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Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 16

San Jose stays atop the Goal.com MLS Power Rankings for another week after Saturday's 0-0 draw at FC Dallas.

1. San Jose – Not every performance can involve a captivating turn or a late dramatic flourish. (1)

2. D.C. United – The idle weekend didn't exactly impair United's standing atop the Eastern Conference. (3)

3. Real Salt Lake – Plenty of goals scored, no goals conceded. Sounds like a return to form for the Claret-and-Cobalt. (4)

4. Sporting Kansas City – “Look, you want to score,” Sporting manager Peter Vermes said after the 0-0 draw against Houston. “But you can’t mistake performance for what the result is at the end of the game. Our performance was great. We dominated and controlled the game in a lot of different respects. I thought we switched the point of attack and our ball circulation was good. Possession stats were in our favor, as it should have been. It’s not that we can’t score; we just scored three goals the other day. It’s that sometimes you are off the mark or a team drops a lot of people back, making it more difficult to find that area of the field. I’m glad that we continued to attack, but we did it with good balance in the back and didn’t give anything away.”  (5)

5. New York – Thierry Henry's imminent return should reduce some of the selection issues up front, but the Red Bulls desperately need to acquire some depth up front over the next few weeks. (2)

6. Vancouver – The early returns on Barry Robson: he has displayed enough quality to show that his influence will grow once he obtains match fitness. (6)

7. Los Angeles – Maybe Robbie Keane will start to convert his chances more reliably after scoring twice against Chicago on Sunday. (11)

8. Chicago – Too much drama to function properly at the moment, it seems. (7)

9. Seattle – Is one win in 10 attempts enough to stop wondering whether Sounders FC will meet their expectations this season? (12)

10. Colorado – No destination for a potential signing – not even South Africa – appears too distant in the Rapids' search to add to their squad. (9)

11. Houston – The recent switch to a 4-3-3 formation hasn't exactly spark a glut of goals. (10)

12. Columbus – The Crew probably left a point or three on the table at Stade Saputo. (8)

13. New England – With the victory over New York on Saturday night, the Revs surpassed last season's win total of five with half of the season still to play. (13)

14. Philadelphia – Jack McInerney has settled into the starting XI quite nicely. His active performances up front have added a measure of incisiveness to the previously impotent Union. (16)

15. Toronto FC – After grinding out several results under Paul Mariner, the Reds simply couldn't find a way to churn out another point at PPL Park while conceding possession so readily. (14)

16. Montréal – The final half-hour of Sunday's victory over Columbus provided a bit of a respite from the defensive trials of the past few games. (17)

17. Chivas USA – Credit to the Red-and-White for ending Bobby Burling's Impact-imposed exile from the league and securing a potential starter in central defense for a modest price. (15)

18. Portland – It's never a good day when a recent expansion side sacks its first coach. John Spencer gave plenty to the cause, but the Timbers' inability to meet the high expectations ultimately paved the way for his departure. (18)

19. FC Dallas – Many Americans hadn't filed their taxes when FCD last won in league play. (19)
 

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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