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1: Montreal Impact
They’re getting used to the view at the top. You know what view we want to get a little bit used to? That of Justin Mapp in a US national team uniform. There’s not a better winger in the league at the moment.
3: Real Salt Lake
How many teams could ship out two All-Star caliber players – Will Johnson and Jámison Olave – and still compete? RSL have hit the jackpot all over the field with their kids, led – this week, anyway – by Olmes García.
4: Portland Timbers
As Caleb Porter pointed out, this team is learning valuable lessons while still taking points – on the road, no less. But there has to be some concern given how rudderless they looked once Diego Valeri came off the field.
5: New York Red Bulls
Very quietly, Roy Miller’s redemption has been one of the stories of the season. The PK gaffe will be remembered forever, but he’s been lockdown for the Red Bulls out left since then, and is scoring game-winners for Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying to boot.
6: Sporting Kansas
Sporting had the week off and a chance to focus on Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Kei Kamara lighting it up in World Cup qualifying. All three players are integral parts of their respective national teams, and all three are playing very, very well.
7: Colorado Rapids
That last five is pretty as all get out, but did you know that the Rapids have lost just once in their last 10? Clint Irwin’s not the only story, by the way – Marvell Wynne has reclaimed his spot as one of the best defenders in the league, and Drew Moor is in that discussion as well.
8: Seattle Sounders
The Power Rankings Politburo is very impressed by Lamar Neagle’s recent play, but worried by this fact: It took until Andy O’Brien’s injury for the Sounders to really put the screws to Vancouver last weekend. Seattle are winning a lot, but there’s still improvement needed.
10: Houston Dynamo
Given the injuries to Omar Cummings – is he ever going to fully recover? – and Calen Carr, the Dynamo might be the contenders ripest for a midseason DP addition. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake would be a nice fit, wouldn’t he?
11: New England Revolution
The unbeaten streak continues, but that has to be considered two points dropped at home to United. New England remain near the top of the heap defensively, but the attack does still come and go a bit.
12: Philadelphia Union
It looks like John Hackworth has hit upon something with Sébastien Le Toux’s move to wide midfield. The Frenchman now leads the league in assists, and is developing some nice chemistry with Jack McInerney and Conor Casey.
13: Vancouver Whitecaps
So, so close to an epic four-game run. If they’d actually secured that win at Seattle, it would most likely have been the best stretch in Vancouver’s MLS history. As it stands, though, it’s just another missed opportunity.
14: Chicago Fire
So it turns out that Mike Magee isn’t simply a product of the talent that was around him in LA. He officially hit a career high in goals with his eighth of the year, and has the Fire playing their best ball of the season.
15: Columbus Crew
The pressure is ratcheting up on Robert Warzycha. The Crew haven’t beaten anybody but Chivas USA, D.C. United and Toronto FC this season. You don’t get to the playoffs if those are your only scalps.
16: San Jose Earthquakes
New interim head coach Mark Watson is promising a tighter, more organized defense and a bit more patience in midfield possession. That sounds like a positive step forward, but unless he can help these guys find their finishing boots, it could all be for naught.
17: Toronto FC
How will Ryan Nelsen work Danny Koevermans back into the fold? Can you play him and Robbie Earnshaw up top and still have both possession and defensive bite in midfield? We don’t have the answers just yet.
18: Chivas USA
Seems like the three-man backline is going to be nixed by the new regime, which will have wingers all over the league weeping. Over the past two months, there was no easier mark than just attacking the Goats from out wide.
19: D.C. United
The draw in New England means D.C. have now taken three out of the last 36 points available to them. They’ve scored five goals in that span.