MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

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The New York Red Bulls are suddenly the hottest team in the league, and they're working their way up the rankings. As for the LA Galaxy, it's a new low in two-plus years of Power Rankings on MLSsoccer.com. Agree or disagree with us? Let us know in the comments below.

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Garth Lagerwey says it takes one to three years for new players to get used to the RSL system. That may explain some of their more rugged outings this season, ones that have featured youngsters in nearly every spot. Presumably, they'll have used the bye week well.

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What do you call a team that keeps beating inferior opponents by a single goal? Winners. Whatever else happens this season, New York will know that they can go back to playing lock-down soccer if they need to. That's invaluable.

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Winless in three, banged up in midfield and defense and now missing Chris Wondolowski for the next two. The Quakes are sliding a bit — the goals just aren't coming — but they've looked dominant out there, and it seems like it's only a matter of time until they rediscover their April form.

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A pair of emphatic, two-goal wins. And guess who's back in the MVP race — nearly at the top, as a matter of fact? There is so, so much to like about this D.C. side, but mostly it's that they look like they love playing attacking, attractive soccer together.

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In four games against the Power Rankings' top 6 teams, the Sounders are 0-2-2 with two goals scored and four conceded. In all other games, they're 7-0-0 with 13 scored and two conceded. It's a trend that has to change if they are to finish among the elite teams this year.

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They'll be kicking themselves for squandering a late lead in a rivalry game, but bounced back well after a difficult, disappointing week. Question now is what will happen if they fail against Toronto on Wednesday in the ACC final second leg?

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A month ago, Sporting looked like a team that would never squander a lead all season, which made it shocking that they'd squander a two-goal cushion in Colorado. It's a growing concern, no question. They need to start finding answers instead of digging up more questions.

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The Power Rankings politburo expected Houston to flick a switch as soon as their home slate started, but it's been a sputtering start to the BBVA Compass Stadium era at best. They'll be without Geoff Cameron for their next two games as well, which is a major worry.

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Dan Gargan's words about JELD-WEN Field were the most memorable part of Chicago's trip to the Pacific Northwest. The Fire are still a team without a clear identity out there, and don't have enough ways to beat a side that drops off and refuses to give Dominic Oduro running lanes.

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Could be a season-altering fightback we all saw against Sporting. The Rapids would have wanted the full three points, of course, but coming back into a game after doing everything they could to lose it in the first 30 minutes is the type of thing around which teams can rally.

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Do we believe their defense is still a year away? Definitely. Do we wonder if Saer Sene can keep up this scoring pace? Absolutely. Nonetheless, is this the most entertaining Revs side since the glory days of the mid-oughts? Unequivocally.

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Hey, Impact fans: Booing your captain, the guy who scored the first goal in franchise history, the guy who's leading a side that's in the playoff mix as an expansion team, is not a good look. Davy Arnaud and the rest of this team deserved better, no matter how disappointing the loss was.

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The Power Rankings politburo are not huge fans of midseason shake-ups, but when nothing's working you've got to roll the dice. That's what Robin Fraser's done, and it came up aces against the Galaxy on the weekend. Four points from two rivalry games is a very nice haul.

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Nobody's dealt with more injuries early on than this Columbus side. And while it's led to some painful lessons, they're just one point out of the final playoff spot with a game in hand — and they have the bonus of having discovered that guys like Justin Meram and Josh Williams are definite contributors.

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Winless in their last five, winless away, a squandered home lead against punchless Philly, and a sports psychologist on the way. This is probably not how Schellas Hyndman had 2012 mapped out in the preseason.

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Climbing off the bottom of the Western Conference standings was a good start, but we're not really going to believe in this team until Kris Boyd starts scoring. He's had plenty of chances, but has managed only to be one of the league's most profligate strikers.

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The bottom's dropped out. Looking at this current roster, one person who looks like he could fix LA's woes is Edson Buddle. If he starts scoring, they'll have a shot at the playoffs. If not, then 2012 could turn into a lost season in Galaxy-land.

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They traded another captain, got still younger and lost two key contributors (Gabriel Gómez and Carlos Valdés) to injury. In light of all that, we're not sure that a point on the road is enough to move the Sons of Ben back from the ledge.

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Somewhere in Ontario, there is a very lonely fan putting together a very lengthy YouTube video of Ryan Johnson's missed chances this year. The good news: They have a Cup to play for on Wednesday, and their best chance yet at points in league play on the weekend.