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May 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Week 11 in MLS: Power rankings and other thoughts from Alan Hinton

In a weekly feature that we’ll continue throughout the year, local legend Alan Hinton, who coached the old NASL Sounders and did broadcast work for many season for the MLS team, has offered to provide his thoughts on the action leaguewide.

Here was Hinton’s Week 10 post. Posted below is his latest offering, including power rankings:

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The talking point around Seattle and MLS, and probably the whole world of soccer, has been Obafemi Martins’ fantastic game-winning goal vs. San Jose. Such a delicate, soft touch under pressure from the San Jose defender, and from a very tight angle Oba somehow gently clipped the ball, which looped over goalkeeper Jon Busch and dropped slowly inside the far post. Goal of the week, month and season, for me.

New England takes the second spot this week and could be for real having scored 10 goals in the last two games. Real Salt Lake continue its unbeaten run and deserves the No. 1 position. Look for RSL at Seattle on May 31 — a must-see game.

Vancouver will be looking to keep a good run of winning form when they host Sounders this Saturday. The Sounders must closely watch young, 19-year-old Gambian winger Kekuta Manneh, who scored a hat trick when the two teams last played each other in Seattle.

New York is hosting Portland on Saturday. It is strange to see these two teams struggling.

Alan Hinton’s MLS power rankings

1. Real Salt Lake
2. New England
3. Seattle Sounders
4. Vancouver Whitecaps
5. Sporting Kansas City
6. D.C. United
7. Toronto FC
8. Houston Dynamo
9. FC Dallas
10. Colorado Rapids
11. Chicago Fire
12. New York Red Bulls
13. Los Angeles Galaxy
14. Columbus Crew
15. San Jose Earthquakes
16. Portland Timbers
17. Philadelphia Union
18. Chivas USA
19. Montreal Impact

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