MLS Power Rankings, Week 32: Sporting Kansas City on the move

Still convinced that any of the top 7 could be No. 1. There's just not a whole lot to separate these teams.

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

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Last: 1

Ghost of Caricola made a house call in this one, but unlike years past, the Red Bulls at least got a point. Still, they lost the chance to take true control of the Supporters' Shield race.


Last: 5

Right there with the best in the league on points per game, and now that the defense is clicking again, it's tough to pick against this team.


Last: 3

Oof. Depressing week thanks to the US Open Cup, but Mansally's red card might have been the best thing to happen to this team. They were forced to gut out a result, which could have a galvanizing effect going forward.


Last: 4

They keep getting results – a draw at Vancouver when the 'Caps actually play attackers is nicely done – but they've defended deeper and deeper over the last two months, and eventually Donovan Ricketts is going to have a howler or two.


Last: 6

We definitely could have moved them up more – at least one member of the Power Rankings Politburo had them No. 1 this week. Consider Wednesday's game their final test run, as the chance to bury a competitor on the road is a good measure of any team's mentality.


Last: 2

Took two early sucker punches, then got rope-a-doped to death. We're not worried about that happening again, or about the defense in general. Of real concern is the attack, which has scored multiple goals just twice in the last two months. 


Last: 7

Nice win. They continue to be really good – shocker – when Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan are both available. Need to do it against better than Chivas next time.


Last: 9

Unbeaten in four, and with a huge "mental health" win over the Impact on Friday. The Dynamo needed that one for their own confidence after getting rung up twice by Montreal earlier this year.


Last: 8

Since the end of June, the Impact are 4-7-5. Since that 4-0-0 start, they are 9-10-7. Everything we've seen says they need Bernardello (and Nesta, Bernier and Di Vaio) at 100 percent health or they'll be roadkill in the postseason.


Last: 12

The attack is still something less than inspiring, but a bunch of "1-0s" (in the right direction) will get you to the postseason. Philly are playing like they know it. 


Last: 10

Their midfielders are very tricky when creating in the final third, but still don't know how to build possession through the middle third of the field. RBNY took it to them for the better part of that game – but a point on the road was still a very good result.


Last: 11

That'll just about do it for this team this year, but we're already looking forward to what 2014 brings. Columbus look rejuvenated under Brian Bliss, and a little more health (and luck) means they should be thinking "postseason" next year.


Last: 15

Since May, the Fire have three shutouts. Two have been against D.C. United – this last time out against their reserves, more or less. Must-win Brimstone Cup encounter coming Saturday at Dallas.


Last: 13

Pretty depressing results for the Quakes this past weekend. Obvious must-win against Colorado on Wednesday night.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: L-W-D-W-W
  • This Week: Wednesday vs. Colorado (10:30 pm, MLS Live)


Last: 14

It was jarring to read Martin Rennie's postgame quotes about how good Vancouver looked when they had four attackers out there.


Last: 16

Two wins in their last 18. That's an amazing stat for a team with all-star talent in every quadrant of the field.


Last: 17

Are they the worst Chivas? Maybe not – Guadalajara have gone just 1-6-5 in Liga MX in the current tournament.

  • Last Week: Lost at LA, 5-0
  • Last Five: W-D-L-L-L
  • Next MLS Game: Oct. 23 at Real Salt Lake

Last: 18

Just a reminder: They traded their top pick in the upcoming SuperDraft to Vancouver for Eric Hassli last summer.

Last: 19

Ugly scoreline, and lots of defensive improvement needed. But man, do they have a ton of exciting, creative young attackers. And a trophy, too – even in the worst of years.



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