Times reporter Joshua Mayers' rankings run Wednesdays during the regular season.

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Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Rankings will run Wednesdays during the regular season
Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. San Jose (1) Only 13 MLS players have 10+ goals. The ‘Quakes have three (Wondolowski, Lenhart, Gordon).
2. Sporting K.C. (3) Graham Zusi has become an A-list star in MLS. Can he also do it for the national team?
3. Chicago (2) Team has made an impassioned push for defender Austin Berry to be Rookie of the Year.
4. N.Y. Red Bulls (5) A sublime performance vs. Toronto has put Thierry Henry (14G, 12A) in the MVP conversation.
5. Real Salt Lake (6) Alvaro Saborio netted his second hat trick since July in a 4-0 romp over Chivas USA.
6. L.A. Galaxy (4) The loss of A.J. DeLaGarza (knee) until the playoffs will hurt in the West’s race for seeding.
7. Sounders FC (7) Won’t be sad to see Sept. go after a 1-1-3 record fell short of traditional late-season success.
8. Houston (9) Surprise! BBVA Compass Stadium will host the Mexico-Guyana World Cup qualifier on Oct. 12.
9. D.C. United (8) Has gone an impressive 3-0-1 since losing Dwayne De Rosario for the year with a knee injury.
10. FC Dallas (10) Would’ve jumped into a playoff position in the West had it not allowed a late equalizer to San Jose.
11. Columbus (11) Helped out greatly in the race for a playoff spot when an offside goal was wrongfully allowed.
12. Montreal (12) Midfielders Felipe Martins (70) and Davy Arnaud (69) lead the league in fouls suffered.
13. Vancouver (13) Should they miss out on the playoffs, Camilo’s last-second miss vs. Seattle won’t be forgotten.
14. Colorado (15) If Drew Moor stays on pace, he’ll have played every minutes of two of the past three seasons.
15. Portland (16) Owner was fined $25,000 after confronting refs on the field and also ranting on Twitter.
16. Philadelphia (14) Offense is dead last in the league in shots (331), shots on goal (101) and assists (18).
17. New England (17) 2012 will be the season of “What if?” with a league-worst 2-14 record in one-goal games.
18. Chivas USA (18) What was worse in September? Six losses? Just one goal scored? 14 goals allowed?
19. Toronto FC (19) Bookends to the year have been dreadful — nine straight losses to start, 11 games winless now.
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