Week 30 MLS Power Rankings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

Week 30 MLS Power Rankings

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    This week in Major League Soccer, the race for the playoffs in both conferences intensified. 

    With a few clubs earning unexpected wins over the last three days, the playoff races are far from being decided. 

    One thing that is even closer than the playoff race at the moment is the race to be No. 1 in the B/R MLS Power Rankings.

    This week, the margin between the top two clubs was just one point.

    Which club squeezed out a victory to earn the title of top club in the B/R MLS Power Rankings? 

    Continue reading to find out.

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    A photo of the StubHub Center, where LA and Seattle faced off in the match of the week.
    A photo of the StubHub Center, where LA and Seattle faced off in the match of the week.Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from one to 19.

    Each team will be given a point total for its specific ranking.

    For example, the team that is ranked No. 1 is given 19 points, while the last-place team receives just one point. 

    We will compile the votes each week, and the team with the highest point total will be placed atop the power rankings.

     

    Meet Our Voters

    Joe Tansey (@JTansey90): World football featured columnist

    John D. Halloran (@JohnDHalloran): MLS and United States national team featured columnist

    Eduardo Mendez (@MendezFC): MLS featured columnist 

    Alan Hainkel (@FntnCitySoccer): MLS featured columnist

    Peter Brownell (@PBNoRegard11): World football featured columnist 

     

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com

19. D.C. United

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    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 30 Result: Loss to New England, 2-1.

    D.C. United ended up on the wrong end of a wild and wacky match against New England on Saturday. 

    After saving one penalty kick, United keeper Bill Hamid was unable to save a second penalty from Lee Nguyen at Gillette Stadium.

    Ben Olsen's club will head into their battle of the bottom-feeders against Toronto with a seven-match winless streak of their own. 

     

18. Toronto FC

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    Points: 

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 30 Result: Loss to Sporting, 2-1. 

    Toronto FC's winless streak was extended to eight matches after their loss to Sporting Kansas City. 

    Ryan Nelsen's club have a great opportunity to snap that streak on Saturday when they face D.C. United. 

17. Chivas USA

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    Points: 13 

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 30 Result: Loss to Houston, 5-1. 

    Chivas USA were thrashed by Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. 

    The four-goal defeat was the worst loss of the season suffered by the Goats. 

    The good news is that the Goats were not shut out, as Eric Avila scored in the 50th minute, when the match was still close. 

16. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 29 

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 30 Result: Loss to Columbus, 3-0. 

    Chicago had a perfect opportunity to extend their lead in the race for the fifth playoff spot in the East on Saturday.

    Instead, the Fire went into Columbus and lost not only the match but their spot in the playoffs as well. 

    Frank Klopas and Co. must rebound against Montreal on Saturday to keep pace with the current fifth-place club, New England. 

15. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 31 

    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Week 30 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 2-1. 

    Apparently the saying "Goonies Never Say Die" applies to the postseason chances of the Earthquakes as well. 

    Powered by a Steven Lenhart brace against Real Salt Lake, the Earthquakes found themselves within four points of the final Western Conference playoff position. 

    The Earthquakes will look to capitalize even further on their positive momentum on Sunday when they visit Chivas USA. 

14. FC Dallas

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    Points: 34 

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 30 Result: Loss to New York, 1-0. 

    FC Dallas dropped to ninth in the West after a very painful self-inflicted wound cost them their match against New York. 

    In the 76th minute of the match, Erick scored an own goal that could end up becoming the deciding goal when it comes down to the playoff hopes of the Hoops. 

13. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 35 

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 30 Result: No Match Played 

    The Union had a week off to try and figure out what exactly is wrong with them at the moment. 

    They will face a massive test on Friday night when they visit Sporting Kansas City. 

12. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 36 

    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Week 30 Result: Win over Chicago, 3-0. 

    Dominic Oduro's food-oriented goal celebration wasn't the only thing people were talking about after Columbus' home victory over Chicago.

    Those same people were also talking about the suddenly revived playoff hopes of the Crew. 

    After earning their 11th victory of the season, the Crew sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference just two points behind fifth-place New England. 

11. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 44 

    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Week 30 Result: Win over Montreal, 3-0. 

