MLS Power Rankings at Halfway: Shocking Surprises and Predictable Realities

Roughly halfway through the MLS season, and like many seasons before it, there is a large degree of unpredictability.

One reason why the MLS format (with it's salary cap etc) is a good setup is that it promotes league parody first, and worries about nearly everything else second.

For this reason (and, it should be said, many others) the defending champion often finds itself in a difficult spot.

The 2011 champs, the L.A. Galaxy, are no different, spending much of the early part of this year falling back to earth as abruptly as possible.

Yet as past giants struggle, last year's struggling teams begin to rise. Now, halfway through the newest MLS season, let's see where they stack up:


1. San Jose Earthquakes (11-4-4): Armed with league leading scorer, and one-man bailout machine Chris Wondolowski, the Earthquakes have rattled off several last-second wins so far this year. They're far from being a one-man team, but if ...

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