Teams at the top of last week’s rankings recorded losses last weekend, and teams at the bottom recorded wins. The parity of Major League Soccer was apparent in Vancouver and Portland’s valiant battles against Kansas City, and the up-and-down fortunes of a long season were apparent in Real Salt Lake and Philadelphia’s contrary results with nine men on the field.
Last week: 19. It’s just not happening for the Reds this season. After scoring just two goals all season, Toronto matched that total in one game last weekend, and it still wasn’t enough for a win in front of the home fans. The blame for the latest setback has to be put on the defense for once, rather than the offense. This week: at Real Salt Lake, Saturday at 7 p.m. (CW 30/ESPN 700).
Last week: 18. Montreal had the strange fortune of playing only a midweek game last week. As such, it will have been 10 days since its last game when Portland comes to town this weekend. The game against D.C. saw Montreal get another point in the standings in its typically difficult expansion year. This week: vs. Portland, Saturday at noon.
Last week: 17. After a week off, New England will go into this weekend rested and healed. Or at least Lee Nguyen will, as he battled through a fever to play in the Revs’ last league game on April 14. That week off will also be useful to help New England get through three games in eight days starting this weekend. This week: at New York, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 16. Even a 2-2 tie over Houston isn’t good enough to move Columbus up the rankings. The Crew needs an emphatic win over a good opponent, the opportunity for which comes against Vancouver on Saturday. This week: vs. Vancouver, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 13. Colorado will feel robbed by Josh Saunders’ last-minute penalty save last weekend, but the call was generous from referee Ramon Hernandez. The Rapids have another home game this weekend, and with it comes another opportunity to take advantage of the Denver altitude. This week: vs. Chivas, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Last week: 15. Freddy Adu’s backheel gave Philadelphia only its second win of the season last weekend, but he almost missed. It will take a full effort to get a result this weekend, though, as San Jose keeps on rolling. This week: vs. San Jose, Saturday at 5 p.m.
Last week: 14. Portland needed something to help it gain some confidence and momentum. A win over then-undefeated Kansas City should do that trick, as should a game against lowly Montreal this weekend. This week: at Montreal, Saturday at noon.
Last week: 8. The Dynamo was playing well until it took a two-week break from games. Major League Soccer will have to review its scheduling policy next year because it’s not helping any teams. Both Houston and Chicago have struggled after their extended breaks. This week: at D.C., Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 12. D.C. got a little help from the rainy weather on Sunday, putting New York away with authority. United has to find a way to stay consistent in its scoring; it scores three or four goals some games and not at all in others. There is no middle ground. This week: vs. Houston, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 6. After a 4-1 loss at D.C., a game against a weaker New England will be welcome this weekend. The way the teams have played so far, one would have thought a game against D.C. would be no trouble, either, but that’s why they play. This week: vs. New England, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 10. After a couple wins in a row, Los Angeles might be getting good. Landon Donovan and David Beckham both scored in the last two games. The home game against Dallas this week is huge for momentum. This week: vs. Dallas, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Last week: 7. Chivas’ ugly play is starting to catch up to it. Juan Pablo Angel is on the fast-track to recovery, though, so that is one bright spot. This week: at Colorado, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Last week: 9. Chicago has only played five games so far, but as it plays more consistently, it looks better and better. The Fire beat Toronto at BMO Field, which is not an easy place to play. On Saturday, the game against the Sounders will show how serious Chicago is about mounting a challenge in the East. This week: vs. Seattle, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Last week: 11. First, Vancouver played an undefeated Sporting Kansas City very tough on Wednesday. Only goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen kept the Whitecaps from tying. Next, Vancouver beat Dallas 1-0 and pushed for what can be considered good form. This week: at Columbus, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 4. Based on current form, Saturday’s game in Vancouver really should have been a win for Dallas. A tough double-game week looms, which could define how Dallas’ season looks going into the summer. Four points out of these two games could go a long way to reversing Dallas’ patchy start. This week: vs. Real Salt Lake, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. MDT (CW 30/ESPN 700); at Los Angeles, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Last week: 3. After a week off and a training game against a college team, Seattle looks ready to come back strong. Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson are ready to return, and Fredy Montero scored the lone goal in a victory over University of Washington. This week: at Chicago, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Last week: 2. Even if the officials didn’t help, a 3-1 loss at San Jose wasn’t what RSL had in mind for last weekend. The Wasatch warriors take on their second two-game week of the season this week, hoping to erase that loss. This week: at Dallas, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. MDT (CW 30/ESPN 700); vs. Toronto, Saturday at 7 p.m. (CW 30/ESPN 700).
Last week: 5. San Jose has really shot up the table this season. Wins against Real Salt Lake and Seattle show that the Earthquakes are serious contenders in the West this season. This week: at Philadelphia, Saturday at 5 p.m.
Last week: 1. Well, the winning streak is over. It was bound to happen eventually, and there’s no shame in losing in the second half of a two-game Western swing. Luckily for Kansas City, RSL also lost, keeping Sporting atop the rankings.
This week: No games.