1. (1) Real Salt Lake 12-4-7
Defending champs look the part & come to Qwest Thursday for a nationally televised game.
2. (3) FC Dallas 10-2-10
Extended an unbeaten streak to 13 despite missing five starters to injury and suspension.
3. (4) Columbus Crew 13-5-5
Finally signed Peruvian forward Andres Mendoza for the stretch run in three competitions.
4. (2) Los Angeles Galaxy 13-5-5
David Beckham expected to make long-awaited season debut Saturday against the Crew.
5. (5) New York Red Bulls 11-8-4
Will be heavily tested the rest of September with games against Colorado, Dallas, L.A.
6. (7) Colorado Rapids 9-6-7
Consecutive 3-0 wins against West foes has Gary Smith’s team one of the hottest in MLS.
7. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 9-7-5
Geovanni is earning his DP dollars after a goal and an assist led to 2-1 win over Houston.
8. (6) Seattle Sounders FC 9-9-5
The worst 10 minutes in team history against N.E. will make playoff push tougher.
9. (9) Chicago Fire 6-7-7
Allowed a late goal in third straight match to give away points but still have games in hand.
10. (11) Kansas City Wizards 7-9-6
Surprisingly have lost just once in past eight games (4-1-3) heading in to this week’s bye.
11. (10) Toronto FC 7-9-6
Circling the drain and have only three more games this season at the haven of BMO Field.
12. (14) New England Revolution 7-12-3
Will emotional lift from comeback win against Seattle give them fuel to get back in it?
13. (13) Houston Dynamo 6-12-5
Dominated San Jose but allowed two counterattack goals. It’s been that kind of year.
14. (12) Chivas USA 6-12-4
Out of Open Cup and MLS race, fans are surely more excited for a Sept. 14 Chivas friendly.
15. (15) Philadelphia Union 5-11-6
Despite his team’s woes, ex-Sounder Le Toux became first with 10 goals and 10 assists.
16. (16) D.C. United 4-16-3
After horrendous error in 1-0 loss, GK Bill Hamid tweeted an apology to team and fans.