It's starting to get crowded at the top of the table as teams get busier. More and more midweek games are coming on the Major League Soccer schedule, as most teams have had to play two games in a week already, or they will soon. Domestic cup competitions will soon be in play too, so teams will have to look to their benches to get results as the middle third of the season approaches. This league is nothing if not entertaining, and it's about to get really interesting.
Last week: 4
Seattle did what Los Angeles failed to do, and that’s get a result with a depleted starting 11 on the field. After beating the Galaxy in midweek, the Sounders grinded out a boring 1-0 win over Philadelphia on Saturday.
This week: at Dallas, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. MDT; vs. Salt Lake, Saturday at 8 p.m. (ABC 4/ESPN 700).
Last week: 2
San Jose’s meteoric rise to the top of the league stopped north of the border last weekend. However, Chris Wondolowski continues to score goals, and he leads the league with 11 strikes so far.
This week: vs. Chivas, Sunday at 8 p.m. (Galavision).
Last week: 3
RSL was maybe unlucky not to win by more than one goal against New England. The contest featured some heroics from both goalkeepers, UCLA alumni Matt Reis and Nick Rimando.
This week: at Chicago, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (CW 30/ESPN 700); at Seattle, Saturday at 8 p.m. (ABC 4/ESPN 700).
Last week: 1
Both of Kansas City’s losses have come against far inferior teams. Perhaps Sporting’s fast start is beginning to get to the team’s head.
This week: at Chicago, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Last week: 6
A win over West-leading San Jose shot Vancouver back into the picture in the conference. That result puts a five-point gap between fourth and fifth in the table.
This week: at New England, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 7
The Red Bulls took care of business against a weary Galaxy last weekend. Even with a shorthanded back line, goalkeeper Ryan Meara is starting to look more experienced than his age.
This week: vs. Houston, Wednesday at 5 p.m.; at Philadelphia, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (ESPN2).
Last week: 5
Things are starting to slip a bit in Texas. Two first-half red cards sank Dallas last week.
This week: vs. Seattle, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; at Columbus, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 9
Stoppage-time victories such as Saturday’s at Chivas should give Chicago confidence going forward. The Fire has still played only seven games, the second-fewest in the league, and it’s still in fourth place in the East.
This week: vs. Salt Lake, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (CW 30/ESPN 700); vs. Kansas City, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Last week: 10
A cross-country road trip provided two games in which the favorites won both times. Luckily for D.C., it was the favorite in Toronto, and United shut out the struggling Reds, 2-0.
This week: at Houston, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 8
After putting out a weak lineup in Seattle, coach Bruce Arena needed his team to beat New York on Saturday to save some face. It didn’t, and he doesn’t look too bright now.
This week: at Montreal, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Last week: 11
A stoppage-time goal took two points away from Chivas against the Chicago Fire. To be in playoff contention, the Goats have to find a way to close out those games — or preferably, win them, especially at home.
This week: at San Jose, Sunday at 5 p.m. (Galavision).
Last week: 12
Taking three points from two road games in one week is never a bad feat. The Rapids now get a much-needed rest after a tough travel week.
This week: No games.
Last week: 13
After a grueling start, Houston finally ends its seven-game road stretch this week. BBVA Compass Stadium opens to a national television audience this weekend.
This week: at New York, Wednesday at 5 p.m.; vs. D.C., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 16
It’s strange to say, but Montreal seems to have found somewhat of a rhythm, taking seven points from its last three games. A win against Los Angeles would really be something.
This week: vs. Los Angeles, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Last week: 14
It’s starting to get desperate in Portland. Other than shocking Sporting Kansas City on an own goal, the Timbers haven’t won since March.
This week: No games.
Last week: 15
Even against a depleted Seattle starting lineup, the Union couldn’t get anything going offensively. Freddy Adu barely touched the ball in Philadelphia’s 1-0 loss in the Emerald City.
This week: vs. New York, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (ESPN2).
Last week: 18
The Revs were close to taking six points from a difficult week, but Real Salt Lake squeaked out a win. They pulled out a good win against Colorado, though, coming back from a 1-0 deficit to take the game 2-1.
This week: vs. Vancouver, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 17
To get off the foot of the rankings, Columbus needed to do better than tie struggling Portland. The Crew created a lot of chances, but they got nothing to show for it.
This week: vs. Dallas, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 19
Well, it’s finally official. Toronto FC is the worst team to begin an MLS season, failing to take any points from its first eight games.
This week: No games.