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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31925080 The long game The+long+game MLS

It takes a little bit of time for some players to adjust to MLS. The travel demands exact a toll. The teammates offer a different level of support. The matches present physical challenges on and off the ball. Some big-money signings and more than a few more optimistic acquisitions fail to make the leap and exit the league in fairly short order.

 

New York midfielder Tim Cahill understood the task ahead when he joined from Everton last summer, but the Australian international still needed longer than expected to exert his impact. His cultured equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Seattle on Sunday increased his haul on the campaign to nine goals and underscored his successful transition from the Premier League to MLS this season.

 

Honorable mention

11. New England Revolution

12. Columbus Crew

13. Chicago Fire

14. San Jose Earthquakes

15. FC Dallas

16. Vancouver Whitecaps

17. Chivas USA

18. Toronto FC

19. D.C. United

 

--Kyle McCarthy

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31924033 1. New York Red Bulls 1.+New+York+Red+Bulls MLS

Red Bulls coach Mike Petke invited scrutiny from all corners when he omitted Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave from his travel party for the 1-1 draw at Seattle on Sunday. The performance in their absence answered all of those inquiries and validated his decision to leave the injury-plagued duo out off the trip for precautionary reasons.

Next on the docket: Petke will presumably welcome both players back for New England's arrival on Saturday.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31925079 2. Seattle Sounders 2.+Seattle+Sounders MLS

The circumstances – a Brad Evans penalty kick to open the scoring shortly before halftime, New York stars Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave watching from home to avoid the wet turf at CenturyLink field – pointed toward a Seattle win. Tim Cahill offered a second-half riposte to dash those hopes and leave the Sounders with a solitary point for their troubles on Sunday.

Next on the docket: Seattle coach Sigi Schmid will hope for an improved display at Colorado on Saturday.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31925082 3. Real Salt Lake 3.+Real+Salt+Lake MLS

RSL coach Jason Kreis took a calculated gamble when he omitted his regulars and turned to his reserves ahead of Saturday's visit to Vancouver. His squad players repaid his faith in spades with a 1-0 victory at B.C. Place. The performance may have even prompted some selection questions for Kreis as he pondered his starting XI for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final against D.C. United on Tuesday.

Next on the docket: RSL returns to its league duties when FC Dallas travels to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31924034 4. LA Galaxy 4.+LA+Galaxy MLS

Robbie Keane exploded at the assistant referee in the dying embers of the 1-0 defeat at Portland on Sunday. The poor soul had the temerity to correctly render Keane offside as he tucked home a potential late equalizer. Keane atoned for his actions after the game, but his frustrations betrayed the angst created by an infuriating visit to JELD-WEN Field.

Next on the docket: A more manageable task awaits with a home date against fellow StubHub Center tenants Chivas USA ahead on Sunday.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31922292 5. Sporting Kansas City 5.+Sporting+Kansas+City MLS

The same old frustrating sequence emerged once again for Sporting on Friday. Peter Vermes' side enjoyed plenty of the ball in the 1-0 home defeat to Philadelphia, but Sporting once again lacked the incisiveness, the ingenuity and the variety necessary to break down a resolute opponent. The quandary cost Sporting in the postseason last year. A solution must arrive in the next few weeks to avoid a similar fate in November.

Next on the docket: Sporting travels to in-form Columbus on Saturday in a bid to slide its charge to the Eastern Conference back on track.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31922293 6. Montreal Impact 6.+Montreal+Impact MLS

Youth isn't a word often associated with the creaking Impact squad. The introduction of Homegrown players Wandrille Lefèvre and Maxim Tissot injected a necessary dash of energy for the 2-2 draw at Chicago on Saturday. Tissot even bundled home the equalizer five minutes minutes from time to give Marco Schällibaum's side a precious point in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Next on the docket: Schällibaum must ponder whether to stick with his young guns ahead of Friday's trip to Houston.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31922295 7. Portland Timbers 7.+Portland+Timbers MLS

Yet another rainy afternoon in Portland yielded to a bit of sunshine at the final whistle. Toronto FC outcast Maximiliano Urruti notched the winner seven minutes after the interval to hand the defiant Timbers all three points against LA Galaxy and push Caleb Porter's side further up the table. The club's first playoff berth appears within touching distance.

Next on the docket: Portland can deal a critical blow to Vancouver's fading postseason aspirations with a victory at B.C. Place on Sunday.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31922294 8. Colorado Rapids 8.+Colorado+Rapids MLS

Colorado watched intently this weekend as the chasing pack attempted to close the gap. FC Dallas and Vancouver both muffed chances to reduce the Rapids' breathing room, but San Jose – admittedly with one fewer match to play – closed the gap to one point. Win some, lose some in Commerce City these days, then.

Next on the docket: Oscar Pareja needs his players to respond to their bye week with a composed performance against Seattle on Saturday.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31925084 9. Houston Dynamo 9.+Houston+Dynamo MLS

Chalk up the point at Gillette Stadium on Saturday to another classic Dynamo display. Houston buckled down, imposed its will on the game and snatched a late equalizer to claim a 1-1 draw against New England. Four more performances in a similar fashion should secure yet another playoff berth.

Next on the docket: Will Bruin will hope to strike for a second time in two matches when Montréal visits BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.


 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week 34 31922296 10. Philadelphia Union 10.+Philadelphia+Union MLS

Philadelphia followed the well-established blueprint for success at Sporting Park on Friday: keep it tight at the back, restrict chances inside the penalty area and take an opportunity at the other end. Conor Casey pounced inside the goal area to provide the narrow margin of victory and snap the Union's five-match winless streak with the 1-0 triumph.

Next on the docket: Toronto FC visits PPL Park on Saturday in a bid to bolster the Union's playoff push.

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