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Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

Another late goal keeps San Jose at the top of this week's Rankings after the Earthquakes snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Chicago.

1. San Jose – Stat of the week: the Earthquakes have scored a league-high 27 goals in the final half-hour of matches. And it may even feel like that number doesn't capture all of them at this point. (1)

2. Real Salt Lake – Does the rest of the league take Álvaro Saborío for granted? All he does is score goals and help his team win games on a regular basis. It isn't particularly enthralling, but it sure is effective. (4)

3. Houston – Seven matches unbeaten. Four wins on the trot. Two critical matches with New York over the next two weeks. One resurgent orange-clad team. (10)

4. Los Angeles – All of the criticism surrounding David Beckham's London excursion seems misplaced. Beckham played a significant role in landing the Olympic Games for his home city. He deserved the opportunity to play a critical part in the opening ceremony for his efforts. At this stage of his career and with the Galaxy fully aware of his commitments, he's allowed to miss a game here or there for valid reasons. This particular trip certainly falls into that category. (7)

5. New York – Tim Cahill looks ready to assume the burden of being a Designated Player in New York. Now all he has to do is lead the Red Bulls to their first MLS Cup. A run to the club's first title now looks firmly on the table, as discussed in the Musings yesterday. (3)

6. Sporting Kansas City – A team with this type of attacking talent shouldn't struggle to score goals at home. Full stop. (2)

7. D.C. United – After going zero-for-two in the month of July, United will want to slide back on track when Columbus visits on Saturday. (5)

8. Chicago – Sherjill MacDonald sure looks like he'll offer more of a target presence up front for the Fire, doesn't he? (8)

9. Seattle – Look for Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid to employ a heavy dose of squad rotation this week with matches on Thursday (AIA Caledonia in the CONCACAF Champions League opener), Sunday (Los Angeles in league play) and Tuesday (Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park). (9)

10. Vancouver – The quiet weekend should give Jay DeMerit a well deserved rest after his hectic week. (6)

11. PhiladelphiaAs the Breakdown indicated on Monday, Jack McInerney continues to play a vital role in the Union's revival. (11)

12. Columbus – Federico Higuain represents an interesting addition for the Crew as a Designated Player. His goalscoring record isn't particularly prolific, but that lack of potency may not matter if he can offer creativity in the final third and if Jairo Arrieta continues to perform as he did at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. (13)

13. Montréal – If Jesse Marsch has one concern going forward with his new central defensive pairing of Alessandro Nesta and Nelson Rivas, it is that the duo isn't particularly durable. Matteo Ferrari's return from injury provides depth, but frequent chopping and changing at the back isn't the solution for a side that has struggled defensively this season. (14)

14. Toronto FC – Consider Saturday's defeat to Houston as a prime example to illustrate why Paul Mariner moved so quickly to acquire Eric Hassli when Danny Koevermans suffered his season-ending ACL tear. (12)

15. Chivas USA – Can the Red-and-White play against the Timbers every week? (16)

16. FC Dallas – Schellas Hyndman's decision to hand Brek Shea a second game off made sense even though FCD slipped to a home defeat to Los Angeles on Saturday night. (17)

17. New England – The wayward Revs (two goals in four matches) could certainly use a predator like Jerry Bengtson at the moment. (15)

18. Colorado – “First of all, I want to extend these words to the Colorado Rapids fans: We’re feeling so bad mostly because the support that the team, the players felt from the fans is incredible,” Rapids coach Oscar Pareja told reporters after his side suffered a sixth straight defeat on Saturday night in a home defeat to Seattle. “Despite the moment, despite the bad results, despite of this situation when we run out of answers, Colorado Rapids fans are there pushing, giving us a great example. … We feel it. I want to tell them that we are, I’m going to say, embarrassed. Because they deserve more than this.” (18)

19. Portland – One silver lining in this increasingly painful campaign for the Timbers: they will likely only have to face Chivas USA twice next season. (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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