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MLS Power Rankings, Week 4: There's A Lot Of Mediocrity

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The SB Nation soccer editors put out our weekly MLS power rankings and you can read all about that over at .com. The Los Angeles Galaxy have moved back into the top tier, the New York Red Bulls have fallen back into Tier 2 and there was some movement within the tiers. But, I'm not really interested in rehashing that column.

In looking at my own rankings, I found some curiosities. Maybe I'm guilty of not being aggressive enough, but I have just two players in the Tier 1 and then seven in Tier 2. I have another five teams in Tier 3, any of whom I could see making the playoffs. Of the four teams I have in the bottom tier, I thought two of them were likely playoff teams at the start of the year.

It's all a very long way of saying that I think this season is absurdly wide open. At one point or another, eight different teams have received top-tier votes from at least one voter this season. Something like 12 of the teams have been judged to be bottom-tier teams by at least one voter at various points in the season.

Just to get it out of the way early, I have the Sounders in Tier 2, which is where they've been ever since they lost to the Galaxy in Week 1. After the jump I'll share my ratings. Feel free to tell me how I "must be joking."

Tier 1: RSL, Rapids

Tier 2: Galaxy, Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Union, Sounders, Quakes, Fire

Tier 3: Sporting KC, DC United, Whitecaps, Revolution, Dynamo

Tier 4: Toronto FC, Crew, Chivas USA, Timbers