Rankings for the MLS

May 1 2012 - 7:49pm

Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings

Team (prev. rank) Comment

1. Sporting K.C. (1) The way things are playing out in the East, they might have a playoff berth secure by June.

2. San Jose (2) First team since 2003 to score winning goals in stoppage time in back-to-back games.

3. Sounders FC (3) A win against LA could take the team closer to the "next level," said coach Sigi Schmid.

4. Real Salt Lake (5) More than just a great name: Jonny Steele scored another game-winner in stoppage time vs. TFC.

5. D.C. United (6) "Chutzpah" -- what coach Ben Olsen said his team had after hard-fought 3-2 win vs. Houston.

6. Vancouver (7) Mattocks returned this week after a cooking accident led to serious burns on arms and shoulders.

7. Houston (4) Just one game left on a long road trip to start the year before unveiling new stadium May 12.

8. N.Y. Red Bulls (9) Coach Hans Backe called a hamstring injury to star forward Thierry Henry "a disaster for us."

9. L.A. Galaxy (8) Got a late equalizer against Dallas from an unlikely source: veteran and ex-Sounder Pat Noonan.

10. FC Dallas (11) Brek Shea has his team's past three goals, two on PKs. Is he ready to regain his All-Star form?

11. Colorado (12) Conor Casey made his long-awaited return from an Achilles injury last week against Chivas.

12. Chicago (10) Came out of Saturday's home game with no points and two suspensions. Not a good weekend.

13. Chivas USA (13) Haven't won at home since September, and past four home defeats have all been by a 1-0 score.

14. Columbus (14) Heads to Portland on a sorry 2-12-4 run against Western Conf. teams on the road since 2010.

15. Montreal (18) Will momentum from a big win over Portland give them a chance against K.C.? Not likely.

16. Portland (15) A 2-0 loss to an expansion team will do little to settle the anxiety of a disappointing start.

17. Philadelphia (16) Off to Seattle this week with a misfiring offense and a coach and player serving suspensions.

18. New England (17) Have lost three games in a row and 10 of the past 12 dating to the end of the 2011 season.

19. Toronto FC (19) Have matched the 1999 Kansas City Wizards for the worst start in MLS history at 0-7.

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