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Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

Sporting Kansas City climbs to the top of this week's Rankings after defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday.

1. Sporting Kansas City – This week's trip through the Pacific Northwest will test whether Peter Vermes' side can maintain its relentless pressure during a congested and hectic period. (2)

2. Real Salt Lake – Saturday's top of the Western Conference clash with San Jose offers the perfect opportunity to rebound from the defeat at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. (1)

3. San Jose – Fortunately for Frank Yallop, the Earthquakes went out and acquired a couple of pieces to add depth to his squad during the close season. He'll need it over the next few weeks. (3)

4. New York – All of the magic Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry can muster won't eliminate those defensive concerns. (4)

5. Seattle – Imagine a world where Fredy Montero scores regularly and Sounders FC find the rhythm required to really push onwards in the Western Conference race. (5)

6. Houston – Another week, another solid result in adverse circumstances. (7)

7. FC Dallas – Those second-half comebacks have a way of papering over the fundamental problems that still exist at the moment, don't they? (8)

8. Vancouver – If there is a decent time to play Sporting Kansas City at this stage, then a midweek home date at B.C. Place after a bye weekend may just be it. (6)

9. Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, MVP candidate? (12)

10. D.C. United – Bank four points from two games  – a winnable home game with Montreal and a difficult home fixture with New York – this week and the season (even with the selection problems in central defense) is well and truly on track. (11)

11. Colorado – A visit from Los Angeles ensures the Rapids' road won't get much easier this weekend. (9)

12. Chicago – Chris Rolfe offers yet another versatile attacking element to fit into the dynamic Fire attack. The question now: how exactly can Frank Klopas fit them all together without stripping his side of defensive cover? (10)

13. New England – Injuries and suspensions have sidetracked Jay Heaps' rebuilding efforts a bit over the past few weeks. (14)

14. Los Angeles – Consider the bleeding stopped for now. It might not stay that way based on the defensive performances so far this season, though. (18)

15. Philadelphia – It makes perfect sense for a team coached by Peter Nowak to win with a cheeky and daring penalty kick, right? (17)

16. Columbus – Those two early wins appear priceless given the Crew's current form. (13)

17. Portland – Colombian forward Sebastián Rincón arrived to bolster the front line on Monday, but recent outings suggest the problems are more pressing in other areas of the squad. (16)

18. Montréal – Jesse Marsch – he of the 'blame the second-half squandering in Frisco on my substitution patterns' line of thought – has learned a thing or two about managing a team during his brief spell at the helm. (15)

19. Toronto FC – The winds of change tend to start blowing through BMO Field right about now. Can the Reds stave off yet another period of upheaval? (19)

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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