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MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

Power Rankings: Week 19

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Is anyone doubting the Quakes now? An emphatic win and a season sweep over Real Salt Lake leaves no doubt for now that the way to MLS Cup just might go through San Jose. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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It doesn't get any more emphatic than 5-0 against the second-best team in the league. San Jose have balance out the wazoo – chances are they'll have three double-digit goal scorers – and an unselfish, "everyone defends" approach when they lose the ball. They're also a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

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Fans hate bunkering teams, but Sporting have learned it and learned it well. They finally have another club in the bag besides the high press, and this one suits them. They'll still need one of their forwards – paging C.J. Sapong – to step up down the stretch, but the pieces are there for a solid run.

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They may have lost 5-0 and won just once in their last five, but you can't make us drop them! Fact is we love Jason Kreis' team for their skill and balance. On paper, no one should touch them. On grass, though, they're more easily rattled than they should be.

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The thing about a wide-open team (and D.C. are the most wide-open good team since a decade ago) is that they rarely have a way to kill a game off. That happened against Houston down a man, and they'll be licking their wounds all week. The Crew game can't come soon enough.

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At what point do we become concerned that Thierry Henry is healthy but they're not winning? Yeah, it was just one game against a pretty good Sounders team, but the Red Bulls had ample opportunity to put it away early. If their DP is struggling, they'll be hard pressed to finish in the top half of the East.

  • Last Week: Tied Seattle, 2-2
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Winning ugly has suited a lot of teams, and Frank Klopas knows it (yes, that was a shot at the 2004 European champions). Chicago have the talent to play very pretty soccer, of course, but they'll need more time to jell. In the interim, a few more 1-0 wins will do nicely.

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In Sigi Schmid we trust. And in Fredy Montero. 'Nuff said.

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Vancouver are a worse team than they were a month ago. Planning for the future by selling Davide Chiumiento and trading Sébastien Le Toux is no better than buying Robson and Miller. They'll have to learn how to play with each other very quickly if they're to stay in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

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Few teams in the league are less inspiring than the Dynamo, but they've figured out a way to grind out those 1-0 wins once again. It's no longer Brad Davis who's the key, though – now it's all about Will Bruin. Feed the Bear and the orange people will be happy.

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The Power Rankings Politburo had our doubts about this side, but it comes down to one word: Bruce. Complain all you want about Arena, but few in soccer history can bring a team together like him. Gird yourselves for a not-at-all-unexpected Galaxy rise.

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The Revs need to finish. Saer Sene has stopped doing so from the run of play, Blake Brettschneider isn't there yet, Lee Nguyen isn't consistent, Benny Feilhaber can't shoot straight ... we could go on. Jerry Bengtson will help, but success will come from a communal effort.

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You win four of five, and you move up the rankings. It's pretty straight-forward. Also, this team has plenty of talent. It seems like we should give them another year before heaping expectations on them, but let's go ahead and do it now. No reason they can't keep this up.

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It's Groundhog Day! As far as we can tell Robert Warzycha changed the lineup and formation seemingly for no reason, and the Crew were eviscerated. As long as four guys aren't playing out of position, they should be good.

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We're finding out a few things about the Rapids team. Somebody's got to step up in the area and be dominant, and somebody's got to put the offense on their back and be a match-winner. Both Conor Casey and Omar Cummings have the talent for the latter, but the question – this year, at least – is if they have the will.

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One week off means they're one week closer to full fitness. José Erick Correa, Juan Pablo Ángel, Juan Agudelo, Nick LaBrocca, Osvaldo Minda and others could use the time. If they all get healthy – and soon – Chivas could be a force. If not, they're simply roadkill.

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  • Last Five: T-L-W-T-T
  • This Week: Wednesday vs. Portland (4 pm, MLS Live), Saturday at LA Galaxy (10 pm, TeleFutura)

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Three points from 15 is simply brutal no matter the situation. In Montreal's case, they retooled without really having a need, and are paying the price. That said, they looked much better in the loss to Philly and there's no question the talent is there.

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It's a little unfair not to lift TFC after a six-point week. But they lost Danny Koevermans, and that means they won't be winning any goalfest-type matches the rest of the way this year. Time to tighten up the defense and grind out the points.

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Dallas sure have signed a lot of Homegrown players. And those guys sure get a great view of the game from the stands or – occasionally – the bench. At some point Schellas Hyndman is going to have to roll the dice on youth. Maybe he got a nudge in that direction with Fabián Castillo's goal and assist this past weekend.

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Well ... that didn't work. Not that we should expect it to with immediate effect. The unfortunate fact is Portland looked more disorganized in Gavin Wilkinson's interim coaching debut than they ever did under John Spencer. Growing pains.