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Houston climbs three spots in this week's Rankings after snatching a long-awaited road victory in Saturday's 1-0 win at FC Dallas.

1. Los Angeles – No MLS manager rotates his squad more adroitly than Bruce Arena. (1)

2. Seattle – While the Cascadia Cup will look nice in the trophy case, Sigi Schmid and his squad retain higher ambitions for this campaign. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake – Expect a vociferous response to Saturday's debacle in D.C. when Chicago comes calling on Wednesday night. (3)

4. Sporting Kansas City – It's tough to make sense of the mediocre muddle better known as the Eastern Conference, but it appears that Sporting is probably the pick of the lot at the moment. A win over Columbus on Wednesday would certainly add credence to the point. (5)

5. FC Dallas – A wild card spot might actually give FCD a clearer path to MLS Cup... (4)

6. Colorado – … though FCD, like the Rapids, really can't afford to play any additional matches at this point. (6)

7. Houston – Brad Davis for MVP? It is a valid concept that can't seem to catch on outside of Dynamo-land these days. (10) 

8. D.C. United – It is probably time to sort out (read: sweeten) Dwayne De Rosario's contract for next season. (8)

9. Philadelphia – One point at Sporting Kansas City will do, but the Union must strive to secure the full complement in a huge match against D.C. United on Thursday. (7)

10. Columbus – Robert Warzycha's side can at least take solace that its final two matches – if required to seal a playoff berth – come against Chicago and New England. (9)

11. New York – One result won't make a season. (12)

12. Portland – Kalif Alhassan's suspect red card in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at New York will hurt the Timbers' wide midfield options at Vancouver on Sunday. (11)

13. Chivas USA – If Juan Pablo Angel had scored this frequently for the Galaxy (two goals at the weekend now give him six in six), he wouldn't have needed to change clubs in midseason. (13)

14. Chicago – Note to opposing teams: the road to success against the Fire starts with setting the proper defensive line. (15)

15. San Jose – The manner of the Earthquakes' performances in recent weeks should provide some solace, but it is difficult to forget that the expectations for this side were higher than its current status as an irritant to playoff-chasing sides. (17)

16. Toronto FC – Perhaps some hindrances from the past still remain after that heavy defeat in southern California. (14)

17. New England – The offseason should prove quite interesting indeed for this Revolution side. (16) 

18. Vancouver – Most of the positive memories from this ill-fated inaugural season occurred at Empire Field. A shame to see it go, but B.C. Place should prove a fitting home for these Whitecaps. (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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