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SBnhanced MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

Team Total vote count First Tier votes Last week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
LA Galaxy 21 7 1
Real Salt Lake 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 21 7 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
NY Red Bulls 16 2 2
Colorado Rapids 15 1 2
FC Dallas 11 0 3
Chicago Fire 11 0 3
Toronto FC 11 0 2
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
SJ Earthquakes 10 0 2
Houston Dynamo 8 0 3
Seattle Sounders 4 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
DC United 2 0 4
Philadelphia Union 2 0 4
KC Wizards 1 0 4
NE Revolution 0 0 4
Chivas USA 0 0 4

Thoughts after the jump...

It seems the MLS is finally sorting itself out as far as elite teams and teams who don't belong. The Seattle Sounders have to be one of the more disappointing teams this year. The expectations coming into the season were that they'd be one of the top teams in the league with a solid chance at competing for the MLS Cup. Philadelphia has performed well some games but terribly in other, but that is understandable as they are an incredibly young team.

The Red Bulls are playing better than anyone could have imagined but have had a relatively easy schedule thus far. This weekend is the last time until October where the team will play "bottom tiered teams" with the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution closing out our season. I'm hoping we can have some momentum with a win over DC United since the rest of July is an away game against Columbus and then the New York Football Challenge with the month closing with an away game versus Houston.