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