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Houston climbs four spots after Saturday's 3-0 thrashing of Kansas City, but Los Angeles retains the top spot in this week's Goal.com MLS Rankings.

By Kyle McCarthy

1. Los Angeles – Another weekend, another impressive showing.  (1)

2. Columbus – A creditable draw in Seattle boosted the injury-riddled Crew prior to the start of a two-match homestand with New England's visit on Saturday. (2)

3. New York – By picking up their fifth win of the season at D.C. United on Saturday, the Red Bulls matched their 2009 win total in just six matches. (3)

4. Houston – Can Luis Angel Landin and Dominic Oduro replicate their performances from Saturday's 3-0 demolition of Kansas City on a regular basis? If so, the Dynamo can afford to ease the recovering Brian Ching back into the starting XI. (8)

5. Kansas City – After two road losses in two tries, the Wizards need to collect at least a point at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night to prove they can press and hustle teams out of points away from CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (4)

6. Colorado – Gary Smith made his statement about the Rapids' performance in San Jose by hauling off Omar Cummings and Jeff Larentowicz in the second half. Can Colorado respond with a statement of its own when Los Angeles visits on Wednesday night? (5)

7. Seattle – Sigi Schmid can tinker all he wants (and he did so to good effect on Saturday against Columbus), but the direction of the regular season is going to come down to whether his players find a way to improve their ruthlessness in front of goal. (6)

8. Real Salt Lake – No excuses for the champs if they can't figure out a way to defeat Philadelphia at Rio Tinto on Saturday. (9)

9. San Jose – The Earthquakes could go a long way toward climbing their way up this list with a victory over New York at Buck Shaw on Saturday. (13)

10. Chicago – The Fire simply can't get to where they want to go if they don't start picking up home wins instead of home draws. (7)

11. Chivas USA – Wonder if Martin Vasquez will consider deploying a 4-5-1 at New England on Wednesday night after watching Colorado and FC Dallas control proceedings with five in midfield against the Revs over the past two weekends. (12)

12. Toronto FC – Julian de Guzman and Dwayne De Rosario will have 45 minutes of extra rest to help carry them through a tricky date with Chicago on Saturday. (11)

13. New England – The dismissals of Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky in Saturday's draw with FC Dallas will present Steve Nicol with an interesting choice or two to make ahead of Chivas USA's visit on Wednesday night. (10)

14. FC Dallas
– At some point, FCD has to find a way to start turning positive performances into victories, right? (14)

15. Philadelphia – Jack McInerney's calm finish for his first MLS goal represents the lone bright spot in an otherwise disappointing trip to Los Angeles. (15)

16. D.C. United – Despite its wretched start, United is just seven points out of fourth place in the East. (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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