Note: These rankings were filed before U.S. Open Cup action Tuesday and, thus, did not take those quarterfinal results into consideration.
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1. (5) San Jose Earthquakes 10-3-3
“Goonies never say die” motto inspired by many thrilling late finishes.
2. (4) New York Red Bulls 9-4-3
Barklage starred Sunday, scoring twice against his former team, D.C.
3. (2) D.C. United 9-5-3
DeRo needs two goals to become the seventh in MLS history to reach 100.
4. (1) Real Salt Lake 10-5-2
Loss to L.A. was the franchise’s first after taking a two-goal lead. Then lost again to S.J.
5. (3) Sporting Kansas City 9-4-2
GK Jimmy Nielsen has six shutouts. Could he threaten the league record of 16 in a season?
6. (11) Chicago Fire 7-5-3
The week’s big riser is reportedly interested in signing Ukrainian legend Andriy Shevchenko.
7. (6) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7-4-5
Best team in the league (26 points) with a negative goal differential (minus-one).
8. (7) Columbus Crew 5-5-4
Hosts RSL on Saturday having beat Jason Kreis’ team in their last five games at Crew Stadium.
9. (8) Seattle Sounders FC 7-5-4
A perfect 7-0 when scoring first. Too bad that hasn’t happened since May 9, eight games ago.
10. (9) Houston Dynamo 5-5-5
Will Bruin has 43 percent of his team’s goals (nine of 21), the highest of any MLS player.
11. (14) Los Angeles Galaxy 6-8-2
Three-straight wins launched the reigning champs back into a playoff position in the West.
12. (12) Montreal Impact 5-8-3
Expansion side has scored eight goals in its first two games at the new Saputo Stadium.
13. (10) Colorado Rapids 6-8-1
GK Matt Pickens leads the league with 63 saves and twice has had to make eight in a game.
14. (15) Chivas USA 5-7-4
With 11 goals, the entire team has been outscored by S.J. forward Chris Wondolowski (13).
15. (13) New England 5-7-3
An impressive 4-1-2 at home and could make up ground with three straight at Gillette Stadium.
16. (16) Portland TImbers FC 4-6-4
Beating Seattle might’ve been the franchise’s biggest win, but only if it ignites a hot streak.
17. (19) Philadelphia Union 3-8-2
Things are looking up after a 4-0 win and signing a former MLS Defender of the Year finalist.
18. (17) FC Dallas 3-9-5
MLS winless streak reaches 11. Good news is David Ferreira could be nearing his return.
19. (18) Toronto FC 1-10-2
It’s getting hard to watch after blowing a two-goal halftime lead in both games last week.
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What do you think? Who’s too high? Too low?