    Vancouver delivered one of the most impressive results of the weekend as they defeated Montreal on the road by three goals. 

    The dynamic duo of Kenny Miller and Camilo Sanvezzo were able to lead the Whitecaps past their Canadian rivals with three combined goals. 

    The win by Martin Rennie's side broke a five-match winless run that they were on. 

10. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 51 

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 30 Result: Loss to Vancouver, 3-0. 

    Montreal fell flat for the second consecutive week as they lost at home to Vancouver on Saturday. 

    The loss dropped the Impact further behind the top two in the East, and it moved them closer to the treacherous territory near the middle of the standings in the East. 

    Currently in third place with 45 points, the Impact need to turn things around quickly, and they can do just that against Chicago on Saturday. 

9. New England Revolution

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    Points: 55 

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 30 Result: Win over D.C., 2-1. 

    Second-half goals from Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen helped New England move back into the fifth and final playoff spot in the East.

    The Revolution also received help from around the league, as Chicago lost and Philadelphia had a bye week. 

    However, the pressure is still on the Revs, as they are in competition with Chicago, Philadelphia and Columbus for the final playoff spot in the East.

    The four clubs are separated by just two points. 

8. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 57 

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 30 Result: Win over Chivas USA, 5-1. 

    The Dynamo delivered an emphatic four-goal victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night. 

    Giles Barnes and Boniek Garcia both scored two goals apiece, while Will Bruin finally broke his cold streak with a goal of his own. 

    The win was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Dynamo, who for the time being have distanced themselves from the madness surrounding fifth place in the East. 

7. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 59 

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 30 Result: Loss to Portland, 1-0. 

    Colorado was unable to pull off an upset at Jeld-Wen Field on Friday night, but they did put in a valiant performance in their loss to Portland. 

    With four matches left to play this season, the Rapids have a four-point advantage in the race for the fifth and final playoff spot in the West. 

    Luckily for Colorado, there are four inconsistent sides fighting to catch up to them in the standings. 

6. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 73 

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 30 Result: Win over Colorado, 1-0. 

    Portland extended their unbeaten streak to three matches thanks to a creative chip by Diego Valeri.

    Valeri's goal was the only one of its kind in the match against Colorado, and it helped the Timbers gain ground in the Western Conference standings. 

    With the win and other results around the league helping them out, the Timbers are now in third place out West heading into their clash with the Galaxy on Sunday. 

5. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 75 

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 30 Result: Draw with Seattle, 1-1. 

    In what was supposed to be a battle of the titans between Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey on Saturday night, the Galaxy played to a draw with the Sounders. 

    In a match in which neither Donovan nor Dempsey played because of injury, some of the unheralded players for both squads made an impact.

    One of those players for the Galaxy, Juninho, scored an equalizer right before halftime to earn his club a valuable point. 

4. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 79 

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 30 Result: Loss to San Jose, 2-1. 

    Not a single person who follows the league expected Real Salt Lake to lose to San Jose. 

    But that is exactly what happened on Saturday night, as Jason Kreis' club were caught off guard. 

    With three of their final four matches remaining coming against clubs fighting for their playoff lives, RSL will have a fight on their hands to remain in second place in the West. 

3. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 83 

    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Week 30 Result: Win over Toronto, 2-1. 

    Sporting received a massive contribution from C.J. Sapong on Saturday to extend their winning streak to three matches. 

    Sapong scored two goals against Toronto in a match in which earning three points was the only reasonable result for Peter Vermes' club. 

     

2. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 89 

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 30 Result: Draw with Los Angeles, 1-1. 

    Seattle extended their unbeaten streak to six matches after a draw with Los Angeles at the StubHub Center. 

    Eddie Johnson opened the scoring for the Sounders before they were equalized right before the halftime whistle. 

    The schedule does not get any easier for Sigi Schmid's club, as they host the other conference leader in the league, New York, on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. 

1. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 90 

    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Week 30 Result: Win over FC Dallas, 1-0. 

    New York found themselves atop both the Eastern Conference and Supporters' Shield standings after an own goal was scored FC Dallas midfielder Erick. 

    The Red Bulls will have to do much better on the offensive end on Sunday as they travel to Seattle for a showdown with the Sounders in a match that could decide the winner of the Supporters' Shield.