Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

Chicago and Los Angeles continue their good form and leap into the top four of this week's Goal.com Power Rankings.
1. San Jose – Are the Goonies ready for their postseason bow? They will have the top spot in the Western Conference to help their efforts along. (1)

2. Sporting Kansas City – The best way to retain the inside track to the top seed: defeat Chicago on home soil on Friday night. (2)

3. Chicago – Is there any doubt that Frank Klopas made the right decision for this season when he exiled Sebastián Grazzini and imported Chris Rolfe to take his place? (6)

4. Los Angeles – Those early season struggles seem oh so far away at this juncture. (5)

5. Seattle – Maybe Sounders FC should do everything in its power to avoid an early postseason date with San Jose.  (3)

6. New York – Perhaps Rafa Márquez's hamstring injury will allow the Red Bulls to shift Dax McCarty back into central midfield and shut down all of that needless tinkering in that department. (4)

7. Real Salt Lake – RSL joined D.C. United (2005-2007) as the only other club to string together three consecutive 15-win seasons by completing the season sweep over Portland on Saturday night. (7)

8. D.C. United – Branko Bošković, starter or substitute? The past three games suggest Ben Olsen may favor the latter role.  (9)

9. Houston – Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear shouted so loudly at his players that reporters heard the ruckus in the PPL Park corridors on Sunday, according to local reports. The only surprise: Kinnear couldn't be heard in downtown Philadelphia after his players submitted such an uncharacteristic display in Chester on Sunday. (8)

10. Columbus – Crew boss Robert Warzycha should hope Dilly Duka's undisclosed and unexpected absence concludes quickly. (10)

11. Vancouver – Martin Rennie's side better take care of business in the next three home games (Seattle, Chivas USA and Portland, in that order) to avoid the nightmare scenario of traveling to Sandy in search of points on the final day. (12)

12. FC Dallas – The looming home-and-home series with Chivas USA could prove mighty useful in FCD's playoff chase. (11)

13. Montréal – The first priority on Jesse Marsch's winter shopping list: another creative influence. (13)

14. Philadelphia – Sunday's three-goal outburst against lackluster Houston marked the Union's third outing with three or more goals this season. (14)

15. New England – Lee Nguyen brought a sudden end to a decent campaign on Monday when he underwent shoulder surgery. (15)

16. Colorado – Remember when Conor Casey and Omar Cummings struck fear into the hearts of opposing defenses?  (16)

17. Portland – Caleb Porter can at least take heart that the current group is doing its best to close out the season in a decent fashion under Gavin Wilkinson. Now he just needs to find a whole bunch of new players for next season. (17)

18. Chivas USA – Where does this side go from here? Is another complete overhaul in the offing during the winter? (18)

19. Toronto FC – A victory over Águila in El Salvador on Tuesday night won't give the Reds a genuine chance to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, but it may provide a welcome respite from the warranted torrent of negativity surrounding the club at the moment. (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.