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Joshua Mayers’ power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (2) Real Salt Lake Holds off charging Seattle for the top spot due to a pair of convincing wins head-to-head.
2 (3) Sounders No better chance to stake its claim as best in MLS than by beating RSL at home Friday.
3 (1) LA Galaxy Another team hit hard by USMNT call-ups with Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez.
4 (4) Montreal Marco Di Vaio named Player of the Week again after his league-leading 16th, 17th goals.
5 (5) NY Red Bulls Three of its next four are home, but the other is a long Sept. 29 trip to CenturyLink Field.
6 (6) Sporting KC Dom Dwyer scored 22 goals on loan with third-tier Orlando City; can it translate to MLS?
7 (7) Portland Will Johnson scored in his first game back from shoulder injury, a 4-0 win vs. Toronto.
8 (8) Colorado Edson Buddle was the hero against his former team, netting a crucial winner against LA.
9 (14) FC Dallas Jair Benitez scored one of the goals of the year, a perfect chip from just inside midfield.
10 (9) New England Diego Fagundez might not shoot his age, but 10 goals for an 18-year-old is pretty amazing.
11 (13) San Jose Unbeaten in its past 13 games at home, best this year in MLS, including six wins in a row.
12 (10) Philadelphia Has been outscored 6-1 in its past four games, but has somehow managed two points.
13 (11) Chicago Trade with L.A. for Mike Magee has been lopsided: Magee (9G, 3A), Robbie Rogers (1A).
14 (12) Houston Has gone 0-3-1 since big win against Seattle, having been outscored a ridiculous 12-2.
15 (15) Vancouver Picked the wrong time for a four-game winless streak; playoff hopes are dwindling.
16 (16) Columbus Put on a party for USA-Mexico in World Cup qualifying, but it hasn’t been as fun in MLS.
17 (17) Chivas USA Would be first in the West eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or tie this week.
18 (18) Toronto FC Raised eyebrows by trading Maximiliano Urruti to Portland just 24 days after signing him.
19 (19) DC United Crazy to think the team still has a chance at a major trophy in the Open Cup final Oct. 1.
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