Goal.com MLS Rankings: Week 4

Los Angeles tops the Goal.com MLS Rankings for a second consecutive week after picking up its fourth straight win over Real Salt Lake.
By Kyle McCarthy

1. Los Angeles – Can Kansas City stop Edson Buddle and the Galaxy? With Buddle in this sort of form, Los Angeles will be difficult to stop. (1)

2. Columbus – Real Salt Lake's visit on Saturday night will give the rested Crew a chance to exorcise their playoff demons from last fall. (2)

3. Kansas City – While the Wizards may not have left Qwest Field with any points, they may have convinced a few observers that their pressing style travels well. (3)

4. New York – At some point, the Red Bulls are going to have to produce a performance worthy of their record and this lofty ranking. (4)

5. Seattle – Michael Fucito's late winner grabbed three points and handed Sounders FC a boost ahead of Thursday's visit to FC Dallas. (7)

6. Colorado – Gary Smith will expect an improvement from his side in New England on Saturday night in the wake of a sputtering performance in Sunday's 3-1 win over Toronto FC. (8)

7. Houston – Thumping Chivas USA may just provide the elixir to spark Geoff Cameron and the Dynamo attack ahead of a trip to Chicago on Saturday night. (10)

8. Real Salt Lake – All things considered, the defending champs are coping relatively well as they work their way through an arduous stretch of four out of five games away from Rio Tinto Stadium to start the season. It's not going to get any easier at Crew Stadium on Saturday night. (6)

9. New England – Saturday night's performance in San Jose provided an unnecessary reminder of how important Shalrie Joseph is to the Revolution's success or failure. (5)

10. FC Dallas – FCD is perhaps the one team that has yet to pick up as many points as its performances have merited. Saturday's late loss at New York certainly bolsters that claim. (9)

11. Chicago – Brian McBride's late show inspired the Fire to its first win of the campaign in D.C. on Saturday night, but it's fairly clear Chicago remains a work in progress. (12)

12. San Jose – Credit the Earthquakes' back four – and Ike Opara's potency on set pieces – for the inspiration behind this two-game winning streak. (13)

13. Philadelphia – Danny Califf's moment of madness and Chris Seitz's moment of weakness wrecked a decent performance in Toronto. (14)

14. Toronto FC – Preki looks like he may have settled on a relatively stable center back tandem by pairing Nana Attakora and Adrian Cann, but he'll have to find a way to infuse a moribund attack with some vigor ahead of Seattle's visit on Sunday. (15)

15. Chivas USA – The silver lining for Martin Vasquez as he awaits San Jose's visit on Saturday night: the Red-and-White don't have to return to Robertson Stadium until next season. (11)

16. D.C. United – Just what United needed after four straight losses: injuries to Dejan Jakovic and Chris Pontius. When it rains, it pours. (16)

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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