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April 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

My MLS power rankings — Week 9

Here are some other MLS power rankings from ESPN.com, Goal.com, MLSsoccer.com and Soccer By Ives.

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Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. FC Dallas (1) Bye week comes at a good time to get guys like Hedges, John and Jacobson healthy again
2. L.A. Galaxy (2) Earned a big road win at Real Salt Lake, even without a number of its star players
3. Houston (3) Time for an MLS Cup rematch versus Los Angeles, though Brad Davis is suspended
4. Montreal (5) 5-1-1 record gives the second-year franchise MLS’s best points-per-game average (2.29)
5. Portland (8) Unbeaten streak is up to a franchise-best six games, including three wins in last four
6. Sporting K.C. (4) Lost at home to the Timbers, though many are still talking about the new argyle uniform
7. Columbus (9) Lit up the scoreboard figuratively (with three goals) after it caught fire literally in pregame
8. N.Y. Red Bulls (11) DP Tim Cahill silenced some critics with a two-goal, Player of the Week performance
9. Real Salt Lake (6) Uh-oh. Leading scorer Alvaro Saborio is expected to miss a few weeks with a quad injury
10. Philadelphia (7) Saturday’s game vs. Seattle has been deemed Star Wars Day: May the Fourth be with you
11. Chivas USA (10) Win, lose or draw, coach El Chelis has certainly made the team interesting again
12. Vancouver (12) Young Kekuta Manneh, 18, was a bright spot even as the ‘Caps haven’t won since March 9
13. San Jose (13) Got a goal from ex-Sounder Cordell Cato, but the winless streak is now at five games
14. Colorado (16) Faces struggling TFC hoping to reverse the trend of an 0-6 record at BMO Field all-time
15. Chicago (14) Has Robbie Rogers’ rights, but it looks like a few teams would be interested if he returns
16. New England (19) Finally ended a five-game scoring drought (only goal since Week 1 had been an own goal)
17. Sounders FC (17) Need points? Will have its chance with an upcoming stretch of three games in eight days
18. Toronto FC (15) Signed a young DP, and new boss Tim Leiweke won’t be shy to make even bigger moves
19. D.C. United (18) It’s starting to come apart, having been outscored 11-3 in a five-game losing streak

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