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MLS Power Rankings, Week 11: West side the best side

The Western Conference leaders are starting to dominate in this week's Power Rankings.

Pablo Mastroeni is fired up that his team is on top of the Power Rankings.
Pablo Mastroeni is fired up that his team is on top of the Power Rankings.
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May has seen several teams attempt to establish themselves as among the contenders for this year's Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup trophy. In Week 11, we finally had some teams emerge from the pack as the ones that each team must really bring their A game against when their name's next on the schedule. With these teams, they have some differences but there's really one common theme: the Western Conference is dominating this league through a third of the season. Seven of the top 10 teams in this week's Power Rankings hail from west of the Mississippi River, and most of the Eastern Conference squads can't do much but try to catch up.

There are a couple Eastern Conference teams that are staying in the hunt. They're doing it with grit, tenacious play and with no quit in their play. Still, they are looking up at several teams, namely the Colorado Rapids, the LA Galaxy, FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Still, there's plenty of season left and there's plenty of room in the East for one or several teams to make a run on the leaders.

We have a new number 1 this week, as the Rapids take the top spot. Our beloved D.C. United, fresh off the #beatemdown of the rival New York Red Bulls, move up a couple spots to #16. The Chicago Fire return to the basement. But, let's hear from you. Who's poised to make a long run? Who are the team(s) that you think are pretenders instead of contenders? You know the drill...hit those comments and spit that hot fire!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

Colorado Rapids

2

24

12

They’re the class of the league and are deservedly in the top spot.

2

LA Galaxy

1

19

10

Got the draw in Philly, which is a great result.

3

FC Dallas

7

23

13

They stormed back last week with 2 wins and are nipping at the leaders’ heels.

4

Vancouver Whitecaps

10

20

13

2 victories last week, including a wild one in Toronto.

5

Montreal Impact

4

16

11

Held off Philly for the draw at home.

6

San Jose Earthquakes

5

18

11

Torched Houston at home.

7

Real Salt Lake

3

17

10

Lost in Houston and those points were 3 they should have left with.

8

Philadelphia Union

6

15

10

They’re a tough out and they proved that with 2 draws.

9

Sporting Kansas City

8

17

13

Lost at Colorado but rebounded at home against Orlando.

10

New York City FC

14

16

11

This team is hot. 3 in a row for the…Pigeons?

11

Toronto FC

9

14

10

Wild match against the Whitecaps, but lose at home.

12

Seattle Sounders

15

13

10

Got snake bit on the road in Dallas.

13

Orlando City

12

11

10

Fought hard, but lost the match in KC.

14

New England Revolution

16

13

12

Got the easy win against Chicago.

15

Portland Timbers

11

12

12

They’ve hit the skids hard and they need to regroup.

16

D.C. United

18

13

11

Looked dominant against their Atlantic Cup rivals with the 2-0 shellacking.

17

New York Red Bulls

13

10

11

Torched in DC and they looked terrible for most of the match.

18

Houston Dynamo

19

11

11

Smoked by San Jose but beat RSL at home.

19

Columbus Crew SC

20

10

10

They’re going to need to find scoring to replace Kei Kamara.

20

Chicago Fire

17

7

9

2 losses this week means they drop back into last place.