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MLS Power Rankings, Week 21: Sounders Remain Among Top Tier

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HOUSTON - JULY 30:  Colin Clark #7 of the Houston Dynamo holds off Mike Fucito #2 of the Seattle Sounders as Hunter Freeman #21 looks on at Robertson Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JULY 30: Colin Clark #7 of the Houston Dynamo holds off Mike Fucito #2 of the Seattle Sounders as Hunter Freeman #21 looks on at Robertson Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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We haven't posted on them often, but if you've been paying attention to the SB Nation Soccer MLS Power Rankings, you'll be well aware of the rather slow nature of change there. Mainly, that's a product of our system, which asks voters to place teams in tiers rather than individual spots. It further slowed by the fact that they are a compilation of anywhere from 17 to 22 voters (we currently sit at 19). So, maybe it should come as little surprise that despite losing this week, the Seattle Sounders remain in our top tier.

Speaking for myself, though, I think that's where they still belong. I know being seven points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy with only 11 matches left to play seems like a daunting task, but I really do believe they are still in that realm.

For all the stressing over this past week, let's keep in mind that the Sounders are not suddenly a bad team. A pair of losses in absurdly humid conditions are probably not the end of the world. A win on Wednesday, coupled with a win on Saturday over Sporting Kansas City would make this season look a lot different. Of course, losses in those games could likely spell the beginning of panic.

My rankings:

First Tier: LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders

Second Tier: Philadelphia Union, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls, Sporting KC

Third Tier: DC United, Houston Dynamo, Chivas USA, Portland Timbers

Fourth Tier: San Jose Earthquakes, New England Revolution, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire, Vancouver Whitecaps