MLS rankings: May 16

Don’t look now, but Mlssoccer.com’s power rankings have the exact same Top 6 as we do. WE ARE ONE. On an only semi-related note, I’m traveling this weekend, so you might not get the traditional preview, though I hope to get a few stories out in the next couple days, so who knows?

1 – 4. Real Salt Lake (8-2-3 – 26 pts, 19 gf, 12 ga). This week: Beat Seattle 1-0; Drew 0-0 with Chicago. RSL jump up to first on the strength of a road win at Seattle. They haven’t been pretty this year, but they have been effective. Up next: FC Dallas on May 26

2 – 2. San Jose Earthquakes (7-2-2 – 23 pts, 22 gf, 12 ga). This week: Drew 1-1 with Chivas USA. A draw at home with Chivas is disappointing, but the Quakes won’t win every game – and they probably could’ve won that match by two or three goals. Up next: Columbus on Saturday

3 – 1. Seattle Sounders (7-1-2 – 22 pts, 13 gf, 4 ga). This week: Lost to Real Salt Lake 1-0; Beat Dallas 2-0. After ascending to top spot, the Sounders lay an egg at home against RSL. Despite their recent good play, they need to sort out some issues on offense. Up next: At Vancouver on Saturday

4 – 7. New York Red Bulls (7-1-3 – 22 pts, 23 gf, 16 ga) This week: Beat Philadelphia 3-2; Beat Houston 1-0. The Red Bulls returned to a bit of their comical defending against Philadelphia – probably because Rafa Marquez was back, but still look like the team to beat in the East, at least right now. Up next: At Montreal on Saturday

5 – 3. Sporting Kansas City (7-0-3 – 21 pts, 13 gf, 7 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Chicago. KC’s sink in the standings continues. Until they can find a midfielder to create something in attack (or until one of the current starters does it), they’re going to struggle a little bit. Up next: At Colorado on Saturday

6 – 6. DC United (5-3-4 – 18 pts, 20 gf, 16 ga). This week: Lost 1-0 to Houston. We’ll chalk up DC’s loss at Houston to the emotion of the new park opening, but United were surprisingly muted in attack. Perhaps Maicon Santos is returning to Maicon Santos-like form? Up next: Colorado on Wednesday

7 – 10. Chicago Fire (4-3-2 – 15 pts, 11 gf, 10 ga). This week: Beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1; Drew 0-0 with Real Salt Lake. Don’t look now, but the Fire haven’t lost in three matches. They might’ve benefited from a dumb sending-off by KC, but they fully deserved the three points. Up next: At Portland on Sunday

8 – 8. Houston Dynamo (3-3-3 – 12 pts, 8 gf, 9 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with Portland; Beat DC United 1-0; Lost 1-0 to New York. A busy week for Houston see them pick up four points from three matches. They look like a playoff team, but aren’t scoring a lot of goals. Up next: At New England on Saturday

9 – 5. Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-3 – 17 pts, 10 gf, 11 ga). This week: Lost 4-1 to New England. The Whitecaps don’t give up many goals, but when they do, they do it in bunches. The 4-1 scoreline in favor of the Revs probably was a bit inflated, but does highlight how poor the Caps second-string defense is after a midweek Canadian Cup match. Guess what’s happening this week? Up next: Seattle on Saturday

10 – 9. Colorado Rapids (5-0-5 – 15 pts, 15 gf, 12 ga). This week: Didn’t play. The Rapids were off this week. Which version of the team will show up today against DC United? Up next: At DC United on Wednesday

11 – 12. Montreal Impact (3-3-5 – 12 pts, 12 gf, 16 ga). This week: Drew 1-1 with LA Galaxy. The Impact are looking less and less like an expansion team with every week, something that will probably continue if Marco Di Vaio joins from Bologna. Up next: New York on Saturday

12 – 14. New England Revolution (4-0-6 – 12 pts, 12 gf, 13 ga). This week: Beat Vancouver 4-1. The Revs had shown flickers of potential leading up to their crushing win over the Whitecaps. Now the question is – can they build on the performance? Up next: Houston on Saturday

13 – 13. LA Galaxy (3-2-5 – 11 pts, 12 gf, 15 ga). This week: Drew 1-1 with Montreal. The Galaxy are winless in four straight, look disinterested in attack and haphazard in defense. How will they turn this around? Will the made-up derby with Chivas kick-start their season? Up next: At Chivas USA on Saturday

14 – 15. Columbus Crew (3-2-4 – 11 pts, 8 gf, 11 ga). This week: Beat Dallas 2-1. Columbus end their winless skid by beating Dallas, who can’t keep players on the field a full 90 minutes. An improved performance from Mirovan Mirosevic was a good sign. Up next: At San Jose on Saturday

15 – 11. FC Dallas (3-3-6 – 12 pts, 11 gf, 18 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Columbus; Lost 2-0 to Seattle. I think it’s about time to examine Dallas’s issues – namely, who is in charge of a team that seemingly has players sent off every match. Is the clock ticking on Shellas Hyndman’s (I didn’t spell that right, did I?) reign? Up next: Philadelphia on Saturday

16 – 16. Portland Timbers (2-3-5 – 9 pts, 9 gf, 13 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with Houston. I suppose for a struggling team, back-to-back scoreless draws counts for something. When I watch Portland, though, I think “Does John Spencer know what he’s doing?” Up next: Chicago on Sunday

17 – 18. Chivas USA (3-1-6 – 10 pts, 6 gf, 12 ga). This week: Drew 1-1 with San Jose. Chivas picked up a much-needed point against San Jose, and blah blah, they’re boring. Up next: LA Galaxy on Saturday

18 – 17. Philadelphia Union (2-1-6 – 7 pts, 7 gf, 12 ga). This week: Lost 3-2 to New York. The Union nearly rallied for a point after Freddy Adu was stupidly (and harshly, but still) sent off for simulation. At least Lionard Pajoy looked alive. Up next: At Dallas on Saturday

19 – 19. Toronto FC (0-0-8 – 0 pts, 6 gf, 18 ga). This week: Didn’t play. Toronto beat Montreal in the semifinals of the Canadian Cup, which I guess is enough to keep Aron Winter in a job. If they beat Vancouver to advance to the Champions League again, UGH. Up next: At DC United on Saturday

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