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September 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 29

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpg1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 18-6-6

It remains Chris Wondolowski’s year as three goals last week gives him 22, the most since 2002.

2. (2) Chicago Fire 16-8-5

Red-hot offense, led by Chris Rolfe, has scored two goals or more in the past eight games.

3. (4) Sporting Kansas City 16-7-7

Hosts the Fire on Friday in a battle for Eastern Conf. supremacy on the NBC Sports Network.

4. (6) Los Angeles Galaxy 15-11-4

Defending champs are looking the part with a 12-3-2 run after being in last place in May.

5. (3) New York Red Bulls 14-8-8

Three-straight home games will be a great help for Hans Backe’s side to clinch a playoff spot.

6. (8) Real Salt Lake 15-11-4

Javier Morales and Fabian Espindola each scored a stunning free-kick to beat Portland, 2-1.

7. (5) Seattle Sounders FC 13-7-9

Another postseason trip is all but locked up. The key will be earning a preferred top-three seed.

8. (10) D.C. United 15-10-5

Earned a third-straight win, and second-straight shutout, led by maligned DP Branko Boskovic.

9. (7) Houston Dynamo 12-8-10

The only remaining team that’s undefeated at home (9-0-5). Just 3-8-5 on the road, though.

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

Trips to the West Coast for three-straight games will add some difficulty to a playoff push.

11. (11) Columbus Crew 13-11-6

Jairo Arrieta has been the leader of late with a goal or an assist in three straight games.

12. (12) Montreal Impact 12-15-4

Patrice Bernier (nine goals, eight assists) has to be right in the mix for Newcomer of the Year.

13. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10-12-8

Hosts Seattle on Saturday seeking its first MLS win against the rival Sounders (0-2-2).

14. (14) Philadelphia Union 8-14-6

Freddy Adu had the first two-goal game of his MLS career in Sunday’s win over Houston.

15. (15) Colorado Rapids 9-18-3

It’s been a tough year for Conor Casey coming back from injury. Will he bounce back in 2013?

16. (16) Portland Timbers FC 7-15-8

The only team without a road win at 0-11-4. Make that 2-20-10 when combined with 2011.

17. (18) New England Revolution 7-15-8

Scored a stoppage-time equalizer to stay unbeaten at home versus New York since 2002.

18. (17) Chivas USA 7-15-7

Could play spoiler in the West’s playoff chase with two games vs. Dallas and one vs. Vancouver.

19. (19) Toronto FC 5-18-7

Winless in a season-worst 10 straight. At least rookie Luis Silva has been a recent bright spot.

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Any thoughts? No. 7 too low for Seattle?

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