Goal.com MLS Rankings: Week 8

Real Salt Lake climbs to third in this week's Goal.com MLS Rankings after notching its third consecutive win.

Goal.com MLS Rankings: Week 8

1. Los Angeles – Galaxy fans will hope Saturday night's snoozer of a 0-0 draw with Toronto isn't a preview of life without Edson and Landon. (1)

2. Columbus
– The Crew just keeps finding ways to win games. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake – Three wins out of three at Rio Tinto and all of a sudden RSL looks frisky again.. (6)

4. San Jose – The old Earthquakes would have somehow found a way to let a draw slip away in New England on Saturday night. (4)

5. Houston – The Dynamo has yet to record the same result back-to-back in its nine games this season. Put the odds on a win against D.C. United at Robertson Stadium on Saturday. (3)

6. Colorado – Number of road wins through 30 games in 2009: two. Number of road wins through eight games in 2010: three. (7)

7. New York – Thierry Henry can't arrival quickly enough to bolster the Red Bulls' flagging attack. (5)

8. Seattle – The surprising win at New York won't mean much if Sounders FC can't find a way to replicate the feat at home to San Jose on Saturday. (9)

9. Toronto FC – TFC will collect some road points if it consistently stifles the game as well as it did in Los Angeles last weekend. (11)

10. Chivas USA – Zero points did not represent an adequate reward for the work performed at Crew Stadium. (10)

11. FC Dallas – Time to stop throwing away points, FCD. (8)

12. Chicago – Brian McBride as a substitute? If he performs like he did against Kansas City and saves his legs for the stretch run, the approach may just work. (13)

13. Kansas City – The Wizards, as many suspected prior to the season, still need a few pieces to vie for a playoff spot. We may soon see if Jamar Beasley is one of them. (12)

14. New England – From the We Didn't Need This department: Battered Revs play Portuguese champions Benfica in Wednesday night friendly at Gillette Stadium. (14)

15. Philadelphia – Welcome to MLS, Danny Mwanga. That late volley to rescue a point against FC Dallas shows why the Union drafted you number one. (16)

16. D.C. United – No excuses, Luciano Emilio. Get fit and get fit quickly. (15)

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