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Power Rankings Week 29: Vicente Sanchez leads the charge

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

A spectacular performance from Vicente Sánchez lifted the Colorado Rapids to a Week 29 victory over FC Dallas. After the big win, the team sits in 3rd place in the Western Conference and is tied for 4th in the overall in MLS standings.

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

MLSSoccer.com #3 (#3)

Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night will prevent this team from making the playoffs. It's not always pretty, but they continue to impress.

Teams ranked above: Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake.

Bleacher Report #6 (#8)

With all of the attention shifted elsewhere in the West, Colorado has quietly found themselves in an ideal position heading into the stretch run. 

The Rapids currently sit in third place in the West with 45 points, and they have an outside chance to challenge for the Supporters' Shield if they continue to win matches. 

 Teams ranked above: LA Galaxy, Sporting KC, NY Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders.

Soccer America #2 (#3)

Rapids PR man David Lindholm is doing a lot of translating for Vicente Sanchez; the Uruguayan is making news with performances like that of last weekend, when he scored a goal and produced an own goal with a cross in a 2-1 comeback defeat of FC Dallas.

Teams ranked above: Seattle Sounders.

Pro Soccer Talk #5 (#4)

A big performance from recently signed Uruguayan midfielder Vicente Sanchez guided an important 2-1 Western Conference win over Dallas. Afterward, Sanchez had some nice words about hoping to bring a little joy to a region troubled by significant flooding.

Teams ranked above: Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Sporting KC.

ESPN FC #7 (#8)

Vicente Sanchez scored once and forced an own goal in a 2-1 win against Dallas, which gave the Rapids critical breathing room in the Western Conference. There's no time to rest however, with another big game against Portland looming.

Teams ranked above the Rapids: Sporting KC, Montreal Impact, NY Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders.

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