Heading into the Major League Soccer season’s first major break, somewhat of a hierarchy has been established in the standings. The top three teams in both conferences have opened up a gap on the fourth-placed teams, and the teams in the second stratum are positioning themselves to secure a playoff spot. For now though, attention turns to U.S. National Team games, the start of World Cup qualifying and the MLS entrance into the U.S. Open Cup. Save for one game next weekend, teams won’t be back in league action until June 10. Liviu Bird is a journalism student and professional soccer player for the Kitsap Pumas. Follow him on Twitter at @liviubird and visit his blog at thebootroomblog.com.

19 Toronto FC (1-9-0, 3 points)

Last week: 19

Toronto finally got its first points of the season this week. That will give the club something positive to build on leading into an international break.

This week: no games.

18 Philadelphia Union (2-7-2, 8 points)

Last week: 18

The Union was Toronto’s first victim. It’s not looking great in Philadelphia right now either.

This week: no games.

17 New England Revolution (4-7-1, 13 points)

Last week: 17

New England is struggling to find any results recently. Despite scoring eight goals in the last three games, the Revs have only one win to show for it.

This week: vs. Chicago, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

16 Montreal Impact (3-7-3, 12 points)

Last week: 15

Montreal’s up-and-down expansion season continues. The introduction of new Designated Player Marco Di Vaio could see the Impact’s fortunes trend upward once again.

This week: no games.

15 Columbus Crew (5-4-3, 18 points)

Last week: 16

An injury-depleted Crew team got a couple good results this week, beating Seattle and Chicago. The Sounders game was indicative of how Columbus will have to play to get results — staunch defensively, opportunistic offensively.

This week: no games.

14 Los Angeles Galaxy (3-8-2, 11 points)

Last week: 12

The Galaxy’s slow start has officially turned into a pattern of bad results. When was the last time a team won MLS Cup only to be in last place in the conference the next year?

This week:no games.

13 Portland Timbers (3-5-4, 13 points)

Last week: 14

After Portland’s 1-1 tie with Vancouver, the Cascadia Cup has yielded two ties in two games. The Timbers play Seattle in their second game back from the break.

This week: no games.

12 Houston Dynamo (4-3-4, 16 points)

Last week: 13

BBVA Compass Stadium is already somewhat of a fortress, as Houston hasn’t lost there yet. The Dynamo gutted out a good result against Los Angeles there on national television last weekend

This week: no games.

11 FC Dallas (3-8-4, 13 points)

Last week: 10

Dallas hasn’t won in nine games, and nothing it tries seems to help. Maybe a break is exactly what the team needs to regroup.

This week: no games.

10 Colorado Rapids (6-6-1, 19 points)

Last week: 11

Down a man, the Rapids got a goal from Jaime Castrillon to squeak out a win over Montreal. With three of their next four games at home, it’s time for Colorado to get a run going and solidify a spot near the top of the West.

This week: no games.

9 Chivas USA (4-6-3, 15 points)

Last week: 9

Chivas showed what it’s capable of last week, tying two of the league’s top teams. Despite a somewhat boring playing style, the Goats can get big results.

This week: no games.

8 Chicago Fire (5-4-3, 18 points)

Last week: 8

Chicago has alternated wins and losses for the last four games, but the Fire needs more results to go its way to be considered a serious contender this year. Improving its road form will help that situation — Chicago is 2-3-1 away from home this year.

This week: at New England, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

7 Vancouver Whitecaps (5-3-4, 19 points)

Last week: 5

Darren Mattocks saved a point in an important Cascadia Cup game with an 84th-minute goal. It was a decent result, considering the Whitecaps played a cup final earlier in the week.

This week: no games.

6 D.C. United (8-4-3, 27 points)

Last week: 7

D.C. United is riding a three-game winning streak, which helped it surge to the top of the Eastern Conference. Of course, D.C. has also played 15 games, the highest amount in the conference.

This week: no games.

5 Sporting Kansas City (8-3-1, 25 points)

Last week: 6

The last two games have been progressively better than the three-game losing streak Kansas City suffered recently. A little adversity could be just what the team needed to give it renewed energy.

This week: no games.

4 Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-3, 24 points)

Last week: 3

Seattle is in somewhat of a slump, having not won since May 9 at Dallas. Against Chivas last weekend, the Sounders did what they couldn’t do against Columbus on Wednesday — come back to earn at least a point after conceding first.

This week: no games.

3 San Jose Earthquakes (8-3-3, 27 points)

Last week: 4

Going 1-1 on a tough week-long road trip isn’t the worst result San Jose could have gotten. After beating Los Angeles on Wednesday, the Earthquakes lost by one goal in Kansas City on Sunday.

This week: no games.

2 New York Red Bulls (8-3-2, 26 points)

Last week: 1

With no game on the weekend, New York needed to beat Chivas at home to go into the international break on top of the Eastern Conference. However, former Red Bull Juan Pablo Angel had different plans, scoring first in a 1-1 tie in his old home and making New York scramble momentarily to salvage a point.

This week: no games.

1 Real Salt Lake (9-3-2, 29 points)

Last week: 2

It’s not exactly a feat to beat FC Dallas recently, but RSL’s six-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest in the league right now (with New York). Games against each of the California teams await in June.

This week: no games.