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2013 Week 10.5 MLS Power Rankings

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Twelve Major League Soccer teams were in action on Wednesday evening, giving me a chance to rethink the power rankings that I put together just a couple of days ago. The Red Bulls earned a spot in the SportsCenter Top 10 thanks to their living legend, and Houston continued to roll. No team in the league is worse off than are DC at the moment.

Will anything other than a new boss fix them?

2013 Week 10.5 MLS power rankings

19. DC United (1-7-1): Oh my. Remember how poor DCU were before the DeRo trade a couple of years ago? They're worse right now. Even Ben Olsen is admitting that his job security should be in question.

18. Toronto FC (1-5-4): So Toronto gave up yet another goal in the final ten minutes of regulation. I wonder if grass is still green.

17. Chicago Fire (2-5-1): Nothing new to say about Chicago, as they didn't play on Wednesday. That upcoming home game versus Philly remains massive for the Fire.

16. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-4-3): Vancouver drop in midweek MLS power rankings due to results that didn't involve them. What has been a free-falling 'Caps side now has to host the league champs who dropped points at home last weekend. Yikes.

15. New England Revolution (2-4-3): Take the lead at home against a superior opponent. Surrender two goals. Waste a stoppage time penalty. Yep, that's this year's New England for you.

14. Seattle Sounders (2-3-3): A win at KC was a tremendous response for Seattle following what was a lackluster performance at Philadelphia. All of a sudden, that home game against San Jose doesn't look quite as scary.

13. Chivas USA (3-4-2): I wonder if the MLS website will continue to run feature stories on Chelís if he doesn't soon figure out that playing three at the back isn't going to work.

12. Philadelphia Union (3-3-3): "Meh" Philly at poor Chicago hardly looks like a cracker on paper. Maybe they'll surprise us all and produce a stunner.

11. San Jose Earthquakes (3-3-5): If San Jose could consistently play as well as they do during the final ten minutes of games, they'd again be Supporters' Shield contenders.

10. Columbus Crew (3-3-3): Depending on which Crew side shows up, their upcoming home game against the Rapids could prove to be rather difficult for Columbus.

9. Colorado Rapids (3-4-3): Colorado have just a single away win this year, and that was at lowly Chivas USA. They do have maybe the hottest goalkeeper in the league at the moment, though, so they'll have a shot at Columbus.

8. Sporting Kansas City (5-4-2): I still can't figure SKC out. Whenever they start to look like the best side in the MLS East, they go and put up a stinker; this time at home.

7. Portland Timbers (3-1-6): Portland showed at Dallas that they can hang with the top sides in the league. Still, having twice as many draws as they do wins is a sign of a team that's not yet ready for prime time.

6. Real Salt Lake (5-4-2): It takes true heart to fight back from a goal down during the second half of an away match. RSL look more and more like the real deal as the season progresses.

5. Montreal Impact (5-2-2): Don't read too much into Montreal's loss at Red Bull Arena. They're still earning more points per game than all but one MLS Eastern Conference side.

4. LA Galaxy (4-2-2): LA's spot in the conference table isn't an indicator of their quality. The Galaxy are averaging a win every other game.

3. New York Red Bulls (6-4-2): Yes, the Thierry Henry overhead kick was glorious. That New York nearly failed to close Montreal out in stoppage time is a worry.

2. FC Dallas (6-1-3): Dallas couldn't put Portland away at home on Wednesday, but no other MLS side is averaging over two points-per-game .They remain atop the overall league table.

1. Houston Dynamo (6-2-2): I understand that DC are an absolute mess right now. That doesn't make Houston's 4-0 road victory any less impressive. The Dynamo deserve the top spot of these MLS power rankings after wins at LA and DC in under a week.

For more: Week 10 MLS power rankings

Zac has been covering New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.

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