Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

Real Salt Lake narrowly holds off New York to retain its perch atop the Power Rankings despite two losses in a row
1. Real Salt Lake – Two losses – admittedly, the home defeat to Monterrey felt like a punch right in the gut for the Claret-and-Cobalt – shouldn't derail RSL's season. Those defeats will, however, require a response this weekend when Chivas USA visits Rio Tinto Stadium. (1)

2. New York –  Luke Rodgers keeps scoring and the Red Bulls keep on winning. It's pretty clear at this point that New York has established itself as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. (2)

3. Los Angeles – “I feel bad for the Galaxy and I feel bad for Bruce Arena,” FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said after Brek Shea's hopeful cross-cum-shot handed FCD a 2-1 victory on Sunday night after an hour and six minute lightning delay. “We talked (during the delay) and we said that neither of us would have felt really good losing the game there at the end, but, at the same time, it was a game that we needed to win.” (3)

4. Philadelphia – It is instructive to see what two well-placed signings – Faryd Mondragon in goal and Carlos Valdes in central defense – can do to bolster a side's defensive cohesion. (4)

5. Seattle – Brushing aside Toronto FC at home is the easy part. Sustaining that level of emotion and performance from week-to-week will prove far more difficult. (5)

6. Houston – Opposing coaches should write two fundamental truths on the whiteboard before sending their teams out onto the field to face the Dynamo: make someone other than Brad Davis beat you and shun the chance to give away needless set pieces. (6)

7. Colorado – The draw with Chicago ended a 319-minute scoreless streak and stopped the rot, but a win in New England – and a few healthy bodies up front – would go a long way toward helping the cause. (7)

8. Columbus – Emilio Renteria makes life particularly uncomfortable for opposing defenders. (8)

9. FC Dallas – “We talked all week about how we're not a one-man team,” Hyndman said. “We talked all week about life without David Ferreira (and how) to put ourselves in a position to be in contention for the playoffs and also put ourselves in a position so when David is healthy, it'll make this team that much stronger.”(9)

10. Chivas USA – “Listen, we're building things,” Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno said after the Red-and-White's 3-0 victory over New England. “We're taking one step at a time. We are improving as a group and individually. We're getting more comfortable as a group and we're getting comfortable with each other. The more we do that, the more it shows in the way we play. I think we got what we deserved (against New England) and, hopefully, we can continue to build on this and face a challenge next week that is going to be tough for us, but one that we look forward to.” (15)

11. Portland – Great at home, poor on the road. Is there a way the Timbers can move all of their matches to JELD-WEN Field? (11)

12. Chicago – It appears that a center back and a central midfielder would top the summer shopping list at this point. (13)

13. New England – “Forget tactics and all kind of things,” Revolution coach Steve Nicol said after Chivas USA easily dispatched his side on Saturday night. “The first thing is that as soon as the whistle goes, you have to win the battle against your opponent. We better be ready for that next Saturday (against Colorado).” (10)

14. Sporting Kansas City – Another weekend, another decent road performance, another referee-influenced match, another loss. (14)

15. D.C. United – United coach Ben Olsen must find some way to tighten the defensive ranks, even if it means a less expansive approach in midfield. D.C. can't ship goals at this rate and expect to obtain results. (12)

16. Vancouver – It's fair to say that a few more people now understand why the Whitecaps opted to select Omar Salgado with the first pick in the SuperDraft. (16)

17. Toronto FC – Is Aron Winter starting to lose patience with Julian de Guzman? (17)

18. San Jose – Forget about confidence. Quality is the real problem for the Earthquakes right now. There are enough talented players in the squad – not a surplus, mind you – to procure points, but those players are not meeting the required standard right now. (18)

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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