Real Salt Lake: Week 12 MLS Power Rankings

By Jed Layton

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 6 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

12. Columbus Crew (3-3-6, 15 points) Prev. 13: The Crew played typical mediocre soccer up until the 90-minute mark down 1-0 against New York, but once the second referee held up the sign for stoppage time minutes, the Crew started playing like the Crew of two years ago. Accurate passes, communication, finishing runs all helped result in a dramatic goal to achieve a road draw. Next up: Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and Chicago on Sunday.

13. Houston Dynamo (3-5-6, 15 points) Prev. 11: The Dynamo can play some of the best, prettiest soccer in all of MLS, but they can also play some of the worst soccer. The former showed up in a 2-0 loss to San Jose Saturday. Next up: Chivas, Saturday.

14. Chicago Fire (1-4-7, 10 points) Prev. 15: The Fire did not receive any favors from schedulers this year. Chicago has already played in a home opener this year being trounced 4-2 by Portland. From that point on Chicago struggled. Now Chicago gets to be the first team to play in Kansas City's new stadium. Will Chicago's poor play trend continue or will the Fire be able to find motivation? Next up: Kansas City on Thursday and Columbus on Sunday.

15. New England Revolution (3-6-4, 13 points) Prev. 14: The Revs continue to lose, but at least a 1-0 loss to Dallas isn't as ugly as some of the other losses have been. New England is fielding a young team prone to mistakes and miscommunication. As the season progresses some of those errors will hopefully be corrected. Next up: New York, Friday.

16. Sporting Kansas City (1-6-3, 6 points) Prev. 17: The seemingly never-ending road trip is finally ending. Kansas City will host its first MLS game on Thursday against the Fire. Sporting has lots of ground to catch up and will have a multitude of home games to do so, but only six points in 10 road games wasn't good enough. Next up: Chicago, Thursday.

17. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-6-7, 10 points) Prev. 16: Eric Hassli proved that MLS refs are susceptible to bad calls due to reputation. Hassli had received two red cards previous to Wednesday's game against Chivas. A third red card against him for a mild tackle was completely unwarranted. Next up: Seattle, Saturday.

18. Toronto FC (2-5-7, 13 points) Prev. 18: Toronto and Kansas City played in the most boring game of the year. Hopefully potential soccer fans did not watch that game because it showed how bad soccer can be. Toronto is in a complete tailspin and FC fans are already calling for Toronto to follow the lead of Vancouver and Chicago and do away with coach Aron Winter. Next up: Los Angeles, Saturday.

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