1. (2) Sporting Kansas City 14-7-4
A red-hot August, four wins in four games in all competitions, vaults the U.S. Open Cup champs to No. 1.
2. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 14-6-5
Chris Wondolowski netted his MLS-leading 18th goal, but a 3-1 loss to expansion Montreal was a shocker.
3. (3) New York Red Bulls 13-7-5
Defense has allowed a league-worst 21 goals in first halves. K.C. has conceded 22 all season.
4. (4) Houston Dynamo 11-6-8
A 20-game home unbeaten streak, dating to last season, is third-longest in MLS history.
5. (6) Seattle Sounders FC 11-6-7
Hasn’t lost back-to-back games since the start of the 2011 season — more than 500 days ago.
6. (7) Chicago Fire 12-7-5
Chris Rolfe has starred in his return to the club with four goals in a four-game unbeaten streak.
7. (5) Real Salt Lake 13-10-3
Alvaro Saborio is doing his part with 14 goals, but recently he hasn’t received much help.
8. (8) D.C. United 11-8-4
A controversial tie vs. Philadelphia has the team a disappointing 1-3-1 in its last five games.
9. (9) Los Angeles Galaxy 11-11-4
Boasts a favorable schedule down the stretch with six of its last MLS eight games at home.
10. (11) Columbus Crew 8-8-6
New DP Federico Higuain looked right at home with an assist in his debut Sunday.
11. (12) Montreal Impact 11-13-3
Four straight wins have the playoffs in reach and Jesse Marsch a Coach of the Year candidate.
12. (14) FC Dallas 8-11-8
A new team with David Ferreira back. He has two goals and six assists in his last six games.
13. (10) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10-9-7
Visits Portland on Saturday seeking its first win against the rival Timbers since joining MLS.
14. (13) Chivas USA 7-9-6
Has a league-low 15 goals this season, less than a third of San Jose’s league high (48).
15. (15) Philadelphia Union 7-12-3
Definitely turned some heads trading co-leading scorer Lionard Pajoy to D.C. for Danny Cruz.
16. (16) Colorado Rapids 8-15-2
Twenty-two goals at home is third-best in the West. Ten road goals, however, is far from it.
17. (17) Toronto FC 5-14-5
Rookie Luis Silva has been a bright spot in recent struggles — 3G, 2A in the last seven games.
18. (18) New England Revolution 6-13-5
How close have things been? Twelve of the team’s 13 losses have been by a single goal.
19. (19) Portland Timbers FC 5-13-6
Owner Merritt Paulson has come to defense of under-fire GM/interim coach Gavin Wilkinson.
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