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Leg 1
11/23 FINAL
1LA
0SEA
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11/30 9:20pm
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LA
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Western Conference Championship
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11/23 FINAL
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2NE
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11/29 3:00pm
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MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

mainly forward Eduardo Lillingston and youth system product Gerson Mayen -- has led Chivas USA to a perfect start. Up next for the Red-and-White, the first SuperClasico of the season at The Home Depot Center.

3 -- Perhaps the most impressive part of Chicago's unbeaten start to 2009 has been the distribution of scoring -- all five Fire goals thus far have been scored by different players, including second-year attackers Patrick Nyarko and Marco Pappa. That infusion of youth could be beneficial for Denis Hamlett's veteran side as the season wears on. 4 -- Taylor Twellman has yet to play in 2009 and Steve Ralston and Matt Reis have seen action in just one contest each, yet the Revs remain unbeaten and tied with Chicago atop the Eastern table. Kheli Dube, Kenny Mansally, Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes and Chris Tierney have shown that the Revs may not need to rely as much on their veterans. 5 -- After a rough trip to Qwest Field, Real Salt Lake displayed the form that nearly sent them to MLS Cup 2008 in dismantling the defending champions in their home opener. Jason Kreis' move to play Yura Movsisyan, Clint Mathis and Robbie Findley together, something he didn't do much last year, looked like a stroke of genius. 6 -- The Rapids didn't get a lot of preseason hype, but they are a four-minute period of brilliance by Paulo Nagamura away from boasting a perfect mark. Matt Pickens has solidified them in back, while the development of Omar Cummings next to Player of the Week Conor Casey promises to make the Rapids' attack consistently dangerous. 7 -- A shutout loss to Seattle surely wasn't quite what John Carver had in mind for TFC's home opener, but the Reds still look vastly improved from a year ago, boosted on both ends by hometown boys Dwayne De Rosario and Adrian Serioux. A home-and-home series against FC Dallas gives Toronto a chance to jump back into the win column. 8 -- Who says you can't go home again? It seems all D.C. United needed to get back to form were the returns of Christian Gomez and Ben Olsen to the center of their midfield. The Black-and-Red do still have a few questions on the backline, a unit that will be tested this week against a dangerous RSL attack at Rio Tinto Stadium. 9 -- Losers despite strong efforts the first two weeks, the Wizards broke out with a convincing victory over San Jose. Davy Arnaud's rise to prominence has gotten much attention, but perhaps overlooked has been the play of Argentine striker Claudio Lopez, who looks much more comfortable after an up-and-down debut MLS season. 10 -- The Quakes have had a little Jekyll-and-Hyde act going on in the first three weeks, with their attack alternatively struggling and looking very potent. The key may be getting Bobby Convey going in his new central midfield role. Former Galaxy standout Simon Elliott, newly returned to MLS, could give Frank Yallop another option in that spot. 11 -- The early-season struggles of the defending champions have been one of the real mysteries of the first three weeks. The Crew may miss the quiet effectiveness of Brad Evans, whose been a similarly unheralded engine for Seattle's attack. The impending return of Adam Moffat could help to fill the hole left by Evans' departure. 12 -- Slow starts are nothing new in Houston, so don't expect much panic from Dominic Kinnear. The strength of the Dynamo defense will continue to keep them in most games while the attack -- trying to adjust to Stuart Holden in the playmaking role and now Ade Akinbiyi up front -- works to find an identity in the post-De Rosario era. 13 -- Having allowed five goals in two games, the Galaxy are still trying to solve the defensive issues that plagued them in 2008. The arrival of Gregg Berhalter should help, but the keys are the developments of Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin, both of whom have shown flashes of their talent but must still become more consistent. 14 -- Despite importing vast amounts of speed up front and on the wings in the offseason, the Red Bulls attack has produced just one goal in three matches. Juan Carlos Osorio has used a 4-5-1 alignment, with Macoumba Kandji sometimes shifting forward, but the new look has also allowed defenders to key in on Juan Pablo Angel. 15 -- Kenny Cooper has been as reliable as ever for FCD up front, but a combination of a strong opening schedule (unbeaten Chicago, Chivas and New England) and adjustment periods for new faces (midfielders David Ferreira, Dave van den Bergh; defenders Daniel Torres, Steve Purdy) has made for a rough first few weeks in Dallas.

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