1. Real Salt Lake (4-0-0, 12 points) Prvs 1: A tie against Monterrey was as good of a result as coach Jason Kreis could have hoped for. Having last Saturday's game against Philadelphia postponed until September helps even more. A fresh RSL team will face a tired Monterrey team and not have to sacrifice an important MLS game to do so. Next up: Monterrey, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
2. New York Red Bulls (3-1-2, 11 points) Prvs 6: New York played a near-perfect game and while devastating United. Thierry Henry had two goals and an assist, but it was Juan Agudelo's goal in the waning minutes that should receive the Goal-of-the-Week award. It was a thing of beauty. Next up: Kansas City, Saturday.
3. Los Angeles Galaxy (4-1-3, 15 points) Prvs 4: Landon Donovan's return to the Galaxy after missing three games brought immediate results. He scored twice and assisted on a third goal helping Los Angeles remind Portland about which team is the premier soccer club on the West coast. Next up: Dallas, Sunday.
4. Philadelphia Union (3-1-1, 10 points) Prvs 2: Philadelphia is being punished for nothing in these rankings. A bye week after having the RSL game postponed allowed Philadelphia to rest its legs, but as the Union sat idle New York and Los Angeles played spectacular to jump ahead. Next up: San Jose, Saturday.
5. Seattle Sounders (2-2-3, 9 points) Prvs 10: Seattle responded quickly after losing Steve Zakuani to a vicious tackle by Brian Mullen. Zakuani was taken off the field with a broken fibula and tibia. Fredy Montero continues to play well and finally had a shot cross the goal line against a 10-man Rapids team. Next up: Toronto, Saturday.
6. Houston Dynamo (2-1-3, 9 points) Prvs 7: The Dynamo came away with a draw against the Fire, but the result could have gone either way. Houston had flashes of brilliance but defensive ineptitude cost the Dynamo a win and nearly lost the draw as well. Next up: DC United, Friday.
7. Columbus Crew (2-1-3, 9 points) Prvs 9: A tie against a shorthanded Toronto team wasn't the perfect result for the Crew. However, for a rebuilding year Columbus is exceeding expectations. Robbie Rogers will need to continue playing well as will the defense. Columbus had a 414-minute defensive shutout going until Tony Tchani scored in the 41st minute. Next up: Vancouver, Saturday.
8. New England Revolution (2-2-3, 9 points) Prvs 11: New England overcame a terrible call in the box resulting in a penalty kick goal for Sporting Kansas City. Benny Feilhaber made an immediate impact for the Revs providing a beautiful assist for the first goal. New England scored twice more to win 3-2. Next up: Chivas USA, Saturday.
9. Colorado Rapids (3-3-0, 9 points) Prvs 5: Brian Mullan quickly learned it isn't a good idea to get the referee's attention by complaining and then committing a foolish and dangerous foul. He left his team down a man in the third minute and the Rapids lost 1-0 against Seattle. The Rapids haven't scored in 270 minutes of play. Next up: Chicago, Saturday.
10. FC Dallas (2-3-1, 7 points) Prvs 14: Dallas pulled out a gutsy victory over Vancouver 2-1, but it lost its best player David Ferreira to a fractured ankle. Dallas is happy to get the three points, but probably would have traded it for a healthy Ferreira. Next up: Los Angeles, Sunday.
11. D.C. United (2-3-1, 7 points) Prvs 3: This poll overestimated DC United last week by ranking the team second. Losing 4-0 to New York put United back in its place as a middle of the pack team. Next up: Houston, Friday.
12. Portland Timbers (2-3-1, 7 points) Prvs 8: A 3-0 loss to Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy humbled the Timbers after a two-game winning streak. The road doesn't get any easier for Portland. They will either play a highly motivated Real Salt Lake team soon headed to Japan or an RSL team looking to forget its disappointment in a victory.
13. Toronto FC (1-2-4, 7 points) Prvs 13: American football fans hate the 15-yard celebration penalty, but they would hate it even more if the celebrating player was lost for the rest of the game and their team had to play with one less player. That is exactly what happened to Toronto's fans after Tchani scored the first goal of the game. Tchani was given a second yellow card for celebrating with fans in the stands. MLS really needs to examine its celebration policy. Next up: Seattle, Saturday.
14. Chicago (1-3-2, 5 points): Prvs 17: Marco Pappa taught a valuable lesson to keep playing after a foul and complain to the ref later. His pass on the ground to Diego Chavas resulted in the Fire's only goal. However, Chicago again couldn't come up with a win. The Fire is winless in the last four games. Next up: Colorado, Saturday.
15. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-3-3, 6 points) Prvs 12: After winning the first match as an MLS teams Vancouver has lost and drawn three times each. The Whitecaps need to find both a leader and a consistent style of play. Next up: Columbus, Saturday.
16. Chivas USA (1-2-3, 6 points) Prvs 18: Surprisingly, Chivas turned down the waiver to obtain defender Feilhaber. Perhaps that was the vote of confidence the players needed from their coach Robin Fraser to get the win. However, it was most likely playing a weak San Jose team that helped earn the victory. Next up: New England, Saturday.
17. Sporting Kansas City (1-3-1, 4 points) Prvs 16: Sporting is halfway done with the start of season 10-game road trip. If the trend continues Sporting will have a record of 2-6-2 for eight points, which not a great place to be 10 games into the season. At least Sporting will have plenty of home games to try to make up ground. Next up: New York Red Bulls, Saturday.
18. San Jose Earthquakes (1-3-2, 5 points) Prvs 15: Losing to the cellar dwellers results in San Jose being placed at the bottom of the pile. Chris Wondolowski is still the only player putting forth a worthy effort. He scored the Quakes’ only goal against a weak Chivas defense. Next up: Philadelphia, Saturday.
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