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October 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Matt Pentz’ MLS power rankings, 10/22

The playoff picture comes into clear view in this version of the weekly MLS power rankings.

Last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Seattle Sounders (2)
Still ahead in the standings, back ahead in the rankings.
2. L.A. Galaxy (1)
Can regain top spot with win at CenturyLink Saturday.
3. D.C. United (4)
Leaving no doubt in the Eastern Conference.
4. F.C. Dallas (3)
Controls its own destiny for third-place finish.
5. New England Revolution (6)
Locked up second seed in the East.
6. Real Salt Lake (5)
FCD made it pay for negative tactics in Portland.
7. Vancouver Whitecaps (7)
Only Colorado between it and the playoffs.
8. Columbus Crew (8)
Not fazed by high stakes in win at New York.
9. Sporting Kansas City (9)
Could still drop into the play-in game.
10. Portland Timbers (11)
Did everything but score against RSL.
11. New York Red Bulls (10)
Henry might go out with a whimper.
12. Philadelphia Union (14)
Defeat of SKC provides solace for poor finish.
13. Houston Dynamo (13)
At least it’s still showing heart …
14. Toronto F.C. (12)
… which is more than this outfit can say.
15. Chicago Fire (16)
Chicago-Houston not exactly must-see viewing Friday night.
16. San Jose Earthquakes (15)
That Buck Shaw Stadium finale was ugly.
17. Chivas USA (17)
The final week in Chivas history?
18. Montreal Impact (18)
Put final nail in rival Toronto’s coffin.
19. Colorado Rapids (19)
One last chance to play spoiler.

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