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June 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Week 14 in MLS: Alan Hinton’s power rankings, plus some World Cup thoughts

In a weekly feature, 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. This week is special as he included some notes on the World Cup.

Here was Hinton’s Week 13 post. Posted below is his latest offering, including power rankings:

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Greetings from beautiful Mykonos!

The Sounders, with 10 wins  from 15 games, deserve a seven-point lead in MLS. It has been entertaining play with loads of goals. Good to see Lamar Neagle, a talented Federal Way kid with two excellent feet, scoring the game-winning goal at Chicago.

I am impressed with Brad Evans, who must be devastated by being released from U.S. World Cup squad, playing so well and showing great leadership and character for the Sounders. Sigi Schmid always thrives on tough choices.

It will be interesting to see the Sounders’ starting lineup when Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin return. My prediction: Seattle will break its team scoring record of 56 goals in 2011. I say 60-plus?

In the World Cup, I’ll select Argentina as Messi needs to win a WC to challenge Pele as the greatest player ever. Good luck to U.S. and England; both need to get out of their groups.  I will be in Rome for England versus Italy on Saturday. Wish me luck!

Alan Hinton’s MLS power rankings

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

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