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Week 33 MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2013

Week 33 MLS Power Rankings

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    Unlike most domestic leagues around the world, Major League Soccer did not halt play during the international break.

    While a limited schedule was played, there were some crucial results handed out across North America.

    The most crucial of them all came from Portland as the Timbers defeated Seattle to take over first place in the Western Conference.

    Was that win enough to put the Timbers back on top of the B/R MLS Power Rankings? 

    Continue reading to find out. 

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 

    Peter Brownell (@PBNoRegard11): World football featured columnist 

     

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com

19. D.C. United

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    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 19 

    Week 33 Result: Draw with Philadelphia, 1-1. 

    D.C. did their best to try to ruin the playoff hopes of Philadelphia on Saturday as they played to a 1-1 draw with the Union.

    Nick DeLeon was the lone goalscorer in a match where United earned their 16th point of the season. 

18. Chivas USA

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    Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 33 Result: No Match Played

    Chivas USA had a week off to heal their wounds after they were trounced by the Galaxy last week. 

    The worst club in the Western Conference will finish off the season against the top two clubs in the West, Real Salt Lake and Portland. 

17. Toronto FC

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    Points: 11 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 33 Result: No Match Played

    Toronto had the week off to ponder what they can do in their final two matches to springboard them into next season. 

    The Reds will face Chicago and Montreal to close out their 2013 campaign. 

16. FC Dallas

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    Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Points: 18 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 33 Result: Loss to Chicago, 3-2. 

    The remaining playoff dreams of FC Dallas came burning down to the ground on Saturday night as they lost to Chicago. 

    Schellas Hyndman's club conceded three consecutive goals to start the match before Kenny Cooper tried to save the day with a second-half brace. 

    Cooper's efforts went to waste as the Hoops failed to find an equalizing goal that would have kept them alive for another week. 

     

15. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 19 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 33 Result: No Match Played

    With two matches remaining, the Crew's chances of qualifying for the playoffs are bleak at best, but if they beat New England twice to end the season, they will make things very interesting in the Eastern Conference. 

14. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 27 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 33 Result: Win over Colorado, 1-0. 

    The Goonies still have not died. 

    With their win over Colorado on Wednesday, the Earthquakes inched within one point of fifth-place Colorado in the West standings. 

    The resurgent Earthquakes will carry a five-match unbeaten streak into the California Clasico on Sunday against Los Angeles. 

13. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 33 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 33 Result: Loss to New England, 1-0. 

    Montreal's late-season slide continued at home on Saturday as they fell to New England.

    The Impact are now the holders of a five-match winless streak heading into their Wednesday match at the StubHub Center against the Galaxy. 

    If the Impact can win their game in hand on the West Coast, then they should be safe to make the playoffs, but just barely. 

12. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 36 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 33 Result: Win over FC Dallas, 3-2. 

    A trio of goals in the first 52 minutes against FC Dallas propelled the Fire to their 13th victory of the season.

    More importantly, the victory shot Frank Klopas' side back up to fifth place in the East. 

    With no room for error left, the Fire will need to earn three points against Toronto on Saturday to ensure their playoff safety for another week. 

T-10. New England Revolution

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    Points: 37 

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 33 Result: Win over Montreal, 1-0. 

    Jose Goncalves' 31st-minute strike handed the Revolution the lifeline they were searching for in the playoff race. 

    The Revolution currently sit in seventh place in the East, just one point behind fifth-place Chicago. 

    For New England to ensure they are in the race until the bitter end, they must eliminate Columbus from playoff contention with a win over the Crew on Saturday.

T-10. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 37 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 33 Result: Draw with D.C., 1-1.

    The cardiac kids of October struck once again in the 90th minute to revive their playoff hopes.

    Jack McInerney scored his first goal since June 1 to rescue the Union from what could have been a devastating loss to D.C.

    Despite earning a point in the nation's capital, the Union fell out of fifth place in the East because of Chicago's victory. 

9. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 38 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 33 Result: Win over Seattle, 4-1. 

    Thanks to their thrashing of Seattle on Wednesday and a Portland win on Sunday, the Whitecaps won their first Cascadia Cup since 2008.

    In the win over the Sounders, Kekuta Manneh dazzled as he netted a hat-trick by the 54th minute. 

    To stay in the playoff hunt, Martin Rennie's side will have to defeat Colorado twice to end the season and hope for results elsewhere to fall in their favor so they can catapult over San Jose and Colorado and into fifth place in the West. 

8. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 46 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 33 Results: Loss to Vancouver 4-1; Loss to Portland, 1-0. 

    The Sounders lost two matches this week to continue their late-season landslide into horrible form. 

    During their current three-match losing streak, Sigi Schmid's side have conceded 10 times and scored just three goals.

    Somehow the Sounders are still alive in the race for both the Supporters' Shield and Western Conference titles heading into their Saturday road trip to Toyota Stadium to play FC Dallas. 

7. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 52 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 33 Result: Loss to San Jose, 1-0.

    Fresh off of their mauling of Seattle, the Rapids fell flat against San Jose on Wednesday night.

    The loss to the Earthquakes opened the door for both San Jose and Vancouver to gain ground in the standings on the fifth-place Rapids.

    With two matches left against the Whitecaps, Colorado leads San Jose by one point and Vancouver by three points. 

6. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 54 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 33 Result: Draw with Sporting, 0-0. 

    The Dynamo failed to clinch a playoff berth at home on Wednesday night, but they did earn a crucial point at BBVA Compass Stadium against Sporting Kansas City. 

    The third-place club in the East will now carry a five-match unbeaten run into their Sunday showdown with the Red Bulls at home, where they could lock up a spot in the playoffs. 

5. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 61 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 33 Result: No Match Played

    With the weekend off, the Galaxy were able to collect their thoughts and prepare for a Wednesday visit from Montreal. 

    If he is healthy, Landon Donovan will be available for selection after the midfielder was sent home from the United States camp early. 

4. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 63 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 33 Result: Draw with Houston, 0-0.

    Without Graham Zusi and Matt Besler in the lineup, Sporting earned a draw on the road against Houston on Wednesday.

    The draw marked the second time this season that Peter Vermes' side were able to invade BBVA Compass Stadium and leave with a result. 

3. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 68 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 33 Result: No Match Played

    During their week off, Real Salt Lake lost their grip on first place in the West. 

    Jason Kreis' side will have a chance to snag their lead back on Saturday when they visit the Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field. 

2. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 71 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 33 Result: Win over Seattle, 1-0. 

    Portland jumped into the driver's seat in the West on Sunday night after their Cascadia Cup victory over Seattle. 

    Kalif Alhassan scored the lone goal of the match that handed the Timbers their 13th win of the season and sole possession of first place in the West. 

     

1. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 76 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 33 Result: No Match Played

    With two weeks left in the season, the Red Bulls have a slim lead in the Supporters' Shield and Eastern Conference standings.

    The Red Bulls lead Portland on tiebreakers for the Supporters' Shield and have a slight one-point margin over Sporting in the East. 

    Mike Petke's side will look to make both of those leads more comfortable with a win over Houston on Sunday. 

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