Once a week, the Major League Soccer minds at SB Nation get together and talk about minor ethical breaches in sub-Saharan Africa, the correlation between actor height and recognition at the Emmy Awards, Spain and the World Cup, and (of course) LeBron James.
When those issues are settled, Major League Soccer's results are correlated and flagellated, then dehydrated and partially hydrogenated. 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.
No surprises in this week's top tier, with the community in accordance on Los Angeles, Columbus and Salt Lake. Also receiving first tier votes were New York and Colorado, while there is an ever-growing collection of clubs congregating at the chart's cellar.
For the class that graduated June 2010, your SBNhanced Power Rankings:
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.