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Week 12 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
Real Salt Lake 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 20 6 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
Colorado Rapids 17 3 2
NY Red Bulls 15 1 2
Toronto FC 14 0 2
SJ Earthquakes 13 0 2
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Chicago Fire 9 0 3
FC Dallas 8 0 3
KC Wizards 7 0 4
Houston Dynamo 7 0 3
Seattle Sounders 6 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
DC United 2 0 4
NE Revolution 1 0 3
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
Chivas USA 0 0 4

We shouldn't be too surprised not to see much movement in the rankings due to a shortened week of only four MLS matches. At the top of the table, we find LA Galaxy still ahead of Real Salt Lake, despite their 1-0 loss to the same team. We'll have to keep an eye on the Galaxy during this World Cup break, but I have a feeling they'll remain at the top as being the championship favorite, even though they're missing Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle for a couple of weeks (hopefully the whole month!!).

The best match of the week was the 2-2 draw between the Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire, in which either team could have scored more goals if not for some posts and some quality saves. They should probably both be in the second tier at this point, with Marco Pappa currently on fire, so to speak.

Despite being off from MLS play this week, the New England Revolution drop back down to the fourth tier, probably due to their captain Shalrie Joseph suffering an injury in their friendly against Cruzeiro.

DC United fans are starting to feel some hope, and while the team has not yet emerged from the bottom tier, they're pretty damn close. No longer is anybody putting United behind the Philadelphia Union in the rankings. Why some are still putting United behind Chivas USA and their five-game losing streak continues to baffle me.