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October 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

My MLS power rankings — Week 33

Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. N.Y. Red Bulls (1) In control of the Supporters’ Shield’s destiny, a designation earned from Seattle’s collapse
2. Portland (5) Jumped to No. 1 in West, but now has to prove it again in a tough test at home vs. RSL
3. Sporting K.C. (2) Scoreless tie against the Dynamo wasn’t pretty, but it was enough to clinch a playoff berth
4. Real Salt Lake (4) Time for Round 4 vs. the Timbers; they’ve combined for 15 goals in the previous three
5. L.A. Galaxy (7) Countdown is on for Goal 135 from Landon Donovan, which would set an MLS record
6. Colorado (6) Scheduling quirk has the Rapids playing home/away vs. Vancouver the next two weeks
7. Sounders FC (3) Has injury Q’s with three stars: Dempsey (shoulder), Johnson (groin), Martins (groin)
8. Houston (8) Defense has found new life with back-to-back shutouts for the first time since May 5-8
9. New England (9) Thoughts around the league are with Saer Sene, who suffered an awful ankle/leg injury
10. San Jose (11) Ramiro Corrales, the last to have played in MLS in 1996, will retire after this season
11. Chicago (13) Mike Magee took a share of scoring lead when a teammate’s shot bounced off him and in
12. Philadelphia (12) Jack McInerney is back; his goal against DCU ended a nightmarish 133-day drought
13. Montreal (10) Offense is MIA having been shut out in two consecutive games and three of the last four
14. Columbus (14) Another scheduling quirk has the Crew playing the Revs home/away the next two weeks
15. Vancouver (15) Whitecaps had no Cascadia Cup wins in 2011-12, turned it around to claim trophy in ’13
16. FC Dallas (16) On 2-9-8 run and fell out of the playoff race; could be perfect hosts for Seattle on Saturday
17. Toronto FC (17) A suspension to starter Joe Bendik might give GK Stefan Frei his first action since 2011
18. Chivas USA (18) Might the Goats affect playoff seeding with its final two games against RSL, Portland?
19. D.C. United (19) Could become the fifth team in MLS history to go a season winless on the road (0-13-3)

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Here are some other MLS power rankings leaguewide from,, Soccer America and

And here are some thoughts from Sounders legend Alan Hinton, who is an analyst for the team:

— “I expect Portland, who are on a roll with the best goalkeeper in MLS (Donovan Ricketts), to win their last two games and win the West. Maybe the Supporters’ Shield?”

— “Sounders will win their last two games hopefully with a full squad for the first time this season. L.A. game will be huge?”

— “I expect Houston will beat New York this week.”

— “My top 10 is 1. Portland, 2. Seattle, 3. New York, 4. SKC, 5. LA, 6. Houston, 7. RSL, 8. Colorado, 9. Montreal, 10. Chicago.”

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