MLS Power Rankings: Week 24

Power Rankings: Week 24

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For the first time in weeks there's some real competition for the top spot in the rankings, thanks to another gritty win from Sporting KC and a surprising road loss for San Jose. FC Dallas, meanwhile, continue to surge up the charts while the Whitecaps take a dive.

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Are they still the top team in the league? Apparently, we’ve given them a mulligan after the 3-1 hammering Montreal put on them, but let’s face it: The Quakes haven’t quite looked themselves in the past month.

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Second by a nose. They were hardly convincing in their 1-0 win at Toronto, but then again, LA were hardly convincing last year when they were grinding out 1-0 road wins like clockwork. Hardware is won that way, folks.

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How do you quantify New York? They’re capable of falling behind 2-0 at home to one of the worst road teams in league history, needed to desperately rely on their journeyman ‘keeper to keep them in the game (again) and still came away with the full three points. Weird, weird team.

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Were it not for an uncharacteristic error from Andy Gruenebaum, we’d be talking about Houston’s first loss at BBVA Compass Stadium. They ended up earning the draw – and it was earned – but this team needs Will Bruin to start burying chances like he was earlier in the season.

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Vancouver have pretty consistently given Seattle problems over the past two years, but there was literally no point during the Sounders’ 2-0 win last weekend where it felt like the Whitecaps were in the game. Quality performance coming off a brutal week.

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That had to be one of the most painful losses of Jason Kreis’ tenure in Sandy, but the positive aspect of it was how lively his team looked in attack. That’s been missing for a bit. Now they just need to find their finishing boots.

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Sherjill MacDonald has looked like an inspired signing thus far. He’s probably not going to put up huge numbers (though he does have a goal and assist thus far), but he makes it much, much harder to gameplan against the Fire.

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Getting a point on the road without Landon Donovan or David Beckham is some damn fine work. The most encouraging thing for Galaxy fans, though, has to be how fit Omar Gonzalez looks already.

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They get a bit of a mulligan for the Seattle loss since they were missing so many key players, but this is a team that’s just 3-6-3 in their last 12 overall. We’re still questioning the need for a midseason rebuild.

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It’s amazing what having your best player fit and healthy can do. David Ferreira may very well be the most important player in the league, and not just because he’s amazing in his own right, but because of how much better he makes guys like Brek Shea and Fabián Castillo.

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They are knocking on the door. Sure, D.C. have games in hand, but they haven’t made much of them so far while the Impact keep taking three points. They’ve won five of six and have looked the part of a playoff team throughout.

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The result against Philly is the type that can either crush a team’s spirit or give them something to rally around. United need to make it the latter, or they’ll be watching the postseason from home for the fifth straight year.

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They always play well at Houston, it seems. And now they have an attacking group – Jairo Arrieta, Eddie Gaven, Federico Higuaín, Dilly Duka, Milovan Mirosevic – that’d be the envy of most MLS sides. Don’t be surprised if they make a serious run down the stretch.

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An uncharacteristic error from Matt Pickens cost Colorado the win against Chivas. But the good news is that in newly signed Hendry Thomas, they have a top-flight replacement for Pablo Mastroeni, and a guy who knows how to handle himself in a physical league.

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Fifteen goals through 24 weeks. They are in real danger of setting an ignominious MLS record.

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Philly fought and scrapped for that point at United, and were probably pretty lucky to come away with it. They generate good chances, but are still looking for someone – anyone, really – who can and will finish them off with regularity.

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There was a time, two short months ago, when the Power Rankings Politburo figured New England would make a serious run in the second half of the season. Those days are long gone. The Revs look worse right now than they did in March.

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Another hard loss in a very hard season for the Reds. On a positive note, their defense has improved greatly, which should give them a puncher’s chance at another CCL run.

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Glass half empty: They coughed up two leads on the road. Glass half full: They actually had leads on the road. In a season of misery, that’s a good step. And the play of Darlington Nagbe and Bright Dike are even better steps. Just wait ‘til next year!