Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

Real Salt Lake retains top spot in this week's Rankings ahead of a visit to number two Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

1. Real Salt Lake – The buildup for this much-awaited clash between the league's top two teams …  (1)

2. Sporting Kansas City – … should dominate the week ahead as both clubs prepare for a difficult match at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. (2)

3. San Jose – Can the surprising Earthquakes maintain their hot start to the season at surging New York on Saturday? (5)

4. New York – Kenny Cooper, by the way, started the season as the fourth-choice striker behind Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers and Juan Agudelo. (6)

5. Seattle – After slipping up at home against San Jose recently, Sounders FC can't afford another misstep when Colorado visits on Saturday. (3)

6. Vancouver – Ten sloppy minutes in San Jose do not diminish the Whitecaps' impressive start to the season. (4)

7. Houston – No Brad Davis? Many, many problems. (7)

8. FC Dallas – A late goal by Ugo Ihemelu and a last-gasp win over New England shouldn't mask the problems at FC Dallas Stadium right now. (13)

9. Colorado – Expect Drew Moor to find his way back into defense by the time the Rapids trot onto the pitch at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. (9)

10. Chicago – Houston's selection concerns in midfield (three projected starters ruled out for the affair through injury and suspension) make Sunday's home date with the Dynamo an ideal chance to collect three points. (10)

11. D.C. United – Hamdi Salihi will turn those half chances into goals at some point, right? (12)

12. Chivas USA – “For whatever reason, we seem to focus and engage into the game a little more on the road than at home,” Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno told ESPN Los Angeles after his side's 2-1 victory at Portland on Saturday night. “When you come to a place like Salt Lake or Portland, the environment forces you to be engaged for 90 minutes, and your mind is not allowed to wander. At home at times, we're not able to gather the support that is important for us. We encourage fans to come out and give their best effort so we can put our best effort forth as well. We appreciate our fans, and we encourage those on the fence to come out and support us as well.” (16)

13. Columbus – Get well soon, Julius James. (11)

14. New England – How will this young side respond to that last second defeat at FC Dallas on Thursday? (14)

15. Montréal – Maybe Jesse Marsch should have rotated his squad sooner. (18)

16. Portland – The real problem for John Spencer at this point: there really isn't much flexibility in the squad to alter the calculus when results start to slip away. (15)

17. Philadelphia – A home date with Columbus should provide the perfect elixir to cure the Union's slow start. (17)

18. Los Angeles – Another week, another lifeless performance. Injuries or not, this type of rot must stop. (8)

19. Toronto FC – Different year, same old defensive problems. (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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