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SBNhanced Power Rankings: Major League Soccer, Week 16

FRISCO TX - JULY 17:  Midfielder Brek Shea #20 of FC Dallas celebrates a goal with Atiba Harris #16 against Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on July 17 2010 in Frisco Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FRISCO TX - JULY 17: Midfielder Brek Shea #20 of FC Dallas celebrates a goal with Atiba Harris #16 against Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on July 17 2010 in Frisco Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Once a week, the Major League Soccer minds at SB Nation get together and talk about whales wrecking yachts in South Africaover-paying for your neighbors' furniture, and things Daniel Tosh hates (which probably includes this post).

When those issues are settled, Major League Soccer's results dissected and inspected, sometimes rejected, but largely accepted.  The product: a nice ordered list with graphical elements that seems to correspond to how SB Nation's MLS Soccer community sees MLS's power structure.

Again their's a royal trinity, with the Galaxy, Crew, and Real Salt Lake maintaining their perch atop the league.  On the move:  FC Dallas, a club on the verge of consideration as a Cup Contender.

Until the day the undead Burn finish their rise, your Week 16 Power Rankings:

The Cup Contenders
Los Angeles Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy


100% (21 out of 21 points)
Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew


100% (21 out of 21 points)
Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake


100% (21 out of 21 points)
Postseason, But Little More
FC Dallas

FC Dallas


81% (17 out of 21 points)
Red Bull New York

Red Bull New York


67% (14 out of 21 points)
Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids


67% (14 out of 21 points)
Toronto FC

Toronto FC


62% (13 out of 21 points)
San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes


57% (12 out of 21 points)
"Playoffs? Playoffs?"
Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire


38% (8 out of 21 points)
Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo


33% (7 out of 21 points)
Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders


29% (6 out of 21 points)
New England Revolution

New England Revolution


19% (4 out of 21 points)
And with the third pick in the 2011 MLS Superdraft ...
Kansas City Wizards

Kansas City Wizards


10% (2 out of 21 points)
Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union


10% (2 out of 21 points)
DC United

DC United


0% (0 out of 21 points)
Chivas USA

Chivas USA


0% (0 out of 21 points)

How It Works: Each of the seven participants puts Major League Soccer's clubs into one of the four tiers. Teams in the top tier get three points. Next tier, two points, then one, then zilch. Voters can put as many teams into each tier as they would like. Though the vote total orders the teams, the clubs are intended to be grouped, not sorted.