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Seattle climbs to the summit of the Goal.com MLS Power Rankings with a straightforward 2-0 victory over Houston on Friday night.

1. Seattle – The sight may have caught a few home supporters off guard, but Brad Evans did indeed convert one of those oh-so-frustrating spot kicks for Sounders FC on Friday night. (3)

2. Real Salt Lake – Consider the home defeat to Chivas USA as an unsavory bump in the road. (1)

3. Sporting Kansas City – Not sure a trip to Chivas USA will help Peter Vermes' side boost its iffy strength of schedule rating after the first three weeks of the campaign. (4)

4. Los Angeles – One word usually captures the give and take in a Galaxy-New England game: ugly (2)

5. Vancouver – As Joe Cannon showed Hamdi Salihi on Saturday night, he can still pull saves out of the top drawer every now and then. (5)

6. Chicago – There isn't a particularly good time to go play in Commerce City, but a Sunday date with the Rapids still a bit short in midfield constitutes a fairly decent scenario. (10)

7. Houston – This particular week presents an ideal opportunity for the Dynamo to lament the loss of former right winger Danny Cruz during the close season. (6)

8. FC Dallas – Will Schellas Hyndman continue the joint project (between FCD and U.S. Soccer) to run Brek Shea straight into the ground on Friday night? (8)

9. San Jose – Frank Yallop has submitted a request to the league: he'd like the Earthquakes to face the Toronto FC defense every week. In denying that plea, MLS noted that Saturday's trip to Seattle appears considerably more difficult than the simplistic task Yallop wanted to secure. (11)

10. New York – Nothing quite like visits from a battered Colorado group and a weak Montréal side to salve the wounds of two straight defeats to open the campaign. (13)

11. Portland – A timely lesson learned. Now onwards to a tougher examination at home to Real Salt Lake. (9)

12. Colorado – The absence of Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni makes the defeat at Red Bull Arena a judgment-free zone. One positive to take from the match: Omar Cummings' peach of a goal. (7)

13. Columbus – Toronto is particularly lovely at this Frings-free time of the year, isn't it? (14)

14. D.C. United – Don't rush back from that knock, Dejan Jakovic. (16)

15. Chivas USA – Better to sneak away at Rio Tinto Stadium with three points in hand than march away with none. (18)

16. New England – Points, not performances, matter most in the short-term. (18)

17. Montréal – A trip to New York does not offer the most promising opportunity to rebound from that unfortunate series of events at Crew Stadium on Saturday. (15)

18. Toronto FC – After submitting a feeble effort against San Jose without Torsten Frings to organize the ramshackle defense, the Reds must tremble at the thought of Santos Laguna plundering its way through BMO Field on Wednesday night.(12)

19. Philadelphia – File Saturday's visit by Vancouver into the must-win category. (17)

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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