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October 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

My MLS power rankings — Week 31

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpg1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 19-6-7

Already clinched a 2013-14 CCL berth and could lock up the Supporters’ Shield next.

2. (2) Sporting Kansas City 17-7-8

Will miss Roger Espinoza for 2-4 weeks as the midfielder recovers from an ankle sprain.

3. (5) Real Salt Lake 17-11-4

Road win in L.A. has the team closing on a coveted top-three seed in the Western Conf. playoffs.

4. (7) Seattle Sounders FC 14-7-10

Defense produced shutouts in consecutive weeks versus rivals Vancouver and Portland.

5. (3) Chicago Fire 17-10-5

Became the second team in the East to lock up a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win in New York.

6. (4) New York Red Bulls 15-9-8

Can they overcome the stunning midseason removal of GM Erik Soler and make the playoffs?

7. (6) Los Angeles Galaxy 15-12-5

A knee injury to Landon Donovan will keep him out of World Cup qualifiers this month.

8. (9) D.C. United 16-10-6

No team has been better than Ben Olsen’s in the past five games, with four wins and a tie.

9. (8) Houston Dynamo 13-8-11

Second-year forward Will Bruin is up to 12 goals, tied for 10th-best in MLS.

10. (11) Columbus Crew 14-11-7

GK Andy Gruenebaum, a former supplemental draft pick, leads the league with 117 saves.

11. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11-12-9

Can clinch the final playoff spot in the West with a win next weekend or a Dallas loss.

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

Blew a lead to lowly Chivas USA, which was a devastating blow to its postseason hopes.

13. (12) Montreal Impact 12-15-5

Ex-Sounder Sanna Nyassi scored his sixth goal, a new career high, in a 1-1 tie vs. Houston.

14. (16) Philadelphia Union 10-15-6

Three wins in four games has the team .500 since a midseason coaching change (8-8-4).

15. (14) Colorado Rapids 9-19-4

Eight goals from Omar Cummings and Conor Casey in 44 combined games isn’t nearly enough.

16. (15) Portland Timbers FC 7-16-9

Will get one last chance to clinch the Cascadia Cup, but needs a win in Vancouver on Oct. 21.

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

There are rumblings of potential moving games to a new venue. Would that provide a spark?

18. (18) Chivas USA 7-17-8

22 goals are 10 fewer than the next worst team (Portland), five fewer than SJ’s Wondolowski.

19. (19) Toronto FC 5-20-7

Hasn’t won a game since July 18. It’s just about time to start scouting for that No. 1 draft pick.

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