Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings Rankings run each Wednesday during the regular season. Team (prev.) Comment 1 L. A. Galaxy (1) The first...

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Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Rankings run each Wednesday during the regular season.
Team (prev.) Comment
1 L.A. Galaxy (1) The first MLS team to clinch a playoff berth has the Supporters’ Shield in its sights.
2 Real Salt Lake (4) Three straight wins have coach Jason Kreis’ team soaring. They also have games in hand.
3 Sounders FC (2) Three own goals and three penalty-kick misses are each league worsts this season.
4 FC Dallas (3) Will need to recover from a poor five-game stretch (1-3-1) in two crucial home games.
5 Sporting K.C. (7) Haven’t played on the road since July 16 after a record nine-game homestand (5-2-2).
6 Columbus (5) Ten goals allowed in the last two games is shocking for a team that’s been led by defense.
7 Colorado (6) Facing Toronto’s league-worst D (51 goals allowed) should help after two scoreless games.
8 D.C. United (11) Charlie Davies has had some help and scored some PKs, but 11 goals is impressive.
9 Portland (9) Upcoming home games against New England, San Jose could determine postseason fate.
10 Philadelphia (10) Eight games winless drops the former East leaders down to third and the playoff bubble.
11 Houston (8) Misfiring offense is coming at the worst time. Back-to-back shutouts were a season first.
12 New England (15) Won for the first time in nearly two months, snapping a 7-game winless streak vs. Dallas.
13 N.Y. Red Bulls (13) Juan Agudelo is starting to heat up with four goals in nine games since national-team duty.
14 Chivas USA (12) Goal-less in its last 274 minutes but remains just three points out of the last playoff spot.
15 Toronto FC (16) Finally beat rival Columbus and finally won on the road with a 4-2 triumph in Crew Stadium.
16 San Jose (18) First win in 14 games sparked a championship-esque celebration, GK Jon Busch said.
17 Chicago (14) Hosts Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly Wednesday and then Chivas USA in MLS on Saturday.
18 Vancouver (17) Couldn’t hold on for its first road win despite being up a goal and a man in New York.
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