MLS Power Rankings, Week 6

Editor’s note: After each weekend’s action, senior staff writer

Ives Galarcep ranks Major League Soccer’s 18 teams in FOX Soccer’s

Major League Soccer Power Rankings. Here is Ives’s order after the

sixth weekend of the 2011 Major League Soccer season:

Rank (LW)   Team Record (W-L-D)

1 (1).


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Real Salt Lake


Last Week: Tied Monterrey, CONCACAF Champions League

Final first leg, last Wednesday

This Week: vs. Monterrey, CONCACAF Champions League

Final second leg, on Wednesday; at Portland on


Outlook: RSL can make history on Wednesday night by

becoming the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions

League. It?s hard to bet against them after earning a draw

in Mexico against the reigning Mexican champions.

2 (2).


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LA Galaxy


Last Week: Beat Portland, 3-0, last Saturday.

This Week: at FC Dallas on Sunday.

Outlook: With a healthy Landon Donovan, and Chad

Barrett scoring in his second straight match, the Galaxy

looks like the title contender we expected before the

season began. A tricky game awaits against an FC Dallas

team playing without MVP David Ferreira. Could be a trap

game ahead of showdown vs. New York.

3 (5).


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New York Red Bulls


Last Week: Beat D.C. United, 4-0, last Thursday.

This Week: vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Outlook: The Red Bulls attack is riding high, having

scored seven goals in the past two matches, and now comes a

Sporting KC defense that has been vulnerable. The Red Bulls

could put up a big number against KC a week before their

big showdown vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy.

4 (4).


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Philadelphia Union


Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Outlook: Union probably didn?t want a bye at this

time of year, but rest can?t hurt the veteran bunch,

especially injured midfielder Brian Carroll. Will be

interesting to see if Danny Mwanga is any closer to earning

a starting role. Reeling San Jose side a perfect candidate

for Union romp.

5 (6).


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Seattle Sounders


Last Week: Beat Colorado Rapids, 1-0, last


This Week: vs. Toronto FC on Saturday.

Outlook: Having Fredy Montero break his goal-less

streak and extending the team?s unbeaten streak to four

games were important, but losing Steve Zakuani for the

season with a broken leg is a devastating blue. Zakuani was

vital to Seattle?s attack and now the Sounders will need

others, including Erik Friberg and Alvaro Fernandez, to

start stepping up.

6 (7).


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Houston Dynamo


Last Week: Tied the Chicago Fire, 1-1,

last Saturday.

This Week: vs. D.C. United on Friday.

Outlook: Dynamo gave up an early goal to

the Fire, but battled back and played the better soccer

despite being the road team against Chicago. Dynamo still

lacking a bit of a midfield spark, but Spanish forward

Sergio Koke should help the attack.

7 (3).


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Colorado Rapids


Last Week: Lost to the Seattle Sounders, 1-0, last


This Week: vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Outlook: Losing a third straight match has to be

cause for concern, but emotional impact of Brian Mullan?s

horror tackle, and pending suspension, could take its toll.

Rapids should respond with a home game against a struggling

Chicago side.

8 (9).


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Columbus Crew


Last Week: Tied Toronto FC, 1-1, last Saturday.

This Week: vs. Vancouver on Saturday.

Outlook: A road point should be considered a

positive, but the Crew had to feel a little disappointed

not taking all three points at BMO Field. Pushing their

unbeaten streak to five is a positive, but the Columbus

attack is still lacking punch.

9 (11).


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FC Dallas


Last Week: Beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, last


This Week: vs. Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

Outlook: Schellas Hyndman?s team showed great heart

and poise in battling back for a win without David

Ferreira, but losing Ferreira to a broken ankle is truly

devastating. Eric Avila will help pick up some of the

slack, but Hyndman will need to do a very good job

re-shaping his squad without Ferreira if Dallas is to stay

in the mix in the Western Conference.

10 (13).


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New England Revolution


Last Week: Beat Sporting Kansas City, 3-2,

last Saturday.

This Week: at Chivas USA on Saturday.

Outlook: Benny Feilhaber?s debut was a

successful one, and an influential one. He helped Shalrie

Joseph deliver his best game of the season and the attack

was as good as it has been all season. Feilhaber gets to

face the Chivas USA side that passed on him next.

11 (8).


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DC United


Last Week: Lost, 4-0, to the New York Red Bulls last


This Week: at Houston on Saturday.

Outlook: Thoroughly beaten by New York last week,

D.C. did come away with some bright spots. most notably the

play of Branko Boskovic. Houston?s offense isn?t nearly as

dangerous as the Red Bulls, but the Dynamo defense will

provide the United offense with a stiff test.

12 (10).


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Portland Timbers


Last Week: Lost, 3-0, to Los Angeles last


This Week: vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Outlook: Timbers were handily beaten by the Galaxy

last week, with early goals dooming Portland on the road.

The Timbers will have to wait a while to prove they can win

on the road, but they do face a stiff test against an RSL

side that just might rest some key starters after

Wednesday?s CONCACAF Champions League Final.

13 (14).


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Chicago Fire


Last Week: Tied Houston Dynamo, 1-1, last


This Week: at Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Outlook: Diego Chaves continued his goal-scoring

ways, but he and Marco Pappa have been two of the few

bright spots in a season that has quickly turned into the

disappointing season we expected from the Fire. Being

outplayed at home by Houston leaves you wondering if things

are going to get better any time soon.

14 (15).


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Sporting KC


Last Week: Lost, 3-2, at New England Revolution last


This Week: at New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

Outlook: The KC offense continues to score goals,

but another questionable red card doomed Sporting to a

loss. The red card didn?t help matters, but the defense

continues to show flaws, something the Red Bulls

high-powered attack could expose this weekend.

15 (14).


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Toronto FC


Last Week: Tied Columbus Crew, 1-1, last


This Week: at Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

Outlook: Aron Winter?s squad has quietly been

putting together respectable results, the blowout loss to

D.C. United a week ago notwithstanding. Tony Tchani?s silly

red card spoiled what had the makings to be a very strong

home performance against Columbus.

16 (18).


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Chivas USA


Last Week: Beat San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1 last


This Week: vs. New England Revolution on


Outlook: The Rojiblanco offense finally got going,

with Justin Braun playing the role of catalyst in the win

against San Jose. The Chivas USA defense is playing very

well, and will face a good challenge from an improving New

England attack that will feature none other than Benny

Feilhaber, the player Chivas USA passed on.

17 (12).


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San Jose Earthquakes


Last Week: Lost, 2-1, to Chivas USA last


This Week: vs. Philadelphia on Saturday..

Outlook: Consider it officially crisis mode in San

Jose, with a stunning loss against Chivas USA serving as

rock bottom for a club that has suddenly gone four matches

without a win. Frank Yallop has to be concerned with a

defense that suddenly looks extremely shaky. A road trip to

Philadelphia won?t make snapping that winless streak


18 (16).


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Vancouver Whitecaps


Last Week: Lost to FC Dallas, 2-1, last


This Week: at Columbus Crew on Saturday .

Outlook: That promising start the Whitecaps got off

to looks so far away now. Vancouver shows promise

offensively, but defensive issues and the absence of Jay

DeMerit, has left the Whitecaps struggling. Winless in six,

Vancouver will be hard-pressed to post its first win in a

month against a stingy Columbus team.

Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for covering

Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team.