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Los Angeles picked up its third win on the trot to ascend to the top of Goal.com MLS Rankings.

By Kyle McCarthy

1. Los Angeles – The Edson Buddle show continued this weekend as his two goals fired the Galaxy past the Dynamo, 2-0. Buddle hasn't done enough to warrant inclusion in the U.S. squad yet, but he's building his case with each passing week. (4)

2. Columbus – Robert Warzycha's men will spend their second bye in four weeks fuming over the controversial end to Saturday's 2-2 draw at FC Dallas. (1)

3. Kansas City – How will the Wizards' high-pressure approach translate to Qwest Field on Saturday? (3)

4. New York – The second consecutive trip to the West Coast certainly contributed to the Red Bulls' limp 2-0 loss at Chivas USA on Saturday, but Hans Backe won't ignore another sputtering offensive performance, either. (2)

5. New England – Toronto FC disintegrated defensively in the second half of Saturday's 4-1 win at Gillette Stadium, but credit the Revs for combining well in midfield, isolating favorable matchups and punishing the Reds' frailty at the back. (9)

6. Real Salt Lake – Alvaro Saborio's stoppage time goal spared RSL's blushes against Seattle on Saturday night and secured a much-needed point ahead of a trip to Los Angeles this weekend. (5)

7. Seattle
– Although Sounders FC will be disappointed at conceding in second-half stoppage time to throw away a victory at Real Salt Lake, it pays to remember how few teams emerge from Rio Tinto Stadium with any type of positive result. In the end, it's still a good point. (6)

8. Colorado – After playing a second game in four days in Kansas City tonight, the Rapids will trek home to prepare for TFC's visit on Sunday. For a team with serious playoff aspirations, it's a should-win game. (7)

9. FC Dallas – Two home games, two decent results against good opponents. This weekend's trip to New York, however, will present a considerable test. (11)

10. Houston – The rumblings about an imminent demise amid the home loss to the Galaxy and the loss of Brian Ching for several weeks are overblown considering the Dynamo's tendency to start slowly. But a home win over Chivas USA this weekend would certainly help matters. (8)

11. Chivas USA – Martin Vasquez is off the mark as Chivas USA boss, but the Red-and-White will have to continue to develop in the attacking third to build on the victory over New York. (14)

12. Chicago – After last year's spotty home record, the Fire really could have used a positive result in its home opener to reverse the negative juju at Toyota Park. Instead, Chicago is once again left to lament how much it misses John Thorrington in the center of the park. (10)

13. San Jose – Big, big win by the Earthquakes at Bridgeview last weekend. Frank Yallop's side really needed a positive result to generate some momentum ahead of New England's visit on Saturday. (15)

14. Philadelphia – One result doesn't make a season, but Union fans should rightly cherish their side's 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Saturday. More performances like that one will see Philly pick up its fair share of points. (16)

15. Toronto FC – Preki now has Adrian Cann and Maxim Usanov in the fold to bolster his back line. He must integrate them quickly after last weekend's defensive calamity in New England. (12)

16. D.C. United – No need to pile on United after its struggles in the opening three matches, but Chicago's visit on Saturday offers an enticing opportunity to get off the mark in 2010. (13)

Kyle McCarthy writes the Monday MLS Breakdown and frequently writes opinion pieces during the week for Goal.com. He also covers the New England Revolution for the Boston Herald and MLSsoccer.com. Contact him with your questions or comments at kyle.mccarthy@goal.com and follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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