SKC-MLS-CupFC Dallas stays in the number one position in the MLS rankings, while Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy both jumped up the rankings after good weekends.

1: FC Dallas
Even if they’re not playing well, they’re always so dangerous on set pieces that they can just bury you. It was even through an hour this weekend, then Houston gave ‘em an inch. And then it was over.

Last Week: Won vs. Houston, 4-1
This Week: Saturday vs. Seattle

2: Real Salt Lake
Going on the road and getting a point is always a good result. Doing it at the MLS Cup champions’ place, and getting a MotM performance from your backup ‘keeper? Tough, gutty early-season performance.

Last Week: Drew at Kansas City, 0-0
This Week: Saturday at Philadelphia

3: Sporting Kansas City
The attack went bye-bye again, but the defense remains the league’s best. Sporting took the lessons of Cruz Azul to heart and have tightened up considerably.

Last Week: Drew vs. Real Salt Lake, 0-0
Next MLS Game: April 19 vs. Montreal

4: Toronto FC
Michael Bradley deserves a ton of credit, but let’s give a round of applause to central midfield partner Kyle Bekker. His passing eye has always been there, but this offseason he seems to have added “defensive committment” to his game.

Last Week: Won at Columbus, 2-0
This Week: Saturday vs. Colorado

5: Columbus Crew
Boom! Nobody saw that one coming. Columbus had looked like the closest thing to a sure bet this past weekend, and barely showed up. This is why MLS is impossible to predict.

Last Week: Lost to Toronto, 2-0
This Week: Sunday at San Jose

6: LA Galaxy
Chivas came into last weekend looking like one of the league’s most disciplined defensive teams, and LA just annihilated them. Are the Galaxy going to start building momentum after a sluggish March?

Last Week: Won vs. Chivas USA, 3-0
This Week: Saturday vs. Vancouver

7: Seattle Sounders
They were probably six minutes from entering crisis mode. Then Clint Dempsey rode to the rescue, and Seattle got themselves a valuable road point. Still have to figure out that midfield, though.

Last Week: Drew at Portland, 4-4
This Week: Saturday at Dallas

8: Houston Dynamo
Hung tough for an hour, but going down a man against FC Dallas is murder. It’s surprising, though, how weak the Dynamo looked defending restarts.

Last Week: Lost at Dallas, 4-1
This Week: Saturday at New England

9: Colorado Rapids
It took a red card to Matías Laba and a sterling performance from Clint Irwin to get the Rapids these three points. But they were points well earned, and will be crucial in the playoff race.

Last Week: Won at Vancouver, 2-1
This Week: Saturday at Toronto

10: Vancouver Whitecaps
The ‘Caps really had no business squandering that one, and they totally lost their heads after going down a man. Need to find some discipline in possession to go with their attacking gusto.

Last Week: Lost to Colorado, 2-1
This Week: Saturday at LA

11: Philadelphia Union
The wheels haven’t come off – the Red Bulls were, in fact, pretty good in the second half – but Dropping points thanks to bad set-piece defending and late collapses week after week. The Union still look the part of a contender, but eventually good performances have to become wins.

Last Week: Drew at Chicago, 2-2
This Week: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake

12: New York Red Bulls
Another huge performance from Luis Robles saved the road point for the Red Bulls, who were lacking some big-name flair, but dug down and found a bit of fight. Still plenty to be worried about defensively, however.

Last Week: Drew at Montreal, 2-2
This Week: Saturday at D.C. United

13: Portland Timbers
The Timbers have now given up 10 goals, so there’s a ton of work to do on that end. But their attack was spectacular against Seattle, and seems to have found some chemistry after a slow start.

Last Week: Drew vs. Seattle, 4-4
This Week: Saturday vs. Chivas USA

14: Chicago Fire
They were a muffed Mike Magee PK away from getting their first win of the season. But they’ve yet to pitch a shutout, and have given up multiple goals in three of their five games.

Last Week: Drew vs. Philadelphia, 2-2
This Week: Saturday at Montreal

15: Chivas USA
Came undone against the Galaxy, with head coach Wilmer Cabrera openly questioning his team’s heart. Ugly loss, and it won’t get any easier this coming weekend.

Last Week: Lost vs. LA, 3-0
This Week: Saturday at Portland

16: D.C. United
That was D.C.’s first win since August, and while it wasn’t exactly a clinic, three points is three points.

Last Week: Won vs. New England, 2-0
This Week: Saturday vs. New York

17: San Jose Earthquakes
The bye week was surely nice for the Quakes, as was watching Chris Wondolowski score (again) for the USMNT. They need him to bring some of that back to Buck Shaw.

Last Week: Bye
This Week: Sunday vs. Columbus

18: New England Revolution
The Revs can’t seem to put shots on frame, which is a pretty big problem. They’re the worst in the league when it comes to hitting the target, and were blanked for the fourth time in five games.

Last Week: Lost at D.C. United, 2-0
This Week: Saturday vs. Houston

19: Montreal Impact
The Impact are going to score a bunch of goals, but this entire backline needs help. They are reacting so slowly to any hint of danger, and are getting punished.

Last Week: Drew vs. New York, 2-2
This Week: Saturday vs. Chicago

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

priestner August 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

IMPACT HAVE WON FIVE STRAIGHT AND ARE 11th ?

San Jose have only won two out five and are first ?????????????

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David August 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

San Jose has won 14 games this season and beaten most of the big teams in the west like LA and Real Salt Lake. Lets see Montreal win some games on the road before we move them into the top ten.

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Fantasy Football Fan March 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm

As a Toronto resident and being able to see BMO field from my balcony I am glad to see them number one…they better deliver and not get the Toronto team curse

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