Real Salt Lake: Week 11 MLS power rankings

By Jed Layton

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 30 2011 1:46 p.m. MDT

1. Los Angeles Galaxy (8-2-5, 29 points) Previous 2: Los Angeles has rattled off four straight victories, although none of the four came against teams in the top 10 of this list. The Galaxy made the most of a busy early schedule, building a large point lead over other teams such as Salt Lake and Colorado, which will have a hard time catching up. Next up: D.C. United, Friday.

2. FC Dallas (6-3-4, 22 points) Previous 3: The three teams dealing with major injuries — Seattle, Dallas and Salt Lake — all played each other in the past two weeks. Dallas escaped with the best record, winning and drawing once. Seattle came second with a win and a loss, and Real performed the worst with only a draw and a loss. Next up: New England, Saturday.

3. Philadelphia Union (6-3-2, 20 points) Previous 4: The Philadelphia team that showed up in Toronto on Saturday was the exact opposite of what Union fans typically see. Instead of staunch defense and paltry offense, the Union was magnificent on offense and so-so on defense. The offense looked much more smooth and fluid without Carlos Ruiz on the pitch, but giving up two relatively easy goals to a weak Toronto side is concerning. Next up: Colorado, Saturday.

4. Seattle Sounders (5-4-5, 20 points) Previous 7: The Sounders may have four losses — the latest coming at home against Dallas — yet Seattle is playing well despite the lack of production from Fredy Montero. Montero is second in the league in shot attempts with 40 but has only two goals scored to show for it. Next up: Chicago, Saturday.

5. Real Salt Lake (5-2-2, 17 points) Previous 1: Real snapped two streaks Saturday against Seattle. Salt Lake finally scored a goal after two straight 0-0 ties, however Rio Tinto's undefeated streak also came to a crashing halt. Still there are two bright spots for Salt Lake. First, Real's next game at home is against lowly Vancouver, so the streak can begin anew. Second, youngsters Luis Gil and Nelson Gonzalez played well together, connecting for Real's lone goal. Next up: Vancouver, Saturday.

6. New York Red Bulls (4-2-6, 18 points) Previous 6: After a great start to the season New York is slipping. The Red Bulls have not won in five games. The picture isn't completely dark as only one game resulted in a loss, although a tie against Vancouver feels like a loss for Bulls fans. Next up: Columbus, Saturday.

7. Portland Timbers (5-4-2, 17 points) Previous 5: The second fortress to fall over the weekend was JELD-WEN field. The Timbers gave up three hard-earned goals to a rarely motivated DC United club. The strangest moment of the week came as Portland received three attempts to convert a penalty kick after United players twice encroached the penalty area too early. Next up: Chivas, Saturday.

8. San Jose (3-4-4, 13 points) Previous 10: Despite sitting second to last in the Western Conference standings, San Jose isn't playing like a second to last team. The Quakes are undefeated in the last four games. Next up: Houston, Saturday.

9. Colorado Rapids (4-3-6, 18 points) Previous 9: Colorado can't find its full form. The defending champs consistently seem on the verge of breaking through and putting a series of wins together only to find injuries, suspensions and poor team chemistry. Saturday's tie against lowly Kansas City was a prime example. Next up: Philadelphia, Saturday.

10. D.C. United (4-4-3, 15 points) Previous 12: At the start of the season, few would have pegged D.C. United as the first team to obtain a victory in Portland. But even without Charlie Davies and Dax McCarty, D.C. United was able to find the back of the net three times. Next up: Los Angeles, Friday.

11. Houston Dynamo (3-4-6, 15 points) Previous 8: Brad Davis leads the league with eight assists. Only one has come on the road. This discrepancy may explain why Houston has a record of 0-2-4 away from Robertson Stadium. Next up: San Jose, Saturday.

12. Chivas USA (3-4-4, 13 points) Previous 11: Marcos Mondaini will serve the final game of his suspension on Wednesday and will be available for Saturday's game against Portland. In the time since his tackle broke Javier Morales' ankle, Chivas has a record of 1-1-1. Next up: Vancouver on Wednesday and Portland on Saturday.

13. Columbus Crew (3-3-5, 14 points) Previous 14: Columbus doesn't know what to do. Either its defense is stellar and its offense struggles or the defense falls apart while the offense plays well. The latter was the case Saturday verse Chivas. AndrÉs Mendoza scored twice, but the defense looked awful. Next up: New York, Saturday.

14. New England Revolution (3-5-4, 13 points) Previous 13: Few teams will miss a player leaving for Gold Cup duties as much as New England will miss Benny Feilhaber. His steady presence around mediocrity will leave a huge vacancy that New England's lack of depth will struggle to fill. Next up: Dallas, Saturday.

15. Chicago Fire (1-4-6, 9 points) Previous 16: Chicago continues to disappoint, although the Fire battled back down twice to obtain a tie. Fire fans must be wishing for the early days of MLS when ties didn't exist as the Fire have tied five of the last six matches. Next up: Philadelphia, Saturday.

16. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-5-6, 9 points) Previous 18: Vancouver receives the award for the biggest gripe of the week. The Whitecaps were leading 1-0 on the road against Toronto with only 30 minutes to play in the final leg of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship only to have the game called off due to weather. Worst of all was the rule that requires both teams to start 0-0 when the game is replayed in full in July. Next up: Chivas on Wednesday and Salt Lake on Saturday.

17. Sporting Kansas City (1-6-2, 5 points) Previous 17: Kansas City has one game left of its epic road trip. Sporting earned its first point in almost two months with a tie against Colorado. Kansas City will be looking for three more points against struggling Toronto to gain some momentum heading into a life of normalcy and games at home. Next up: Toronto, Saturday.

18. Toronto FC (2-5-6, 12 points) Previous 15: Stefan Frei leads the league in saves with 49. On Saturday, he added three but also allowed in six goals against Philadelphia. Not all the blame falls on him as Toronto's marking was awful. It has been all season, allowing a league-high 72 shots on Frei. Next up: Kansas City, Saturday.

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