It’s not exactly midseason yet, but with the U.S. Open Cup and Canadian Championship on teams’ schedules, rosters are being stretched in every possible direction. It might be a clichÉ, but every time a regular player has to be rested or picks up an injury, it gives somebody else a chance to step up and get some minutes. Few things are more exciting, both as a player and a fan, than seeing a young rookie make his Major League Soccer debut.
Last week: 19.
The skid continues for Toronto. Will the Reds get any points this season?
This week: vs. Philadelphia, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Last week: 18.
A tie against struggling Dallas gave the Union a much-needed point. Philadelphia still hasn’t won in its last four, though.
This week: at Toronto, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Last week: 16.
A look at the Revs’ last five games offers a picture of its inconsistency this season. Somehow, they still find themselves in the middle of the Eastern Conference table.
This week: at D.C., Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 17.
The Crew is starting to pick up some steam, but it needs to find a way to turn some of its ties into wins. However, that won’t be easy in Seattle.
This week: at Seattle, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; vs. Chicago, Saturday, 5 p.m.
Last week: 13.
After two wins in a row, Montreal went winless in the next two. In any case, the Impact is looking a lot better than it did at the start of the season.
This week: at Colorado, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Last week: 15.
After taking three points off Chicago at home, Portland is finally off the foot of the table. If the Timbers can string together some wins, their early-season struggles and growth as a young team will all be worth it.
This week: vs. Vancouver, Saturday, 8 p.m.
Last week: 14.
Opening BBVA Compass Stadium gave Houston some momentum, but it didn’t last long. Two ties against two beatable opponents has left Dynamo fans scratching their heads once again.
This week: vs. Los Angeles, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 11.
If the Galaxy looked like it was getting back on track, a loss to Chivas puts all of that in doubt again. The three losses in Los Angeles’ last five games have all come by way of shutout.
This week: vs. San Jose, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.; at Houston, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 12.
Colorado still has hope for a good season. Losing to D.C. is one thing, but tying Kansas City is a positive result that shows what this team is capable of.
This week: vs. Montreal, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Last week: 8.
After calling in a sports psychologist to talk to the players, Dallas was expecting a positive upswing this week. However, it looks like it won’t be an overnight fix as the team couldn’t do more than tie lowly Philadelphia at home.
This week: at Chicago, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; at Salt Lake, Saturday, 7 p.m. (CW 30/ESPN 700).
Last week: 10.
Things are starting to come together for the Goats. With the acquisition of Juan Agudelo and a big win over the Galaxy, Robin Fraser’s team is at least the better team in southern California this season so far.
This week: at New York, Wednesday, 5 p.m.; vs. Seattle, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Last week: 7.
Chicago has played the second-least number of games in the league (10) so far, but it sits in fourth place in the East. If the Fire can get some consistent results — or at least better than two wins in every five games, like its current run — this could turn into a very successful season.
This week: vs. Dallas, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; at Columbus, Saturday, 5 p.m.
Last week: 9.
D.C. has caught fire recently, but the difference between its home and away records is stark. United is 5-1-2 at home and 2-3-1 away, a pattern that could rear its head in D.C.’s last eight games, five of which are on the road, if it’s not rectified.
This week: vs. New England, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 5.
Sporting followed up seven wins in a row by going winless in its last four. The team looks much weaker in the more recent run than in the first run, especially in the back, where Kansas City is now leaking goals far too easily.
This week: vs. San Jose, Sunday, 2:30 (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 6.
First blood in the Cascadia Cup went to Vancouver. Seattle may have also gotten a point, but the Whitecaps will be thrilled to limit the Sounders to just one in a span that includes two legs of a major cup final and two Cascadia games in a 10-day span.
This week: at Portland, Saturday, 8 p.m.
Last week: 3.
Just as quickly as San Jose shot to the top of the West, it could all slip away. The Earthquakes are winless in three games, and a trip to play the Galaxy away is never going to provide easy relief, despite what Los Angeles’ record may indicate.
This week: at Los Angeles, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.; at Kansas City, Sunday, 2:30 (NBC Sports Network).
Last week: 1.
Seattle’s injuries and rough schedule were bound to catch up with it eventually. Luckily for the Sounders, its next two opponents — Columbus and Chivas — should be beatable, even with a depleted lineup.
This week: vs. Columbus, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; at Chivas, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Last week: 2.
RSL didn’t play last week, so it would be unfair to dock it in the rankings. However, anything less than a win at home against struggling FC Dallas would make such a move necessary.
This week: vs. Dallas, Saturday, 7 p.m. (CW 30/ESPN 700).
Last week: 4.
Look at the lineup New York has put out since the game in which Thierry Henry pulled his hamstring. Then look at the results the Red Bulls have had since that game. Are we sure those come from the same span of five games?
This week: vs. Chivas, Wednesday, 5 p.m. MDT