Joshua Mayers’ power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (1) N.Y. Red Bulls Tim Cahill scored the fastest MLS goal (8 seconds); Supporters’ Shield is just a win away
2 (2) Portland Earned its first playoff berth this season, in the driver’s seat for West’s No. 1 seed
3 (3) Sporting K.C. Jimmy Nielsen has three consecutive shutouts to increase his two-year total to 28
4 (4) Real Salt Lake Six straight years in postseason is longest active streak in MLS (L.A, Seattle have 5)
5 (5) L.A. Galaxy Will they get a present from the Sounders for help in clinching playoff berth?
6 (6) Colorado DP forward Gabriel Torres has caught fire and could be an X-factor down the stretch
7 (9) New England Matt Reis after Game 250: “Days like today you’re reminded of exactly how old you are.”
8 (11) Chicago MVP award might just go to Mike Magee (20 goals) if he gets the Fire in the postseason
9 (10) San Jose Not officially out of the playoff race, but needs to score at least 13 goals in its last game
10 (7) Sounders FC GK Marcus Hahnemann joked all the winning got boring: “We had to create some drama.”
11 (8) Houston Sputtering with no goals in two games, but has the easiest final-week assignment: D.C.
12 (13) Montreal One of the world’s great defenders, Alessandro Nesta, will be retiring after the season
13 (12) Philadelphia Blowing a second-half lead to the Impact all but killed any chance of making the playoffs
14 (16) FC Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman will resign after this year but will stay involved as a consultant
15 (14) Columbus Dominic Oduro got goal 13 (career high), though more attention is on the coaching search
16 (15) Vancouver Showed some late improvement, but will it be enough for Martin Rennie to keep his job?
17 (17) Toronto FC Bettered last year’s record by three points; little consolation with 50-105-66 all-time mark
18 (18) Chivas USA Has allowed a league-worst 60 goals and unmercifully gets RSL/Portland to close the year
19 (19) D.C. United At 3-23-7, needs to beat Houston to avoid being the first in MLS not to reach four wins