1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 15-3-10
The first MLS team to clinch a playoff berth has the Supporters’ Shield in its sights.
2. (4) Real Salt Lake 13-7-6
Three straight wins have Jason Kreis’ team soaring. They also have games in hand.
3. (2) Seattle Sounders FC 13-6-9
Three own goals and three penalty-kick misses are each league worsts this season.
4. (3) FC Dallas 13-8-7
Will need to recover from a poor five-game stretch (1-3-1) in two crucial home games.
5. (7) Sporting Kansas City 10-8-10
Haven’t played on the road since July 16 after a record nine-game homestand (5-2-2).
6. (5) Columbus Crew 11-9-7
Ten goals allowed in the last two games is shocking for a team that’s been led by defense.
7. (6) Colorado Rapids 10-8-11
Facing Toronto’s league-worst D (51 goals allowed) should help after two scoreless games.
8. (11) D.C. United 8-7-10
Charlie Davies has had some help and scored some PKs, but 11 goals is impressive.
9. (9) Portland Timbers FC 9-12-6
Upcoming home games against New England, San Jose could determine postseason fate.
10. (10) Philadelphia Union 8-7-12
Eight games winless drops the former East leaders down to third and the playoff bubble.
11. (8) Houston Dynamo 8-9-11
Misfiring offense is coming at the worst time. Back-to-back shutouts were a season first.
12. (15) New England Revolution 5-11-12
Won for the first time in nearly two months, snapping a 7-game winless streak vs. Dallas.
13. (13) New York Red Bulls 6-6-15
Juan Agudelo is starting to heat up with four goals in nine games since national-team duty.
14. (12) Chivas USA 7-11-10
Goal-less in its last 274 minutes but remains just three points out of the last playoff spot.
15. (16) Toronto FC 5-12-12
Finally beat rival Columbus and finally won on the road with a 4-2 triumph in Crew Stadium.
16. (18) San Jose Earthquakes 6-10-11
First win in 14 games sparked a championship-esque celebration, GK Jon Busch said.
17. (14) Chicago Fire 4-8-15
Hosts Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly Wednesday and then Chivas USA in MLS on Saturday.
18. (17) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-13-10
Couldn’t hold on for its first road win despite being up a goal and a man in New York.
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What do you think? Were the Sounders unfairly dropped behind RSL?