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

How did the one major surprising result of the weekend (New England Revolution's 2-0 defeat of the Galaxy) affect our power rankings? Not at all at the top, but somewhat at the bottom. The top of the chart looks exactly the same as last week, with every SB Nation soccer voter putting the Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, and Columbus Crew 1-2-3 in order. I guess folks don't put too much stock in L.A. losing without Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez.

For the Revolution though, this was a bit of a revelation. They jumped above DC United and all the way into the third tier. A visit to Chicago this weekend though will tell us if their victory was legit.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire swapped spots, but I think that's mostly within the margin of error for two fairly equal teams. The Earthquakes tying last place Philadelphia Union shouldn't have been enough to move them back into the second tier, but I guess it was.

As for our home team, D.C. is in good position to move into the third tier with some positive play this week against two Western Conference foes. Four points should definitely be enough. Two or three? Maybe...