1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 11-2-3
The USOC loss to Seattle was forgivable. But a lackluster defeat to lowly N.E. is concerning.
2. (2) Real Salt Lake 9-3-3
Slowly but surely gaining ground on the vaunted Galaxy. Shutout streak now at 498 minutes.
3. (3) Columbus Crew 8-2-4
Could earn some separation in the Eastern Conference with a home win against the Red Bulls.
4. (4) New York Red Bulls 8-5-2
Thursday will surely mark Thierry Henry’s arrival to MLS, but who else could come?
5. (6) FC Dallas 5-2-7
David Ferreira was again the hero against Seattle, but he’ll need help to knock off mighty RSL.
6. (7) Toronto FC 6-4-4
The Reds keep rolling. Now unbeaten in last 8 games in MLS and 11 in all competitions.
7. (5) Colorado Rapids 6-4-4
Winless in more than a month, but playing four of five at home should get them on track.
8. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 6-4-4
Perhaps the most surprising part of Frank Yallop’s upstart team? A winning 3-2-2 road record.
9. (9) Chicago Fire 4-5-5
On a team with significant offensive talent, MF Marco Pappa (6 goals) has risen to top.
10. (10) Houston Dynamo 5-7-4
After three straight ties, the guys in Orange get a week’s break from MLS for SuperLiga action.
11. (16) New England Revolution 4-9-2
A head-turning 2-0 win against the Galaxy could be just the spark to turn its season around.
12. (13) Seattle Sounders FC 4-8-4
The era of veteran Blaise Nkufo starts soon. But the play of the team’s youth is more crucial.
13. (15) Chivas USA 4-9-2
Getting results against Philly and K.C. is one thing. Columbus and Salt Lake are next up.
14. (14) D.C. United 3-9-3
Could have help available vs. Seattle: DP MF Branko Boskovic and F Pablo Hernandez
15. (11) Philadelphia Union 3-8-2
Disappointed with home loss to San Jose, but will enjoy playing 3 straight at PPL Park.
16. (12) Kansas City Wizards 3-8-3
Just one win in their last 12 games dating to April. Surely, coach Peter Vermes has to go.