In a quality-packed Major League Soccer Western Conference, a slight gap in the standings opened up after last weekend's results. Between Seattle in third and Vancouver in fourth lies a five-point chasm (albeit the gap could be closed quickly, depending on the result of those teams' matchup this weekend). In the East, it's anybody's game right now. Minus Toronto, everybody's taken points off some big teams, and New York overtook Kansas City at the top of the standings, although Sporting has a game in hand.
Last week: 19.
Toronto FC needed a break last week, and MLS fans needed a break from watching the club. It's back to business this week with a cup final and tough road game in D.C.
This week: at D.C., Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 16.
Freddy Adu lost his cool and the game for the Union with his needless red card against New York. Philadelphia can't seem to catch a break against tough opponents.
This week: at Dallas, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Last week: 18.
The Crew put together a respectable performance against an up-and-down Dallas. Columbus did well to take advantage of a Dallas team shorthanded thanks to a red card.
This week: at San Jose, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Last week: 17.
If New England wants to be taken seriously, it needs to put together a consistent run of results. A 4-1 home win over Vancouver adds to some recent good work toward that end, but it has to continue this week.
This week: vs. Houston, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 15.
After a week off, Portland should be ready to get going again. However, playing at Houston in the Dynamo's second home game of the season won't be an easy task.
This week: at Houston, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; vs. Chicago, Sunday at 5 p.m. (Galavision).
Last week: 13.
BBVA Compass Stadium is a thing of beauty. Houston fans can be proud of their club's new home; hopefully for them, the results will follow.
This week: vs. Portland, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; at New England, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 14.
Montreal is finding its feet in MLS, frustrating the Galaxy into a 1-1 tie. The Impact is also making waves with its support, with a record 60,860 fans showing up to watch the game.
This week: vs. New York, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 12.
After a week off, Colorado plays two tough Eastern Conference opponents this week. The good news out of the Rapids' camp is that Pablo Mastroeni is jogging again on his road to recovery from a concussion.
This week: at D.C., Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.; vs. Kansas City, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Last week: 10.
Just when it looks like the ship could be righted, Los Angeles slips again. Tying an expansion team is not the mark of a repeat championship team.
This week: at Chivas, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2).
Last week: 11.
Had it not been for the last five minutes of the game at San Jose, the story out of Chivas would be cheerful. As it is, the Goats are frustrated, having given up another goal in the dying minutes of a game.
This week: vs. Los Angeles, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2).
Last week: 9.
It's never easy to help an opponent open its brand new stadium. D.C. fought valiantly against the Dynamo and its fans; a 1-0 loss is nothing to be ashamed of in that game.
This week: vs. Colorado, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.; vs. Toronto, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 7.
Dallas needs to find a way to keep 11 men on the field for 90 minutes. The game against Columbus was going fine until Dallas went down a man for the second time in the last three games, leading to its third straight loss.
This week: vs. Philadelphia, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Last week: 8.
After not being able to get a rhythm going in the first couple games of the season, Chicago is steadily climbing the table. The Fire was the second team to win at Livestrong Sporting Park this month, using penalties to brush Kansas City aside.
This week: at Portland, Sunday at 5 p.m. (Galavision).
Last week: 5.
Cup finals can be distracting affairs, but that's no excuse for losing by three goals to New England. Vancouver has been better than the Revs all season; that result never should have happened.
This week: vs. Seattle, Saturday at 3 p.m.
Last week: 4.
It's hard to panic when you're still in second place after the recent run Sporting has had. However, losses to Chicago and expansion Montreal at home is still cause for concern for a team that seemed invincible in April.
This week: at Colorado, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Last week: 6.
Even without Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls continue to get results. Goalkeeper Ryan Meara should get most of the credit for backstopping a defense made out of duct tape.
This week: at Montreal, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week: 2.
A loss at home to Chivas would have been disastrous, but Alan Gordon rescued a point in the 89th minute for the 'Quakes. That result still caused San Jose to slip slightly in the standings; Seattle is just one point behind with a game in hand.
This week: vs. Columbus, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Last week: 3.
RSL came through two tough road games two time zones apart last week. A win against a surging Sounders team on turf capped off a good four-point road trip for the Claret and Cobalt.
This week: No games.
Last week: 1.
Even with a cramped schedule and several key players missing due to injury, Seattle continues to mostly roll on. While 15 points in five games was too much to ask for, the Sounders did well with a cramped schedule in early May and have gotten 12 of 15 so far.
This week: at Vancouver, Saturday at 3 p.m. MDT.