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Power Rankings: Week 4

03 April 10:48 am

Power Rankings: Week 4

By Jonathan Kaplan

Bobby Boswell said on a recent radio interview that during these three weeks off, there will be teams that jump the Dynamo in the standings, but Houston players have to remember that they will get those games back down the road. After Houston's first of two consecutive bye weeks, a few Eastern Conference foes stepped their game up and took it to their (seemingly more dominant) Western Conference counterparts.

Although the ranking on MLSsoccer.com/Standings is the one that matters most come season's end, the virtual standings in the weekly power rankings do offer an opportunity for healthy debate. After serving as spectators for last weekend's matches, the Dynamo remained in the 5th spot in MLSsoccer.com's power rankings. San Jose made a sizeable jump after a stunning victory at Seattle and LA dropped below Houston after an even more stunning loss at home to New England. Here is what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about Houston:

The Dynamo are using their break to get Brian Ownby or Alex Dixon ready to go at right midfield, and likely Nathan Sturgis ready to go at defensive midfield. How their depth performs will be a good indication of how close they are to challenging SKC.

Dominic Kinnear is not one to tip his hand, but it's a good bet that some combination of Sturgis/Ownby/Dixon could see playing time when the Dynamo resume action on April 15. With a scrimmage on Thursday against Laredo Heat and a Reserve Game next Tuesday at FC Dallas, players will have ample time to show they belong in the starting lineup against the Chicago Fire.

Elsewhere around the league, SI.com's Avi Creditor believes the Dynamo looked very strong in their off-week and moved them up to No. 4 in his rankings. Brian Straus of The Sporting News was not as impressed and dropped Houston to No. 6 in his rankings, with San Jose and Colorado making the jump ahead of the men in orange.

So what do you think? Is 4-6 still the correct place for Houston at this point in the season? Would you have moved San Jose up as much and/or dropped LA as little?

Let us know what you think!