1. (1) San Jose Earthquakes 16-6-5
Star forward Chris Wondolowski has just one goal in seven games, but the team has gone 4-2-1.
2. (2) Sporting Kansas City 15-7-5
Fifteen wins are already most in a season since 2000 (16), including last year’s East-leading 13.
3. (3) Seattle Sounders FC 12-6-8
Steve Zakuani’s burst of old on Sunday’s spectacular assist turned heads around the league.
4. (4) New York Red Bulls 13-7-7
Could Wilman Conde be the answer at left back? He starred and scored there vs. D.C.
5. (6) Chicago Fire 13-8-5
Owns the league’s best record after scoring first (8-0-1) after Seattle couldn’t hold on in Dallas.
6. (7) Real Salt Lake 14-10-4
Heads to Houston on Thursday having never won in Texas: 0-17-3 in all competitions.
7. (8) Los Angeles Galaxy 13-11-4
37 years old? No problem. David Beckham has indicated that he might keep playing in 2013.
8. (9) Columbus Crew 12-8-6
Four straight wins. Six games unbeaten. There might not be a hotter team in the league.
9. (5) Houston Dynamo 11-7-9
Fourteen goals in the final 15 minutes of games is second only to the never-say-die ‘Quakes.
10. (10) Montreal Impact 12-14-3
M Patrice Bernier won MLS Player of the Month for August with 3G, 3A in four wins.
11. (12) FC Dallas 8-12-9
Making up ground for a playoff berth, but could’ve used two more points vs. Seattle.
12. (11) D.C. United 12-10-5
Schedule sets up nicely down the stretch with the next five games against some of MLS’s worst.
13. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10-11-7
Captain Jay DeMerit recently picked up the bar tab for some fans after a loss to rival Portland.
14. (14) Philadelphia Union 7-13-5
Removed the interim label from coach John Hackworth, who’s gone 5-6-3 since taking over.
15. (15) Chivas USA 7-11-7
Always had a strong ‘D’ amid a poor season. Now allowing 13 goals in three games.
16. (18) Portland Timbers FC 7-13-6
Bright Dike has been an unlikely hero with two goals in the first three starts of his MLS career.
17. (16) Colorado 8-17-2
If there’s any hope for a third straight playoff berth, it’ll require a home win vs. the Timbers.
18. (17) Toronto FC 5-16-6
Unfortunately it looks like it’ll be the same sad song again. Six years. No playoffs berths.
19. (19) New England Revolution 6-14-7
The winless streak is at 10 games and star forward Saer Sene (torn ACL) is out for the year.
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