Castrol MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

Columbus jumps four spots in this week's edition of the Rankings after its 4-1 victory over MLS Cup holders Colorado on Sunday night.

1. Los Angeles – Step up, Brian Perk. It's your turn to shine in the Galaxy goal with Donovan Ricketts injured, Josh Saunders suspended and Mike Magee expected to return to his usual duties. (1)

2. FC Dallas – Title contenders do exactly what FCD did to Portland in Frisco on Saturday night. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake –
Speaking of MLS Cup hopefuls, RSL is starting to find itself a bit over these past few weeks. (3)

4. Seattle – Two wins in four days – and the league-high three-match winning streak in total – suggests that Sounders FC can juggle its squad and still churn out results.  (5)

5. Philadelphia – Is Danny Mwanga the best supersub in the league? (6)

6. New York – Lots of decisions ahead of the Red Bulls over the next few weeks. Swapping Dwayne De Rosario for Dax McCarty should give New York some room to operate within its salary budget, but it isn't as much as expected – TFC is picking up a portion of De Rosario's salary – and won't cure every ill. (4)

7. Columbus – Maybe Andres Mendoza should keep that cast on for the rest of the season? (11)

8. Colorado – It is virtually certain that this Rapids side will not ever play as poorly as it did in Sunday night's defeat at Columbus. (7)

9. San Jose – Frank Yallop will want to see the Earthquakes replicate their first half performance against Los Angeles in subsequent matches. The second half? He doesn't need to see it again. (8)

10. D.C. United – United general manager Dave Kasper acquired De Rosario and Brandon McDonald to complete one tidy day at the swap meet. De Rosario will steal the headlines, but McDonald could prove even more important for a United side in need of some defensive reinforcements. (9)

11. Chicago – Another game, another draw. (12)

12. Houston – The key to the Dynamo's playoff chances: Brian Ching's health. (13)

13. Sporting Kansas City – Has Peter Vermes' side turned the corner? (15)

14. Portland – Saturday's home date with Sporting Kansas City is creeping into must-win territory. (10)

15. Chivas USA – The Red-and-White currently owns the league's longest losing streak at three games. The good news: Chicago visits this weekend and the Fire really, really like to draw matches. (14)

16. Vancouver – Davide Chiumiento is one of the league's best-kept secrets. (16)

17. New England – Benny Feilhaber needs to find a positional home. Preferably one where he sees a lot of the ball. (17)

18. Toronto FC – Doneil Henry struggled at Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, but he is the future of this franchise. Aron Winter must persevere with him for the rest of the season to continue his development in central defense. (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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