Joshua Mayers’ power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (1) N.Y. Red Bulls The Supporters’ Shield is theirs, trophy drought is over. Can they handle the favorite role?
2 (2) Portland Boasts candidates for top coach (Porter), newcomer (Valeri), goalkeeper (Ricketts).
3 (3) Sporting K.C. Allowed 57 goals the past two years combined; D.C./Chivas each allowed more this year.
4 (4) Real Salt Lake Unheralded into postseason, as usual, but claims top offense in Western Conference.
5 (5) L.A. Galaxy Robbie Keane (16 G, 11 A) will probably get my MVP vote; team is 12-4-7 when he plays.
6 (7) New England Young guns, Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe, could make them a playoff dark-horse.
7 (9) San Jose Chris Wondolowski scored 11 goals, after 27 last year, but was playing on a broken foot.
8 (6) Colorado Blasting the Sounders, 5-1, in their last meeting should provide confidence Wednesday.
9 (11) Houston Unbeatable in the first year at BBVA Compass Stadium (11-0-6), not the second (9-4-4).
10 (8) Chicago Mike Magee had a special year, but he’ll lose MVP votes after not making the playoffs.
11 (10) Sounders FC The league would love a Seattle-Portland playoff series, but they have to get there first.
12 (16) Vancouver Camilo provided last-game drama with a brilliant hat trick to claim the Golden Boot.
13 (12) Montreal Lucky to even be in playoffs after a 1-6-1 run to end year, capped by a loss to lowly TFC.
14 (13) Philadelphia Ex-Sounder Sebastien Le Toux finished with 12 assists, second-best in MLS this season.
15 (14) FC Dallas Missed the playoffs again, but did have one of the league’s biggest bumps in attendance.
16 (15) Columbus Three straight L’s probably didn’t help interim coach Brian Bliss’ hope of keeping the job.
17 (17) Toronto FC Always linked to DP signings; it’s time to make it happen and earn that first playoff berth.
18 (18) Chivas USA Allowed 67 goals, nearly two a game on average, and suffered 13 multigoal losses. Ouch.
19 (19) D.C. United Ended miserable year 3-24-7 with just 22 goals, about as bad as we’ve ever seen in MLS.