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October 17, 2012 at 2:17 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 32

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpgNOTE: There were no MLS games since last week, so the rankings are the same — just with fun new comments.

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1. San Jose Earthquakes 19-6-7

Wondolowski will be the only player in history to lead MLS in goal-scoring three straight years.

2. Sporting Kansas City 17-7-8

GK Jimmy Nielsen has a league-high 14 shutouts and can tie the league record with two more.

3. Real Salt Lake 17-11-4

Showed tremendous sportsmanship in agreeing to fly Eddie Johnson to Seattle after USMNT duty.

4. Seattle Sounders FC 14-7-10

Still seeking its first win against the best in the West, having gone 0-4-1 vs. San Jose, RSL.

5. Chicago Fire 17-10-5

Team Twitter feed has become much more popular thanks to a new NBC show by the same name.

6. New York Red Bulls 15-9-8

Should be focusing on the playoffs. Instead, many questions are on the future of coach Hans Backe.

7. Los Angeles Galaxy 15-12-5

Robbie Keane is red hot just in time for postseason with 11 goals in his last 14 games.

8. D.C. United 16-10-6

A win or tie Saturday vs. Columbus would end a team-worst playoff drought of four years.

9. Houston Dynamo 13-8-11

Could become just the fourth team in league history to go unbeaten at home in a season.

10. Columbus Crew 14-11-7

Eddie Gaven has tied a career high with eight goals. He also did that in 2005 at age 19.

11. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11-12-9

Yet to beat rival Portland in four meetings, but a win Sunday would clinch a playoff berth.

12. FC Dallas 9-12-11

Having to make up four points to the Whitecaps in two games leaves almost no room for error.

13. Montreal Impact 12-15-5

Could earn the third-best record in league history for an expansion team with one more win.

14. Philadelphia Union 10-15-6

There might not be an MLS player featuring on a better nat’l team than Carlos Valdez with Colombia.

15. Colorado Rapids 9-19-4

MLS teams don’t get Sept. call-ups like in baseball, but young players have been featuring more.

16. Portland Timbers FC 7-16-9

Whiffed on its last two chances to clinch the Cascadia Cup, but has one more swing Sunday.

17. New England Revolution 7-17-8

Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe has put in a fine rookie season with 20 starts, three goals, four assists.

18. Chivas USA 7-17-8

A scoreless streak mercifully ended last game after 601 min., the second worst in MLS history.

19. Toronto FC 5-20-7

Will the winless streak run into 2013? It’s currently at 12 games, one short of a team record.


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