COMMENTARY | Order has been restored in that the team atop the league standings is once again at the top of the Major League Soccer power rankings.
Only Salt Lake appears to be not pretenders to the throne, as it is very difficult to count on KC, NY or even Portland winning on a weekly basis. You can definitely count on DC being at the bottom of these lists. The United are a lost cause.
2013 Week 24 MLS power rankings
19 DC United (3-16-4): DC has more losses than it does points. Not much else needs to be said about United.
18. Chivas USA (4-13-6): The most startling highlight of the final match of the weekend was how quiet the arena was when Chivas, the hosts, found the back of the net. Those players deserve better than what their club gives them.
17. New England Revolution (8-9-6): That 3-0 drubbing at the hands of KC offered yet another reminder that the Revs are not yet prime-time ready.
16. Toronto FC (4-11-8): Don't let the one-goal loss at home to maybe the league's most fired-up team fool you. Things have been better up in Toronto over the past month.
15. Columbus Crew (7-11-5): Took a gift penalty from the ref and ran with it en route to a 2-0 win over a lifeless New York side. Their playoff hopes remain on life support, but there's at least a little hope.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (8-10-6): When SJ is on, it is one of the more underrated sides in MLS. When the Earthquakes are off, though, they are downright awful.
13. FC Dallas (8-6-9): Note for the future: You should probably mark Landon Donovan when he is inside the penalty area, Dallas.
12. Houston Dynamo (9-7-6): Houston couldn't break through the RSL back line, so it thought taking shots from distance was wise. Not shockingly, none of those attempts beat Nick Rimando.
11. Montreal Impact (10-7-5): Has Montreal melted away? Where went what was not all that long ago the best team in the league?
10. Chicago Fire (9-9-4): Chicago won a match without Magic Mike burying a goal. That's impressive, and so is the fact that the Fire are now two points off of a playoff spot.
9. Seattle Sounders (10-7-4): I'm glad everyone is over the moon about Clint Dempsey and all, but Seattle still wouldn't make the playoffs if the season ended today.
8. Philadelphia Union (10-7-7): Picking up points against the worst teams in the league is what earns clubs playoff spots. Philly did well to take care of business at home against DC.
7. LA Galaxy (10-9-4): I feel a bit bad for LA, which was done in by the assistant referee on at least one occasion. You had one job, sir. Raise the offside flag.
6. New York Red Bulls (11-8-5): And back down MLS power rankings they go. RBNY has zero chance of winning anything without both Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry in the team.
5. Portland Timbers (8-3-11): Bounced from the US Open Cup, it looks like it is now "MLS Cup or Bust" for Portland.
4. Colorado Rapids (9-7-9): Colorado probably should have played better against lowly Chivas, but a road point is not to be thrown away. I'm still baffled that some aren't convinced the Rapids are the real deal.
3. Vancouver Whitecaps (10-7-6): What summer swoon? The Whitecaps are not letting RSL run away with the Supporters' Shield as the end of summer draws near.
2. Sporting Kansas City (11-7-6): They're awful. They're great. They're awful. They're great. They are SKC.
1. Real Salt Lake (12-7-5): The most complete team in the league, Salt Lake could realistically be in for the triple come this fall. Jason Kreis taking home COTY honors would just be the icing on top of the cake.
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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