1. New England

Record: 7-3-2. Note: Have won four of last five matches heading into MLS Cup rematch with Houston this week. Next: at Houston, Thursday.

2. Houston

Record: 4-3-5. Note: Early-season struggles appear to be behind the Dynamo, who've won two straight. Next: vs. New England, Thursday.

3. L.A. Galaxy

Record: 5-4-2. Note: Yes, they give up a lot of goals, but they score a lot as well and have won three of last four. Next: at San Jose, Saturday.

4. D.C. United

Record: 4-7-1. Note: All but written off last month, D.C. is unbeaten in its last three, including a win at Chicago. Next: vs. New York, Saturday.

5. Chicago

Record: 6-3-1. Note: Red hot the first two months of the season, the Fire have only prevailed in one of their last four matches. Next: at FC Dallas, Sunday.

6. Chivas USA

Record: 4-5-2. Note: Had won three straight before a 1-0 loss at New York over the weekend. Next: vs. Real Salt Lake, Saturday.

7. Colorado

Record: 5-6-0. Note: The Rapids are a middle-of-the-pack team that's been trading wins and losses for the last month. Next: at Toronto FC.

8. New York

Record: 4-3-3. Note: Juan Pablo Angel finally scored last weekend, confidence that might boost the Red Bulls out of mediocrity. Next: at D.C., Saturday.

9. Toronto FC

Record: 5-4-2. Note: Of its 17 points, 14 have come out home. Must find a away to be more productive away from BMO Field. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday.

10. FC Dallas

Record: 3-5-4. Note: In four games since firing Steve Morrow, Dallas' only win was a comeback against Real Salt Lake. Next: vs. Chicago, Sunday.

11. Kansas City

Record: 3-4-3. Note: Finally heading home after six-game road trip and could be poised to make a move in the East. Next: vs. Columbus, Saturday.

12. Real Salt Lake

Record: 3-5-3. Note: Poor finishing cost RSL against Kansas City, and now it hits the road where it is winless in 2008. Next: at Chivas USA, Saturday.

13. San Jose

Record: 3-6-1. Note: The Quakes are no pushovers, as evidenced by their second road win of the year last weekend. Next: vs. L.A. Galaxy, Saturday.

14. Columbus

Record: 6-4-1. Note: The honeymoon is over. The MLS darlings of April and early May have scored a goal in four straight games. Next: at Kansas City, Saturday.