1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 12-2-3
Led by Omar Gonzalez, 21, defensive form remains remarkable with just 8 goals allowed.
2. (3) Columbus Crew 9-3-4
Win over N.Y. earned it a little cushion in the East before Thierry Henry takes the field.
3. (5) FC Dallas 6-2-7
No team is playing better than Schellas Hyndman’s side, which has lost once since April 22.
4. (2) Real Salt Lake 9-4-3
Stumbled against FCD, but has four very winnable games coming: Chivas, D.C., K.C., Philly.
5. (4) New York Red Bulls 8-6-2
Have scored only one goal in a winless July (0-1-2). Sounds like they’ll sign a third DP soon.
6. (7) Colorado Rapids 6-4-5
It’s been 6 games since someone other than Conor Casey or Omar Cummings scored.
7. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 6-4-4
Haven’t played an MLS game in a while, but looked solid against EPL’s Tottenham in draw.
8. (6) Toronto FC 6-5-4
Poor on the road (1-5-1) but unbeaten at home (5-0-3), and 4 of next 6 games are at BMO.
9. (9) Chicago Fire 4-5-5
New DP, fiery Mexican F Nery Castillo, could put them over the top or into a freefall.
10. (10) Houston Dynamo 5-7-4
Hoping to make a splash in SuperLiga while on an MLS break with 3rd straight semis app.
11. (12) Seattle Sounders FC 5-8-4
Efforts against Dallas and D.C. a good start, but will need to get on a hot streak, and fast.
12. (16) Kansas City Wizards 4-8-4
Mexican F Omar Bravo, a former star at Club Deportivo Guadalajara, could be a great find.
13. (15) Philadelphia Union 4-8-2
Le Toux continues to shine for his new team. Goals + assists total (14) is the highest in MLS.
14. (11) New England Revolution 4-9-2
Hard to drop a team despite not playing MLS game, but a -11 goal differential calls for it.
15. (13) Chivas USA 4-9-2
Stuck in 8th place in powerful Western Conference. Could battle for 6th in the lowly East.
16. (14) D.C. United 3-11-3
Not sure why veteran forward Jaime Moreno (one goal) is an all-star. I’d vote for Andy Najar.