1 (1) Seattle Sounders (1.93, -1). Took care of business against a struggling Dallas side, although their place was severely impaired long term with the injury to Martins and the actions of Dempsey in the US Open Cup on Tuesday.
2 (2) Sporting Kansas City (1.71, -6). No game gave us no reason to move them, and no one behind them justified moving up.
3 (3) Vancouver Whitecaps (1.63, -6). Another team without a game or pressure from behind.
4 (4) D.C. United (1.65, -9). A loss against a resurgent Orlando City group, on the road, without real pressure from behind leaves D,C, in the same spot, although it certainly doesn’t solidify the position. Vulnerability here? Absolutely.
5 (5) Toronto FC (1.58, +1). The numbers make a case for TFC moving up, but the long road stretch does not mean they will have the same success at home. We are looking for a little more information here before moving them up more. But upwards pressure? Definitely.
6 (7) Portland Timbers (1.17, -6). Dallas’ loss is Portland’s gain.
7 (6) FC Dallas (1.47, -7). That was more than a loss for FC Dallas. And even without a number of players, that was a poor showing against Seattle. Luckily for them, the road trip ends Friday at Colorado and they get most of their internationals back, but this team’s confidence seems tempered.
8 (8) New York Red Bulls (1.31, -8). Another team with no game and no reason to move.
9 (9) New England Revolution (1.50, -10). They beat Chicago. Good for them. Who hasn’t this season? And that is why they don’t move this week.
10 (10) Los Angeles Galaxy (1.29, -11). Tied at Columbus to tread water. Certainly not a bad result but overall, this entire tier is above mediocre with little differentiation.
11 (11) San Jose Earthquakes (1.36, -7). This team has shown more ups than downs, especially relative to expectations. The rest of the season will be an interesting script to follow.
12 (13) Orlando City (1.33, -10). Definitely ticking up pretty consistently of late. A win over D.C. United is something to take note of.
Good But Not Great
13 (12) Houston Dynamo (1.33, -11). Again, it was a light week for games. So far, Owen Coyle’s group has been up and down this season, but there is some development here that Dynamo fans can look to with some hope. Maybe they make the playoffs? But if not, they definitely can look forward to next season with some momentum. The recent issue with Cubo Torres and his work permit, though, may hold them back.
14 (15) Real Salt Lake (1.20, -11). Moving up more because of Montreal’s poor result, but moving up nonetheless.
15 (16) Columbus Crew (1.13, -14). Like RSL, this move relates more to Montreal’s mistakes rather than the Crew’s result against the Galaxy.
16 (17) Colorado Rapids (1.00, -14). Watch this space. While the recent offensive additions have not shown anything yet, they are still getting settled into MLS and their team. With the way this team has generally been playing defense, if they get some finishing this team could be a mover.
The Ugly Stick
17 (14) Montreal Impact (1.27, -7). Welcome back to the gutter, Montreal. We tried to believe in you, and there was some reason to do so, but losing to the worst team in the league really erodes any credibility you had build up.
18 (20) New York City FC (0.93, -17). Something is starting to click with the expansion side. Whether it is enough to really do some damage remains to be seen. And their summer additions will also be important. At least they don’t have to worry about the US Open Cup any more…
19 (19) Philadelphia Union (0.94, -17). This is a team that might move out of this tier at some point, but not just yet.
20 (18) Chicago Fire (1.00, -14). The promise on the roster is just not translating to the field. This once proud organization has got to be frustrated.