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October 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

My MLS power rankings — final edition

Not everyone did power rankings this week since the regular season is over, but here are some from, and Soccer America.

What is always fun is looking at one’s preseason rankings (yikes!). Colorado, New England and Portland were my top overachievers… San Jose, Seattle and D.C. United were on the other end.

And here are thoughts from Sounders legend Alan Hinton, who does broadcast work for the team:

My top 10 would be 1. New York , 2. Portland, 3. SKC, 4. RSL, 5. LA, 6. Seattle, 7. NE, 8. Colorado, 9. Houston and 10. Montreal. Sounders will beat Colorado and then beat Portland over 2 games. Seattle goalscorers need to get hot? Did not score enough goals in regular season. Seattle home record could be an advantage. LA will be going for a three peat?

Here we go:

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Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. N.Y. Red Bulls (1) Supporters’ Shield is theirs, ending the trophy drought. Can they handle the favorite role?
2. Portland (2) Boasts candidates for top coach (Porter), newcomer (Valeri) and goalkeeper (Ricketts).
3. Sporting K.C. (3) Allowed 57 goals the past two years combined; D.C./Chivas each allowed more this year.
4. Real Salt Lake (4) Unheralded into postseason, as usual, but claims the top offense in Western Conference.
5. L.A. Galaxy (5) Robbie Keane (16 G, 11 A) will probably get my MVP vote; team is 12-4-7 when he plays.
6. New England (7) Young guns Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe could make them a playoff dark-horse.
7. San Jose (9) Chris Wondolowski scored 11 goals, after 27 last year, but was playing on a broken foot.
8. Colorado (6) Blasting the Sounders, 5-1, in their last meeting should provide confidence Wednesday.
9. Houston (11) Unbeatable in the first year at BBVA Compass Stadium (11-0-6), not the second (9-4-4).
10. Chicago (8) Mike Magee had a special year, but he’ll lose MVP votes after not making the playoffs.
11. Sounders FC (10) The league would love a Seattle-Portland playoff series but they have to get there first.
12. Vancouver (16) Camilo provided last-game drama with a brilliant hat trick to claim the Golden Boot.
13. Montreal (12) Lucky to even be in playoffs after a 1-6-1 run to end year, capped by a loss to lowly TFC.
14. Philadelphia (13) Ex-Sounder Sebastien Le Toux finished with 12 assists, second-best in MLS this season.
15. FC Dallas (14) Missed the playoffs again, but did have one of the league’s biggest bumps in attendance.
16. Columbus (15) Three straight L’s probably didn’t help interim coach Brian Bliss’ hope of keeping the job.
17. Toronto FC (17) Always linked to DP signings; it’s time to make it happen and earn that first playoff berth.
18. Chivas USA (18) Allowed 67 goals, nearly two a game on average, and suffered 13 multigoal losses. Ouch.
19. D.C. United (19) Ended miserable year 3-24-7 with just 22 goals, about as bad as we’ve ever seen in MLS.

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