Record: 12-6-4. Was: 2. Note: The biggest test of the season coming up against the Revs. At least it is at home. Next: vs. New England, Saturday.
2. New England
Record: 11-6-5. Was: 1. Note: Can the defense find a way to regroup for the game-of-the-year so far? Next: at Columbus, Saturday.
Record: 9-5-8. Was: 3. Note: The Dynamo are showing they are the class of the West and have won 6-of-7 league games. Next: vs. Kansas City, Sunday.
Record: 10-7-5. Was: 7. Note: Brian McBride has brought new life. You could say it lit a "Fire." Next: vs. New York, Saturday.
5. Real Salt Lake
Record: 8-8-6. Was: 5. Note: Can this team change its road woes? The next two are on the road. Next: at Los Angeles, Saturday.
6. DC United
Record: 10-10-2. Was: 4. Note: Couldn't find the net in New York, but a draw is a rarity for United. Next: at San Jose, Saturday.
7. New York
Record: 8-6-8. Was: 8. Note: The Red Bulls are streaking as one of hottest teams in the league. 3-0-2 in last five. Next: at Chicago, Saturday.
8. FC Dallas
Record: 6-8-8. Was: 6. Note: This club may be the most confusing in MLS. It can beat anyone, or lose to anyone. Next: vs. Colorado, Thursday.
Record: 7-9-6. Was: 12. Note: How will the Champions League games affect the Goats? Next: at Toronto, Saturday.
10. Los Angeles
Record: 6-9-7. Was: 11. Note: Donovan is running away with the Golden Boot. Can the defense keep up? Next: vs. Real Salt Lake, Saturday.
11. San Jose
Record: 6-9-7. Was: 14. Note: A home win over the struggling Wizards is something to build on. Next: vs. DC United, Saturday.
Record: 7-10-5. Was: 9. Note: This club still can't find a way to win a close one on the road. Next: vs. Chivas, Saturday.
13. Kansas City
Record: 6-8-8. Was: 13. Note: The Wizards are still reeling lately. They are 1-3-1 in last five. Next: at Houston, Sunday.
Record: 7-12-3. Was: 10. Note: Injuries, execution, desire. You name it, Rapids are struggling with it. Next: at Dallas, Thursday.