San Jose jumps five spots to take the lead in this week's rankings.

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Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Rankings will run Wednesdays during the regular season
Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. San Jose (5) Team motto, “Goonies never say die,” is inspired by several thrilling goals late in games.
2. N.Y. Red Bulls (4) Brandon Barklage stole the show Sunday by scoring twice against his former team, D.C.
3. D.C. United (2) Dwayne De Rosario needs two goals to become the seventh in MLS history to reach 100.
4. Real Salt Lake (1) Loss to L.A. was the franchise’s first after taking a two-goal lead. Then lost again to S.J.
5. Sporting K.C. (3) GK Jimmy Nielsen has six shutouts. Could he threaten the league record of 16 in a season?
6. Chicago (11) The week’s big riser is reportedly interested in signing Ukrainian legend Andriy Shevchenko.
7. Vancouver (6) Best team in the league (26 points) with a negative goal differential (minus-one).
8. Columbus (7) Hosts RSL on Saturday having beat Jason Kreis’ team in their last five games at Crew Stadium.
9. Sounders FC (8) A perfect 7-0 when scoring first. Too bad that hasn’t happened since May 9, eight games ago.
10. Houston (9) Will Bruin has 43 percent of his team’s goals (nine of 21), the highest of any MLS player.
11. L.A. Galaxy (14) Three-straight wins launched the reigning champs back into a playoff position in the West.
12. Montreal (12) Expansion side has scored eight goals in its first two games at the new Saputo Stadium.
13. Colorado (10) GK Matt Pickens leads the league with 63 saves and twice has had to make eight in a game.
14. Chivas USA (15) With 11 goals, the entire team has been outscored by S.J. forward Chris Wondolowski (13).
15. New England (13) An impressive 4-1-2 at home and could make up ground with three straight at Gillette Stadium.
16. Portland (16) Beating Seattle might’ve been the franchise’s biggest win, but only if it ignites a hot streak.
17. Philadelphia (19) Things are looking up after a 4-0 win and signing a former MLS Defender of the Year finalist.
18. FC Dallas (17) MLS winless streak reaches 11. Good news is David Ferreira could be nearing his return.
19. Toronto FC (18) It’s getting hard to watch after blowing a two-goal halftime lead in both games last week.
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