Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (1) Sounders FC Still topping table in points per game, but that gap is closing as quickly as the others did.
2 (3) Sporting KC 4-1 victory over third-place Toronto shows just how in control of the East SKC is.
3 (4) Real Salt Lake The more Kyle Beckerman adjusts after World Cup, the stronger RSL becomes.
4 (5) FC Dallas Fabian Castillo is as dangerous as any attacker in the league when he’s in this kind of form.
5 (2) L.A. Galaxy Games in hand don’t mean very much when they turn into three-goal defeats.
6 (6) D.C. United Another week, another victory for a DCU team that looks to have staying power.
7 (7) Vancouver A race as tight as the Western Conference is no place to be dropping points against Chivas.
8 (8) Toronto FC Nothing cools off a hot streak like a resounding road defeat to a fellow contender.
9 (10) Portland Will it be too little, too late for Timbers? Match Sunday will help provide the answer.
10 (9) N.Y. Red Bulls They better have enjoyed that week off with a busy run of games coming up.
11 (14) Columbus Looked like world-beaters against the Galaxy, but consistency remains an open question.
12 (11) Colorado Four consecutive defeats, and now captain Drew Moor is out for season with a knee injury.
13 (12) Philadelphia Instead of knocking Houston out, Philly might have just let it back into the playoff hunt.
14 (13) San Jose See the Galaxy note: ’Quakes boast games in hand but are unlikely to take advantage.
15 (16) Houston Recent surge is a start, but postseason slots still a long way off.
16 (15) New England The Charlie Davies comeback tour is keeping New England in the mix.
17 (17) Chicago Now it doesn’t even have the U.S. Open Cup to distract from a disappointing run.
18 (18) Chivas USA Keeping other teams’ playoff hopes alive since May. New England is up next.
19 (19) Montreal A 1-0 victory over Chicago broke a six-match losing streak.