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FC Dallas climbs into the top three in this week's Goal.com MLS Rankings.

By Kyle McCarthy

1. Los Angeles
– What a dreadful week. (1)

2. Real Salt Lake – The reason why this RSL team will contend in November: so-so 3-0 victories over the league door mat aren't cause for celebration. (3)

3. FC Dallas – A road point in Colorado always counts in the positive column. (4)

4. Columbus – Peruvian forward Andres Mendoza represents the latest potential striking savior after he inked an incentive-laden deal on Tuesday, according to the Columbus Dispatch. (2)

5. New York – Those two fellas up top can play a bit. (6)

6. Seattle – Fredy Montero will play himself into a big-money move if he continues this sort of effervescent form. (8)

7. San Jose – The doubters will have plenty of reason to question the Earthquakes' playoff credentials after that insipid performance against Seattle at the weekend. (5)

8. Colorado – Another week, another draw. Time for the Rapids to find their next gear. (9)

9. Toronto FC – The wheels on the TFC bandwagon are wobbling these days. (7)

10. Chicago – Keep an eye on the Fire. With games in hand and pieces falling into place, Chicago could make a playoff push. (11)

11. Houston – For the next two teams in the rankings... (9)

12. New England – … the two SuperLiga semifinals during the midweek could represent the biggest match of the campaign. (12)

13. Chivas USA – The Red-and-White is quietly unbeaten in its past four matches after thumping Columbus on Saturday. (15)

14. Kansas City – The lingering question in Kansas City: why did it take this long for Teal Bunbury to receive an extended run in the side? (13)


15. Philadelphia – Eduardo Caudet looks like a useful addition to the mix. (14)

16. D.C. United – Troy Perkins floundered in net and Clyde Simms picked up a calf injury in the 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Just another typical day at the office in this dreadful season for United. (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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