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Week 21 SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings

Team Total vote count First Tier votes Last week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
Real Salt Lake 24 7 1
Columbus Crew 24 7 1
LA Galaxy 23 6 1
FC Dallas 23 6 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
NY Red Bulls 17 1 2
Seattle Sounders 17 1 2
SJ Earthquakes 16 0 3
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Chicago Fire 11 0 3
Colorado Rapids 10 0 2
Toronto FC 8 0 3
KC Wizards 6 0 4
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
Houston Dynamo 2 0 4
NE Revolution 1 0 3
Chivas USA 0 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

There wasn't much movement in the power rankings this week, and I have a feeling that this will be true for much of the remainder of the season. Everyone is about where they're supposed to be. Real Salt Lake deserves to be in first place. And they deserve to be joined by the Columbus Crew, Los Angeles Galaxy, and FC Dallas.

I think we'll see the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls remain in the second tier for the rest of the season, but the five teams below them are likely to continue to bounce up and down and around.

The big results of the week: Columbus's dominance of the Colorado Rapids knocked the Rapids down a level. The Chicago Fire's loss to Houston will get me to stop whining about them being underrated for at least one week. And the Kansas City Wizards' defeat of the New England Revolution caused the two teams to swap spots.