MLS Power Rankings: Week 30

RSL, Galaxy hold top spots as postseason begins

With the playoffs finally looming, there's little change atop Mt. Power Rankings. The Rocky Mountain champs are still tops here too, despite nearly falling flat in Colorado. The Sounders and FC Dallas, meanwhile, took some lumps before the final whistle blew on the season, while New York drops in at No. 3.

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1 1

Being favored in the playoffs is something new for this organization, but we can't help but think they're salivating at a cold-weather MLS Cup final.

(15-4-11, 56 pts.) Last: Beat Cruz Azul, 3-1 (CCL), Tied COL, 2-2 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at FCD

2 4

Arena's boys needed that lift from last-day win over FCD. They may do just enough to win. But that's all they'll need in postseason.

(18-7-5, 59 pts.) Last: Beat FCD, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Sunday at SEA

3 5

Think cozy Buck Shaw Stadium will remind Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez of an early-round Copa del Rey road game?

(15-9-6, 51 pts.) Last: Beat NE, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at SJ

4 2

Donovan and Beckham, Halloween in Seattle, 40,000-plus fans at Qwest Field. Anyone got an extra ticket?

(14-10-6, 48 pts.) Last: Lost to Saprissa, 2-1 (CCL), Lost to HOU, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Sunday vs. LA

5 3

That 19-game unbeaten streak is now a two-game winless streak. Will consistency beat out momentum for Hoops?

(12-4-14, 50 pts.) Last: Lost to LA, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Saturday vs. RSL

6 7

The Hebrew Hammer. Get to know him. The focus falls on Andy Gruenebaum beginning Thursday.

(14-8-8, 50 pts.) Last: Beat Joe Public, 4-1 (CCL), Beat PHI, 3-1 [WATCH] Next: Thursday at COL

7 6
There are two ways Colorado can go after such a jaw-dropping collapse against RSL. Will it be persistence or panic?

(12-8-10, 46 pts.) Last: Tied RSL, 2-2 [WATCH], Next: Thursday vs. CLB

8 8

Chris Wondolowski scored Quakes' final 10 goals. Suggestion for Red Bulls: Stop Wondo.

(13-10-7, 46 pts.) Last: Beat CHV, 3-0 [WATCH], Lost to KC, 4-1 [WATCH] Next: Saturday vs. NY

9 9

Day late and a dollar short for Diop. Still, we give Peter Vermes a thumbs-up for helping to change culture in KC and build for the future.

(11-13-6, 39 pts.) Last: Beat SJ, 4-1 [WATCH]
Next: End of season

10 12

If Carlos de los Cobos sticks around, expect a completely different team at Bridgeview next year.

(9-12-9, 36 pts.) Last: Beat CHV, 4-1 [WATCH]
Next: End of season

11 13

The rebuilding project is officially on in Toronto. We're curious to see who's in the plans, but three words: keep De Ro.

(9-13-8, 35 pts.) Last: Beat A. Unido, 1-0 (CCL), Beat DCU, 3-2 [WATCH]
Next: End of season

12 10

Don't be fooled by the final result. The Union seem to be doing things right, and could be the Earthquakes of 2011.

(8-15-7, 31 pts.) Last: Lost to CLB, 3-1 [WATCH] Next: End of season

13 11

For the first time in a long time, there's an argument whether Shalrie Joseph was Best XI material.

(9-16-5, 32 pts.) Last: Lost to NY, 2-0 [WATCH]
Next: End of season

14 14

The Dynamo finish strong, but they have some work to do in the offseason.

(9-15-6, 33 pts.) Last: Beat SEA, 2-1 [WATCH]
Next: End of season

15 15

See comment for Chicago. Replace Martin Vasquez for de los Cobos, Carson for Bridgeview.

(8-16-4, 28 pts.) Last: Lost to CHI, 4-1 [WATCH]
Next: End of season

16 16

Ben Olsen's candid take on a brief coaching spell assured us he'll be back in the ranks somewhere, someday.

(6-20-4, 22 pts.) Last: Lost to TOR, 3-2 [WATCH]
Next: End of season