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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872565 Already home Already+home MLS

Clint Dempsey (pictured) sparked a series of different threads when he stunningly decided to return to MLS over the weekend. This particular edition of the Power Rankings pulls on one of them: other top signings made by MLS sides over the years. Most of them do not fall into Dempsey's lofty stratosphere, but those deals exerted the sort of impact the United States captain hopes to muster during his Sounders career.

 

Honorable mention:

 

11. Philadelphia Union
12. Chicago Fire
13. New England Revolution
14. San Jose Earthquakes
15. FC Dallas
16. Columbus Crew
17. Toronto FC
18. D.C. United
19. Chivas USA

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872567 New York Red Bulls New+York+Red+Bulls MLS

Few, if any, high-profile foreign signings embraced MLS quite like Thierry Henry (pictured). He bristles with condescension from time to time, but he shoulders his duties seriously and studies his opponents carefully. Oh, and he still determines games from time to time for one of the likeliest sides to emerge top of the Eastern Conference by the end of the season.

 

Next on the docket: Mike Petke's side visits reeling Columbus on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872566 Sporting Kansas City Sporting+Kansas+City MLS

The old Wizards won exactly one MLS Cup with a prolific, Mr. Clean-like figure leading the line. Miklos Molnar (pictured) arrived from Sevilla at the start of the 2000 season, scored a bunch of goals (including the Cup-winning goal), snapped up the title and then took off to run marathons and triathlons after his lone campaign in MLS. He didn't stay long, but he left a lasting impact.

 

Next on the docket: Sporting will attempt to end its two-match losing streak when New England visits on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31871724 Real Salt Lake Real+Salt+Lake MLS

Other teams possess more resources. RSL? Well, it knows how to unearth talent. The Claret-and-Cobalt leaned on its contacts to turn up perennial Best XI candidate Javier Morales (pictured). The Argentine schemer makes RSL's trademark diamond midfield tick (along with Kyle Beckerman's selfless work at the base of it) and supplies the necessary ingenuity to propel his side forward.

 

Next on the docket: Morales leads RSL's efforts in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semifinal against Portland on Wednesday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872564 Portland Timbers Portland+Timbers MLS

This revamped side scoured the transfer market for a creative fulcrum to facilitate Caleb Porter's more ambitious style of play. The search turned up Diego Valeri (pictured). It turned into a shrewd move as the silky playmaker pulls the strings for a Timbers side still fighting ardently on two fronts in Porter's first season in the job.

 

Next on the docket: Portland travels to Real Salt Lake for its Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup semifinal date with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31871723 Los Angeles Galaxy Los+Angeles+Galaxy MLS

The original SuperClub signed David Beckham (pictured) six years ago and started the modern era in MLS. Any questions?

 

Next on the docket: Los Angeles completes its International Champions Cup commitments in midweek and returns to league play with a visit to FC Dallas on Sunday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872569 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver+Whitecaps MLS

Whitecaps boss Martin Rennie has imported more than his fair share of Scots since taking charge at the start of last season. Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller (pictured) stands out as the pick of the lot. Miller took a bit of time to adapt to the rigors of MLS, but he started to provide a considerable return earlier in this campaign. A recent, six-month contract extension through until the end of the campaign ensures he possesses enough time to bolster his track record and propel Vancouver to the playoffs for a second straight season.

 

Next on the docket: Miller and the Whitecaps host in-form San Jose at B.C. Place on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872571 Colorado Rapids Colorado+Rapids MLS

Former Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers striker John Spencer (pictured) slipped under the radar a bit when he arrived from Motherwell at the start of the 2001 season. His arrival proved a fillip for the Rapids after he contributed two Best XI seasons and earned an MLS MVP nomination in 2003. Spencer completed his four-year spell in 2004, retired and went into coaching.

 

Next on the docket: Colorado places its seven-match unbeaten run on the line at Chivas USA on Sunday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872570 Montreal Impact Montreal+Impact MLS

The nascent Impact possess a handful of potential options after some tidy work in the transfer market in the wake of the transition to MLS. Alessandro Nesta (pictured) earns the nod for adjusting to the rigors of the league after a few early stumbles and providing the necessary solidity for Marco Schällibaum's rugged outfit. Nesta lacks any semblance of pace at this stage of his career, but he still marshals all of the experience and savvy required to fulfil his duties on a regular basis.

 

Next on the docket: Montreal travels to Chicago in search of a second win in eight attempts.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872568 Houston Dynamo Houston+Dynamo MLS

Most of the Dynamo's influential acquisitions come from within MLS, but the club did sign one of its key cogs from outside the league. Jermaine Taylor (pictured) moved to Houston from Jamaican side St. George's Town in 2011 and quickly settled into his new surroundings. The Jamaica defender continues to form one half of the Dynamo's veteran central defensive duo.

 

Next on the docket: Houston will try to extend its unbeaten run to five matches with a result at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 26 31872572 Seattle Sounders Seattle+Sounders MLS

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid relied on his instincts when the prospect of signing Osvaldo Alonso (pictured) crossed his desk. Alonso did not boast much of a track record after one season in the USL, but the expansion side plucked him out of the lower leagues anyways. It has not regretted that decision for an instant.

 

Next on the docket: Dempsey prepares to take his Sounders bow at Toronto FC on Saturday.

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