San Jose still on top of MLS power rankings.

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Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Team (LW) Comment
1. San Jose (1) The regular season could hardly have gone better, but will that magic continue into the playoffs?
2. Sporting K.C. (2) One of the most popular picks to win MLS Cup, in part by avoiding the gantlet in the West.
3. Real Salt Lake (3) Needs a goal at CenturyLink Field on Friday to avoid going an entire month without scoring.
4. D.C. United (5) Unbeaten in seven, and could get reigning MVP Dwayne De Rosario back late in the playoffs.
5. Sounders FC (4) Coach Sigi Schmid played down motivations of revenge vs. RSL: “Advancing will give us payback.”
6. N.Y. Red Bulls (7) The team said Hurricane Sandy caused only “minor, nonstructural damage” to Red Bull Arena.
7. L.A. Galaxy (8) David Beckham and Landon Donovan are healthy just in time to begin MLS Cup defense.
8. Chicago (6) Playoffs open Wednesday at Toyota Park, and Fire is MLS-best 17-2-3 at home in postseason.
9. Houston (9) Was able to rest its starters for a midweek playoff game due to a meaningless season finale.
10. Columbus (10) Federico Higuain scored two goals last week while his brother at Real Madrid did, too.
11. Vancouver (11) Drew attention recently by benching designated player Barry Robson before the playoffs.
12. FC Dallas (13) Will be a top contender for a bounce-back year in 2013 if everyone can stay healthy.
13. Montreal (12) Finishes what was otherwise a decent expansion season on a six-game winless streak.
14. Colorado (15) Had enough wins to be a playoff contender (11), but also had the most losses in the West (19).
15. Portland (14) Season-ticket renewals are at 96 percent, according to owner Merritt Paulson on Twitter.
16. New England (17) Wasn’t the same after a season-ending knee surgery to Saer Sene, who had 11 goals in 23 starts.
17. Philadelphia (16) Reports say the Freddy Adu era could be over, though it won’t be easy to get rid of his big contract.
18. Chivas USA (18) In the mix at the season’s midway point at 5-7-5, but flailed aimlessly in the second half.
19. Toronto FC (19) Will reward its fans after another dreadful season by reverting back to Year 1 ticket prices.
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