Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

Idle Sporting Kansas City holds off surging San Jose to stay atop this week's Rankings.

1. Sporting Kansas City – A little rest should help Peter Vermes' energetic side press Montréal into submission at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Saturday. (1)

2. San Jose – This isn't just the Wondo show anymore. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake – Jonny Steele should keep the headline writers in Salt Lake City entertained for quite some time if he continues to score influential late goals. (3)

4. Seattle – Hearts went in mouths after Gonzalo Segares cynically hacked down Mauro Rosales on Saturday night. Rosales departed the 2-1 win over Chicago early, but he told reporters on Monday that he still hopes to play against Los Angeles on Wednesday despite blood and inflammation in his ankle. (4)

5. D.C. United – Not sure a trip to San Jose in midweek is the ideal way to push onwards from an important 3-2 win over Houston on Saturday night. (5)

6. Houston – As if the Dynamo needed another reason or two to get amped up for the first match at BBVA Compass Stadium. (6)

7. New York – At this injury-ravaged stage of the season, the Red Bulls may opt to place the Red Cross on the front of their jerseys for the next few weeks. (7)

8. Vancouver – Cross or shot on Young-Pyo Lee's winner in Columbus? The smart money says cross. (8)

9. FC Dallas – No complaints about that road performance at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. (9)

10. Chicago – Not even an Olimpico can take the sting out of that contentious home defeat against Seattle. The worst part? The lingering repercussions in central defense. (10)

11. Colorado – Somewhere in Stevenage, Gary Smith likely feels vindicated after Oscar Pareja returned to a 4-4-2 over the past couple of matches. Or maybe he's just worried about clinching a berth in the League One playoffs and getting his side promoted to the Championship. (13)

12. Los Angeles – It sure does feel like something is missing, doesn't it? (12)

13. Chivas USA – Fair to say that the 4-0 scoreline at Colorado on Saturday didn't accurately reflect how the match unfolded. (11)

14. Philadelphia – Gabriel Gómez's contributions provide one of the silver linings to a campaign that hasn't quite met expectations as of yet. (14)

15. Columbus – Go ahead and try to find the foul Chad Marshall supposedly committed prior to Josh Williams' disallowed opener. (16)

16. New England – Expect a more spirited performance on Wednesday against Colorado. (17)

17. Montréal – Classy touch by Jesse Marsch to hand Eduardo Sebrango his MLS debut in the late stages of Saturday's 2-0 victory over Portland. (18)

18. Portland – So much for momentum. (15)

19. Toronto FC – Good news: any defeats in the Canadian Championship do not count toward TFC's dogged pursuit of the poorest start to a MLS campaign. (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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