Power Rankings: Week 25
Real Salt Lake took over the top spot in the rankings with a record-breaking win at Rio Tinto, but will it last? Both the Galaxy and Red Bulls could gain some traction with a win in their titanic matchup on Friday at the Home Depot Center. FC Dallas, Columbus and Seattle, meanwhile, stayed put in this week's poll.
RSL may be No. 1, but they didn't really look it against Chicago. Things have been rocky for RSL in the Rocky Mountain Cup: The Rapids lead the all-time series 9-6-3.
(13-4-8, 47 pts.) Last: Beat TOR, 4-1 (CCL), Beat CHI, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Wednesday at Arabe Unido (CCL), Saturday vs. COL
Suspended star Omar Gonzalez will miss his second league game this season against New York. The other? A 2-0 Galaxy loss to the Revs on July 10.
(15-5-5, 50 pts.) Last: Beat DCU, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Friday vs. NY
Two matches, four days. And (at least) three starters out. Will the draw with New York portend the end of FCD's magical run?
(10-2-12, 42 pts.) Last: Tied NY, 2-2 [WATCH] Next: Wednesday vs. NE, Saturday at KC
The fuss in New Jersey is about JPA as a super sub, but don't believe the hype. There's no way he starts on the bench against LA, is there?
(12-8-5, 41 pts.) Last: Tied FCD, 2-2 [WATCH] Next: Friday at LA
If Robert Warzycha's concerned about Guillermo Barros Schelotto, we are. GBS will likely rest against Santos and New England.
(13-7-5, 44 pts.) Last: Beat Joe Public, 3-0 (CCL), Lost to SEA, 4-0 [WATCH] Next: Tuesday vs. Santos Laguna (CCL), Saturday at NE
A rollercoaster week to take for Sounders fans, who watched CCL hopes fade before a statement win against the Crew.
(10-9-6, 36 pts.) Last: Lost to Saprissa, 2-0 (CCL), Beat CLB, 4-0 [WATCH] Next: Wednesday at Monterrey (CCL), Saturday at CHI
What a deal for Brian Mullan, who went right into the starting 11. He is the only player on the Rapids roster to win an MLS Cup.
(10-7-7, 37 pts.) Last: Beat NE, 3-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at RSL
Wondo's header against the Union was his sixth game-winning goal of the season, tied for the league lead with Edson Buddle.
(10-7-6, 36 pts.) Last: Beat PHI, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at TOR
For the first time in three years, Kei Kamara will play an entire season with one team. He's got a career-high nine goals to show for it.
(8-9-6, 30 pts.) Last: Beat CHV, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: Wednesday vs. HOU, Saturday vs. FCD
Just a bunch of Canadians, eh? The Reds showed there's something left in the tank after an emotional week.
(8-10-7, 31 pts.) Last: Lost to RSL, 4-1 (CCL), Beat HOU, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Tuesday at Cruz Azul (CCL), Saturday vs. SJ
The possibility of missing the playoffs is beginning feel all too real for the Fire, who haven't stayed home during the postseason since 2004.
(6-9-8, 26 pts.) Last: Lost to RSL, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday vs. SEA
The Home Depot Center hasn't exactly been comfy confines for the Goats. They're 5-5-2 in their own back yard this season.
(7-13-4, 25 pts.) Last: Lost to KC, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at PHI
More unpredictable: an episode of It's Always Sunny... or guessing whether Peter Nowak will speak in the postgame press conference?
(6-12-6, 24 pts.) Last: Lost to SJ, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday vs. CHV
The Revs are winless in all six road games against Western Conference foes this season after a humbling loss to Colorado.
(7-14-3, 24 pts.) Last: Lost to COL, 3-0 [WATCH] Next: Wednesday at FCD, Saturday vs. CLB
Dominic Kinnear practically threw in the towel this week. For the first time since arriving in Houston, the postseason seems impossible.
(6-13-5, 23 pts.) Last: Lost to TOR, 2-1[WATCH] Next: Wednesday at KC, Saturday at DCU
Despite D.C.'s troubles, it's a breakthrough year personally for their surprising new leader: Santino Quaranta.
(5-17-3, 18 pts.) Last: Lost to LA, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Saturday vs. HOU