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Real Salt Lake climbed back into the top three in this week's Rankings with a 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City.

1. Los Angeles – Tough to see any team throwing the Galaxy off its stride enough to truly open up the Supporters' Shield chase at this juncture. (1)

2. Seattle – Can Sounders FC cope without Mauro Rosales (small tear in his right MCL) for the next 2-4 weeks? Early signs point to yes. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake – Javier Morales' return to the squad couldn't come at a better time for a RSL side itching to turn the corner in its overall performances. (4)

4. FC Dallas – All of the emotion and all of the energy expended in recent weeks seems to have impacted FCD's league results. (3)

5. Sporting Kansas City – Talk about a massive pair of upcoming fixtures: Sporting hosts Philadelphia on Friday and then waits for Columbus to show up next Wednesday. (5)

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6. Colorado
– Maybe next year will see the Rapids field a reserve-laden lineup in Toronto. The results there can't get much worse, can they? (6)

7. Philadelphia – It took an injection of youth to snap the Union's eight-match winless drought. Can those young guns carry Philly to the playoffs in the muddled Eastern Conference? (9)

8. D.C. United – Ben Olsen's side can't afford to linger on a dismal night in Seattle with Chivas USA poised to visit RFK Stadium on Wednesday night. (7)

9. Columbus – Get healthy soon, Chad Marshall. (8)

10. Houston – Two pieces of troublesome news for the Dynamo after a critical 2-1 home win over San Jose: (1) it will play only four more games this season and (2) two of those matches come on the road. (10)

11. Portland – File Wednesday's home date with San Jose into the must-win category. (12)

12. New York – Does the win at FC Dallas fall into the season-saving category? We'll see in a few weeks' time. (13)

13. Chivas USA – Heath Pearce's hamstring injury has just about submarined the Red-and-White's postseason hopes. (11)

14. Toronto FC – Is Danny Koevermans the long-awaited number nine? (15)

15. Chicago – A last-gasp home win over Chivas USA probably isn't enough to keep the Fire on the fringes of the playoff race. (14)

16. New England – Forget about the positives from the recently expired four-match unbeaten streak after that 3-0 thumping in Portland on Friday. (14)

17. San Jose – Time to start planning for next season. First step: conjuring up some alternative route to goal when Chris Wondolowski isn't firing on all cylinders. (16)

18. Vancouver – “I don’t think that was an easy game tonight,” Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena said after the Galaxy's 3-0 win over the Whitecaps on Saturday night. “I thought that Vancouver played quite hard, really gave us an excellent first half. That’s not a 3-0 game. I think that Vancouver is one of the teams that I have recognized over the past couple of months that has really improved.” (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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