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MLS rankings, Round 13: No. 1 to battle No. 2 as World Cup nears

Published: Thursday, May 29 2014 7:10 p.m. MDT

RSL's Devon Sandoval looks to center up the ball with Colorado's Nick LaBrocca defends as Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids play Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL won 2-1.
 (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) RSL's Devon Sandoval looks to center up the ball with Colorado's Nick LaBrocca defends as Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids play Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL won 2-1. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

American soccer fans might be the luckiest in the world. We are never without soccer. Just one week after Real Madrid claimed the European club title, Real Salt Lake will have a chance to break a Major League Soccer record for longest undefeated start to a season with a win or tie against No. 1-ranked Seattle.

1. Seattle Sounders

Despite Stefan Frei's huge mistake on Saturday, the Sounders seem to be in (very slightly) better form than RSL at the moment.

2. Real Salt Lake

Missing some key players for the World Cup — and possibly longer — RSL looked listless, but still undefeated, in its 0-0 draw with FC Dallas.

3. New England Revolution

Seattle Sounders' Chad Barrett celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) (Darryl Dyck, AP) Seattle Sounders' Chad Barrett celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) (Darryl Dyck, AP)

What’s with the Revolution? New England has been blazing through MLS as of late, scoring goals in bunches and defying expectations.

4. Sporting KC

SKC did well to draw Red Bull New York midweek, and that is without its star winger Graham Zusi and solid defender Matt Besler. It may have to turn to its youngsters now.

5. Vancouver Whitecaps

Thanks to an intense 2-2 draw against Seattle, the Caps have strung together a five-game undefeated run.

6. L.A. Galaxy

Oh Landon! In the same week he was shockingly left off the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup roster, Landon Donovan scored two goals on Sunday to pass former RSL striker Jeff Cunningham to become MLS's all-time leading scorer — a title he already owns with USMNT.

SoundersFC player Kenny Cooper, center, tries to score on a corner kick against San Jose Earthquake defenders in the first half in an MLS matchup on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. The Sounders won, 1-0. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok) (John Lok, AP) SoundersFC player Kenny Cooper, center, tries to score on a corner kick against San Jose Earthquake defenders in the first half in an MLS matchup on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. The Sounders won, 1-0. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok) (John Lok, AP)

7. Colorado Rapids

For all of the Rapids' strong play, they are in third place in the Western Conference. The team hasn't won two straight games since the first two weeks of April.

8. DC United

The Red and Black couldn’t get past the red-hot Revolution, but the strong duo of Fabian Espindola (remember him, RSL fans?) and Chris Rolfe was at it again, as Espindola notched DCU’s only goal.

9. Columbus Crew

The Crew are taking steps in the right direction, breaking its winless streak with a solid 2-0 win over Chicago.

Real Salt Lake forward Jou Plata (8) takes a shot as FC Dallas forward Fabian Castillo (11) defends during MLS  in Sandy  Saturday, May 24, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Real Salt Lake forward Jou Plata (8) takes a shot as FC Dallas forward Fabian Castillo (11) defends during MLS in Sandy Saturday, May 24, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

10. FC Dallas

Despite an encouraging draw at Rio Tinto on Saturday, the Hoops are still looking for their first victory since April 19.

11. Red Bull New York

Tying last year’s MLS Cup champions is no easy feat, especially with midfielder Tim Cahill out for the World Cup. RBNY is starting to show signs of a revival after a slow start to the season.

12. Portland Timbers

After an eight-game winless start, the Timbers have claimed 11 points in their last five games. They will visit Rio Tinto on June 7.

13. Houston Dynamo

Vancouver Whitecaps' goalkeeper David Ousted, of Denmark, allows a goal to Seattle Sounders' Chad Barrett during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) (Darryl Dyck, AP) Vancouver Whitecaps' goalkeeper David Ousted, of Denmark, allows a goal to Seattle Sounders' Chad Barrett during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) (Darryl Dyck, AP)

Yikes. A 3-0 loss to the subpar San Jose Earthquakes? The Dynamo don’t seem to be in form, which isn’t good given their talented left winger Brad Davis will be out with the USMNT for the World Cup.

14. San Jose Earthquakes

The ’Quakes had a busy week, announcing that they are now accepting Bitcoin, and they took down the luckless Houston Dynamo 3-0 to complete a Texas sweep.

15. Toronto FC

Toronto didn’t have an MLS match this week, but it did draw the Montreal Impact in the Canadian championship. With Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar out of the lineup, things may get a little tough for the Reds.

RSL's keeper Jeff Attinella makes a diving stop on the ball as Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids play Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL won 2-1.
 (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) RSL's keeper Jeff Attinella makes a diving stop on the ball as Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids play Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL won 2-1. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

16. Chicago Fire

Though Mike Magee had one hilarious tweet, his team couldn’t get things done this week against Columbus. It seems to be two steps forward, three steps back for Chicago.

17. Philadelphia Union

Philly had a role to play this weekend — it just wasn’t to win. Instead, the team allowed Landon Donovan to break the all-time MLS goal scoring record — and add onto it.

18. Chivas USA

The poor Goats led the league in both red cards (five, tied with FC Dallas) and yellow cards (32). RSL, by the way, is one of just two teams to have not received a red card this season.

19. Montreal Impact

Bad week for the Impact overall. A 4-1 loss to Colorado was followed by a 1-1 draw with Toronto in the Canadian championship. Looks like we found our basement dweller.

Team 20

20. Atlanta Silverbacks

The NASL team is struggling so far in league play, and will soon be crowded out by an MLS expansion team in 2016. It did, however, smash NPSL upstart Chattanooga FC 5-0 on Wednesday to earn the right to host RSL on June 14 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

The Eric Wynalda-led team will be looking for revenge from last year's rain-soaked 3-2 loss.

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