1. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 1, W 1-0 v POR, Next: v VAN)
– Patrick: It wasn’t the prettiest of results but it was a win nonetheless. Nick Rimando playing the way he is will make this team a playoff team, alone. With Plata looking to be back from injury, the RSL attack could find it’s feet again. That is scary to think about.
2. Sporting Kansas City (Last Week: 2, W 4-0 v MTL, Next: at NE)
– Patrick: A dominating performance by Sporting KC. It wasn’t something you hang your hat on, though, as the opposition is in shambles. Still, credit to Kansas City for staying focused in what easily could have been a trap game.
3. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 3, D 2-2 at VAN, Next: BYE)
– Patrick: Unlucky, really, to not find the full 3 points on the road at a decent Vancouver side. The mistakes that lead to the goals they gave up are something that has to be cleaned up if this side is going to be your typical Bruce Arena side.
4. Seattle Sounders (Last Week: 8, W 2-1 at CHV, Next: v COL)
– Patrick: They’ve caught fire after a rocky start. It would have been interesting to see how this game ended with both sides at full strength. That isn’t in Seattle’s control, though. What is in their control is how they they take the opportunity – which they did very well.
5. FC Dallas (Last Week: 5, W 2-1 v TFC, Next: at DCU)
– Patrick: They beat Toronto with Michael Bradley, that is a big deal. Still, TFC was lacking Defoe so it isn’t a win you list as overly impressive. They’ve got the job done at home thus far, the Seattle game excluded, can they take that form on the road?
6. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 6, D 0-0 v SJ, Next: at SEA)
– Patrick: Hundreds of people saw their game against San Jose. I was lucky enough to not call myself one of them. Smack talk aside – they looked lethargic against San Jose. No penalties = no goals? Seems to kind of be the case.
7. Toronto FC (Last Week: 6, L 1-2 at FCD, Next: BYE)
– Patrick: Without their attacking star in Defoe they lack that clinical ability up top. They don’t have enough quality pieces around Bradley to build consistent attacks. Thus, the ones they do need to be taken. They didn’t look bad in Dallas, but they aren’t the same team without their stars.
8. Columbus Crew (Last Week: 7, D 1-1 v DC, Next: v NY)
– Patrick: Having to find a late goal to salvage a point against DC isn’t what a top side does. This team is in a bit of a mess right now. They really need to find themselves again after a strong start. Their home game with New York this weekend should be telling of a side trying to regather itself.
9. New England Revolution (Last Week: 10, D 1-1 at CHI, Next: v SKC)
– Patrick: Against Chicago their midfield look like world beaters – but that was Chicago. They have a taltented team I just have a hard time seeing it all work. Fagundez is your typical young player in that he’ll be amazing one night and then you forget he is on the field the next. You could say that about the entire New England offense, really.
10. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 11, D 2-2 v LA, Next: at RSL)
– Patrick: Coming back against LA isn’t an easy thing to do. Credit to them for doing it not once but twice in the same game. That said, only getting a point at home in this league isn’t the sign of a top team. The game with RSL this weekend will be nice purely to play someone else for a change.
11. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 11, W 3-2 v PHI, Next: v Hou & at CLB)
– Patrick: Injuries and age are really killing this team. They simply don’t have the depth or talent around the pitch to handle it. I think they’ll find a way to make the playoffs again, but it’s back to the old no silverware ways.
12. Philadelphia Union (Last Week: 9, L 2-3 at NY, D 0-0 v Hou, Next: at MTL)
– Patrick: Philly was given a chance this week to really make a statement. And they did – just not a very good one. This team doesn’t know how to win. It’s as simple as that. I’m not sure what needs to change – maybe simply bringing a hungry player to build around. Edu doesn’t look like the guy.
13. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 13, D 0-0 at PHI, Next: at NY & v POR)
– Patrick: In a very Dominic Kinnear kind of way they got a point in Philly. It was ugly, rough, and successful. This team is still a shadow of what it looked it could be early in the season. Their double matchup this week presents a chance to get back in the positive light.
14. Chivas USA (Last Week: 12, L 1-2 v SEA, Next: at SJ)
– Patrick: I think this team is just doing this now because I ranked them high for a bit. Seriously, what in the world happened?! Oh, that’s right, they’re Chivas USA. What a sham.
15. DC United (Last Week: 17, D 1-1 at CLB, Next v FCD)
– Patrick: Unbeaten in 3! DC couldn’t say that at all last year. The results aren’t attractive by any means but points are earned on style. The’y’ll really be tested this weekend against FCD. A win or even point in that one would show that something is afoot with Olsen’s team.
16. San Jose ‘Quakes (Last Week: 16, D 0-0 at COL, Next: v CHV)
– Patrick: They fouled their way to a point in Colorado. A road point is a road point – but the suspensions that look to be coming off the back end of it are really damning. This team and it’s style just needs to go already.
17. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 15, L 0-1 at RSL, Next: at HOU)
– Patrick: They were the better team against RSL for long stretches of the game. The difference? Well besides Nick Rimando? The ability to take chances. Yeah, Rimando played lights out, but Urutti also put the best chance of the entire game, for both sides, wide of the goal. That shank kind of summed up Portland’s 2014.
18. Chicago Fire (Last Week: 18, D 1-1 v NE, Next: BYE)
– Patrick: No midfield. Miss a pk in the stoppage time. Dumb plays leading to ejections. Wash and repeat. This team is bad but only a few pieces away from being good. It’s really strange to watch. When the game is allowed to bypass the midfield they’re great. When the game settles in they look awful.
19. Montreal Impact (Last Week: 19, L 0-4 at SKC, Next: v PHI)
– Patrick: Di Vaio had a chance early in their game to take the lead. You would have bet a lot on him at least hitting the frame. With him off, the team isn’t going to salvage any points. They have a terrible defense and are just hoping Di Vaio and Jac Mac will bail them out. Not a great