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Sounders drop another spot to 4th in MLS ratings

Seattle Sounders' FC dropped another spot in this week's MLS power rankings after their 2-0 loss at Chivas on Saturday.

Here's what the rankings say about the Sounders:

Sigi Schmid admitted after Saturday's loss to Chivas that the Sounders FC attack has not been as potent since Freddie Ljungberg became entrenched in the lineup as it was in the first two weeks, when Steve Zakuani, Sebastien Le Toux and Sanna Nyassi provided a spark from the wings. Defining Ljungberg's role will be crucial.

These rankings, of course, are simply conversation starters. The meaningful stuff is the league standings, and there the Sounders are still No. 2 in the West, and safely among the top eight for the playoffs ... if the playoffs started today ... instead of six months from now.

Seattle's opponent this week -- the San Jose Earthquakes -- is power-rated 12th. Here's what the ranking says about them:

Gut check time is coming for the Earthquakes, who face two difficult league matchups in the next two weeks, first going on the road to Seattle, then welcoming Chivas USA to Buck Shaw Stadium. Their performance in those two matches could go a long way toward determining how competitive San Jose can be in 2009.