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Los Angeles tops the final Rankings of the season after winning the Supporters' Shield.

1. Los Angeles – Not sure the Galaxy would agree that a road to MLS Cup potentially including New York and Real Salt Lake or Seattle befits its regular season exertions. (1)

2. Seattle – If form provides the sole arbiter for playoff possibilities, then Sounders FC enters the postseason as the favorites. (2) 

3. FC Dallas – Time to see how much that weekend of rest helped FCD's first-choice side. (3)

4. Real Salt Lake – It is a good thing that the Claret-and-Cobalt usually performs at its peak when it faces adversity. (4)

5. Sporting Kansas City – How will Sporting cope with its new tag as Eastern Conference favorites? (5)

6. Colorado – The home-field altitude should provide a decent edge in midweek against Columbus. (6)

7. Houston – Despite its apparent advantages over Philly, the Dynamo has yet to post a victory in four previous meetings against Peter Nowak's side. (9)

8. Columbus – The ideal plan at Colorado: keep it tight and nick a goal somewhere along the way. (7)

9. Philadelphia – If the Union cannot find an alternative, non-Le Toux-related route to goal, then it will not stay in the postseason beyond its Eastern Conference semifinal series. (8)

10. New York – Does redemption loom? (10) 



11. Chicago
– It shouldn't take long for the Fire to hand Frank Klopas the permanent gig on a regular basis. After the second half of the campaign, he deserves the opportunity to see what he can do over a full season. (11)

12. Portland – Technical director Gavin Wilkinson will spend 21 of the next 30 days on a scouting trip, according to a Tweet from Timbers investor/operator Merritt Paulson on Monday. (12)

13. San Jose – Simon Dawkins' potential return would provide a welcome boost heading into next season. (14)

14. D.C. United – Time to thrash out that extension for Dwayne De Rosario. (13) 

15. Toronto FC – Room for growth still exists in several departments, but there are finally some building blocks here. (15)

16. Chivas USA – First postseason priority: sign several defenders. (17)

17. New England – How will the Revs pick up the pieces after Steve Nicol's departure on Monday? (18)

18. Vancouver – Are the futures of Davide Chiumiento and Eric Hassli secure in British Columbia? (16)

Kyle McCarthy writes the Monday MLS Breakdown and frequently writes opinion pieces during the week for Goal.com. He also covers the New England Revolution for the Boston Herald and MLSsoccer.com. Contact him with your questions or comments at kyle.mccarthy@goal.com and follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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