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RBNY Fan: 2012 Week 24 MLS Power Rankings

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Just when some were ready to panic about the New York Red Bulls, the squad rallied and jumped back ahead of Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer standings and power rankings. The big story of the week in league power rankings is, as usual, San Jose Earthquakes, who again found a game-winner at the death. At this rate, "team of destiny" may not be a strong enough description for SJ. The Supporters Shield remains theirs to lose.

2012 Week 24 MLS power rankings

19. Portland Timbers (5-12-5): Portland didn't play this past weekend. They're still lousy.

18. Toronto FC (5-13-4): Remember that description about Portland? Keep that, add in something about CONCACAF Champions League, and you've got TFC right now.

17. New England Revolution (6-12-5): The Revs aren't doing much during the final one-third of the season, but that doesn't mean they should be dropping points at home. At least there is preseason Patriots football, right?

16. Colorado Rapids (8-15-1): If almost scoring counted half as much as did scoring, the Rapids probably would have earned three points at Dallas. It doesn't, however, and Colorado's slide down power rankings has resumed.

15. Philadelphia Union (7-12-2): Philly couldn't even find the back of the net on their own in the 3-1 loss at home to Chicago. Union fans have had a rough 2012.

14. FC Dallas (6-11-8): Four points against Portland and Colorado aren't enough to get me at all excited about Dallas. If they find a way to win in Vancouver, however, we may have something to talk about.

13. Chivas USA (7-9-5): They're only on 26 points and they were destroyed by LA Galaxy, but they have played just 21 league matches as of the posting of this piece. There's still time, but that time is definitely running out.

12. Columbus Crew (8-8-4): Got a bit of a break, but Crew will be tested on Wednesday when they host in-form LA Galaxy. That could prove to be a statement game for Columbus.

11. Montreal Impact (10-13-3): Montreal earned a huge three points at New England, but there is still plenty of work left to do if Impact truly are going to catch up with DC and/or Chicago.

10. LA Galaxy (11-11-3): Get blown out on national TV, rally to blow opponents out on national TV. Galaxy are anything but boring in mid-August.

9. DC United (11-8-3): Losing at KC hardly shows DC are a poor side. They've still played just 22 league contests, two fewer than conference rivals San Jose, KC and RBNY.

8. Seattle Sounders (10-6-7): Football is indeed a cruel, cruel game. Seattle found an equalizer at the death, but such joy lasted but a few seconds before San Jose crushed those good feelings.

7. Vancouver Whitecaps (10-7-7): I'll go ahead and say it: Where was this Dane Richards during the first half of the 2012 season?

6. Chicago Fire (11-7-5): Winning in Philly isn't a reason to plan a parade, but Chicago continue to hang points-wise with the best of the best in the MLS East.

5. Houston Dynamo (11-6-7): Beat New York 2-0, lose to New York 2-0. Thierry Henry still thinks Houston are better than New York, though, so there's that.

4. Real Salt Lake (13-9-3): Loss at lowly Colorado followed by a defeat at Vancouver. Let's see how they do against Dallas before we start asking the "what's wrong at RSL?" question.

3. New York Red Bulls (12-7-5): Can the Red Bulls possibly find a way to play as well away from home as they do at Red Bull Arena? If so, they're winning the MLS Cup this December.

2. Sporting Kansas City (13-7-4): KC have jumped ahead of both New York and Houston in the standings. They'll have two chances to prove themselves against RBNY in the next month.

1. San Jose Earthquakes (14-5-5): Kings of all MLS power rankings yet again. The road to the title goes through San Jose.

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