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August 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 21

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

Trade acquisition Mehdi Ballouchy should help ease the loss of Marvin Chavez (hamstring).

2. (3) Real Salt Lake 13-7-3

Of the team’s past seven goals, Alvaro Saborio scored six and assisted on the other.

3. (2) New York Red Bulls 11-6-5

One of two remaining teams (the Dynamo is the other) that is unbeaten at home at 7-0-3.

4. (5) Houston Dynamo 10-5-7

Brad Davis notched five assists in his past three games to grab a share of the MLS lead with 10.

5. (4) Sporting Kansas City 9-5-7

Raced out of the gates with seven straight wins to start the year but has gone 4-7-4 since.

6. (7) Seattle Sounders FC 9-5-7

MLS’s top offense from 2011 is coming to life with multiple goals in four of the past five games.

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

Lost both league games in July, but tied PSG and contributed to the All-Stars’ win vs. Chelsea.

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

Three DPs (Beckham, Donovan, Keane) have combined for 11 goals, 10 assists in a 4-0-1 run.

9. (11) Columbus Crew 8-7-4

Might a new-look attack of Jairo Arrieta/Federico Higuain carry the Crew to the playoffs?

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

The only team currently in a playoff position with a negative goal differential (-2).

11. (10) Chicago Fire 9-7-5

Unbeaten when scoring first this season (6-0-1); too bad it’s only happened in 7 of 21 games.

12. (12) Chivas USA 7-8-5

Best defense in the West (21 goals allowed) makes up for a punchless offense (14 scored).

13. (14) Philadelphia Union 7-10-2

Has won three games with a goal in the 90th minute or later since a coaching change in June.

14. (15) Montreal Impact 8-13-3

DPs Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta played big roles in a 3-1 upset win vs. the Red Bulls.

15. (13) New England Revolution 6-10-5

Newcomer Saer Sene’s nine goals are a team high since Taylor Twellman scored 16 in 2007.

16. (16) Toronto FC 5-12-4

Will CONCACAF Champions League be more of a priority with the MLS playoffs out of reach?

17. (17) FC Dallas 5-11-7

Another unflattering stat? A 3-3-5 record after scoring first is a league worst this season.

18. (18) Colorado Rapids 7-14-1

Coach Oscar Pareja apologized to fans after Saturday’s loss to Seattle, the team’s sixth in a row.

19. (19) Portland Timbers FC 5-12-4

Scoreless streak of 292 min. is the fifth-worst in MLS this year. They have the worst, too: 339.

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