As the MLS season begins its stretch run, a unique dimension about the league takes shape.
Unlike so many other major sports, MLS teams jockey for position and yet remain fairly close in the standings.
Months of league play have done little to separate many of the teams, a sign of effective parity.
So with the playoffs now beginning to emerge on the horizon, many squads still have a decent chance at postseason play.
Here's a look at some of the hotter teams, and conversely some that are downright gruesome.