By Ryan Fleming and Kevin Koczwara
1.) LA Galaxy – The Galaxy are running away with the best record in the MLS right now. They have conceded only two goals in eight games and scored 15, a staggering +13 goal differential. They are the team to beat.
2.) Columbus Crew – The Crew have played the least amount of games in the MLS, but they have gotten points out of every game and still aren’t ticking on all cylinders. The Crew can only get better and that should put some fright into their competition.
3.) San Jose Earthquakes – After a dismal season last year, the Earthquakes have made great strides through the first eight weeks of the season. The Earthquakes have been able to put goals on the board thus far this year and standout rookie defender Ike Opara has helped solidify their defense.
4.) Houston Dynamo – Despite all the Dynamo’s injuries they are still getting positive results. When they get all their players back they should only improve on their positive results and get better.
5.) New York Red Bulls – They haven’t been the most beautiful team to watch this year, but they keep winning. Their five wins thus far this season ties last seasons total. Their 4-0 loss to San Jose this weekend was only their second of the year and only the second time they gave up more than one goal in a game.
6.) Real Salt Lake – The reigning MLS Champions have yet to put together all the pieces that saw them grind out wins in last year’s MLS Cup, but they are still in the hunt to catch Los Angeles. And they seem to be turning around with their first back-to-back wins of the season.
7.) FC Dallas – The Hoops finally got their first win of the season last Wednesday by beating in state rival Houston Dynamo, then they followed up by beating lowly D.C. United on Saturday. If Jeff Cunningham can get on a scoring streak then they should only get better.
8.) Colorado Rapids – The Rapids lost on Wednesday to LA ending their three-game winning streak. They didn’t play on Saturday, but with their upcoming game against D.C. United they hope to get back on their winning ways.
9.) Chivas USA – After a midweek thrashing of the New England Revolution, Chivas USA couldn’t hold off Houston at home. Their inconsistent form all season has been a tease: one week they are a great side, the next they look lost on the field.
10.) Toronto FC – After a miserable start to the campaign, Toronto has started to really pick it up as of late. There has not been enough said about the play of the team’s captain Dwayne De Rosario, he is an early favorite for MLS MVP if Toronto can make the postseason
11.) Chicago Fire – The Fire have had an up and down season thus far, but their latest defeat at the hands of Toronto really puts into question the team’s ability to defend. Through seven games this season they have had two clean sheets and three of their games they have let in two or more goals.
12.) Seattle Sounders FC – So, losing at home is something no team is proud of. But losing in front of 36k people, an MLS record? Embarrassing. The Sounders are also winless in their last four.
13.) Kansas City Wizards – The Wizards started off strong to the MLS season, winning their first two games, but they have recently started to fade. Last week D.C. United beat the Wizards for their first win of the season RFK Stadium. The loss to D.C. was not a good omen for what could be in the future for Kansas City as they were beaten by the worst defensive team in the MLS and a rookie goalkeeper.
14.) New England Revolution – Injuries have been the Revolution’s Achilles heal thus far this season. They will again travel light to New York on tomorrow for a U.S. Open Cup game, only 15 players will make the trip, which includes three goalkeepers. The Revs will have to find some gutsy ways to win if they hope to get a postseason berth this year and Steve Nicol will have to do his managing job because he is without his star midfielder, Shalrie Joseph, for a still unknown period of time.
15.) Philadelphia Union – For the Union, who have lost three-straight, all away from home, there aren’t many positives. Something to look forward to this weekend? They play at home.
16.) D.C. United – United have managed only one win so far this season. Two, if you count their US Open win at the expense of FC Dallas. D.C has only scored four times this season. Maybe they can turn it all around Saturday against Colorado. Wouldn’t bet on it.
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