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Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake and Colorado top the MLS rankings ahead of Wednesday's clash at Rio Tinto Stadium.

1. Real Salt Lake – Next projected test for RSL's reserve side: a visit by Philadelphia on April 23. (1)

2. Colorado
– The Rapids receive a Pablo Mastroeni-induced mulligan after a poor performance without their captain in Frisco on Friday. Similar leniency will not follow another suspect outing in Sandy on Wednesday night. (2)

3. Philadelphia – Peter Nowak sorted out those defensive concerns in the offseason, didn't he? (6)

4. Los Angeles – Bless the poor official tasked with managing the Galaxy's visit to Toronto FC on Wednesday night. That man won't receive much of a leash from Bruce Arena's side after the events at RFK Stadium this weekend. (4)

5. New York – Will the Red Bulls even notice Thierry Henry's absence if he misses out this weekend with an Achilles injury? (3)

6. San Jose – One suspects that Frank Yallop would have liked a couple of more points in the bag before Saturday's trip to New York. Then again, the Earthquakes possess a few nice memories from the last time they played at Red Bull Arena to fuel their trip to Harrison. (5)

7. Seattle – With the attack now supplying goals with some regularity, Sounders FC can now focus on shoring up the surprisingly suspect work at the back. (10)

8. FC Dallas – FCD really needed a positive performance to translate into three points. Can Schellas Hyndman keep his side firing on all cylinders – particularly with Fabian Castillo impressing on the left and David Ferreira pulling the strings – for an extended period of time after the breakthrough against Colorado? (15)

9. Chicago – The current performances are far more encouraging than many suspected they would be heading into the season. (7)

10. Sporting Kansas City – Losing Omar Bravo for 3-6 weeks to a hernia injury will impact Sporting's incisiveness in the final third, but Peter Vermes can at least take solace in the fact that his side has shown little difficulty in finding the back of the net. (9)

11. Houston – Brad Davis continues to tick along and make life difficult for opposing teams. Few, if any, players in MLS offer more consistent delivery from crossing opportunities and set pieces. (12)

12. Vancouver – The Whitecaps must hope that Jay DeMerit will not miss much time with a groin injury. Teitur Thordarson has used his pieces well so far, but the American international center back is a part that isn't replaceable given the available options. (11)

13. Columbus – Positive stat for otherwise downtrodden Crew fans: Robert Warzycha's side has posted three consecutive shutouts. (13)

14. New England – Can the Revs provide Rajko Lekic with the service he will need to thrive in MLS? (8)

15. D.C. United – “Overall, I just thought we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Los Angeles. “I thought the energy was there, but we just weren’t a good enough soccer team.” (14)

16. Toronto FC – There's a good chance that former Galaxy man Alan Gordon will bring a little extra vigor to Wednesday night's date with Los Angeles. (18)

17. Chivas USA – “At times, throughout the season so far, we’ve been good enough to win games and let a few games get away from us,” Red-and-White coach Robin Fraser said after his side's 0-0 draw with Columbus. “Tonight, we could’ve stolen the game, or they could’ve stolen the game. I felt that we weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be and in the end, a draw is a fair result.” (17)

18. Portland – Expect the Timbers to put on a show to open JELD-WEN Field on Thursday night. (16)

Kyle McCarthy writes the Monday MLS Breakdown and frequently writes opinion pieces during the week for He also covers the New England Revolution for the Boston Herald and Contact him with your questions or comments at and follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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