Brian Nicholson, Deseret News archives
Fabian Espindola, left, and Paulo Araujo Jr., right, of Real Salt Lake celebrate in front of Sanna Nyassi of the Colorado Rapids after Espindola\'s goal in the final seconds of their game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City April 13, 2011.
1. Real Salt Lake (4-0-0, 12 points) Prvs 1: Colorado seems to bring out the best and most spectacular of Real Salt Lake. A 1-0 win due to a 93rd minute Fabian Espindola goal preserved RSL's perfect season. Next up: at Monterrey, 8 p.m., Wednesday.
2. Philadelphia Union (3-1-1, 10 points) Prvs 2: Philadelphia's stingy defense was perfect against the Sounders until the 91st minute when Seattle forced a 1-1 tie. Alvaro Fernandez's goal was only the second Philadelphia all year. Next up: San Jose, Saturday, April 30.
3. D.C. United (2-2-1, 7 points) Prvs 8: Charlie Davies continues to shine for D.C. United playing well in his first season back from a nearly fatal car crash. He leads the league with five goals, one coming in a 3-0 win over Toronto. Next up: New York, Thursday.
4. Los Angeles Galaxy (3-1-3, 12 points) Prvs 4: David Beckham has received five yellow cards in six games, including Wednesday's while drawing against D.C. United. The Galaxy won despite his absence on Saturday against Chicago. Next up: Portland, Saturday.
5. Colorado Rapids (3-2-0, 9 points) Prvs 3: Colorado was settling in for a tie late in the game against Real Salt Lake, but hat type of attitude can quickly translate into a loss as it did in the 93rd minute for the Rapids. Next up: Seattle, Friday.
6. New York Red Bulls (2-1-2, 8 points) Prvs 5: New York played a nearly perfect game winning 3-0 against San Jose. Luke Rodgers scored twice and Thierry Henry played his best game since joining the Red Bulls scoring once as well. Next up: DC United, Thursday.
7. Houston Dynamo (2-1-2, 8 points) Prvs 12: Hunter Freeman scored a late goal against New England to gain three points for the Dynamo at home. Houston is starting to play better in its first season in the Eastern Conference. Next up: Chicago, Saturday.
8. Portland Timbers (2-2-1, 7 points) Prvs 17: The Timbers won their first game of the season in a rainy, sloppy match against the Fire, 4-2. Every goal scored came from major mistakes by either the defensive line or the goalies. However, their win over Dallas was much crisper. Next up: Los Angeles, Saturday.
9. Columbus Crew (2-1-2, 8 points) Prvs 15: The Crew currently have a 373-minute long shutout streak going with the latest 90 minutes coming in a 1-0 draw against Kansas City. Robbie Rogers scored the only goal because of a magnificent play by Dilly Duka. Next up: Toronto, Saturday
10. Seattle Sounders (1-2-3, 6 points) Prvs 13: Fredy Montero is playing better, which is good news for Sounders fans. His assist to Alvaro Fernandez was a thing of beauty. The Sounders are a few victories from being one of the top teams in the West. Next up: Colorado, Friday.
11. New England Revolution (1-2-3, 6 points) Prvs 14: Looked like they would almost pull out a result on the road against Houston, but a breakdown in the defense lost the game. The Revs will have to clamp down when playing against goal-hungry Kansas City this week. Next up: Kansas City, Saturday.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-2-3, 6 points) Prvs 10: Whitecap keeper, Jay Nolly, recorded the first shutout of the year. However, the Whitecaps had an unusual lack of production on the offensive end in a 0-0 draw against Chivas USA that had plenty of scoring opportunities. Next up: FC Dallas, Saturday.
13. Toronto FC (1-2-3, 6 points) Prvs 16: Again, another tie for Toronto FC at home isn't the perfect result. However, a tie against Los Angles looks a lot better than a tie against Columbus even if each is worth the same amount of points. A 3-0 loss to D.C. United was just plain ugly. Next up: Columbus, Saturday.
14. FC Dallas (1-3-1, 4 points) Prvs 11: Dallas tried to come back against Portland down 3-0 in the 80th minute. Goals by David Ferreira and Brek Shea put Dallas down one after 10 minutes, but Portland's defense held in stoppage time. Next up: Vancouver, Saturday.
15. San Jose Earthquakes (1-2-2, 5 points) Prvs 6: San Jose played awful against the Red Bulls, losing 3-0. Chris Wondolowski was the only player to show any heart. Frank Yallop needs to find a way to motivate his players if the Quakes want to stay relevant in the competitive Western Conference. Next up: Chivas USA, Saturday.
16. Sporting Kansas City (1-2-1, 4 points) Prvs 9: Kansas City already appears to road weary of the 10-game road trip they are on while waiting for a new stadium to be built. Six more games on the road is tough, but even tougher when four have already been played. Next up: New England, Saturday.
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17. Chicago (1-3-1, 4 points): Prvs 7: The Fire was unlucky enough to play in Portland for the Timber's first home game but were even unluckier to do so in a rainstorm. Sunday's game against Los Angeles was inexcusable. This has been a horrible week for Chicago and need to regroup. Next up: Houston, Saturday.
18. Chivas USA (0-2-3, 3 points) Prvs 18: The cellar dwellers received a point in tying Vancouver. The Goats are the only team to have not won yet this year, a trend that coach Robin Fraser needs to reverse soon. Next up: San Jose, Saturday.