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San Jose climbs five spots in the Goal.com MLS Rankings after thrashing 10-man New York on Saturday night.

By Kyle McCarthy

1. Los Angeles – The lingering question in Los Angeles these days: how will the U.S. World Cup preparations impact the Galaxy's scintillating performances? (1)

2. Columbus – As the Monday MLS Breakdown explained, the Crew is churning out results without hitting top gear at this point. (2)

3. Houston
– Moving Brad Davis into a central role has worked out well for all parties, wouldn't you say? (4)

4. San Jose
– It's all about the wide players as the Earthquakes climb up the rankings. Joey Gjertsen looks like one of the signings of the season, while Bobby Convey continues to remind people why he once played in the Premier League. (9)

5. New York – Consider the 4-0 thumping at San Jose a one-off result sparked by a rather questionable red card on Luke Sassano. (3)

6. Real Salt Lake
– With two simple home wins already in the bag, RSL hosts Houston on Thursday night trying to complete the clean sweep before heading out on the road again. (8)

7. Colorado
– The question for Gary Smith as he plots prior to his side's trip to D.C. on Saturday: should I shoot for a draw or go for the victory? (6)

8. FC Dallas
– Did someone kidnap FCD and inject them with some defensive steel? Two shutouts in two games last week, though Kevin Hartman deserves most of the credit for Saturday's clean sheet. (14)

9. Seattle – Idle question: Would Sounders FC benefit from a chemistry perspective by allowing Fredy Montero to make his long-awaited European move sooner rather than later? Thinking outside the box is a must for this underachieving side right now. (7)

10. Chivas USA – One mighty impressive performance on Wednesday night in New England outweighs the end of a three-match unbeaten run against bogey team Houston on Saturday night. (11)

11. Toronto FC – Another tidy home performance prompts the inevitable question: when will TFC start to look dangerous away from BMO Field? (12)

12. Kansas City – A positive home result against Chicago is a must to get things back on track after a meager return of one draw from its past four matches. (5)

13. Chicago – The second-half defensive meltdown at Toronto FC last weekend can't happen again if the Fire wants to start tapping its potential. (10)

14. New England – Long on character, short on healthy players. (13)

15. D.C. United
– United bolstered its flagging morale by securing its long-awaited first win over Kansas City last Wednesday, but the biggest boost going forward may be the emergence of Bill Hamid as a viable option in net. (16)

16. Philadelphia
– The Brad Knighton watch intensifies with each passing week. (15)

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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