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Final MLS Power Rankings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2013

Final MLS Power Rankings

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    Name an emotion and it was felt during the final weekend of the Major League Soccer season.

    Disappointment was felt in Philadelphia and Chicago as those two teams missed out on the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

    Relief was felt in Seattle as the Sounders ended a dreadful final two months of the regular season with a draw against Los Angeles and earned a home playoff match on Wednesday against Colorado. 

    The mood was celebratory in San Jose as the Earthquakes honored the career of Ramiro Corrales, who played in the league's inaugural season, as he hangs up his boots.

    Last, but not least, an overwhelming sense of joy was felt by the fans of the New York Red Bulls, who finally won a trophy after 18 long years. 

    Find out where all of these teams and the rest in MLS landed in the final edition of the B/R MLS Power 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 

     

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com

19. D.C. United

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    Points: 3

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to Houston, 2-1. 

    If you can find a positive to take out of D.C. United's season, please let me know, because I can not find any. 

    Yes, Ben Olsen's team won the U.S. Open Cup and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League in the process, but they did not deserve to be rewarded with any trophies after their monstrosity of a year. 

     

18. Chivas USA

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    Points: 6

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

     

    Week 35 Results: Loss to Real Salt Lake, 2-1; Loss to Portland, 5-0. 

    I guess you could say Chivas USA ended their season in style as they solidified their miserable campaign by conceding seven goals in two matches. 

    The Goats could have been much worse, or much better, if they had held on to Chelis for the long run, but we will never know as the eccentric manager lasted just the first two months of the season. 

17. Toronto FC

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    Points: 9

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Montreal, 1-0.

    Of the three worst teams in the league, Toronto clearly showed the most promise throughout the season.

    First-year manager Ryan Nelsen was handed a tall task from the beginning, but his preparation for year two will begin on a better note after the Reds defeated the Impact on Saturday. 

16. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 12

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to New England, 1-0. 

    The Crew ended their 2013 season with their second consecutive loss to New England and third straight defeat overall. 

    Columbus were a team that had plenty of playoff potential heading into October, but they could not put it all together when it mattered the most in a crowded Eastern Conference playoff picture. 

15. FC Dallas

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    Points: 15

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to San Jose, 2-1. 

    FC Dallas suffered the letdown to top all letdowns this season as they plummeted down the Western Conference standings as the season progressed. 

    With a new manager next season, the Hoops will hopefully not suffer the same fate in 2014. 

14. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 19

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Colorado, 3-0. 

    In their final match of the season, the Whitecaps delivered a stunning performance in front of their home fans at BC Place. 

    Camilo Sanvezzo became the second Brazilian to ever record a hat trick in MLS and by doing so, he became the winner of the 2013 Golden Boot. 

    On top of the Golden Boot, Camilo also helped his team earn the Cascadia Cup this season.

    Not too bad for a team that failed to qualify for the playoffs. 

13. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 21

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to Sporting, 2-1. 

    Philadelphia showed so much promise under manager John Hackworth this season, but the final product always seemed to be lacking something. 

    With plenty of talented players on the roster including Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams, the Union will have to improve heading into 2014 if they want to be playing past October. 

12. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 25

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over FC Dallas, 2-1. 

    The Earthquakes honored the career of Ramiro Corrales and took down FC Dallas on Saturday. 

    Corrales, who entered the league in its inaugural season in 1996 with the San Jose Clash, announced his retirement earlier in the season. 

    By hanging up his boots, the 36-year-old defender became the last player to step foot on a pitch during the 1996 season to retire. 

11. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 26

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to New York, 5-2.

    Chicago's last-gasp playoff hopes took a backseat to New York's claiming of the Supporter's Shield on Sunday night. 

    With their loss to the Red Bulls, the Fire were eliminated from playoff contention and Mike Magee's MVP candidacy dropped just a bit. 

