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September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings, 9/3

Real Salt Lake is rising and the L.A. Galaxy tumbling in this week’s league power rankings.

Last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Seattle Sounders (1)
Table continues to speak for itself, but those are some nervous glances currently being thrown over shoulders.
2. L.A. Galaxy (5)
Now that’s how to use games in hand – L.A. has won four straight to pull within two points of Seattle in the West.
3. D.C. United (3)
A September league slate of Vancouver, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia means United isn’t likely to go away any time soon.
4. Real Salt Lake (4)
Potentially season-defending stretch (vs. Dallas, at Seattle) begins Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
5. F.C. Dallas (2)
Dallas has been yo-yoing with RSL for a month. Saturday’s showdown in the Rockies should put a stop to that for good.
6. Sporting Kansas City (6)
Only the width of the chasm below it prevents Sporting from another drop following another home loss.
7. Portland Timbers (11)
Still have serious doubts about ability to defend against top teams, but Portland’s attack was in top form against Vancouver on Sunday.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (9)
The East is so poor that a team that just dropped out of the Western Conference playoff spots still rises a place.
9. New England Revolution (13)
Say what you want about the Jermaine Jones business, the acquisition lifts New England above the rest of the pack.
10. Columbus Crew (8)
Hard to imagine a more deflating result than a loss against the team still in last place in the league.
11. Toronto F.C. (7)
Nothing says gearing up for a deep postseason run like firing your head coach and almost selling your star striker.
12. New York Red Bulls (10)
Three straight matches against fellow playoff contenders is not a stretch one wants to be limping into.
13. Philadelphia Union (12)
Giving Toronto’s turmoil and Philly’s slight push, Wednesday’s match could end up determining a postseason berth.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (15)
The ‘Quakes aren’t going to make the playoffs. But as RSL learned last weekend, they can still play spoiler with the best of them.
15. Colorado Rapids (14)
Saturday’s home match against Portland might be the last chance to pull out of this season-jeopardizing nosedive.
16. Chicago Fire (17)
I’m still not sure how in the world Chicago’s upset of Dallas happened, so it’s being written off as a fluke until the Fire prove differently.
17. Houston Dynamo (16)
Same with Houston’s 3-1 takedown of Kansas City. It was a weird week in MLS.
18. Montreal Impact (19)
Did the Columbus result say more about the winners or the losers?
19. Chivas USA (18)
Chivas is back in the basement sporting a goalless streak stretching back into July. At least some things never change.

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