1. Columbus

Record: 13-6-5.

Was: 1.

Note: Is there any doubt the league MVP right now is Guillermo Barros Schelotto?

Next: at Toronto, Saturday.


2. Houston

Record: 10-5-9.

Was: 3.

Note: The Dynamo are about the only team certain to make playoffs in the West.

Next: at San Jose, Saturday.


3. Chicago

Record: 11-8-5.

Was: 4.

Note: A guy with a famous name got the game-winner for Fire, Stephen King.

Next: at Colorado, Sunday.


4. New England

Record: 12-7-5.

Was: 2.

Note: When are the Revs going to get some more energy? They've been playing tired.

Next: vs. Chivas, Thursday.


5. Real Salt Lake

Record: 8-9-7.

Was: 5.

Note: The draw against Galaxy had both a positive and negative feel.

Next: at New York, Saturday.


6. New York

Record: 9-7-8.

Was: 7.

Note: The Red Bulls' defense has given up only one goal in over 440 minutes.

Next: vs. Real Salt Lake, Saturday.


7. DC United

Record: 10-11-3.

Was: 6.

Note: United were just the latest to find out it is tough to play in San Jose.

Next: vs. FC Dallas, Saturday.


8. Chivas USA

Record: 8-10-6.

Was: 9.

Note: The Goats showed why they're still to be reckoned with in a big win at Toronto.

Next: at New England, Thursday.


9. San Jose

Record: 7-9-8.

Was: 11.

Note: The Quakes are very tough at home with a 5-3-3.

Record. Road is a different story.

Next: vs. Houston, Saturday.


10. Los Angeles

Record: 6-9-8.

Was: 10.

Note: Without Donovan and Beckham, Galaxy just trying to tread water.

Next: at Kansas City, Saturday.


11. FC Dallas

Record: 6-10-8.

Was: 8.

Note: How have the Hoops fallen so far? They now are tied for last in the West.

Next: at DC United, Saturday.


12. Toronto FC

Record: 7-11-6.

Was: 12.

Note: The team seems to be fading as the season stretches on. Winless in last four.

Next: vs. Chivas, Saturday.


13. Kansas City

Record: 7-9-8.

Was: 13.

Note: The Wizards are searching for anybody to step up since they haven't won since Aug. 9.

Next: vs. Los Angeles, Saturday.


14. Colorado

Record: 9-12-3.

Was: 14.

Note:

Was the win at Dallas the turning point or an aberration for the struggling Rapids?

Next: vs. Chicago, Sunday.