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October 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

My MLS power rankings — Week 34

Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. N.Y. Red Bulls (1) Tim Cahill scored the fastest MLS goal (8 seconds); Supporters’ Shield is just a win away
2. Portland (2) Earned its first playoff berth this season, in the driver’s seat for West’s No. 1 seed
3. Sporting K.C. (3) Jimmy Nielsen has three consecutive shutouts to increase his two-year total to 28
4. Real Salt Lake (4) Six straight years in postseason is the longest active streak in MLS (L.A, Seattle have 5)
5. L.A. Galaxy (5) Will they get a present from the Sounders for help in clinching playoff berth?
6. Colorado (6) DP forward Gabriel Torres has caught fire and could be an X-factor down the stretch
7. New England (9) Matt Reis after Game 250: “Days like today you’re reminded of exactly how old you are.”
8. Chicago (11) MVP award might just go to Mike Magee (20 goals) if he gets the Fire in the postseason
9. San Jose (10) Not officially out of the playoff race, but needs to score at least 13 goals in its last game
10. Sounders FC (7) Marcus Hahnemann joked all the winning got boring: “We had to create some drama.”
11. Houston (8) Sputtering with no goals in two games, but has the easiest final-week assignment: D.C.
12. Montreal (13) One of the world’s great defenders, Alessandro Nesta, will be retiring after the season
13. Philadelphia (12) Blowing a second-half lead to Impact might’ve killed any chance of making the playoffs
14. FC Dallas (16) Coach Schellas Hyndman will resign after this year but will stay involved as a consultant
15. Columbus (14) Dominic Oduro got goal 13 (career high), though more attention is on the coaching search
16. Vancouver (15) Showed some late improvement, but will it be enough for Martin Rennie to keep his job?
17. Toronto FC (17) Bettered last year’s record by three points; little consolation with 50-105-66 all-time mark
18. Chivas USA (18) Has allowed a league-worst 60 goals and unmercifully gets RSL/Portland to close the year
19. D.C. United (19) At 3-23-7, needs to beat Houston to avoid being the first in MLS not to reach four wins

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

We also have a contributor in Sounders legend Alan Hinton, who does TV/radio work for the team.

Hinton top 10 goes as such: 1. New York, 2. Portland, 3. Real Salt Lake, 4. Sporting KC, 5. Seattle, 6. Colorado, 7. Los Angeles, 8. Montreal, 9. New England, 10. Houston.

He also offered some prognostication for the final weekend:

NY beats Chicago, Portland wins at Chivas, RSL beats Chivas at home. SKC loses at Philly. Seattle beats LA with star players fit in front of 67,000 super Seattle fans?

Colorado wins at Vancouver which pushes LA down to 5th in West? So Seattle will finish 3rd unless a miracle happens and Chivas beat Portland and tie at RSL then Sounders win West?

Finishing 3rd not a bad place for Sounders? Very positive, but I expect a huge result Sun v LA?

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