COMMENTARY | Seattle deservedly stole Major League Soccer headlines by acquiring Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur. Lost in the shuffle is the fact that the New York Red Bulls are now atop the MLS East table and also level on points with league-leader Salt Lake. RBNY have thus far avoided their typical summer meltdown, leaving some to wonder if this may finally be their year.
Dare to dream, New York fans.
2013 Week 23 MLS power rankings
19. Columbus Crew (6-11-5): New ownership alone is not saving Columbus. They were barely a professional team down at Houston this past Saturday.
18. DC United (3-15-4): Of course, the TV feed would cut out right as DC was burying the goal that put Montreal away for good. That's just how United's season has gone.
17. Chivas USA (4-13-5): Way too wasteful in the attacking third at SJ, Chivas just don't have the talent to let any team in the league off the hook. It's going to be a long three months for this team.
16. New England Revolution (8-8-6): Remember that 1-0 home loss to Toronto, Revs supporters, if your beloved side fails to finish in the top five of the MLS East table.
15. Toronto FC (4-10-8): They're still an absolute disaster, but at least Toronto is finally on 20 points. Don't look now, but they've gone three straight without a loss.
14. FC Dallas (8-6-8): There are zero signs that Dallas is turning things around anytime soon. They easily could have lost 6-0 at Seattle this past Saturday.
13. Philadelphia Union (9-7-7): Philly continues to be unable to consistently go in the right direction. Winning in Vancouver was nice, but it has essentially been erased by a home defeat to Chicago.
12. Chicago Fire (8-9-4): It's another week of "Mike Magee for MVP" cries. Chicago failing to make the playoffs may not even prevent Magee from winning the award.11. Seattle Sounders (9-7-4): Let's all calm down before we crown Seattle champions. Signing Clint Dempsey is admittedly huge for both the club and for the league, but the Sounders wouldn't be a playoff side if the season ended today.
10. San Jose Earthquakes (8-9-6): I joked last week about SJ not needing Wondo. Then he goes and notches a brace. He sure showed me.
9. Houston Dynamo (9-6-6): Reclaiming that home form that made them unbeatable in Houston could be the key for the Dynamo's postseason hopes.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (9-7-6): It was vital that Vancouver stops the bleeding with at least a draw at Portland. They've got two games in hand over Colorado, but it sure looks like Seattle will be climbing into the top five of the conference table sooner than later.
7. Sporting Kansas City (10-7-6): First it was Montreal, and now it's New York. I don't want to say KC is getting a reputation for playing dirty when they are frustrated, but...
6. Montreal Impact (10-6-5): You don't want to overreact about one result. Montreal is still atop the points-per-game table. Being outplayed by the worst team in the league, though, is a bad sign for any supposed title contender.
5. LA Galaxy (10-9-3): They get a bump from other results, not their win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup.
4. Portland Timbers (8-3-11): There are conflicting ways to summarize Portland; that they are nearly impossible to beat, or that the amount of points they've dropped throughout the season is eventually going to cost them big time.
3. Colorado Rapids (9-7-8): The Rocky Mountain Cup is Colorado's for the first time in seven years. Congrats to the Rapids and to their fans.
2. Real Salt Lake (11-7-5): RSL picked up a solid point on a dark and stormy night in Colorado. That game was a reminder that Nick Rimando remains the best goalkeeper in the league.
1. New York Red Bulls (11-7-5): With no Tim Cahill and with Thierry Henry having an unremarkable game, New York went into KC and picked up the biggest result of the Mike Petke era. I thought the Red Bulls were supposed to be in the middle of a "summer swoon" by now.
For more: Last week's MLS power rankings.
Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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