1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 13-4-4
A once-firm hold on the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs is loosening every passing week.
2. (2) Real Salt Lake 11-4-6
Boasts the league’s best goal-differential at +20 and is the only unbeaten team at home.
3. (3) Columbus Crew 12-5-4
Put me in, coach? F Steven Lenhart has four goals in the last four games as a substitute.
4. (4) FC Dallas 9-2-9
Could soon establish a league-record 10-game unbeaten streak on the road in Columbus.
5. (5) New York Red Bulls 10-7-4
DP Rafael Marquez scored a wonder goal in a head-turning 4-1 demolition of Toronto.
6. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 8-6-5
F Chris Wondolowski ($48,000 salary, eight goals) might be the biggest bargain in MLS.
7. (6) Seattle Sounders FC 8-8-5
Didn’t lose much ground in MLS during a week off, but another super-busy stretch looms.
8. (7) Colorado Rapids 7-6-7
Have just one win in 10 games and allowed a season-worst 3 goals in a loss to Columbus.
9. (10) Chicago Fire 6-6-6
With 3 assists for his new team, Freddie Ljungberg has matched his production in Seattle.
10. (9) Toronto FC 7-8-5
The season’s first home loss came in embarrassing fashion to N.Y. Playoffs slipping away?
11. (12) Kansas City Wizards 6-9-5
Called up from an amateur league, Birahim Diop scored twice in a 4-1 win over the Revs.
12. (15) Houston Dynamo 6-10-5
After an incredible hat trick, F Brian Ching now has six goals following his World Cup snub.
13. (11) New England Revolution 6-11-3
Desperately switched to a 3-5-2 formation but lost twice to nearly end all postseason hopes.
14. (13) Chivas USA 5-11-4
The league season is crumbling, but soon comes a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in Tukwila.
15. (14) Philadelphia Union 4-11-5
Going winless in the last four home games killed any chance of competing in Year One.
16. (16) D.C. United 4-14-3
MLS mainstay Ben Olsen got his 1st win as interim coach, but there’s no saving this season.