Rankings and records from before Tuesday night’s Kansas City-Chicago game…
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1. (1) Real Salt Lake 14-4-10
Olave and Borchers are unsung heroes, allowing MLS-low .64 goals per game.
2. (2) FC Dallas 12-2-14
Acclaimed unbeaten streak at league-record 19, but play at RSL and L.A. to close the year.
3. (4) Los Angeles Galaxy 17-6-5
A possible first-round playoff opponent for Seattle has found new life with Beckham’s return.
4. (3) New York Red Bulls 14-8-6
Coach Hans Backe’s side might win Eastern Conference by default due to flailing competition.
5. (5) Seattle Sounders FC 13-9-6
Improved seeding to the playoffs might actually make the road to the MLS Cup more difficult.
6. (6) Columbus Crew 13-8-7
No wins in past five league games. Open Cup final loss in Seattle. How’s your confidence?
7. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 12-8-7
Wondolowski’s 14 goals impress more when you notice no teammate has more than three.
8. (7) Colorado Rapids 11-8-9
Ninety-nine percent likely to earn final playoff berth. Only catastrophe would keep them out.
9. (9) Kansas City Wizards 9-12-6
Blame eventual playoff elimination on finishing; took a combined 44 shots in past two losses.
10. (11) Chicago Fire 8-11-8
Have three very winnable games to close the season. Too bad they’re out of it already.
11. (13) New England Revolution 8-15-5
So much for finishing strong. Have allowed 11 goals in the last 15 minutes of games this year.
12. (15) Chivas USA 8-15-4
Losing star forward Justin Braun to apparent concussion soured a 3-0 thrashing of Toronto.
13. (10) Toronto FC 8-13-7
Sinking to the bottom and might have two of the worst DPs in MLS history: Mista, de Guzman.
14. (12) Philadelphia Union 7-14-7
Respectable at home, but fixing a league-worst 11 road losses must be a priority in Year Two.
15. (14) Houston Dynamo 7-15-6
Ex-players De Rosario, Wondolowski and Kamara have as many goals (37) as former team.
16. (16) D.C. United 6-19-3
Dead last by a wide margin. Paltry 19 goals scored and -25 goal differential not close to others.