Joshua Mayers' MLS power rankings:
Team (prev. rank) Comment
1. Sporting K.C. (1) Kamara and Sapong lead the way up front, but don't discount Zusi's MLS-leading five assists.
2. Real Salt Lake (2) Two wins last week included one over rival Colorado in a Rocky Mountain Cup clash.
3. San Jose (5) Visits N.Y. in a game that features league's three top scorers (SJ: Wondo, NY: Henry, Cooper).
4. Seattle FC (3) Fredy Montero has four goals and five assists all-time against Colorado, Saturday's visitor.
5. Houston (4) Returns from a two-week break with three-fourths 3-4 of its starting midfield either injured or suspended.
6. N.Y. Red Bulls (7) Have won three straight games by a three-goal margin (an MLS record). Henry is up to 7G, 4A.
7. FC Dallas (9) Talk about leaving it late. Ugo Ihemelu's winner came in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
8. Colorado (6) If Mullan makes the trip, it will be his first game in Seattle since last year's tackle on Zakuani.
9. Vancouver (8) Set record with 427 shutout minutes to start season, then quickly conceded three to lose to S.J.
10. Chicago (14) German defender Arne Friedrich, a World Cup veteran, could debut Sunday against Houston.
11. L.A. Galaxy (10) Will look to avoid the first three-game losing streak since coach Bruce Arena was hired in '08.
12. D.C. United (13) Backup Joe Willis has played well. Might there be a GK controversy with Bill Hamid healthy?
13. Chivas USA (17) Its two wins have come on the road and in tough venues: Rio Tinto Stadium, Jeld-Wen Field.
14. Portland (11) Coach John Spencer said the Timbers "played like an expansion team" in a loss to Chivas USA.
15. Columbus (12) Chad Marshall got his first goal since 2010 but also saw his defense concede four goals to N.Y.
16. New England (15) Boasts a five-game MLS winning streak against Saturday's opponent: rival D.C. United.
17. Montreal (19) No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wenger led the expansion franchise to its first win last week.
18. Philadelphia (18) Hosts Columbus in a match Saturday that hardly seems worthy of national TV broadcast.
19. Toronto FC (16) Lost in the CCL semifinals and now finds itself as the only MLS team without a point (0-4).
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