1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 13-5-5
Trade acquisition Mehdi Ballouchy should help ease the loss of Marvin Chavez (hamstring).
2. (3) Real Salt Lake 13-7-3
Of the team’s past seven goals, Alvaro Saborio scored six and assisted on the other.
3. (2) New York Red Bulls 11-6-5
One of two remaining teams (the Dynamo is the other) that is unbeaten at home at 7-0-3.
4. (5) Houston Dynamo 10-5-7
Brad Davis notched five assists in his past three games to grab a share of the MLS lead with 10.
5. (4) Sporting Kansas City 9-5-7
Raced out of the gates with seven straight wins to start the year but has gone 4-7-4 since.
6. (7) Seattle Sounders FC 9-5-7
MLS’s top offense from 2011 is coming to life with multiple goals in four of the past five games.
7. (6) D.C. United 10-7-3
Lost both league games in July, but tied PSG and contributed to the All-Stars’ win vs. Chelsea.
8. (9) Los Angeles Galaxy 10-10-3
Three DPs (Beckham, Donovan, Keane) have combined for 11 goals, 10 assists in a 4-0-1 run.
9. (11) Columbus Crew 8-7-4
Might a new-look attack of Jairo Arrieta/Federico Higuain carry the Crew to the playoffs?
10. (8) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 9-7-7
The only team currently in a playoff position with a negative goal differential (-2).
11. (10) Chicago Fire 9-7-5
Unbeaten when scoring first this season (6-0-1); too bad it’s only happened in 7 of 21 games.
12. (12) Chivas USA 7-8-5
Best defense in the West (21 goals allowed) makes up for a punchless offense (14 scored).
13. (14) Philadelphia Union 7-10-2
Has won three games with a goal in the 90th minute or later since a coaching change in June.
14. (15) Montreal Impact 8-13-3
DPs Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta played big roles in a 3-1 upset win vs. the Red Bulls.
15. (13) New England Revolution 6-10-5
Newcomer Saer Sene’s nine goals are a team high since Taylor Twellman scored 16 in 2007.
16. (16) Toronto FC 5-12-4
Will CONCACAF Champions League be more of a priority with the MLS playoffs out of reach?
17. (17) FC Dallas 5-11-7
Another unflattering stat? A 3-3-5 record after scoring first is a league worst this season.
18. (18) Colorado Rapids 7-14-1
Coach Oscar Pareja apologized to fans after Saturday’s loss to Seattle, the team’s sixth in a row.
19. (19) Portland Timbers FC 5-12-4
Scoreless streak of 292 min. is the fifth-worst in MLS this year. They have the worst, too: 339.
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