Week 28 MLS Power Rankings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

Week 28 MLS Power Rankings

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    With the international break out in full force, Major League Soccer did not halt its league play because of the matches all across the globe. 

    The one club affected the most by international absences was the Los Angeles Galaxy, who lost at home to Colorado.

    How did that loss affect the Galaxy in this week's B/R MLS Power Rankings?

    Read on to see where they and the other 18 clubs in the league landed this week. 

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. D.C. United

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    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 28 Result: Loss to Chivas USA, 1-0. 

    D.C. suffered their fourth loss in five matches on Sunday on the road at Chivas USA. 

    The loss was the 19th of the season for Ben Olsen's club, who are in the middle of one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. 

18. Toronto FC

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    Points: 11 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 28 Result: Loss to Portland, 4-0. 

    For 82 minutes, Toronto FC's trip to Jeld-Wen Field was not all that bad.

    However, in the final eight minutes Portland ensured the Reds of a miserable flight back to Ontario with three late goals. 

    The Reds will now look to break their five-match winless streak against Chicago on Wednesday. 

17. Chivas USA

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    Points: 14 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 28 Results: Loss to Seattle, 1-0; Win over D.C., 1-0. 

    After suffering a close defeat to Seattle on Wednesday, Chivas USA rebounded well with a win over D.C. on Sunday. 

    In the win over D.C., Erick Torres scored his seventh goal in nine matches. 

    If Torres had not been loaned to the Goats from parent club Chivas in Liga MX then we could have been talking about a pitiful stretch run for the other team based in Los Angeles. 

16. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 25 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 28 Results: Win over Houston, 2-0; Loss to Sporting, 3-0. 

    The Crew missed out on a golden opportunity to crawl back into the Eastern Conference playoff race this weekend. 

    Under new manager Brian Bliss, the Crew fell flat on the road against Sporting just three days after springing an upset of Houston at home. 

15. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 29 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 28 Result: Win over Philadelphia, 1-0.

    Playing without most of their defensive core, the Earthquakes pulled out a win on Sunday night at home. 

    The reason for that victory was a brilliant goal scored by Shea Salinas in the 15th minute. 

    It was the sixth straight win at Buck Shaw Stadium by Mark Watson's club. 

14. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 32 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 28 Result: Loss to Seattle, 2-1. 

    Things were looking up for the Fire after Mike Magee opened the scoring in the 25th minute in Seattle on Saturday, but then they conceded twice to the Sounders and never responded. 

    The good news for Chicago is that while they were losing out west, their Eastern Conference playoff rivals were also losing thousands of miles away. 

    With New England and Houston falling this weekend, the Fire are still two points adrift of the final Eastern Conference playoff position. 

13. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 35 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 28 Result:  Loss to Columbus, 2-0; Loss to New York, 4-1. 

    The Dynamo missed two opportunities to catapult up the Eastern Conference standings this week as they lost twice to conference foes. 

    In the two losses, Dominic Kinnear's club conceded six goals as they looked nothing like a playoff team.  

12. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 36 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 28 Result: Loss to FC Dallas, 3-1. 

    Vancouver's playoff hopes were put on life support after their Saturday loss to FC Dallas. 

    The Whitecaps fell behind on two late second-half goals, which sunk them into seventh place in the West. 

    Martin Rennie's club will have an uphill battle from here on out as they sit five points behind fifth-place Portland with seven matches left. 

11. FC Dallas

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    Points: 50 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 28 Result: Win over Vancouver, 3-1. 

    FC Dallas climbed back into the Western Conference playoff race with a much-needed victory over Vancouver. 

    The victory featured two late goals, one from Mauro Diaz to put the Hoops ahead, and the other was scored from 50 yards out by Jair Benitez.

    With seven matches left to play, Schellas Hyndman's club is two points behind Portland for the final playoff spot out West. 

10. New England Revolution

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    Points: 52 

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 28 Result: Loss to Montreal, 4-2. 

    The Revolution's home match with Montreal was turned on its head in the fifth minute after a red card was handed to keeper Matt Reis. 

    Playing with 10 men was a major disadvantage to Jay Heaps' side, who luckily kept their fifth-place spot in the East after losses by Houston and Chicago. 

9. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 55 

    Last Week's Ranking: 

    Week 28 Result: Loss to San Jose, 1-0. 

    The Union extended their winless streak to four matches after yet another disappointing result. 

    This week, the letdown came against a San Jose club that was missing two of its best defenders. 

    Somehow, the Union are still in playoff contention as they sit in fourth in the East on 39 points. 

8. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 61 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 28 Result: Win over Los Angeles, 1-0.

    Edson Buddle burned his former club on the road with a 74th-minute winner on Saturday night. 

    Buddle's winner for the Rapids came against a depleted Galaxy squad that was suffering from plenty of absences due to international duty. 

    The win also vaulted Oscar Pareja's club to within one point of the third-place Galaxy in the West. 

7. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 71 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 28 Result: Win over New England, 4-2. 

    Two Patrice Bernier penalties and two Marco Di Vaio goals pushed the Impact back to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. 

    With his brace, Di Vaio extended his lead atop the Golden Boot standings to two over Mike Magee. 

    The Italian leads the league with 17 goals this season. 

T-5. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 72 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 28 Result: Win over Houston, 4-1. 

    New York went into BBVA Compass Stadium and walked all over the Dynamo on Sunday.

    The Red Bulls saw four different players find the back of the net in their 13th win of the season. 

    Mike Petke's club stayed in second place in the East with the victory, but they only trail Montreal on goal differential for the top spot. 

T-5. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 72 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 28 Result: Win over Toronto, 4-0. 

    It took them until the 83rd minute to do so, but Portland took care of business against Toronto FC.

    After scoring just once in the first 82 minutes, the Timbers unleashed a trio of goals in the final seven minutes as they cruised to victory in front of the Timbers Army at Jeld-Wen Field. 

    Caleb Porter's club stayed two points ahead of FC Dallas in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot with the win. 

4. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 73 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 28 Results: Win over Chivas USA, 1-0; Win over Chicago, 2-1. 

    Take note, Galaxy, the Sounders showed you how to win without their key international stars.

    With Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson out of the lineup, the Sounders went on to record six points in their two matches this week.

    Dempsey and Johnson will be back for the massive clash with Real Salt Lake at home on Friday night.

3. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 79 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 28 Result: Loss to Colorado, 1-0. 

    Missing some of their biggest stars because of international duty, the Galaxy fell at home to the Rapids. 

    Instead of leaping to the top of the Western Conference standings with a victory, Bruce Arena's club remained in third place with 43 points. 

2. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 82 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 28 Result: Win over Columbus, 3-0. 

    Sporting filled the void left by the departed Kei Kamara with a goal each from all three of their starting forwards on Saturday. 

    Claudio Bieler, Soony Saad and C.J. Sapong all scored in the club's 13th victory of the season.

    Peter Vermes' club has the week off next week in order to prepare for its CONCACAF Champions League clash with Real Esteli next Tuesday. 

1. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 95 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 28 Result: No Match Played

    Real Salt Lake had the weekend off as they prepare for the their top-of-the-table clash with Seattle on Friday night in front of a national audience. 

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