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August 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 23

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpg[Ed note: The previous rankings were two weeks ago, before I went on vacation. All results since then have been taken into account.]

1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 14-5-5

Special season has the ‘Quakes five wins away from tying the team record of 19 (set in 1999).

2. (5) Sporting Kansas City 13-7-4

On a winning streak for the first time in two months and won the U.S. Open Cup. Not bad.

3. (3) New York Red Bulls 12-7-5

New DP Tim Cahill hasn’t needed long to adjust with two assists in his second game in MLS.

4. (4) Houston Dynamo 11-6-7

Red-hot run (five-game winning streak, eight-game unbeaten streak) ended in New York.

5. (2) Real Salt Lake 13-9-3

Losers of its last four road games — five if you include the CONCACAF Champions League.

6. (6) Seattle Sounders FC 10-6-7

A league-best 10-0-1 when scoring first, but also the only team without a comeback win.

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

Defense has locked it down late with an MLS-low seven goals allowed in the final 15′ of games.

8. (7) D.C. United 11-8-3

Just three points ahead of Montreal for the last playoff spot, but has played four fewer games.

9. (8) Los Angeles Galaxy 11-11-3

Followed up a 4-0 loss in Seattle with a 4-0 win vs. Chivas USA behind four Donovan assists.

10. (11) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10-7-7

A Cascadia Cup game at CenturyLink Field on Saturday is huge for potential playoff seeding.

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

Thoughts from around the league are with the Crew after the unexpected death of Kirk Urso.

12. (14) Montreal Impact 10-13-3

Three straight wins have put the expansion team back on the edge of the playoff picture.

13. (12) Chivas USA 7-9-5

Made a big splash in trading for Shalrie Joseph, but does the MLS great still have it?

14. (17) FC Dallas 6-11-8

Will Brek Shea’s shocking call-up to the U.S. national team pull him out of this season’s funk?

15. (13) Philadelphia Union 7-12-2

Have seemingly sleepwalked early in games with just one goal this year in the first 30 minutes.

16. (18) Colorado Rapids 8-15-1

Veteran goalkeeper Matt Pickens leads the league in saves (82) but also losses (15).

17. (16) Toronto FC 5-13-4

Goal differential of -15 is more than twice as bad as the next team in the East (Montreal: -7).

18. (15) New England Revolution 6-12-5

Sinking week after week with three straight losses and five defeats in the past six games.

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

How bad have the Timbers been on the road? They’re 0-8-2 and have been outscored 20-2

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Any thoughts?

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