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Week 3 SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings

Team Total vote count First Tier votes Last week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
LA Galaxy 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 20 6 1
Real Salt Lake 19 5 1
KC Wizards 18 4 2
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
NE Revolution 16 3 3
NY Red Bulls 14 1 1
Seattle Sounders 14 0 2
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Colorado Rapids 11 0 2
Houston Dynamo 11 0 2
FC Dallas 8 0 3
SJ Earthquakes 5 0 4
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
Chivas USA 4 0 4
Philadelphia Union 3 0 4
Chicago Fire 2 0 3
Toronto FC 0 0 3
DC United 0 0 4

In a sharp contrast from last week's rankings, we're now starting to see lots of movement between tiers.  Funny that I specifically called for the SBN soccer bloggers/voters to give ourselves a pat on the back for having our week 1 rankings be such an accurate predictor of our week 2 rankings.  Not this time!

LA moves ahead of the Crew at the top, and not only are they the only team this week to earn all top tier votes, but they also were ranked #1 by every voter this week.  Pretty impressive.  The Wizards also make a leap into the top tier for the first time after their second straight shutout.

Notice anything different about the second tier this week?  Yes, it only has 3 teams in it.  Which makes sense because with the Rapids and Dynamo tied, we didn't want to have to put one team with a vote count of 11 in the second tier and one in the third tier.

New England continues their charge up the rankings after their second impressive win in a row, while the Sounders continue to fall.  Apparently none of the other bloggers agreed with me that FC Dallas is a team worthy of the second tier.  Eh, they'll see!

The biggest surprise of the week though might be the Earthquakes escaping the bottom tier for the first time and swapping places with the Fire on the heels of their well-earned road victory.

Think we got it right this week?