Week 29 MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2013

Week 29 MLS Power Rankings

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    This weekend in Major League Soccer, the balance of power shifted on to the shoulders of the Seattle Sounders. 

    After the Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake at home on Friday, they moved to the top of the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings. 

    Was that win enough to put them at No. 1 in the B/R MLS Power Rankings for the first time this season? 

    Read on to find out where the Sounders and the other 18 clubs in the league landed in this week's rankings.

Criteria

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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from one to 19.

    Each team will be given a point total for its specific ranking.

    For example, the team that is ranked No. 1 is given 19 points, while the last-place team receives just one point. 

    We will compile the votes each week, and the team with the highest point total will be placed atop the power rankings.

     

    Meet Our Voters

    Joe Tansey (@JTansey90): World football featured columnist

    John D. Halloran (@JohnDHalloran): MLS and United States national team featured columnist

    Eduardo Mendez (@MendezFC): MLS featured columnist 

    Alan Hainkel (@FntnCitySoccer): MLS featured columnist

    Peter Brownell (@PBNoRegard11): World football featured columnist 

     

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com

19. Toronto FC

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    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 29 Result:  Draw with Chicago, 1-1; Loss to New York, 2-0. 

    Toronto's winless streak was extended to seven matches this week after two disappointing results. 

    The dubious streak could be extended to eight matches when the Reds take on Sporting at home on Saturday. 

18. D.C. United

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    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 29 Result: Draw with Los Angeles, 2-2. 

    D.C. United played the role of spoiler on Saturday afternoon at home against the Galaxy. 

    Chris Pontius and Kyle Porter helped deliver D.C. their 15th point of the season with a goal apiece.

    The draw halted a two-match losing streak that the club were on. 

     

17. Chivas USA

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    Points: 14 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 29 Result: Draw with Portland, 1-1. 

    Chivas USA are in the middle of quite the impressive run of form at the moment. 

    While they may not stringing together consecutive victories, the Goats have avoided a loss in four of their last five matches. 

    Regardless of how the Goats finish their season, they will most likely finish in last place in the Western Conference as they currently sit 12 points behind eighth-place San Jose. 

16. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 23 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 29 Result: Draw with Vancouver, 0-0. 

    The Earthquakes did absolutely nothing to help their playoff chances against the Whitecaps. 

    Their eighth draw of the season saw the club manage just two shots on goal, which is a total that is unacceptable at this point in the season.

    Sitting six points out of the Western Conference playoff positions, the Quakes have just five matches remaining to qualify for the postseason. 

15. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 29 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 29 Result: Win over Montreal, 2-1. 

    One has to think that the coaching change in Columbus came at the perfect time because, all of a sudden, the Crew are back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. 

    After they defeated Montreal on Saturday, the Crew moved within four points of fifth-place Chicago. 

     

14. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 35 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12 

    Week 29 Result: Draw with San Jose, 0-0. 

    Just like their opponents on Saturday night, Vancouver did themselves no favors in their playoff hunt. 

    Martin Rennie's club have not won in five straight matches, which is a streak that spans back to August 10. 

    A difficult three-match stretch against Montreal, RSL and Portland now awaits the club on the brink of playoff extinction. 

13. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 37 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 29 Result: Loss to Houston, 1-0. 

    Philadelphia are in the midst of a downward spiral at the worst possible time. 

    The Union are currently on a five-match winless streak that has seen them score just once during that time span. 

    Something needs to change soon for the Union if they even want to sniff the playoff race in the East as the season concludes. 

12. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 42 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 29 Result: Draw with Toronto, 1-1; Win over New England, 3-2. 

    The Fire had the most dramatic week of any club in the league. 

    After a midweek draw with Toronto put their backs against the wall in the playoff race, Frank Klopas' club responded with a win over New England on Saturday. 

    One of the three goals against the Revolution came from the feet of Mike Magee, who still sits two goals behind Marco Di Vaio in the Golden Boot race. 

11. New England Revolution

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    Points: 47 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 29 Result: Loss to Chicago, 3-2. 

    New England was handed a cruel dose of reality against Chicago on Saturday. 

    After going ahead by a goal, the Revolution conceded twice in the second half in a match that had a ton of playoff implications. 

