MLS Power Rankings Week 13: Montreal Impact and FC Dallas still battling for top spot

Good thing we didn't move Seattle all the way up to No. 1 last week, right? We knew we were smart. 

Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com, and all comments are written by Matthew Doyle. All game times are Eastern.

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They weren't great vs. the Earthquakes, but Raúl Fernández sure was. After a shaky (and droppy) start to his MLS career, he's turned into something of a sure – if unorthodox – thing in net. Certainly earned his team at least two points, if not all three.

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Marco Di Vaio gets all the headlines, as any hat-trick hero should. But can we talk about Justin Mapp for a minute? For a decade, the question has been "When will he reach his potential?" We saw the answer in May. Question now is, "How long can he sustain it?" He's still just 28, by the way.

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We are just itching to move them up to No. 1. The Timbers have answered every bell this year despite numerous injuries that have forced something of a lineup shuffle on a weekly basis. Their ability to force the opposition into their own area, and 90 minutes of back-foot defense, is the defining part of this team.

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A bad call, a bad non-finish at the end, but the unbeaten streak stays intact. Last year, the Red Bulls would have found a way to lose that game. Dropping two points won't make them happy, but every week they're finding a way to avoid the pitfalls of their predecessors.

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Still not sure of this team's identity, though it does seem to be verging a little bit toward the physicality of 2012 more than the promised "technical" approach talked about in the preseason. Either way, they've been effective – though not nearly so much as we figured they'd be.

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In the short run, the Galaxy probably got worse with the Robbie Rogers trade. He likely won't be game-fit until July at the earliest, and Mike Magee was their leading scorer. In the long-term, they got a US international winger in his prime who'll stretch the field. They've been looking for that since Cobi Jones retired.

  • Last Week: Won vs. Seattle, 4-0
  • Last Five: L-L-W-L-W
  • This WeekSaturday at New England (4:30 pm, NBCSN)

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That sure looked like a legal throw to us. And Chris Wingert said it best: Whether it's legal or not, it's not getting called, so they still have to defend it. Little lapses like that are the difference between homefield advantage in the playoffs vs. playing on the road in LA or Portland. Or maybe Denver.

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All those Rapids fans who were calling for Oscar Pareja's blood last year need to stand up and apologize. Not only is this turning into one of the deepest and toughest teams in the league, but they're starting to score some delicious "team" goals. Two this weekend were right out of a Bayern Munich training session.

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Stopped the mini-slide with that gutsy draw at KC, and more importantly looked much less vulnerable defending set pieces. Perhaps it's time to give Eric Brunner more of a run? Also, credit to Dominic Kinnear for taking a chance on Jason Johnson. This team needs frontline speed out there, badly.

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How's that for a slingshot? Seattle were absolutely steamrolled against the Galaxy, and part of the Power Rankings rubric is how you deal without your most important player. They were beyond bad without Ozzie Alonso, enduring probably the worst half in Sounders MLS history.

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Once they played some solid soccer at times, and made the most of a couple of New York defensive errors. Yet we still can't help but feel that this team is a little bit frail, at times. It always seems like they're looking for options – or cover – that are a step late, or a yard out of place.

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Jay Heaps seems to have hit on something with the 4-1-4-1, which has allowed him to get most of his best attackers on the field together at the same time. Diego Fagundez, in particular, is a joy to watch. Few in the league at any age read the game so quickly.

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So this is what Philly are right now: They beat the bad teams, then get steamrolled by the good teams. The midfield was a confused mess against Montreal, as they were uniformly unable to pressure any sort of service.

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The bye week gave them a chance to deny a few more Kenny Miller rumors, and presumably a chance to work out their midfield shape a little bit better. Here's a concern, though: What is this team's identity? It seems like it changes from game to game.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-D-L-W-D
  • This Week: Saturday at New York (7 pm, MLS Live)

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The Quakes can't finish, and they can't shut anybody out. It seems like every game there's at least one shot against them that pings off the post and in, while their own efforts end up on the other 'keepers' highlight reel. They need to rediscover that 2012 magic fast, or there will be no return trip the the playoffs.

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The Mike Magee trade worked out very nicely for the Fire, who traded a winger (redundant with Chris Rolfe, Dilly Duka and Patrick Nyarko already there) for a clever, in-the-box goalscorer. On paper, it's an excellent bit of business, and on paper, Magee should be a perfect fit.

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Every week this team gets shredded by wide play. This past Saturday it was overlapping fullbacks – Chris Klute and Brian Mullan – capitalizing on the acres of space Chivas give up along the touchline. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Ashtone Morgan's been a disaster this season, but surely it's a better idea to play the youngster through his slump rather than giving Darren O'Dea fish-out-of-water minutes starting at left back. The only good news for TFC right now is that Danny Koevermans is nearly healthy.

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This is the ugliest it's ever been for D.C. United, even worse than 2010.