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Seattle climbs back into the top five in this week's Rankings after Fredy Montero's late free kick snatched all three points at Toronto FC on Saturday.

1. Los Angeles – Note to opposing defenders: close down Juninho when he shapes to shoot from outside the penalty area. (1)

2. FC Dallas – A road win represents the proper response to a home debacle. (4)

3. Real Salt Lake – It must have pained Jason Kreis to keep his mouth shut on the dive and ensuing penalty kick decision that cost the Claret-and-Cobalt two points. (3)

4. New York – Anyone want to start the bidding on the exact amount of Erik Soler's impending fine? (5)

5. Seattle – Fredy Montero can still score goals. (7)

6. Philadelphia – Peter Nowak will let his team know exactly how he feels this week after a poor performance at Vancouver over the weekend. (2)

7. Colorado – Maybe President Obama can pass along a few tips about avoiding those persnickety draws – or losses, in light of Saturday's home defeat to Los Angeles – when he hosts the Rapids at the White House next Monday. (6)

8. San Jose – Rest assured that the Earthquakes will be ready for Saturday's date with Los Angeles. (8)

9. D.C. United – Charlie Davies' contentious example of simulation may distract from the fact that United submitted a solid shift in Utah and managed to come away with a point. (10)

10. Portland – John Spencer's side hasn't won in four matches after it allowed New York to escape from JELD-WEN Field with a point on Sunday night. (12)

11. Columbus – Rookie midfielder Bernardo Anor scooped up MLS Player of the Week honors for his star turn in the Crew's 2-0 victory at Houston. (13)

12. Chicago – Frank Klopas should know more about whether his side can maintain its recent form after it hosts Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and New York on Saturday. (14)

13. Houston – Not sure the Dynamo can afford to swing and miss in the transfer market this summer. (11)

14. Chivas USA – The Red-and-White travels to Philadelphia on Saturday with just one win in its past six matches. (9)

15. Sporting Kansas City – It will be interesting to see how Peter Vermes manages his charges with two games – a visit to Philadelphia on Wednesday and a home date with Vancouver on Saturday – on the docket this week. (15)

16. Vancouver – Will the relief of securing the long-awaited second victory permit the Whitecaps to move forward and play more freely in upcoming matches? (18)

17. New England – It's hard to see this ship turning around with five of the next six matches – including a killer road swing through Seattle and Real Salt Lake over the next two weekends – away from Gillette Stadium. (17)

18. Toronto FC – Is it a surprise to see TFC linked with several players with the transfer window poised to open soon? (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.