Team (prev.) Comment
1. L.A. Galaxy (1) Earned the Supporters' Shield after Seattle's loss, though an injury to Keane is concerning.
2. Sounders FC (2) Fell victim to a U.S. Open Cup hangover, but getting healthier for the stretch run.
3. Philadelphia (5) Big road win at CenturyLink Field has the Union on top of a competitive Eastern Conference.
4. Sporting K.C. (4) Started the season 1-6-4 but can clinch a playoff berth with a home win Saturday vs. New York.
5. Real Salt Lake (3) Four-game losing streak could drop coach Jason Kreis' side back into the wild-card mix.
6. Columbus (6) A perfect 9 of 9 on penalty kicks this season, led by forward Andrew Mendoza (5 of 5).
7. Houston (7) Four games unbeaten down the stretch despite not having anyone with more than five goals.
8. Colorado (8) D Drew Moor has scored his team's last two goals and has a career-high four this season.
9. FC Dallas (9) Goal-less in 360 min., the longest streak in MLS this year and 10 away from franchise low.
10. Portland (10) Kenny Cooper is turning around an underwhelming year with three goals in four games.
11. N.Y. Red Bulls (12) Henry has scored in consecutive games, and Marquez is back on better terms with the fans.
12. Chicago (11) Can't dwell on Open Cup disappointment with two huge games vs. Dallas, D.C. this week.
13. D.C. United (13) Bill Hamid has been named the USMNT's No. 2 GK, can he lead his team to the playoffs?
14. Chivas USA (14) Hasn't beaten rival L.A. in a SuperClasico since 2007 (0-6-3, with one goal in last six).
15. San Jose (16) Six goals in seven games have pulled Chris Wondolowski into a tie for the Golden Boot race.
16. Toronto FC (15) DP forward Danny Koevermans has scored his team's last four goals and seven in nine games.
17. Vancouver (18) At 0-11-5, the Whitecaps could become the fourth team in MLS history to go winless on the road.
18. New England (17) Needs to beat Crew, TFC in its last two games to avoid a franchise low for wins in a season.