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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883268 Sound wave Sound+wave MLS

#DempseyWatch made its first on-field sighting at BMO Field on Saturday. The former Tottenham star entered the fray in the first half of Seattle's 2-1 victory at Toronto and showed flashes of what he can provide when he settles into his new surroundings. The first steps – and the frenzy of attention surrounding the US international captain – bodes well for Seattle over the next few months.



Honorable mention:

11. Philadelphia Union

12. Montreal Impact

13. New England Revolution

14. Columbus Crew

15. San Jose Earthquakes

16. FC Dallas

17. Toronto F.C.

18. D.C. United

19. Chivas USA


--Kyle McCarthy

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883258 Sporting KC Sporting+KC MLS

Sporting waited patiently for Kei Kamara (pictured) to find his footing upon his return from a loan spell with Norwich City. Kamara repaid that faith with a pair of majestic headed goals to spur Sporting's 3-0 victory over nine-man New England on Saturday.



Next on the docket: Kamara and Sporting trek to Buck Shaw Stadium to face San Jose on Sunday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883259 Real Salt Lake Real+Salt+Lake MLS

RSL coach Jason Kreis deviated from his usual diamond midfield to name Olmes Garcia (pictured) and Joao Plata in his starting XI for the 1-0 victory over Houston. The returns from the 4-3-3 did not quite hit the expected points, but the overall result did.


Next on the docket: Battle the defending champs LA Galaxy on Saturday, Aug. 17 at StubHub Center.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883267 New York Red Bulls New+York+Red+Bulls MLS

Red Bulls coach Mike Petke omitted injured duo Tim Cahill (pictured) and Thierry Henry from his squad for the visit to Columbus on Saturday night. On a related note, New York suffered a 2-0 defeat at Crew Stadium.


Next on the docket: Petke will hope his two star men return in time for Philadelphia's visit on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883260 Portland Timbers Portland+Timbers MLS

Timbers investor/operator Merritt Paulson approved a timely response to Clint Dempsey's arrival last week: he greenlighted a permanent move for Argentine playmaker Diego Valeri (pictured). Paulson dug deep into his own pockets (no league aid here, folks) to ensure the former Lanús man would remain in Oregon for the foreseeable future.


Next on the docket: Valeri will hope to spark his side to victory against FC Dallas on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883263 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver+Whitecaps MLS

Camilo and Kenny Miller halted the Whitecaps' recent three-match winless streak by providing the margin of victory over San Jose on Saturday. The two in-form forwards can thank influential midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker (pictured) for his contributions to the cause to ensure the home side collected the full complement of points at B.C. Place.


Next on the docket: Vancouver travels to Colorado in search of a second consecutive victory.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31881284 Los Angeles Galaxy Los+Angeles+Galaxy MLS

Galaxy manager Bruce Arena sent Carlo Cudicini (pictued) an unmistakeable message when he signed Panama number one Jaime Penedo on a free transfer last week. Cudicini responded to the signing by remaining rooted to his line for the opening goal in the assistant referee-marred 3-3 draw at FC Dallas on Sunday.


Next on the docket: Expect Penedo to press for a chance to make his first MLS start when the Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883261 Colorado Rapids Colorado+Rapids MLS

Rapids executives spent the past couple of months pursuing Panamanian striker Gabriel Torres (pictured). They meandered through the inevitable upheaval caused by his Gold Cup success. They pondered whether they could land him after French and Mexican teams entered the fray. And then they wrapped up the protracted move hours before the secondary window transfer closed to secure the first Designated Player in club history.


Next on the docket: Torres will hope to feature in the home match against Vancouver on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883265 Seattle Sounders Seattle+Sounders MLS

No team in MLS has posted a better record than Seattle since the start of April. And now the Sounders can turn to Clint Dempsey to help them push toward a first MLS Cup. Not a bad way to enter the home stretch, eh?


Next on the docket: Dempsey returns to his native Texas to face Houston on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883266 Houston Dynamo Houston+Dynamo MLS

Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear (pictured) declined comment on the soft penalty awarded against Adam Moffat to give Real Salt Lake all three points at Rio Tinto Stadium. His decision probably saved him a bit of money in that context, but it did not stop Álvaro Saborío from converting from 12 yards and sending the Dynamo to a first defeat in five attempts.


Next on the docket: Houston returns to BBVA Compass Stadium to host Seattle on Saturday.

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MLS 195 2341 MLS Power Rankings - Week 27 31883264 Chicago Fire Chicago+Fire MLS

Slowly but surely, the Mike Magee-led (pictured) Fire continue to climb into the Eastern Conference playoff discussion. Frank Klopas' side now sits two points out of fifth place after a 2-1 victory over reeling Montréal on Saturday. Magee missed out against the Impact, but Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka handed Chicago the perfect response to the midweek defeat to D.C. United in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals to D.C.United and secured a third win in four attempts.


Next on the docket: Magee leads his resurgent side into a date with New England at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

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