MLS Power Rankings: Week 10

OK, so we've got the top and the bottom of the Power Rankings down
cold. But what about the middle of the pack? That's where there's some
real jostling this week, including a rebound for Philly and another big
drop for Columbus.
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All match times for this week's games are ET; only MLS regular-season games reflected on schedule.

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Didn’t dominate vs. Chivas, and now they’re heading into a stretch
where they’ll be missing some key players due to international and
personal commitments. But they’ve played that game before, and played it
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Still can’t score, but still don’t concede. Maybe Álvaro Saborío’s
offseason injury was worse than RSL let on? Either way, he’s gone for
the next month on Gold Cup duty, anyway — as is Arturo Alvarez. The
low-scoring trend will continue.

  • Last Week: Tied FC Dallas, 0-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Seattle (9 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WLWTT

 

 

 

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Getting out of Houston with a point on Saturday was a pretty
significant step in the right direction. They didn’t play well, but
fought back and got the crucial late goal. What happens next, with
seemingly half the team at the Gold Cup, will determine whether or not
they can compete for the Shield.

 

 

 

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Has there been a single FC Dallas game this season that wasn’t
played in biblically bad weather? Between that and the injuries it’s
amazing that they’ve done as well as they have, as they’re now
undefeated in five straight.

 

 

 

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Seeing Jeff Parke nod home Tyson Wahl’s cross on Saturday must have
been a relief for Sigi Schmid. The Sounders obviously need to catch a
few breaks on set-pieces in order to compensate for their run-of-play
shortcomings, and that’s exactly what happened last weekend.

 

 

 

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What really made the 2010 MLS Cup winners go was the forward
combination of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings, something that’s been
absent for all of 2011, more or less. They’ll have to wait a while
longer, as Casey’s back but Cummings will be with the Reggae Boyz for at
least the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

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Philly got a win they desperately needed on Carlos Ruiz’s golazo,
and Michael Farfan’s cracker wasn’t too bad, either. But they still
look disjointed, and they can’t count on two thunderbolts to save them
each week.

  • Last Week: Beat Chicago, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Toronto (12:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WLTLW

 

 

 

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JELD-WEN is officially a fortress. As long as Portland keep winning
there, they’ll stay in the playoff hunt. Add in a couple of road draws,
and they may even find themselves in the Shield race. Crazier things
have happened.

  • Last Week: Beat Columbus, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Sunday vs. D.C. United (5 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LWWTW

 

 

 

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Houston had the Red Bulls on the hook and let them off in shocking
fashion. Seeing the Dynamo concede a late set-piece equalizer was a
script rewrite that took just about everyone by surprise. Don’t expect
to see this team make that mistake again.

 

 

 

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Andrés Mendoza says his game doesn’t fit the league’s style, Emilio
Rentería is hurt, Jeff Cunningham is a shadow of his former self, and
the rest of the forwards are unproven. Maybe it’s time to toss the dice
on rookie Justin Meram? He couldn’t do much worse than the other guys
Robert Warzycha has tried this year.

  • Last Week: Lost at Portland, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Chivas USA (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TWTLT

 

 

 

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In 2010, Frank Yallop righted the ship by coming up with innovative
new tactics and lineups. In 2011, he went back to basics with a flat
4-4-2, and suddenly the Quakes are cruising — even getting non-Wondo
goals in the process.

  • Last Week: Beat New England, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Chicago (8:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LLTWW

 

 

 

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The Rojiblancos couldn’t duplicate their giant-killing ways in the
year’s first SuperClásico, and at times looked like deer in headlights.
It’s a safe bet Robin Fraser will have addressed that lack of mental
toughness by the time they take the field again on Saturday.

  • Last Week: Lost to LA, 1-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday at Columbus (7:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: WWLWL

 

 

 

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The Revs really needed to head into the Gold Cup with a winning
streak, but against the Quakes looked like a team that was “almost” on
the same page. So there were almost a lot of goals and nice defensive
plays — which isn’t good enough for a result. Missing Benny Feilhaber
and Shalrie Joseph for a month means things will get worse before they
get better.

 

 

 

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The goalkeeper spot has just about murdered the Fire this year, as
both Sean Johnson and Jon Conway have let in some absolute howlers. The
way they controlled the better part of the game against Philly says good
things are coming, but they can’t keep conceding bad goals.

  • Last Week: Lost at Philadelphia, 2-1 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. San Jose (8:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: TTTTL

 

 

 

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If Blake Brettschneider is good enough to score against Ajax, he’s
good enough to score in MLS — right? We’ll find out over the next couple
of weeks as the big rookie No. 9 will get his shot to fill in for the
injured Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Sunday at Portland (5 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LLWTT

 

 

 

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They did well to fight for a NCC draw in Vancouver at midweek (and
got a few fortunate calls along the way, it must be said), then posted a
shutout on Sunday with a makeshift lineup at Colorado. Two road draws —
one against a rival, the other against the Cup champs — could mean
things are looking up for the Reds.

  • Last Week: Tied Colorado, 0-0 (RECAP/WATCH)
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Philadelphia (12:30 pm, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LWLTT

 

 

 

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Would anyone ever have thought that it would be an injury to Atiba
Harris that ruined Vancouver’s season? The ‘Caps have plummeted without
the big forward, and it’s beyond time for Teitur Thordarson to make some
tactical shifts in his absence.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Saturday vs. New York (5:30 pm ET, MatchDay Live)
  • Last Five: LLTTL

 

 

 

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Two more games until they get to open their new stadium.
Unfortunately for Peter Vermes and SKC, there's not much to say beyond
that.