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Week 9 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
LA Galaxy 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 21 7 1
Real Salt Lake 20 6 1
SJ Earthquakes 20 6 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
Houston Dynamo 14 0 2
Colorado Rapids 14 0 2
NY Red Bulls 13 1 2
Toronto FC 12 0 3
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
FC Dallas 7 0 3
Chicago Fire 7 0 3
Seattle Sounders 6 0 3
KC Wizards 4 0 3
Chivas USA 4 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
NE Revolution 1 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

With a shorter slate of MLS matches this past weekend, I was expecting that there wouldn't be too much movement in the rankings.  But wow, I never would have expected there would be almost NO changes.

The only change for the week is Toronto FC moving up from the third tier and into the second, based on their 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.  Everyone else held pat. There was some conversation over at Sounder At Heart ast week about whether or not the Seattle Sounders really deserved their third tier ranking.  Their loss to the San Jose Earthquakes proved that these voting bloggers know what they're doing.

The biggest surprise of the week is the New York Red Bulls remaining in the second tier, despite currently being on a three-game losing streak.  Are the voters leaving NYRB high up in the rankings because we feel they are just suffering through a rough patch, like Real Salt Lake was in April?  I reached out to the one individual who gave New York a first place vote, but he declined to comment. We'll see how this plays out.