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Week 2 SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings

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Team Total vote count First Tier votes Last week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
Columbus Crew 20 6 1
LA Galaxy 19 5 1
NY Red Bulls 19 5 2
Real Salt Lake 19 5 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
KC Wizards 15 3 2
Houston Dynamo 15 2 2
Colorado Rapids 15 1 2
Seattle Sounders 15 1 1
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Chicago Fire 9 0 3
NE Revolution 7 0 3
FC Dallas 7 0 3
Toronto FC 6 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams That Should Be Relegated
Chivas USA 1 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
SJ Earthquakes 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

For this second edition of the SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings, we have added a seventh voter, which is fellow SBN Soccer blogger and MLS follower Cottagers Confidential (for Fulham fans).

On first glance, you might notice that there wasn't much movement between the tiers.  That tells me that our voters should give themselves a collective pat on the back for getting this thing right last week.

On second glance, you also notice that there is a significant and defined difference between each tier.  The four top teams each earned at least 5 top tier votes from the 7 voters, and every one of the second tier teams earned at least 1 top tier vote.  So even though the teams are all still packed together in the MLS standings, certain teams are clearly beginning to distinguish themselves in our minds.

Going into this week's voting, I was most interested in seeing how each blogger would grade Houston and Salt Lake after their match on Thursday night.  For the record, I voted both of them for the top tier, but wasn't surprised to find that RSL remains ahead of the Dynamo in the SBNhanced Power Rankings, despite being behind them where it really counts in the standings.

Anything else jump out at you?  Care to take a guess if these rankings will still hold after the full slate of 8 games this Saturday?