Power Rankings Week 34: No movement heading into the last week of the season

A look at the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites

Power Rankings - Edson Buddle vs Vancouver

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Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

Each week we will take a look at where the Colorado Rapids stand in the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites.

Led by a brace from MLS Player of the Week, Gaby Torres, the Rapids were able to snag three crucial points from the Vancouver Whitecaps, and all but secure a berth in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Here’s how the week affected the team's standings in national MLS Power Rankings:

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MLSSoccer.com #5 (#5)

Had every chance to fold, but once again found a way to find the points they needed. With Gaby Torres getting hot and Clint Irwin being a brick wall, this is the dark-horse team that should scare you most in the playoffs.

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Bleacher Report #6 (#7)

A brace from Gabriel Torres helped the Rapids take down Vancouver in their final home match of the regular season.

The Rapids should clinch a playoff spot next weekend regardless of their result because of the enormous gap in goal difference between themselves and San Jose in the battle for fifth place in the West.

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Soccer America #4 (#4)

Gabriel Torres showed his class and coolness by curling home the winning goal, his second of the game, in a 3-2 Rapids’ comeback victory over Vancouver two minutes after the ‘Caps had equalized. Teammate Dillon Powers may be the Rookie of the Year frontrunner, but candidate Deshorn Brown put in a sharp performance that included a clever chip for the second Rapids’ goal.

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Pro Soccer Talk #6 (#6)

When the Rapids beat Vancouver on Saturday night (eliminating the Whitecaps from post-season contention), they took a huge step toward securing a playoff spot. When San Jose could do no better than a draw late Sunday in Los Angeles, playoff soccer for the Rapids became a virtual certainty. Deshorn Brown scored again, continuing to solidify his Rookie of the Year case.

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ESPN FC #6 (#6)

Gabriel Torres was another player who showed no signs of an international hangover following Panama's elimination earlier in the week, as his two goals - including game-winning golazo - gave Colorado an invaluable 3-2 win over Vancouver.

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