Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (1) L.A. Galaxy Is reigning Player of the Week Robbie Keane (12 goals, 10 assists) the MVP favorite?
2 (2) Real Salt Lake Javier Morales’ seventh goal, matching a career high, was a bicycle kick to remember
3 (5) Sounders FC Soaring with five wins in six and could make up more ground playing twice this week
4 (4) Montreal Has been shut out twice since July 20 but held its opponents scoreless each time, as well
5 (7) N.Y. Red Bulls Thierry Henry was benched after a reported clash in practice with coach Mike Petke
6 (8) Sporting K.C. Long-term gains trumped short-term strength in selling Kei Kamara to a team in England
7 (3) Portland Back-to-back losses to Seattle and RSL dropped Caleb Porter and Co. to fifth place
8 (6) Colorado Playoff race will be tight, and all remaining games are against Western Conf. opponents
9 (10) New England Youngsters Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez have combined for 14 goals, 13 assists
10 (11) Philadelphia Hasn’t won any of its last three games, but has earned three shutouts in its last four
11 (12) Chicago Heads to Seattle this weekend as the only MLS team that has never beaten the Sounders
12 (14) Houston Not a bad week with a CCL win, stoppage-time equalizer on the road against Chicago
13 (9) San Jose Late-season surge hit a humbling halt Saturday with a 3-0 drubbing on the road at L.A.
14 (13) FC Dallas Back from a bye without red-hot Blas Perez (4G, 2A in four games) due to international duty
15 (15) Vancouver Falling out of playoff contention with a 1-4-2 streak, dropping points at home to Chivas
16 (16) Columbus Losing to the Sounders was the final game for Robert Warzycha, who was fired Monday
17 (17) Chivas USA Erick “Cubo” Torres has four goals in two games, including a sensational bicycle kick
18 (18) Toronto FC It has been another season to forget (aren’t they all?) but still could be a dangerous spoiler
19 (19) D.C. United

Goal differential is -27; the next three worst teams in the East have a combined -22 GD