MLS Power Rankings, Week 22: Struggling Colorado Rapids continue free fall while Galaxy stand pat

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Sloppy defensive display vs. the Quakes, but the attack continues to hum right along – they've scored multiple goals in four of their last five. Gyasi Zardes' development has been the key, as there's not a hotter striker in the league right now (8 goals in his last 9 starts).


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Let's give it up for Chad Barrett, who's found late-career relevance as a do-everything attacker. When he came on for Lamar Neagle, the game changed, and Seattle walked away with three points.

  • Last Week: Won vs. Houston, 2-0
  • Last Five: L-W-L-L-W
  • This Week: Saturday at Real Salt Lake (2:30 pm; NBCSN)


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Hard to remake a midfield on the fly, especially against as good a playmaker as Pedro Morales. The Chilean DP ripped Sporting up.


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They're now unbeaten in eight, and in Fabian Castillo have one of the most terrifying attackers in the league. You've got to run a second man at him or he's going to create a chance.


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Ripped D.C. apart with their precision and movement, as well as some ruthlessness on set pieces. And with Sebastian Jaime on the way and Alvaro Saborio healing up, there's more firepower coming soon.


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Looked listless and disorganized without Perry Kitchen running things in the midfield. United's rebuild has been excellent, but they still lack the depth of other top teams.


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Suddenly all that idiotic "TFC are better without Michael Bradley!" talk has stopped. Huge test in KC – who eat two-man central midfields alive – coming on Saturday.


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Broke their string of draws with as convincing a win as anyone put together this weekend. Only the solid form of the teams above them kept the 'Caps from moving up..


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Unbeaten in five and just one loss in their last night. The Union are finally above the red line and are a good bet to stay there, but need to start having more of the ball – they've been down around 30 percent each of the last two weeks, and made a feeble Montreal team look pretty dangerous.


Last: 12

Diego Valeri has picked this team up and put them on his shoulders – nobody in the league is playing better soccer than him at the moment.


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Got a pretty good defensive performance on the road and down several key defenders, but no BWP to bail them out this time. They'll use the bye week to get some rest, which is something they've talked about all season.


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They were on the back foot all game, but still came away with a gigantic point down in LA. Of course there's still tons of work to be done, as the Quakes remain eight points out of the final playoff spot with just 14 games to go.


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One win in their last seven, three straight losses, a defense that keeps leaking and an attack that's having trouble building anything from the run of play. The Rapids don't look like a playoff team right now.

  • Last Week: Lost at Dallas, 3-1
  • Last Five: L-W-L-L-L
  • This Week: Sunday at D.C. United (8 pm; Univ Dep.)

Last: 14

Gut-punch loss. Fighting back twice, getting a gift of a goal, but conceding such a soft winner ... that's one that could hurt for a long, long time.


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Since moving Jeff Larentowicz back to central defense, the Fire have given up one goal in three games. Somehow this team is only two points out of a playoff spot and have the fewest losses in the Eastern Conference.


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Played Seattle really, really tough for about 75 minutes before coming unglued in central defense – a consistent theme this season. Time is running out for them to fix it.

  • Last Week: Lost at Seattle, 2-0
  • Last Five: D-L-D-W-L
  • This Week: Friday vs. Philadelphia (9 pm; NBCSN)


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Chivas are starting to Chivas. Fourth straight loss, three of them by multiple goals, with only one goal of their own during that stretch.


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Losses by the Crew and Red Bulls certainly helped New England. The real question the Power Rankings Politburo wants answered is, "Can the Revs help themselves?" 
  • Last Week: Did not play
  • Last Five: L-L-L-W-L
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Portland (7:30 pm; MLS LIVE)

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The attack looked dangerous vs. the Union, especially when Dilly Duka came in on the second half. The defense is still a bit of a fixer upper. 



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