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Week 5 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
KC Wizards 19 5 1
Colorado Rapids 19 5 2
Columbus Crew 19 5 1
NY Red Bulls 19 5 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
Seattle Sounders 13 0 2
Chicago Fire 12 0 3
Houston Dynamo 12 0 2
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Real Salt Lake 9 1 2
NE Revolution 7 0 3
Toronto FC 5 0 4
SJ Earthquakes 5 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
FC Dallas 4 0 3
Chivas USA 3 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

The big story this week in the power rankings comes from our defending champion Real Salt Lake, who continue to plummet down the rankings and the league standings.  This team was 0-3-1 in the month of April , and people are starting to notice.  They enter the third tier for the first time in 2010.  The one top tier vote for them comes from one of our writers clinging to false hopes of a return to glory, and no it didn't come from Denz.

Another interesting development this week is Seattle maintaining its place at the top of the second tier despite earning only one point in two matches this week.  I think that's a testament to a general consensus that scheduling two road matches in opposite corners of the continent in the same week is probably not a statistically significant occurance.  Chicago gets to move up thanks to their two straight wins in their new formation.

As for the rest of the rankings, not too many surprises.  LA once again sweeps the #1 vote for all 7 bloggers.  Four teams earning exactly 5 first tier votes and 2 second tier votes is pretty rare.  Do people forget that Columbus is still quietly undefeated?  Dallas and Toronto swap places based on their respective results against the Sounders.  The Toronto DeRos rolled while FCD remains winless.