MLS rankings: July 12

1 – 1. San Jose Earthquakes (11-4-4 – 37 pts, 36 gf, 24 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with Dallas; Lost 2-1 to Portland. The Quakes had a bumpy week, getting shocked by Portland before drawing with Dallas despite dominating. On the bright side, they got rid of Tressor Moreno. Up next: Real Salt Lake on Saturday

2 – 4. Real Salt Lake (11-3-6 – 36 pts, 31 gf, 21 ga). This week: Beat Portland 3-0; Drew 0-0 with Seattle. After a poor couple weeks, RSL finally played like expected, drawing with the Sounders and then hammering Portland. Could it be a coincidence that their improved defensive play came when Jamison Olave returned? Nope. Up next: At San Jose on Saturday

3 – 2. DC United (10-3-5 – 33 pts, 34 gf, 22 ga). This week: Didn’t play. United didn’t play, but got some investors who want to make the team “a global brand.” Up next: At Houston on Sunday

4 – 6. Sporting Kansas City (10-3-5 – 33 pts, 23 gf, 17 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with Houston; Beat Montreal 3-1. KC were lucky to beat Montreal, then a bit unlucky not to beat Houston. Nonetheless, their defense has picked up lately – if they can just score some goals. Up next: At Columbus on Saturday

5 – 3. New York Red Bulls (9-4-5 – 31 pts, 32 gf, 27 ga) This week: Lost 2-0 to New England. The Red Bulls long streak of not beating the Revs on the road stretched to 10 years with another loss this weekend. Rumors have it that a new designated player is on the verge of joining. Who could it be? Up next: Seattle on Sunday

6 – 8. Seattle Sounders (8-6-5 – 30 pts, 23 gf, 19 ga). This week: Beat Colorado 2-1; Drew 0-0 with Real Salt Lake. The Sounders ended their 9-match winless streak by beating Colorado. Steve Zakuani working back to fitness can only be good for the team. Up next: At New York on Sunday

7 – 7. Vancouver Whitecaps (8-6-5 – 30 pts, 21 gf, 22 ga). This week: Lost 3-2 to Toronto; Drew 0-0 with Chivas USA; Beat Colorado 1-0. The Caps continue to be hard to break down, but you’d think that an offense with LeToux, Camilo, Hassli and Mattock could score more goals. Up next: At Chicago on Saturday

8 – 5. Chicago Fire (8-4-6 – 28 pts, 21 gf, 21 ga). This week: Lost 2-0 to LA Galaxy; Drew 0-0 with Houston. The Fire’s run up into the upper half of the MLS slowed as they were shut out twice this week. Apparently they have a new forward about to join the team, though getting Sebastian Grazzini back will be a more pressing concern. Up next: Vancouver on Saturday

9 – 9. Houston Dynamo (6-7-5 – 25 pts, 22 gf, 24 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with Kansas City; Drew 0-0 with Chicago. They’ve only lost five times, but you can’t help but think something is missing with the Dynamo. Unfortunately, with Geoff Cameron on the verge of leaving for Europe, something else could be missing soon. Up next: DC United on Sunday

10 – 13. New England Revolution (6-4-7 – 22 pts, 24 gf, 22 ga). This week: Beat New York 2-0. With the win over the Red Bulls, the Revs are only three points behind Houston for the final playoff spot. New signing Jerry Bengtson scored on his debut. I hope I spelled his name right. Up next: Toronto on Saturday

11 – 12. LA Galaxy (7-2-10 – 23 pts, 28 gf, 29 ga). This week: Beat Chicago 2-0; Lost 2-1 to Philadelphia. The Galaxy ended a brief skid by beating the Fire in Chicago. Look for them to cement a playoff position in the coming weeks, or if there is any justice, not. Up next: At Portland on Saturday

12 – 10. Columbus Crew (6-4-6 – 22 pts, 17 gf, 17 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Montreal. A late loss to Montreal hurts, but with Tony Tchani playing well and Milovan Mirosevic back to fitness, they should start competing for the playoffs again. Up next: Sporting Kansas City on Saturday

13 – 11. Colorado Rapids (7-1-10 – 22 pts, 25 gf, 24 ga). This week: Lost 2-1 to Seattle; Lost 1-0 to Vancouver. Two matches, two one-goal losses. The Rapids are competitive, but an occasional draw wouldn’t hurt. Up next: Dallas on Saturday

14 – 15. Montreal Impact (6-3-10 – 21 pts, 27 gf, 33 ga). This week: Beat Columbus 2-1; Lost 3-1 to Kansas City. The Impact are playing well, but lack the ability to shut anyone down. Alessando Nesta should help, if he ever gets match-fit. Up next: At Philadelphia on Saturday

15 – 17. Philadelphia Union (5-2-9 – 17 pts, 18 gf, 18 ga). This week: Beat Toronto 3-0; Beat LA Galaxy 2-1. Don’t look now, but with the Piotr Nowak era over, the Union are starting to play like a playoff team. Is it too little too late, though? Up next: Montreal on Saturday

16 – 14. Chivas USA (5-5-7 – 20 pts, 11 gf, 18 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with Vancouver. Chivas could not be more ho-hum. They occasionally look decent, but just can’t score any goals – and it doesn’t help that Juan Pablo Angel and Juan Agudelo have yet to get any regular playing time together. Up next: Portland on July 18

17 – 16. Portland Timbers (5-4-8 – 19 pts, 16 gf, 24 ga). This week: Lost 3-0 to Real Salt Lake; Beat San Jose 2-1. It will be interesting to see how the Timbers perform in the post-John Spencer era. Though he was relatively clueless with tactics and the team was poor defensively at key moments, there’s no discounting the fire he brought to the squad. Up next: LA Galaxy on Saturday

18 – 18. FC Dallas (3-7-9 – 16 pts, 17 gf, 27 ga). This week: Drew 0-0 with San Jose; Drew 1-1 with Toronto. On the bright side, David Fereira has now played a full 90 minutes in a match and looks like a game-changer. On the not so bright side, they’re well behind the Galaxy for the final spot and not winning any matches. Up next: At Colorado on Saturday

19 – 19. Toronto FC (3-4-11 – 13 pts, 21 gf, 35 ga). This week: Beat Vancouver 3-2; Lost 3-0 to Philadelphia; Drew 1-1 with Dallas. Toronto has been playing better but not winning matches. The 3-0 loss to the Union might have all but ended their playoff hopes, if not statistically. Up next: At New England on Saturday

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