Rankings run each Wednesday during the regular season.
Team (prev.) Comment
1 L.A. Galaxy (1) Rebounded from a bad loss to Portland by dominating its closest competitor, Dallas, 3-1.
2 Sounders FC (3) The legend of Mauro Rosales keeps growing, with two goals, four assists in six games.
3 FC Dallas (2) Marvin Chavez is red hot, scoring all of his team's goals (4) in the past three matches.
4 Real Salt Lake (5) Resolve will be tested down the stretch; nine of its final 13 games are on the road.
5 Colorado (6) Soaring offense (35 goals, tied for the West's best) has led to three wins in four games.
6 Columbus (4) Offense? Who needs it? East leaders has just 24 goals scored, tied for third worst in MLS.
7 Sporting K.C. (8) Unbeaten streak, perfect home record were spoiled in a two-minute breakdown v. Seattle.
8 Philadelphia (7) Plateauing a bit, but securing the full rights to defender Carlos Valdes was a super move.
9 Chivas USA (12) Robin Fraser's team has surprisingly put itself in a playoff position in points per match.
10 D.C. United (10) Dwayne De Rosario is the first back-to-back winner of MLS Player of the Week since 2008.
11 Houston (11) Co-leading scorers (Weaver, Cameron, Bruin) have 4 goals, the lowest team-high in MLS.
12 Portland (15) Big week highlighted by a 3-0 shutout of the Galaxy, its first home win since May 21.
13 N.Y. Red Bulls (9) Superstar roster is sinking fast with no wins in its past five (0-4-1, 10 goals allowed).
14 New England (13) Impressive debuts of DP Caraglio and youngster Fagundez were bright spots in defeat.
15 San Jose (14) Winless streak has hit 10 games, and five of the next seven games are on the road.
16 Vancouver (18) Big win followed by a big move: coach Martin Rennie of Carolina (NASL) takes over in '12.
17 Toronto FC (17) Offense scored seven goals on a three-game trip. Defense, though, allowed nine.
18 Chicago (16) One win in 20 games, plus an embarrassing 4-2 loss to Van., deserves the bottom spot.