One third of the way through the MLS season, and we've yet to see any team besides Chivas USA really do too much to promote themselves as a real playoff contender.
The Revolution are pretty much killing themselves, and Chicago remains undefeated. The Galaxy keeping on drawing and drawing, and the Earthquakes are heading downhill like a rock in water.
This is my attempt to sort it all out.
1. Chivas USA (7-1-3, 24 pts)
Is there any question on who will be this year's MLS champion with them in the mix?
2. Chicago Fire (3-0-6, 15 pts)
Still undefeated, and they're looking strong so far. Several other chances for easy wins upcoming, too.
3. D.C. United (3-1-7, 16 pts)
They struggled at times last night against Real Salt Lake, yet pulled out a point in a 0-0 draw. Boring enough, still, they're right among the top clubs in the standings this season.
4. Houston Dynamo (4-2-3, 15 pts)
The Dynamo are coming off an impressive win in their rivalry game versus San Jose, and are looking pretty good heading into the heat of summer.
5. Seattle Sounders (4-2-4, 16 pts)
The Sounders are trend-breakers, and they've been playing like it. Very good debut season for Seattle, despite the dwindling crowds.
6. Colorado Rapids (3-2-4, 13 pts)
Perhaps these Rapids will be the surprise team of the year. They are certainly playing well, but they need to keep it up, for there is no room to slip.
7. Toronto FC (4-3-4, 16 pts)
Their win last night against slumping New England was impressive. Still no room for error though.
8. Kansas City Wizards (4-4-3, 15 pts)
Blah, nothing too special yet from the Wizards this year. Still, they are techncially right in the mix.
9. Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-8, 11 pts)
They draw, and draw, and draw, oh, and then they tie. Next week I predict draw, draw, draw.
10. Real Salt Lake (3-5-2, 11 pts)
Not quite the surprise team, they were picked to be during the preseason. They should've won last night, but just got another single point.
11. New York Red Bulls (2-5-3, 9 pts)
It's a must win for the Red Bulls today against the Fire. Although it'll be tough, they have to do it, for New York has begun to dig themselves a hole now.
12. New England Revolution (2-3-4, 10 pts)
A rock in water. A plane with a broken engine. A toddler about to get kicked by Ronaldinho. Any way you put it, they're dying right before our eyes.
13. Columbus Crew (1-2-6, 9 pts)
Not nearly what they expected this season. I suppose the Crew need to take a step back and regroup now.
14. FC Dallas (1-6-3, 6 pts)
15. San Jose Earthquakes (1-6-2, 5 pts)