MLS Power Rankings, Week 28: Houston Dynamo continue to fall

We talk about parity all the time, but the Western Conference is starting to look exactly as it has since 2009 with RSL, Seattle and LA setting the pace. The East, meanwhile, still feels like a series of coin flips.

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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Holding pattern after the bye, though they got some bad, bad news with Alvaro Saborio returning to the team early after suffering a calf injury on international duty.

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Did what a good team should do: pummeled a short-handed opponent at home. With Feilhaber living up to his talent over the past six weeks, and Claudio Bieler seemingly out of his slump, they look like Eastern favorites again.

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The youth movement's gotten most – all? – of the love for Colorado's resurrection, but let's spare a round of applause for Edson Buddle. He's starting to look like his old self.

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With their on- and off-the-ball movement, it's not a surprise they hung four on 10-man New England. Has to be scary for Impact fans, however, that the Revs punched back twice. Got to figure that out before the playoffs start.

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As Bruce Arena pointed out, all three LA meetings with Colorado have come without the Galaxy's contingent of DPs. Not super-duper relevant, but other West teams played shorthanded this weekend and came away with points...

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...like Seattle. The Sounders just keep winning ugly, grabbing six more points this past week on three goals that will not feature on anybody's "best of" reel.

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Eric Alexander's added a lot in the central midfield even before that stunner of a goal, and Bradley Wright-Phillips looks like he's got a number of answers up top. With everything Red Bull, though, it comes down to one thing: Jámison Olave.

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Not a drop so much as the Power Rankings Politburo valuing New York's win at Houston more. Honestly, the Timbers shouldn't have had to wait for Diego Valeri to come in before throttling hapless TFC.

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Bad luck on the penalty and reds, but a bit of hope given how productive the attack was even down a man. We get the feeling, by the way, that the Revs are already looking forward to next month's rematch up in Montreal.

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Offered precious little going forward, which is a theme: They've scored just one goal in the last four, and haven't scored multiple goals against anyone but Chivas or D.C. in two months.

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Unbeaten in three, and fittingly moving up the standings. Mauro Diaz looks worth the price of admission on his own, and that Jair Benitez goal will live long in FCD archives.

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Hanging in the playoff picture by the skin of their teeth, but it honestly doesn't look like that'll be the case for much longer. Something's gone horribly wrong with this team.

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Every time they get close, they just can't seal the deal. Chicago have been good since midsummer, but it's getting close to "they'll need a miracle to make the playoffs" territory.

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Just one win in their last eight, and no low-hanging fruit coming up. Saturday's trip to San Jose is a must-win on the road, which probably doesn't bode well given how ineffective the 'Caps are away from BC Place.

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Didn't exactly banish all memory of that 3-0 destruction by LA with the win over Philly, but all that matters right now for the Quakes is getting three points, prolonging their playoff hopes another week.

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Cubo! What a fantastic pick-up he's been, working the channels and doing all the fox-in-the-box things you'd want from someone of his pedigree.

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If nothing else, that Houston game showed that the kids have some talent. Bernardo Anor and Justin Meram in particular looked fantastic, and Wil Trapp will have a long, long future in the league.

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This week in TFC history brought to you by Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.

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Chris Pontius returned to action and didn't immediately get hurt. Perhaps the best news United fans have gotten all year.