Brian Nicholson, Deseret News archives
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.
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.
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