MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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Don't look now, but there's a new threat in the Eastern Conference burning up the Power Rankings. The Chicago Fire are on a hot streak (OK, enough puns), and we can't help but feel the heat (seriously, done). Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Three games in June, three different lineups, three one-goal wins. Also, three game-winning goals from Chris Wondolowski. That guy's good.

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D.C. were feelin' it against Montreal, mixing and matching throughout the midfield and getting vertical in the attack whenever a seam opened. This team just seems to be getting better and better, and their confidence is soaring.

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The Red Bulls have made themselves into one of the league's toughest outs, and with a schedule that features 10 of the last 16 at home (where they're undefeated), look poised to make their first-ever serious run at a Supporters' Shield.

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So much for RSL being the team to beat. Two weeks ago, they were clearly in pole position, holding a game in hand, a league-best goal differential and four of five at home. Now they've dropped three straight and looked listless doing so. What happened?

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We still don't know what's going on with Sebastián Grazzini, but it might be immaterial with Chris Rolfe, Marco Pappa and Patrick Nyarko playing so well. The real concern may be a midsummer swoop from a European suitor for Pappa, who's been one of the league's best this season.

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Peter Vermes made a deal with the devil in March and April, taxing his team physically in the proces of going 7-0-0. Now comes the hard part, as Sporting have to power through their dead legs during the heat of the summer. So far it's not looking very promising as they're a woeful 2-5-2 in their last nine.

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The arrival of Barry Robson and some roster flexibility thanks to shipping out Long Tan looks nice, but midseason shakeups often end up having the opposite of the desired effect. If this ends with Martin Rennie scoring another reliable central defender, though, he'll have done well.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: T-W-W-T-L
  • This Week: Wednesday at Colorado (9:30 pm, MLS Live), Saturday at Chivas USA (10:30 pm, MLS Live)

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Got to give them credit for outplaying New England on the road, but at some point those draws have to turn into wins even when the calls are going against you. At least the Sounders held a lead for the first time in months, but now they have to learn to keep one.

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Still muddling along. In truth, Philly outplayed the Dynamo throughout most of the second half, a worrisome sign when you consider that the Union are hardly the cream of the crop. Dominic Kinnear teams usually switch on around now, which is what Houston fans will be hoping for.

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It's getting to the point where Robert Warzycha's rebuilding job may deserve a slow clap, Lucas-style. Tony Tchani's turned into a legitimate force, Andy Gruenebaum is a match-winner and Josh Williams is one of the three or so most impressive young central defenders in the league.

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They've hung around, and hung around, and hung around, and now they finally have Conor Casey and Omar Cummings back. Even better, they have Martín Rivero and Jaime Castrillón in the midfield to feed them. If their defense stays healthy, they'll rise.

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Well, at least they won't be without David Beckham for a month. LA are certainly playing with an edge — their English DP most especially — but the defense is still smoke and mirrors without Omar Gonzalez. The good news is that he'll be back sooner than later.

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The latest reports have them signing Honduran target-man Jerry Bengtson, who'd be an upgrade over what they currently have. But the Revs need to upgrade the backline, not the offense, which has been coming around lately after a slow start to the year.

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Turns out Matteo Ferrari and Nelson Rivas were even more important than we thought. The Serie A twosome have made the Impact look like a playoff team when they're healthy. When they're not, they look like roadkill. More help could be on the way but, if he accepts their offer, will Alessandro Nesta really stay healthy?

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They had a bye week in the league, but rode a pair of José Erick Correa goals into the US Open Cup semifinals. Robin Fraser has to be quite pleased with both his young strikers, but the time to put together a league run is rapidly dwindling.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: T-T-L-W-T
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Vancouver (10:30 pm, MLS Live)

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The losses keep piling up, but right now they're the losses of a young team that's making young mistakes, not a confused team making confused mistakes. There's a "RSL in 2007" air about this group, but they'll need to take a few more lumps along the way.

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Unbeaten in four, and getting harder to play by the week. Paul Mariner has his young defenders pushing higher and his old midfielders working harder to close down space, and so far the results have been mostly positive. And what is left to say about Danny Koevermans? Simply brilliant.

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What has happened to Portland? The heat and altitude of Colorado are some excuse, but it's not like they were in Lima. Teams have gone into Commerce City before and come out with a result. The fight just doesn't seem to be there for this bunch, which has to drive John Spencer nuts.

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David Ferreira is expected back, which is great news for any MLS fan. Blas Pérez is nearly recovered, which is also good news. But FCD may have dug themselves too big a hole in their absense to really think about the playoffs, barring a miracle run of form.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: T-L-L-L-T
  • This Week: Wednesday vs. Toronto (9 pm, TSN/ MLS Live), Saturday vs. San Jose (9 pm, MLS Live)