Sporting Kansas City stays on top of the MLS Power Rankings again this week after an impressive, 1-0, win over Real Salt Lake.
Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake were both looking to establish their supremacy. They wanted to show Major League Soccer who was the team to beat. And Kansas City came out on top and stayed perfect.
Sporting Kansas City has the whole package while the rest of the Eastern Conference is lagging far behind. Sporting's closest competitor, New York, has a defense with as many holes as an industrial colander.
Out West, Real stays on top, but San Jose keeps creeping closer and closer to jumping into the top two spots.
1. Sporting Kansas City (6-0-0, 18 pts.) - Sporting showed the league they are for real with a solid win over RSL. But the real test awaits when the team travels to Vancouver this Wednesday. A short week and a lot of travel could finally ruin KC's unbeaten run. Still, Sporting, even if they lose Wednesday, is the best team in the league right now.
2. Real Salt Lake (5-2-0, 15 pts.) - Real Salt Lake might not have deserved to lose in Kansas City, but they aren't and won't be the only team this season to lose in Livestrong Park. The Royals have one of the deepest and most experienced teams in MLS, this loss won't slow that crew down a bit.
3. San Jose Earthquakes (4-1-1, 13 pts.) - San Jose wasn't able to stop the Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry show, but they were able to get an impressive point on the road in New York. If Chris Wondolowski can stay healthy, San Jose is a team no one is going to want to see in the MLS Cup.
4. New York Red Bulls (3-2-1, 10 pts.) - Thierry Henry says he called it. But the questions about New York's defense have been around since the end of last year and they're still there. Hans Backe needs to figure it out and make it work.
5. Seattle Sounders (3-1-1, 10 pts.) - The Sounders just keep rolling along under the radar for now, but if they keep winning people will pay attention.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-1-2, 7 pts.) - No game this weekend for Vancouver, but a real test of how good this team is and can be comes Wednesday when the Whitecaps host perfect Sporting Kansas City. A loss would set back the early-season progress. A win, well, it could change the whole outlook of the season for Martin Rennie's side.
7. Houston Dynamo (2-1-1, 7 pts.) - Weather interrupted Houston's game with Chicago with the score even, 1-1. It wasn't a win, but with injuries plaguing the Dynamo midfield, one point will do for right now.
8. Colorado Rapids (3-2-0, 9 pts.) - Going to Seattle isn't easy, but the Rapids were in the game, and they will be in just about every game of the season because they play a tough, hard-nosed game. But Colorado needs to turn it around if they want to stay in the playoff picture come August because the rest of the Western Conference won't wait for it.
9. FC Dallas (3-2-1, 10 pts.) - Brek Shea looked tired playing for the U.S. Olympic qualifying team, but he looked great in the 88th minute when he scored a winner for the Hoops. A win over Montreal isn't anything, yet, but Dallas needed that win to prove that the late game-winner over New England wasn't a fluke.
10. D.C. United (2-2-2, 8 pts.) - New England has looked good in recent weeks, but United went into Foxborough and got three points, which isn't something a lot of teams will say this year by the looks of things. Are the early-season jitters over for United? It looks like it right now.
11. New England Revolution (2-0-3, 6 pts.) - Shalrie Joseph's midweek suspension was more painful than New England might admit, but it was evident that Joseph's presence next to Clyde Simms was missing in a 2-1 home loss to D.C. Simms and Joseph have something going in the middle of the midfield, and having only one of them there really hampers what Jay Heaps is trying to do. The good news? Saer Sene and Jose Moreno look like they are going to create and score plenty of chances, which is good news for a team that has been in search of goalscorers the past few seasons.
12. Los Angeles Galaxy (2-3-0, 3 pts.) - Does Bruce Arena have the Galaxy playing to their potential finally? Or is Portland just that bad? A little bit of both. A comeback win is good, but the Timbers aren't a team to measure someone against right now.
13. Chivas USA (3-0-3, 9 pts.) - Maybe the Goats should just play on the road for the rest of the season. Toronto is still a mess, but that didn't stop Chivas from going into Canada and leaving with three points. All three of Chivas' win are on the road this season.
14. Columbus Crew (2-2-0, 6 pts.) - Philadelphia was going to win soon enough, and it was going to be at home. The Crew were just unlucky to be the team that was there the one time the Union finally held on for their first win.
15. Chicago Fire (1-2-2, 5 pts.) - The Fire just can't catch a break. In a game Chicago should have been able to win against the Dynamo, the weather decided to be difficult. The game was called after 66 minutes because of a storm, and Chicago fans will wonder what could have happened in the last 20-plus minutes of the game with Houston knee-deep in injuries and a short bench.
16. Philadelphia Union (1-3-1, 4 pts.) - Finally off the hide, but there are still so many questions the Union need to answer. This team really should be scoring more goals, especially at home, but no one has stepped up yet and become the player people expected at the beginning of the season.
17. Portland Timbers (1-4-1, 4 pts.) - Another blown lead for the Timbers. This time it got real ugly, though. Los Angeles has been in a funk, this would have been a perfect time for Portland to get three important points.
18. Montreal Impact (1-4-1, 4 pts.) - Expansion woes continue for Montreal. Losing late is part of the learning experience. It's going to happen.
19. Toronto FC (0-5-0, 0 pts.) - Still no wins for Toronto. Time is running out on this 4-3-3/Ajax experiment. So many questions and no answers.