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Power Rankings Week 22: Rapids 'in the thick of things'

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

Week 22 saw the Rapids secure a win over the LA Galaxy with the help of goals from Hendry Thomas and Dillon Powers. The win has the team only three points out of first place in a very congested Western Conference, with the conference leaders, Real Salt Lake, visiting Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday (6:30 pm MT, BUY TICKETS). The Rapids (9-7-7, 34 points) are tied for 5th in the overall in MLS standings heading into the weekend.

National MLS Power Rankings for Week #22. Last week in parenthesis:

MLSSoccer.com # 5  (#7)

Physically manhandled the Galaxy, but like their Rocky Mountain brethren the Rapids should have been down a man inside four minutes. Credit to them for making the most of their good fortune.

Bleacher Report # 8 (# 11)

Dillon Powers was the man of the match against the Galaxy, as he provided a goal and an assist to the Rapids' victory.

Yahoo.com # 4 (# 8)

Their points per-game average isn't good enough for top five in the MLS West, but the Rapids are currently second in the conference standings. They continue to climb up the table and up MLS power rankings.

Soccer America # 6 (# 7)

Colorado is unbeaten in its last six games after goals by Hendry Thomas and Dillon Powers downed the Galaxy, which was missing Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez to international duty, and Robbie Keane (hip flexor) and Robbie Rogers (hamstring) to injuries.

Pro Soccer Talk # 8 (# 12)

If you see any MLS rookie review that does not prominently include Clint Irwin, Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown, dismiss it quickly and move on. Because those three young Rapids keep getting it done. They did again in a big 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy, which had dominated the teams’ series recently.

And, ESPN FC # 9  (# 9)

Colorado is now tied for second in the Western Conference, but that's a tad deceiving given the games in hand its rivals have. Still, a 2-0 win over L.A. has Colorado back in the thick of things again.

Bonus: du Nord Futbol ranks the Rapids at 1 for the month of July - up from 15 last month.

The hottest team in May was again the hottest team in July, but also took the biggest fall in June. Talk about a yo-yo effect.

Consensus seems to be that the Rapids are improving but it is still hard to accurately place them because other teams still have games in hand. What do you think of the rankings? Sound off below.