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Week 8 MLS Power Rankings

By Jed Layton

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 9 2011 10:14 a.m. MDT

1. New York Red Bulls (4-1-3, 15 points) Prvs 1: Despite not being a goalkeeper, Tim Ream should receive save-of-the-week honors. His sliding kick to prevent a Los Angeles go-ahead goal was the highlight of an entertaining matchup between two of the best teams in the league. New York is looking like the team to beat early on. Next up: Chivas USA, Sunday.

2. Real Salt Lake (5-1-0, 15 points) Prvs 2: Jason Kreis and Real likely would trade the win over Chivas for a loss if Javier Morales' ankle was returned to its whole form. His loss severely damages an offense already struggling to find the back of the net. Next up: Houston, Saturday.

3. Los Angeles Galaxy (4-2-4, 16 points) Prvs 5: Both David Beckham and Landon Donovan played well Saturday against the Red Bulls. More importantly, the two stars played well together. However, Los Angeles appeared to be on the rise two weeks ago only to fall apart last week. Will the Galaxy be able to stay consistent? Next up: Philadelphia, Wednesday.

4. Philadelphia Union (4-2-1, 13 points) Prvs 4: With the exception of a 1-1 tie against Seattle a few weeks ago, each Union result this year has been 1-0 or 0-1. To stay an elite team in the league Philadelphia needs to start scoring more than once a game. Next up: Los Angeles, Wednesday.

5. Columbus Crew (3-1-4, 13 points) Prvs 8: Columbus was kept from three points only by magnificent goal tending from Seattle's Kasey Keller. Despite the tie, Columbus is still the suprise team of the early season. Next up: San Jose, Saturday.

6. Portland Timbers (4-3-1, 13 points) Prvs 9: Portland is continuing to be dominant at home. The field size, crowd factor and weather all play in the Timbers' favor. A real test of the Timbers' talent will be if a win can be found on the road. The next opportunity is the MLS marquee matchup of the week in the first of a long-anticipated Northwest rivalry. Next up: Seattle, Saturday.

7. FC Dallas (3-3-2, 11 points) Prvs 7: Dallas is playing the most consistent soccer in the league. However, consistent doesn't always translate into great. A 0-0 tie against DC United last week was a perfect example of hard working, decent soccer. However, to move up as an elite team Dallas needs to be more consistently great. Next up: Toronto, Wednesday.

8. Colorado Rapids (4-3-2, 14 points) Prvs 10: Colorado seems to be leaving the Brian Mullen suspension behind obtaining four key points in the last week. Pablo Mastroeni is readapting well after his latest injury, but the Rapids still desperately need Conor Casey back. Next up: DC United, Saturday.

9. Seattle Sounders (3-3-4, 13 points) Prvs 6: Keller kept Week 8 from being a complete disaster for the Sounders. His stoppage time save to preserve a tie was the best of the week by a player with goalie gloves on. However, Seattle's loss to DC United on Wednesday was just ugly. Next up: Portland, Saturday.

10. Houston Dynamo (3-3-3, 12 points) Prvs 3: Houston followed up one of the best games in the team's history with two major flops. The Dynamo had two successive 2-1 losses to Colorado and Toronto. While Houston was the better team in the first game, a mediocre Toronto team easily outplayed the Dynamo all game long. Next up: Salt Lake, Saturday.

11. New England Revolution (2-3-4, 10 points) Prvs 12: New England can't find the goal as of late. The Revs haven't scored since an 83rd-minute goal clinched a win over Kansas City two weeks ago. Since then the Revs have been kept scoreless by Chivas and Colorado. Next up: Vancouver, Saturday.

12. Toronto FC (2-3-4, 10 points) Prvs 16: Toronto's forwards Joao Plata and Nick Soolsma are beginning to find each other. The two played well in helping Toronto pick up a win against Houston. Next up: Dallas, Wednesday.

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