

9. (8) Seattle Sounders FC 7-5-4

A perfect 7-0 when scoring first. Too bad that hasn’t happened since May 9, eight games ago.

10. (9) Houston Dynamo 5-5-5

Will Bruin has 43 percent of his team’s goals (nine of 21), the highest of any MLS player.

11. (14) Los Angeles Galaxy 6-8-2

Three-straight wins launched the reigning champs back into a playoff position in the West.

12. (12) Montreal Impact 5-8-3

Expansion side has scored eight goals in its first two games at the new Saputo Stadium.

13. (10) Colorado Rapids 6-8-1

GK Matt Pickens leads the league with 63 saves and twice has had to make eight in a game.

14. (15) Chivas USA 5-7-4

With 11 goals, the entire team has been outscored by S.J. forward Chris Wondolowski (13).

15. (13) New England 5-7-3

An impressive 4-1-2 at home and could make up ground with three straight at Gillette Stadium.

16. (16) Portland TImbers FC 4-6-4

Beating Seattle might’ve been the franchise’s biggest win, but only if it ignites a hot streak.

17. (19) Philadelphia Union 3-8-2

Things are looking up after a 4-0 win and signing a former MLS Defender of the Year finalist.

18. (17) FC Dallas 3-9-5

MLS winless streak reaches 11. Good news is David Ferreira could be nearing his return.

19. (18) Toronto FC 1-10-2

It’s getting hard to watch after blowing a two-goal halftime lead in both games last week.

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What do you think? Who’s too high? Too low?

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