1. (1) Real Salt Lake 5-1-1
Allowing an MLS-low 0.29 goals per game. Can defense lead without Morales?
2. (3) Los Angeles Galaxy 5-2-5
DPs Donovan, Beckham and Angel combined for all four goals against K.C.
3. (2) New York Red Bulls 4-2-3
Conceded 3 goals in first eight games. Allowed 3 to Chivas USA last week.
4. (4) Colorado Rapids 4-3-3
Undefeated in three-consecutive road games against Eastern Conf. opponents.
5. (10) FC Dallas 5-3-2
Got two big wins last week, thanks in part to the emergence of youngster Fabian Castillo.
6. (5) Philadelphia Union 4-3-2
Managed one point after brutal week vs. L.A. and Dallas. Have scored once in 285 minutes.
7. (8) Portland Timbers 4-3-2
Expansion side earned a big point in Seattle and has lost just once in its last seven games.
8. (7) Sounders FC 3-3-5
Winless in three games. Injuries piling up. Good chance to get on track against lowly K.C.
9. (6) Columbus Crew 3-2-4
Seven-game unbeaten streak ended abruptly with a 3-0 thrashing in San Jose.
10. (9) Houston Dynamo 3-3-4
Shut out in Salt Lake, but hadn’t gone scoreless since Week 1. New York and L.A. next.
11. (12) Chivas USA 3-3-3
The previously out-of-form Justin Braun will see more time after netting a hat trick in N.Y.
12. (11) D.C. United 3-4-3
Bye week will be nice before difficult road games coming up in Portland, L.A. and Salt Lake.
13. (13) New England Revolution 3-3-4
Defense has stepped up with back-to-back clean sheets and shutout streak of 222 minutes.
14. (18) San Jose Earthquakes 2-4-3
Watch out. Chris Wondolowski found his scoring form and has a goal in 3 straight games.
15. (15) Toronto FC 2-4-5
Could little 19-year-old Joao Plata (two goals, two assists) lead a playoff push?
16. (14) Sporting Kansas City 1-5-1
10-game road trip nearly at an end, but coming to Qwest Field on Saturday is no picnic.
17. (17) Chicago Fire 1-3-5
That’s four ties in a row. The MLS record for most in a row in a single season is five.
18. (16) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-5-5
Sinking fast, but kicks off the first leg of Nutrilite Canadian Championship on Wednesday.
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OK, let me have it. Who’s too high? Too low? Portland over Seattle, really?