1. (1) Real Salt Lake 14-4-9
Costa Rican F Alvaro Saborio (10 goals) has to be lock for league newcomer of the year.
2. (2) FC Dallas 12-2-13
Might as well be ranked 1B with a stellar 18-match unbeaten run, which ties an MLS record.
3. (3) N.Y. Red Bulls 14-8-5
DP Juan Pablo Angel surprisingly might be odd man out of the lineup down the stretch.
4. (4) L.A. Galaxy 16-6-5
A vintage, curling free-kick goal by David Beckham was a fitting winner in the SuperClasico.
5. (6) Sounders FC 12-9-6
Knocking out playoff contenders each week; could clinch a playoff berth in Kansas City.
6. (5) Columbus Crew 13-7-7
A yearlong stretch at top of the Eastern Conference is over after a 4-game winless streak.
7. (8) Colorado Rapids 11-8-8
Shockingly lost to D.C. at home, but that offense can go toe to toe with the league’s best.
8. (7) San Jose Earthquakes 11-8-7
Convey and Co. are curiously good away from home. Five road wins are second-most in MLS.
9. (9) Kansas City Wizards 9-11-6
The nearest challenger for a playoff berth could be out this week. So much for league parity.
10. (10) Toronto FC 8-12-7
Fourth-year franchise has never made postseason. Don’t hold your breath this time, either.
11. (12) Chicago Fire 7-10-8
On the brink of elimination ahead of three straight home games. Probably not a hot ticket.
12. (11) Philadelphia Union 7-13-7
Coach Peter Nowak touting Seba Le Toux as MVP candidate. Can’t argue with 13G, 10A.
13. (14) N.E. Revolution 7-15-5
Might finally cave and bring in a designated player. A 7-15-5 record will change a franchise.
14. (13) Houston Dynamo 7-14-6
Losses this season: 14. Combined losses in previous two seasons: 13. Not a good sign.
15. (15) Chivas USA 7-15-4
First-year coach Martin Vasquez already asked about job security. Calls it a “fair question.”
16. (16) D.C. United 6-18-3
Not a good sign for interim coach Ben Olsen that team got a rare win with him suspended.