MLS Power Rankings, Week 34: The picture heading into the playoffs

BIGGEST MOVERS: Sporting KC +3 spots | Portland -5 spots

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LAST WEEK: 1

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 7

Showed they can sit back and defend on Sunday...and not much else. How they will produce quality chances is still a mystery heading into the playoffs without Mauro Diaz.

Latest result: Drew at LA Galaxy, 0-0

Last five results: D-D-W-W-D

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LAST WEEK: 2

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 17

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan became the first teammates to take the goal and assist crowns for the first time since 2001. They will hope to continue their incredible seasons all the way until December 10.

Latest result: Won at Philadelphia, 2-0

Last five results: D-W-W-W-W

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LAST WEEK: 3

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 20

Jermaine Jones' return turned out to be the most important thing about Sunday's game. Can he make his way into the starting lineup?

Latest result: Drew vs. Houston, 1-1

Last five results: D-W-W-L-D

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LAST WEEK: 6

HIGH: 3 | LOW: 20

Speaking of returns, Frank Lampard took the field for the first time in over a month and when he did NYC took off. Now he has a week to rest before the team's playoff game. 

Latest result: Won vs. Columbus, 4-1

Last five results: D-W-W-L-W

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LAST WEEK: 5

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 9

Should we be worried about the defense? They've given up six goals in their last three games and Clint Irwin still doesn't look quite right.

Latest result: Won vs. Chicago, 3-2

Last five results: D-D-L-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 4

HIGH: 4 | LOW: 20

Got lucky with Montreal going with a reserve attacking unit, but the decision to rest their starters was a bit of a headscratcher.

Latest result: Lost at Orlando City, 4-2

Last five results: W-W-W-W-L

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LAST WEEK: 7

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20

Found goals from Alvaro Fernandez and Cristian Roldan, which is a good sign heading into Thursday.

Last five results: W-W-D-L-W

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LAST WEEK: 8

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 9

Will Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard return? If they do, how much does it actually help the Galaxy?

Latest result: Drew vs. Dallas, 0-0

Last five results: D-L-L-W-D

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LAST WEEK: 9

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 13

Clearly didn't value a home playoff game, and will now have to travel to a place in which they have never won.

Latest result: Lost at New England, 3-0

Last five results: L-W-W-D-L

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LAST WEEK: 13

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 18

Dom Dwyer will have to contend with two hulking center backs by himself with Roger Espinoza and Graham Zusi apparently locking up the two wing spots.

Latest result: Won vs. San Jose, 2-0

Last five results: D-W-L-D-W

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LAST WEEK: 11

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11

Haven't won since August and none of their forwards (Burrito, Movsisyan, Plata) have scored since September 7. Not exactly what you want heading into StubHub Center.

Latest result: Lost at Seattle, 2-1

Last five results: L-D-L-D-L

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LAST WEEK: 14

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Ended the season on a good stretch and we will have to find out next year if the attacking trio of Kei Kamara, Juan Agudelo and Lee Nguyen can work together for a full season.

Latest result: Won vs. Montreal, 3-0

Last five results: W-L-W-L-W

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 12

HIGH: 2 | LOW: 19

Chris Pontius, C.J. Sapong and Tranquillo Barnetta got some rest on Sunday – and they will need to produce on Wednesday with Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore on the other side of the field.

Last five results: L-D-L-L-L

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LAST WEEK: 16

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 19

Kevin Molino has to be one of the better stories of the year, as he came back from a torn ACL to finish with 11 goals and eight assists.

Latest result: Won vs. D.C. United, 4-2

Last five results: L-D-L-W-W

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 10

HIGH: 1 | LOW: 15

Caleb Porter could not have ended the season worse. Didn't advance in CCL, got embarrassed by a rival, lost Cascadia Cup and missed the playoffs. What will we see from this team next year?

Latest result: Lost at Vancouver, 4-1

Last five results: W-L-L-W-L

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 18

HIGH: 8 | LOW: 19

Where was that all season? Counting down the days until we can see Kekuta Manneh running at defenders again.

Latest result: Won vs. Portland, 4-1

Last five results: L-D-L-D-W

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 15

HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20

A lost season in Columbus came to end very fittingly, showing no ability to defend as a team.

Latest result: Lost at NYCFC, 4-1

Last five results: L-W-D-L-L

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 19

HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20

Could the winless stretch at the end of the season cost Wade Barrett a shot at the big job? We should find out soon.

Latest result: Drew at Colorado, 1-1

Last five results: L-L-D-L-D

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 17

HIGH: 6 | LOW: 19

Chris Wondolowski got his goals, but no other team averaged fewer than a goal per game. A revamp of the attacking corps should be the new GM's first job.

Latest result: Lost at Sporting KC, 2-0

Last five results: L-W-L-D-L

Next MLS match: End of season

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LAST WEEK: 20

HIGH: 18 | LOW: 20

Michael de Leeuw scored six goals in his last nine games. He and David Accam form a nice base for the Fire next season.

Latest result: Lost at Toronto, 3-2

Last five results: L-L-D-W-L

Next MLS match: End of season

Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and remarks were written by Associate Editor Ben Baer (@BenBaer89).

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