    Without the acquisition of Magee, the Fire would have surely battled D.C. for the title of worst team in the league and Frank Klopas would not have had a job. 

10. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 29

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to Toronto, 1-0. 

    There is not a single team in MLS that deserves a playoff spot less than the Montreal Impact. 

    In a jam packed Eastern Conference, the Impact slid from the top down to fifth place in a matter of a few months. 

    It did not help the Impact that they lost four of their final five games. 

    Luckily for Marco Schallibaum and company, they did enough work at the beginning of the season to stay alive, at least for a few more days. 

9. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 35

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over D.C., 2-1. 

    Houston did what many of their Eastern Conference counterparts could do not this weekend, and that was win a game. 

    With their victory over D.C. and Montreal's loss on Saturday, the Dynamo earned themselves a home game with the Impact on Thursday for the right to play New York. 

    Now that they are in the playoffs, it's time once again for Dominic Kinnear to work his magic and leave us all in awe again. 

8. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 37

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

     

    Week 35 Result: Loss to Vancouver, 3-0. 

    Once they went down by two goals at Vancouver on Sunday, it seemed like the Rapids were taking it easy to rest up for their clash with Seattle on Wednesday.

    If the Rapids can go into CenturyLink Field and defeat the Sounders for the second time in the month of October, they will be faced with a showdown against Portland in the West semifinals. 

7. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 38

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

     

    Week 35 Result: Draw with Los Angeles, 1-1.

    Besides changing the purpose of hasclintdempseyscoredyet.com, the Sounders did not accomplish much on Sunday night in their draw with the Galaxy. 

    The Sounders stayed in fourth place out West, which means they will host Colorado on Wednesday to kick off the MLS Cup playoffs.

    Sigi Schmid's team will be looking to avenge a 5-1 loss that was handed to them by the Rapids on October 5. 

6. New England Revolution

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    Points: 40

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Columbus, 1-0. 

    New England flew under the radar of most people this season, and some would be shocked to discover that they finished third in the East. 

    The young Revs team, who are hungry for success now, will look to spring a massive upset in the conference semifinals against perennial power Sporting Kansas City. 

5. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 46

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Philadelphia, 2-1. 

    After all was done and dusted at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, Sporting ensured themselves of hosting the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal. 

    Sporting, who finished second in the East and in the Supporter's Shield race, will take on New England in a clash of experience versus youth in the East Semifinals. 

4. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 48

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

     

    Week 35 Result: Draw with Seattle, 1-1.

    Thanks to Robbie Keane's impeccable knack for scoring against Seattle, the Galaxy earned a valuable road draw to clinch third place in the West. 

    The Galaxy will now take their four-game unbeaten streak into the West semifinals against Real Salt Lake in a matchup that will see plenty of United States men's national team players line up against each other. 

3. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 51

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 5-0.

    Portland sealed their grip on the No. 1 seed in the West with a dominant win over Chivas USA. 

    The top team in the West will have Caleb Porter in the Coach of the Year discussion as well as Diego Valeri being mentioned in the MVP race. 

    While winning those awards would be nice, the real goal of the Timbers is to go as far as they can in the MLS Cup playoffs, and potentially host the MLS Cup if New York and Sporting fall. 

2. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 53

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 2-1.

    Real Salt Lake ended their regular season on Wednesday with their 16th win of the season. 

    The road back to MLS Cup for the Claret and Cobalt begins on Sunday at the StubHub Center against Los Angeles. 

1. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 57

     

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

     

    Week 35 Result: Win over Chicago, 5-2. 

    New York's performance on Sunday at Red Bull Arena was so not metro. 

    The Red Bulls broke their 18-year trophy drought as they walloped the Fire to earn the Supporter's Shield. 

    With one goal down, the Red Bulls now contain home field advantage heading into the MLS Cup playoffs. 

    If they can win MLS Cup, manager Mike Petke will reach legendary status with the fans of the team, if he hasn't already, and attain the ultimate goal in franchise history. 

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