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July 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 20

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpg1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 13-5-4

Offense gets a lot of love, but three defenders (Corrales, Morrow, Beitashour) were All-Stars.

2. (5) New York Red Bulls 11-5-5

The possible addition of Tim Cahill from the EPL could make them the MLS favorite.

3. (4) Real Salt Lake 12-7-3

Few might guess that forward Alvaro Saborio is the league’s third-leading scorer with 11 goals.

4. (2) Sporting Kansas City 11-6-4

Kei Kamara’s 81 shots are tops in MLS, but his seven goals don’t quite crack the top 10.

5. (8) Houston Dynamo 9-5-7

Three-straight wins has vaulted Dominic Kinnear’s team back into contention in the East.

6. (3) D.C. United 10-7-3

Coach Ben Olsen gave captaincy of the MLS All-Star Team to his own star, Dwayne De Rosario.

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

Might the long-awaited return of GK Michael Gspurning (hip) come this weekend in Colorado?

8. (10) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 9-6-7

Midseason lineup shuffling paid off with a big win against league-leading San Jose last week.

9. (9) Los Angeles Galaxy 9-10-3

Unbeaten in four due to a high-powered offense that has 38 goals, second most in MLS this year.

10. (6) Chicago Fire 9-7-4

Sent DP Federico Puppo out on loan to make room for another DP in Sherjill MacDonald.

11. (11) Columbus Crew 7-7-4

Yawn. No other MLS team has less than 20 goals scored and 20 goals allowed this season.

12. (12) Chivas USA 6-8-5

The only team in the league with as many road wins and home wins at three apiece.

13. (13) New England Revolution 6-9-5

Saer Sene, one of the MLS’s top newcomers, has cooled off with one goal in his past eight games.

14. (14) Philadelphia Union 6-10-2

Talk about a messy divorce. Former coach Peter Nowak has sued the team for unpaid wages.

15. (15) Montreal Impact 7-13-3

High-profile defender Alessandro Nesta is set to debut. The league’s worst defense needs him.

16. (17) Toronto FC 5-11-4

Three straight wins have the Reds 5-2-4 in last 11 after starting season with nine straight losses.

17. (18) FC Dallas 5-10-7

How will the Brek Shea saga play out after the team beat Portland 5-0 when he was benched?

18. (16) Colorado Rapids 7-13-1

Nine road losses are worst in the West. Thankfully, three of the next four are at home.

19. (19) Portland Timbers FC 5-11-4

A five-goal loss was embarrassing enough. That it was vs. lowly Dallas makes it even worse.

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