    With the loss to one of their five playoff rivals, Jay Heaps and company sunk to seventh place in the East with 37 points. 

10. FC Dallas

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    Points: 48 

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 29 Result: Loss to Colorado, 2-1. 

    The players and staff of FC Dallas must be overjoyed that they started off the season with a bang, because that is the only thing keeping them close to the playoff spots in the West. 

    The news does not get any better for the Hoops, as they do not face any clubs in direct competition with them for the fifth and final playoff spot during their final six matches of the season. 

    All of that means that the Hoops will be counting on a bevy of other clubs to deliver results in their favor from now until the end of October. 

9. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 51 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 29 Result: Win over Philadelphia, 1-0. 

    Just a day after many around the league thought the Dynamo were waving the white flag, they boosted themselves into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. 

    The Dynamo made a shocking trade on Friday when they sent midfielder Adam Moffat to Seattle in exchange for Servando Carrasco. 

    In their first match without Moffat, it was Ricardo Clark who picked up the slack and scored the winning goal against Philadelphia. 

8. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 59 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 29 Result: Loss to Columbus, 2-1. 

    Every fiber of momentum that the Impact had going into Saturday's match with Columbus was left out on the pitch at Stade Saputo. 

    Thanks to their loss at the hands of Columbus, Montreal dropped out of first place in the East and had their four-match unbeaten run snapped. 

    On a positive note, Marco Di Vaio did score his league-leading 18th goal of the season in the 23rd minute. 

7. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 65 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-5

    Week 29 Result: Draw with Chivas USA, 1-1. 

    Portland suffered a bit of a letdown at the StubHub Center as they drew with Chivas USA. 

    Currently sitting in the final Western Conference playoff position, the Timbers now face a crucial stretch of six matches to end the season, where they will face four potential playoff clubs from the West. 

6. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 68 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 29 Result: Win over FC Dallas, 2-1. 

    With all of the attention shifted elsewhere in the West, Colorado has quietly found themselves in an ideal position heading into the stretch run. 

    The Rapids currently sit in third place in the West with 45 points, and they have an outside chance to challenge for the Supporters' Shield if they continue to win matches. 

5. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 72 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 29 Result: Draw with D.C., 2-2. 

    The big three of the Galaxy impacted the club's draw with D.C. in three very different ways. 

    Robbie Keane scored the first goal of the match, Omar Gonzalez committed a lackadaisical defensive error on the first D.C. goal and Landon Donovan left the match at halftime with an injury. 

    The Galaxy also saw defender A.J. DeLaGarza taken off due to injury in the 10th minute, which could be a big blow to their back four if his injury is serious. 

4. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 82 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 29 Result: No Match Played 

    Sporting Kansas City had the week off from all of the domestic madness to prepare for their CONCACAF Champions League clash on Tuesday with Real Esteli. 

3. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 85 

    Last Week's Ranking: T-5

    Week 29 Result: Win over Toronto, 2-0. 

    It was a dream weekend for the New York Red Bulls as they found themselves on top of the Eastern Conference standings once again. 

    With a victory over Toronto and a loss by Montreal, the Red Bulls jumped over the Impact and gave themselves a three-point lead in the East. 

    Mike Petke's club also has a chance at winning the Supporters' Shield still as they sit one point behind Seattle in that race. 

2. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 88 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 29 Result: Loss to Seattle, 2-0. 

    Real Salt Lake were taken off of their perch atop of the Western Conference for the time being after their loss to Seattle on Friday. 

    The match marked the first time in weeks that RSL left doubts about their championship credentials out there. 

    RSL will look to rebound from their ninth loss of the season on Saturday at home against San Jose. 

1. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 89 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 29 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 2-0. 

    Friday night was a massive night in Sounders history. 

    Fans of the club finally got the chance to see the big three of Eddie Johnson, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins play together, albeit for just 15 minutes. 

    As for the team as a whole, Seattle found themselves atop the Supporters' Shield standings after taking down the mighty Real Salt Lake in front of over 50,000 fans at CenturyLink Field. 

    The Sounders also have a game in hand over RSL and the Red Bulls in the Supporters' Shield standings.