|Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings|
|Last week’s rankings in parentheses|
|1 (3)||Sporting KC||Benefited from some curiously long stoppage time at RSL, but that’s four wins in five.|
|2 (2)||Portland||Has earned 14 points on road (2-1-8) after earning just 19 in 2011-12 combined (3-21-10).|
|3 (1)||Real Salt Lake||
Suffered first loss since May 11, and coach Jason Kreis put blame on the ref .
|4 (6)||LA Galaxy||
Youth shined against the Whitecaps with goals by homegrown products Villareal, Zardes.
Made a big move Tuesday with DP signing of Argentine midfielder Hernan Bernardello.
|6 (4)||Vancouver||Will Golden Boot leader Camilo (13 goals) outscore lowly D.C. United (nine) this year?|
|7 (7)||New York||Two of its top scorers (Olave, Espindola) came via this weekend’s opponent: Salt Lake.|
|8 (8)||FC Dallas||
Gets a bye to figure out how to end MLS’s longest active scoreless streak: 360 minutes.
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Boasts two of the league’s top assist men: Sebastien Le Toux (9), Sheanon Williams (7).
Could match its season-best six-game unbeaten streak Saturday against Los Angeles.
|11 (10)||Houston||Twenty-two goals scored are by far the fewest of any team in playoff position.|
|12 (12)||New England||Kevin Alston back from leukemia treatment is one of the inspirational stories of the year.|
|13 (13)||Sounders FC||
Hosts last-place Chivas USA on Sunday having not lost to the Goats since 2009: 7-0-4.
|14 (16)||Chicago||We finally had a Joel Lindpere sighting as he scored and had two assists in win over D.C.|
|15 (14)||San Jose||Won its last game without star forward Chris Wondolowski; can the Quakes do it again?|
Six penalty-kick attempts are twice as many as any other team in the Eastern Conference.
|17 (18)||Chivas USA||Win over the weekend has been overshadowed by HBO feature on alleged discrimination.|
|18 (17)||Toronto FC||Believe it or not, It has been more than a year since the team’s last home victory.|
|19 (19)||DC United||
Amid the struggles, Ben Olsen has become the longest-serving coach in franchise history.
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