The Portland Timbers are the Major League Soccer flavor of the week, but my eyes are only on the league champions. LA Galaxy look more dangerous now than they ever did during the 2012 regular season, and the rich may soon be getting richer. At the opposite end of the league table and MLS power rankings are DCU, who look utterly hopeless at the end of April.
2013 Week 9 MLS power rankings
19. DC United (1-6-1): Losers of five straight, DC continue to be an absolute mess. How much time will Ben Olsen get to right the ship?
18. Toronto FC (1-3-4): Late goals were again the big story regarding TFC. That's a sign of a team that isn't yet able to regularly compete with the big boys of the league.
17. Seattle Sounders (1-3-2): Seattle had some extra time to celebrate their victory over Colorado. That may not necessarily be a good thing for a team that finally had some positive momentum this season.
16. Chicago Fire (2-5-1): Just when it looks like Chicago are beginning to come around, they put up a stinker in Montreal. Losing Jeff Larentowicz for a game because of a red card isn't going to help matters.
15. New England Revolution (2-3-2): The Revs learned this past weekend that good things happen when you actually find the back of the net. Let's see if it was a fluke, or if their attack has finally found life.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-3-3): Vancouver deserve credit for rallying back from a two-goal deficit to the delight of the hometown crowd. Still, the Whitecaps remain a team that continues to underperform.
13. Colorado Rapids (2-4-3): There's nothing wrong with taking a point from Houston. Colorado could be in some trouble, however, if the Hendry Thomas leg injury is serious.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-4): The cardiac kids of MLS were at it again, this time against Chivas. San Jose haven't won since March 23.
11. Philadelphia Union (3-3-2): Philly were rather lackluster on the Gillette Stadium turf. It appears that Jack McInerney is human, after all.
10. Real Salt Lake (3-4-2): Despite dominating possession and having 20 attempts on goal, RSL were downed at home by a LA Galaxy side that was a combination of first and second team players. Yuck.
9. Chivas USA (3-3-2): Chelís is going to be forced to rethink his formation preferences as the season goes on. Chivas are exciting to watch, but they aren't winning anything until they get stronger in defense.
8. Columbus Crew (3-2-3): You have to be careful to not read too much into Columbus dismantling DC. United are just awful right now.
7. Sporting KC (4-3-2): Inconsistency is KC's biggest concern as May approaches. The advertised "best back line in MLS" was absolutely torched by Portland.
6. New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Beating several bad teams is no reason for the Red Bulls to plan for a parade, but the wins count all the same in the standings. That Tim Cahill guy is going to be just fine.
5. Houston Timbers (4-2-2): The Dynamo were very uninspiring on Sunday, but at least they saved the point at home. They continue to be unbeatable at BBVA Compass Stadium.
4. Portland Timbers (3-1-4): That Portland bandwagon is getting crowded in a hurry, but I still see a team that needs to get settled in defense if it's going anywhere significant in 2013.
3. FC Dallas (6-1-2): I'll just come out and say it: Your squad is too good, Dallas, for all the "theatrics" that are witnessed each time you play.
2. Montreal Impact (5-1-1): When are fans and analysts going to take Montreal seriously? They're the real deal, more than a side that just relies on counterattacks.
1. LA Galaxy (4-1-2): The champs and kings of MLS power rankings are entering that "scary good" level. No other side in the league can match LA's depth.
For more: Last week's 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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