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Week 26 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
Real Salt Lake 30 10 1
FC Dallas 28 8 1
LA Galaxy 28 8 1
NY Red Bulls 28 8 2
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
Columbus Crew 23 3 2
Seattle Sounders 20 0 2
Colorado Rapids 20 0 2
SJ Earthquakes 20 0 2
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
KC Wizards 10 0 3
Philadelphia Union 7 0 4
Toronto FC 6 0 3
Chicago Fire 5 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
NE Revolution 1 0 4
Houston Dynamo 1 0 4
Chivas USA 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

The New York Red Bulls have hopped back into the top tier for the first time since Week 7. That's no surprise considering their decisive victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. What I don't quite get though is why FC Dallas somehow lost two top tier votes. Perhaps the fact that they've tied three out of their last four matches? But still. Two losses the entire year is impressive. And I think they'll probably be back to their winning ways once Kevin Hartman returns in goal.

We also have a surprise entrant into the third tier: the Philadelphia Union?! Its the first time EVER they've been out of the bottom. The team is 2-1-1 since they're loss to D.C. United on Aug. 22, including a 3-0 win over Chivas USA last week. So yeah, I'd say they deserve. At least for a day until they lose in Colorado tomorrow.