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Week 13 MLS power rankings

By Jed Layton

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 13 2011 6:55 p.m. MDT

1. Philadelphia Union (6-3-4, 22 points) Prev. 3: Philadelphia is quietly chugging along as the best team in the Eastern Conference. The Union was unlucky to not win against Real as its offense was in fine form, but the finishing was slightly off. Next up: Vancouver, Saturday.

2. Los Angeles Galaxy (8-2-7, 31 points) Prev. 2: None of last week’s top five teams played particularly well this last week. Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Salt Lake and Seattle combined for a record of 0-2-3, with the Galaxy responsible for one of the ties, the second of the year against Toronto. Next up: Colorado, Saturday.

3. San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-4, 19 points) Prev. 6: No team is playing better soccer than the Earthquakes. The most amazing part is that San Jose is doing so without its leader, Chris Wondolowski. The Quakes is the only team in MLS to have won four of the last five. Next up: Friday, Kansas City.

4. FC Dallas (7-4-4, 25 points) Prev. 1: Normally a single loss wouldn’t result in a team falling so far in the rankings. But an ugly 4-1 loss to typically pathetic Kansas City deserves harsh criticism. FC Dallas fans can find comfort by watching highlights of Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. Next up: Chivas, Saturday.

5. Colorado Rapids (4-3-7, 19 points) Prev. 8: The streak is over. After six straight ties and single-point results, the Rapids were able to secure three much needed points. Colorado is recovering from the injury bug that bit it early in the season and is playing more like the championship team of last year. Next up: Los Angeles, Saturday.

6. Seattle Sounders (5-4-7, 22 points) Prev. 5: Seattle was thwarted from three hard-fought points by Erik Hassli's miracle goal. But it could have been worse for the Sounders. Kasey Keller continually saves the day. He has earned three saves of the week awards thus far. Next up: Toronto, Saturday.

7. Real Salt Lake (6-3-3, 21 points) Prev. 4: Real came away with only one point from a tough two-game road trip. Salt Lake is still the only team to have won half of its games or more this season. Next up: DC United, Saturday.

8. New York Red Bulls (5-2-7, 22 points) Prev. 7: New York finally won a game, but it was against one of the worst teams in the league, and it took a goal by New England to secure it. The national media continues to place New York as favorites, but the Red Bulls aren't playing great soccer. Next up: Portland, Sunday.

9. Houston Dynamo (4-5-6, 18 points) Prev. 13: Houston's up and down season appears to be on the upswing, although a road win still continues to evade the Dynamo. Next up: Columbus, Saturday.

10. Chivas USA (4-4-5, 15 points) Prev. 10: The Goats lost some rhythm in losing to Houston on Saturday. Prior to that, Chivas hadn't lost in three games. The Goats are one of the few MLS teams to own a better road record than home record. To regain its lost rhythm, Chivas will need to change that trend. Next up: Dallas, Saturday.

11. D.C. United (4-5-4, 16 points) Prev. 9: United's defensive woes are back. Earlier in the season, United had three games where its opponents scored four or more goals — a league high. But in recent weeks, the back line has held firm. The old trend reappeared Saturday as the Union allowed four easy goals against San Jose. Next up: Salt Lake, Saturday.

12. Columbus Crew (4-4-6, 18 points) Prev. 12: Andres Mendoza continues to make headlines around MLS, and not in a good way. While he did play well against Salt Lake, the Peruvian caused a controversy by refusing to give up a penalty kick to Jeff Cunningham, who is one goal away from tying the all-time goal leader and is the team's designated penalty kicker. Next up: Houston, Saturday.

13. Chicago Fire (2-4-8, 14 points) Prev. 14: Chicago finally put its winless streak to an end with a thrilling finish against Columbus. However, the Fire should have come away with two victories this week as the Fire settled for a tie while playing up a man against Kansas City on Thursday. Next up: New England, Saturday.

14. Portland Timbers (5-6-2, 17 points) Prev. 11: Portland's home-field dominance appears to be over as is its Cinderella season. The Timbers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak while dealing with one of the fewest setbacks from international call-ups. Next up: New York, Sunday.

15. Sporting Kansas City (2-6-4, 10 points) Prev. 16: Kansas City has a new stadium but couldn't win there. Solace was found in Dallas, where goals flew in with relative ease. If Kansas City can find a way to get points at home as easily as it did in Dallas, a playoff run is possible, barely. Next up: San Jose, Friday.

16. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-6-8, 11 points) Prev. 17: Eric Hassli made up for all three of his red cards with the most spectacular goal of the season. It easily outdoes Carlos Ruiz's volley and will compete with Juan Agudelo's strike for goal of the year. Unfortunately, Hassli's goal only resulted in a tie for the Caps, who are still winless since opening weekend. Next up: Philadelphia, Saturday.

17. Toronto FC (2-5-8, 14 points) Prev. 18: Like DC United, Toronto has to be more than thrilled to have tied Los Angeles in both matches this season. Toronto's equalizer against the Galaxy was one of the most thrilling of an extremely exciting week of MLS. Next up: New England, Wednesday and Seattle, Saturday.

18. New England Revolution (3-7-4, 13 points) Prev. 15: New England makes its first appearance at the bottom of the rankings. New England has few excuses for its poor soccer. Lack of talent, bad execution, mediocre coaching and selfish play aren't excuses, they are causes. Next up: Toronto, Wednesday & Chicago, Saturday.

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