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October 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

My MLS power rankings — final edition

San Jose Earthquakes Logo.jpgNote: It’s been another fun season of rankings. The real fun starts, though, when you look back and compare them to my preseason edition — check them out here. I had a couple close ones and some awful misses.

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1. (1) San Jose 19-6-9 (Preseason: 11. Oops! Who saw it coming?)

The regular season could hardly have gone better, but will that magic continue into the playoffs?

2. (2) Sporting K.C. 18-7-9 (Preseason: 4. Had them tops in the East. Not bad.)

One of the most popular picks to win MLS Cup, in part by avoiding the gantlet in the West.

3. (3) Real Salt Lake 17-11-6 (Preseason: 3. Nailed it.)

Needs a goal at CenturyLink Field on Friday to avoid going an entire month without scoring.

4. (5) D.C. United 17-10-7 (Preseason: 8. At least I had ’em in the playoffs.)

Unbeaten in seven, and could get reigning MVP Dwayne De Rosario back late in the playoffs.

5. (4) Sounders FC 15-8-11 (Preseason: 2. They are second best in goal differential.)

Coach Sigi Schmid played down motivations of revenge vs. RSL: “Advancing will give us payback.”

6. (7) N.Y. Red Bulls 16-9-9 (Preseason: 7. I won’t get another one close for a while.)

The team said Hurricane Sandy caused only “minor, nonstructural damage” to Red Bull Arena.

7. (8) Los Angeles Galaxy (Preseason: 1. Starting to look like a champ again.)

David Beckham and Landon Donovan are healthy just in time to begin MLS Cup defense.

8. (6) Chicago Fire 17-11-6 (Preseason: 13. Kudos to coach Frank Klopas.)

Playoffs open Wednesday at Toyota Park, and Fire is MLS-best 17-2-3 at home in postseason.

9. (9) Houston Dynamo 14-9-11 (Preseason: 6. Maybe a playoff dark horse?)

Was able to rest its starters for a midweek playoff game due to a meaningless season finale.

10. (10) Columbus Crew 15-12-7 (Preseason: 14. Midseason additions were huge.)

Federico Higuain scored two goals last week while his brother at Real Madrid did, too.

11. (11) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11-13-10 (Preseason: 16. Looking that way now.)

Drew attention recently by benching designated player Barry Robson before the playoffs.

12. (13) FC Dallas 9-13-12 (Preseason: 5. Decimated by injuries.)

Will be a top contender for a bounce-back year in 2013 if everyone can stay healthy.

13. (12) Montreal Impact 12-16-6 (Preseason: 19. Not bad for Year 1.)

Finishes what was otherwise a decent expansion season on a six-game winless streak.

14. (15) Colorado Rapids (Preseason: 15. Hey, got close again.)

Had enough wins to be a playoff contender (11), but also had the most losses in the West (19).

15. (14) Portland Timbers FC 8-16-10 (Preseason: 10. Disappointing. No doubt.)

Season-ticket renewals are at 96 percent, according to owner Merritt Paulson on Twitter.

16. (17) New England Revolution 9-17-8 (Preseason: 18. Saw it coming.)

Wasn’t the same after a season-ending knee surgery to Saer Sene, who had 11 goals in 23 starts.

17. (16) Philadelphia Union 10-18-6 (Preseason: 12. Should have seen it coming.)

Reports say the Freddy Adu era could be over, though it won’t be easy to get rid of his big contract.

18. (18) Chivas USA 7-18-9 (Preseason: 17. Saw it coming, too.)

In the mix at the season’s midway point at 5-7-5, but flailed aimlessly in the second half.

19. (19) Toronto FC 5-21-8 (Preseason: 9. Worst miss of all. Yikes.)

Will reward its fans after another dreadful season by reverting back to Year 1 ticket prices.

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Any thoughts on the final rankings? Or how they compare to my preseason edition?

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