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The Earthquakes and Sporting KC are separating themselves for the pack. We tell the story with the songs of Oasis.
If there was any doubt before, this week's results made it crystal clear: The race for the Supporters' Shield consists of two teams. The Earthquakes dropped some points at home against FC Dallas, a theme that is starting to become a bit of a concern, while Sporting KC took care of the Fire. These two teams might not be playing on an entirely different level, but they've been picking up the results and are clearly the two best teams.
This week's rankings are themed by Oasis.
1. San Jose Earthquakes (This week's average ranking: 1.0; Last week's average: 1.0): At some point, you have to imagine all these stoppage time goals will catch up to them. That time will probably not be the regular season. This team is some kind of magic right now. - SB Nation Soccer
2. Sporting Kansas City (2.0; 2.41): Weren't entirely dominant in their win over the Fire, but they showed enough to prove they are clearly the second best team in the league. - SB Nation Soccer
3. Chicago Fire (4.82; 4.12): Were a break or two away from unseating Sporting KC. As it is, they still managed to win the season series. Frank Klopas may just give Frank Yallop a run for his money in the Coach of the Year voting. - SB Nation Soccer
4. Real Salt Lake (4.91; 6.29): A thumping win over Chivas USA gives RSL a much-needed boost moving forward. With two of their three remaining games coming against Seattle and LA Galaxy on the road, playoff seeding and a wild card match will rest on tight results. - RSL Soapbox
5. Seattle Sounders (5.0; 3.82): The Sounders may be one of the most talented teams in the league, but there performance no longer justifies a top three spot. They are certainly capable of going on a run of amazing performances. They are in the opposite of that now. - Sounder at Heart
6. New York Red Bulls (5.36; 5.94): Is there really any doubt that Thierry Henry is one of the greatest players to ever don a MLS uniform? He worked some magic again this week. It will be interesting if he can replicate that in the playoffs. - SB Nation Soccer
6. LA Galaxy (5.36; 5.35): Missed a chance to create some breathing room for the No. 3 spot in the West and now must make do without the services of AJ DeLaGarza for the rest of the regular season. - SB Nation Soccer
8. Houston Dynamo (8.36; 8.41): The Houston Dynamo are the only remaining MLS team undefeated at home, and a return to the tried and true 4-4-2 formation has helped them return to form. Can they begin another roll right into and through the playoffs? - Dynamo Theory
9. D.C. United (9.0; 8.41): Moved one step closer to ending their playoff drought. That they will likely do it without the services is Dwayne De Rosario is all the more impressive and could bode well for their playoff hopes. - SB Nation Soccer
10. Columbus Crew (9.55; 9.41): Stopped their slide with a win over the lowly Union, setting up a made dash for the finish. Big test awaits them this week when they host Sporting KC. - SB Nation Soccer
11. FC Dallas (11.27; 11.65): The two points they dropped on the last-minute goal they allowed against the Earthquakes will likely haunt them. The good news is that they have two games against Chivas USA sandwiched around a trip to Seattle. - SB Nation Soccer
12. Vancouver Whitecaps (12.27; 12.29): A tie against the Sounders was not the worst result, but they've now gone seven straight without a win. Even if they manage to back into the playoffs, their likelihood of success seems slim at best. - SB Nation Soccer
13. Montreal Impact (12.36; 12.35): Give them credit for at least making it interesting. Year 2 is lining up to be very exciting. - SB Nation Soccer
14. Philadelphia Union (14.45; 14.71): Their slimmest of slim hopes were wiped away with their loss to the Crew. Better luck next year. - SB Nation Soccer
15. Colorado Rapids (15.0; 15.47): As crazy as it may seem, their tie against the Galaxy kept alive their slim playoff hopes. They'll need to win all three of their final games, but there is hope. - SB Nation Soccer
16. New England Revolution (16.0; 15.35): One imagines there will be some serious soul-searching going on in Foxoboro this offseason. Well, not by ownership, but you know what I mean. - SB Nation Soccer
17. Portland Timbers (16.64; 16.76): It should be said that they've clearly gotten better in recent weeks. This week, they were done in by a questionable penalty call. - SB Nation Soccer
18. Chivas USA (17.82; 17.41): Chivas USA have tied a club record with six consecutive losses, and they haven't scored in nearly five full matches. The only hope at this point is that this is rock bottom. - The Goat Parade
How the poll works: Each voter ranks the teams from 1-19. The teams are then ordered by average, with the lowest average going first and so on. The editor then splits the rankings into five tiers, looking for natural breaks in the averages. We then pick some kind of group of songs to theme them to.
Who participated: Jeremiah Oshan (SB Nation, soccer); Aaron Campeau (SB Nation, soccer); Ryan Rosenblatt (SB Nation, soccer); Drew Epperley (SB Nation, soccer); Jason Anderson (SB Nation, soccer); Phillip Quin (SB Nation, soccer); Martin Shatzer (Black and Red United); Scott Kessler (Brotherly Game); Matt Montgomery (RSL Soapbox); Robert Jonas (Quake, Rattle and Goal); Daniel Robertson (Big D Soccer); Sean Ringrose and Zach Woosley (Dynamo Theory); Dave Clark and Josh Yockey (Sounder at Heart); Duncan Fletcher (Waking the Red), Steve Stoehr (The Bent Musket); Ben Schneider (Once a Metro); Alicia Ratterree (The Goat Parade); Brenton Walters (The Vancouver Whitecaps Offside); Geoff Gibson (Stumptown Footy); Sofiane Benzaza (Mount Royal Soccer); Alex Englen (The Daily Wiz); Rudy Gomez and Ryan Sealock (Hot Time In Old Town).