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September 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

My MLS power rankings — Week 28

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpg1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 17-6-5

Winners of three straight, and Wondolowski’s 19 goals are most in an MLS season since 2008.

2. (5) Chicago 15-8-5

An emerging MLS Cup contender? Has been on fire — pardon the pun — since August (6-1).

3. (4) New York Red Bulls 14-7-7

Thierry Henry scored one of the goals of the year, an Olimpico from directly off a corner kick.

4. (2) Sporting Kansas City 15-7-6

Boasts the best road record in the league (7-2-4) heading into games at New York, Montreal.

5. (3) Seattle Sounders FC 13-6-9

Fredy Montero matched his career high with 12th goal of season Saturday in Portland.

6. (7) Los Angeles Galaxy 14-11-4

Has caught RSL for third in the West and owns the top tiebreaker in goals scored (50 to 38).

7. (6) Houston Dynamo 12-7-10

Brad Davis has quietly put together another stellar season (7G, 11A); 25 points are a career best.

8. (8) Real Salt Lake 14-11-14

Made an addition before the roster freeze in David Viana, formerly of Atletico Madrid’s reserves.

9. (11) FC Dallas 9-12-9

Julian de Guzman scored a winner for his new team and then blasted his former coach in the press.

10. (12) D.C. United 13-10-5

Making the playoffs became much more difficult with Dwayne De Rosario (knee) out for the year.

11. (9) Columbus Crew 12-10-6

Recent hot streak fizzled with back-to-back road losses at New England, New York.

12. (10) Montreal Impact 12-15-3

Has made the most of its PKs, earning a league-leading nine with 100 percent conversion.

13. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10-12-7

Mercifully gets four straight at home after having been outscored 9-1 in a five-game losing streak.

14. (14) Philadelphia Union 7-13-6

Winless streak has reached seven games, one shy of a dubious franchise record set last season.

15. (15) Colorado Rapids 9-18-2

Heads to Vancouver on Sunday having lost a club-record nine straight games on the road.

16. (18) Portland Timbers FC 7-14-7

Has 28 goals this season, less than half the total of Wednesday’s opponent: San Jose (58).

17. (16) Chivas USA 7-13-7

Still a factor in the playoff race but only because of having played less games — not success.

18. (17) New England Revolution 7-15-7

Became the second team officially eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to D.C.

19. (19) Toronto FC 5-17-7

Minus-19 goal differential is almost four times as bad as the East’s next worst (-5, two teams).

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