Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

Real Salt Lake tops this week's Goal.com MLS Power Rankings after its late show yielded a 3-2 victory at Portland on Saturday night.
1. Real Salt Lake – A scary point to note for the rest of the league: RSL now has all of its key players back in the fold after muddling through the early stages of the campaign at less than full strength. (2)

2. Sporting Kansas City – C.J. Sapong starts over Teal Bunbury for the foreseeable future, right? (3)

3. Seattle – Maybe a date at their home away from home – RFK Stadium – will dilute Sounders FC's anger after Saturday's home defeat to San Jose. (1)

4. Vancouver – Leave it to other sides to enthrall. A point in Philadelphia without Camilo and Eric Hassli represents a job well done. (5)

5. San Jose – Steven Lenhart's antics tick off opposing defenders so much that they now fell him when the ball isn't anywhere in his vicinity. (9)

6. New York – Two games isn't a representative sample to distinguish a sweeping trend, but it's nice to see the Red Bulls can beat up on the weak. (10)

7. Houston – Next game for the Dynamo: sometime in 2014, it seems. (7)

8. Los Angeles – Wanted: one center back. Willing to pay: not very much due to salary budget constraints. (4)

9. Colorado – Bad news about Pablo Mastroeni's post-concussion symptoms tempered the good news stemming from Sunday's fine showing against Chicago. (12)

10. Chicago – Tough matchup for the Fire in Commerce City for two reasons: (1) active midfield three versus Chicago's fairly passive midfield two and (2) Marvell Wynne's ability to run stride for stride (or thereabouts) with Dominic Oduro. (6)

11. Columbus – Come on, it wasn't too hard to anticipate the Crew would sit back and wait for the counter in Toronto, right? (13)

12. D.C. United –
That's how United can attack when all of the pieces work in concert. (14)

13. FC Dallas – Those wide areas appear to need a bit of reinforcement at this point. (8)

14. New England – Jay Heaps and his Revs finally found a good outlet for all of that optimistic energy: a positive performance on a rainy night against a Galaxy side that couldn't or wouldn't keep pace. (16)

15. Portland – The results – not the performances or the talent – pushed the Timbers further down the list than they should land. (11)

16. Chivas USA –
Is it too soon to relegate that victory at Real Salt Lake to the one-off category? (15)

17. Philadelphia – One point beats no points, but not by much. (19)

18. Montréal – Jesse Marsch must wonder what his side can do to earn a stroke of luck. (17)

19. Toronto FC –
No points and no semblance of a defensive shape. Not even a place in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals can mask those domestic woes. (18)

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