Castrol MLS Power Rankings: Week 29

Colorado enters the top five in this week's Rankings after its 1-0 win over reeling FC Dallas on Saturday.

1. Los Angeles – Now seems like a decent time to let Landon Donovan heal up that right quadriceps strain. (1)

2. Seattle – Tough to bet against Sounders FC tonight at CenturyLink Field as Sigi Schmid's side searches for a third consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crown. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake – Three losses on the bounce provide some cause for concern, but a better performance against Los Angeles and the return of Javier Morales offer some encouragement as a depleted squad prepares for Friday's visit to Colorado. (3)

4. Sporting Kansas City – C.J. Sapong sure looks like the rookie of the year from this vantage point. (4)

5. Colorado – Gary Smith's master plan to compete on two fronts didn't win him many admirers, but it did produce two wins in four days. (6)

6. FC Dallas – Schellas Hyndman will likely use the international break to locate FCD's attacking potency because his previously prolific side has failed to score in its past four domestic outings. (5)

7. Columbus – Is it too much to suggest that Eddie Gaven's return may have saved the Crew's season from sliding off the rails? (10)

8. Philadelphia – Those two dropped points at the Home Depot Center could prove costly at the end of the campaign. (9)

9. Houston – With two difficult games left (at Portland, vs. Los Angeles) to close out the season, the Dynamo still has some work to do in order to cinch a playoff spot.  (7)

10. New York – No Landon Donovan, no Robbie Keane, no excuses for these Red Bulls tonight. (11)

11. Portland – The vital road win in Vancouver will mean little without a home victory over Houston after the international break. (12)

12. D.C. United – New season, same old mixture of misery, promise and uncertainty for United at the back end of a campaign. (8)

13. Chicago – Has Frank Klopas accomplished enough this season to earn the nod as full-time coach if he so desires? Recent results (5-1-1 in the past seven league games) suggest yes. (14)

14. Chivas USA – The playoffs may not beckon, but Robin Fraser can take solace from the work he did to build his team this season. (13)

15. San Jose – Frank Yallop has talked about sweeping out a few players from his squad, but it may take more drastic revisions to make the Earthquakes more competitive next season. (15)

16. Toronto FC – Building a complete side is much easier when the number nine (Danny Koevermans) is already in place. (16)

17. New England – It does say quite a bit about the campaign when the primary source of excitement surrounding the squad emanates from a 16-year-old striker. (17)

18. Vancouver – At least the new digs are nice, right? (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.