Castrol MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

Seattle climbs into second spot in this week's Rankings after claiming a 1-0 victory at FC Dallas on Saturday.
1. Los Angeles – Those Galaxy eyes are certainly smiling after Robbie Keane's debut on Saturday night. (1)

2. Seattle – No offense to Eric Hassli and other strong candidates for the gong, but Mauro Rosales looks like the Newcomer of the Year at the moment given his importance to this Sounders FC side. (3)

3. Columbus – Emilio Renteria's goals may just lift this workmanlike Crew team to another level. (5)

4. FC Dallas – How will George John's potential departure impact perhaps the best footballing side in the league this season? (2)

5. Real Salt Lake – “We’re heartbroken, there’s no doubt about it,” Claret-and-Cobalt coach Jason Kreis said after Alex Dixon stole two points at the death in RSL's 3-2 defeat at Houston on Saturday. “You look around the locker room and all of us are feeling devastated about that, because you never want to be in a position where you have two leads and walk away with nothing.” (4)

6. Colorado – Chivas USA is too good of a team to inspire the feelings of a 5-0 loss after a 2-2 home draw, Pablo Mastroeni. (6)

7. Philadelphia – Tough to hold a 2-1 defeat in Columbus against the Union after the travel issues and the unlucky penalty awarded against Sheanon Williams. (7)

8. Sporting Kansas City – Omar Bravo as an attacking midfielder? It's not a bad wrinkle for Peter Vermes to have in his pocket. (8)

9. Houston – Dominic Kinnear's side is hovering under the radar at the moment, but the Dynamo is creating a bevy of chances and playing well across the board. (10)

10. D.C. United – Give Ben Olsen credit for recognizing the difficult situation his side faced in Kansas City, Kan. and sitting Dwayne De Rosario in the first half of Sunday's meek defeat.  (9)

11. Chivas USA – Juan Pablo Angel could play a big, big role in whether the Red-and-White make a concerted playoff push. (11)

12. Portland – Ten thousand-plus at a reserve game? Only in the Pacific Northwest. (13)

13. New York – Does anyone doubt that Thierry Henry will find some way to take the field for Sunday's visit by Los Angeles? (12)

14. Chicago – Surprising stat: Dominic Oduro has scored eight times in MLS play this season. (16)

15. Toronto FC – Julian de Guzman is doing all he can to show Aron Winter that he isn't a spare part. (14)

16. New England – In five of their past six games, the Revs have scored first without eventually notching all three points (0-1-4). (15)

17. San Jose – The performances aren't really the problem at this point. Frank Yallop's side just needs that one match to bring everything together. But will it ever arrive? (17)

18. Vancouver – Davide Chiumiento thinks he's out of shape, Hassli didn't want to sit on the bench after he came off in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Portland and Mustapha Jarju entered as a substitute for the first-team and started for the reserves the next day. When exactly will the Whitecaps hit rock bottom? (18)

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.