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Sporting Kansas City retain top spot in this week's Rankings despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Portland on Saturday night.

1. Sporting Kansas City – Seven wins from eight tries still represents an impressive haul to start the season. (1)

2. San Jose – It sure seems like the Earthquakes have passed the tests posed by New York and Real Salt Lake over the past two weekends, doesn't it? (3)

3. Real Salt Lake – Those red cards at Buck Shaw Stadium – one dead certain, one somewhat suspect – could prove troublesome ahead of Wednesday's visit to FC Dallas. (2)

4. Seattle – A stable, if somewhat less than captivating, start to the season sure looks nice compared to the topsy-turvy experiences of the teams located after this juncture of the Rankings. (5)

5. D.C. United – Ben Olsen's side hasn't lost in six matches after Chris Pontius' hat trick fueled a 4-1 thumping of I-95 rival New York on Sunday. (10)

6. Houston – Another road point keeps up the Dynamo's quest to stay afloat – and, in this particular scenario so far, thrive – until BBVA Compass Stadium opens next month. (6)

7. New York – The defensive problems stem from two significant issues: [1] injury problems and poor performances in the holding midfield department and [2] injury problems and poor performances in the central defensive department. (4)

8. Vancouver – Three points from two home games represented the absolute minimum haul required from the past week. (8)

9. FC Dallas – Are all of the pieces clicking just yet? Probably not. (7)

10. Chicago – Patrick Nyarko and Dominic Oduro must have rubbed their hands gleefully as they watched Frank Klopas put Toronto FC's starting XI on the board prior to Saturday's 3-2 victory at BMO Field. (12)

11. Chivas USA – Three wins away from home, four defeats at the Home Depot Center. Does this confusing pattern mean the Red-and-White will relish a trip to Colorado this weekend? (9)

12. Los Angeles – Two wins on the trot suggests a revival of sorts. Saturday's home date with a FC Dallas side set to play in midweek presents a solid opportunity to make it three in three. (14)

13. Colorado – Inconsistency counts as a form of consistency, correct? (11)

14. Philadelphia – Peter Nowak's side has gone back to basics recently: zero goals conceded in the past 332 minutes. (15)

15. Portland – The bleeding stopped for now. A trip to Montréal presents a chance to continue the recovery. (17)

16. Columbus – With this particular side, two goals from Eddie Gaven – or, really, two goals, period – has to mean three points at home. (16)

17. New England – Jay Heaps' side can take heart from the following note as he prepares for Saturday's date with New York: the Revs have picked up a result in 14 of the past 16 regular season meetings between the two clubs (8-2-6). (13)

18. Montréal – All things considered, the Impact will probably take the modest strides made this season over …  (18)

19. Toronto FC – the continuing set of controversies and issues at BMO Field. (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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