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Real Salt Lake's 1-0 victory at Seattle sends Jason Kreis' side back to the top of the MLS Power Rankings.

1. Real Salt Lake – Consider this weekend a deserved respite after the toils of the past few weeks. (3)

2. Seattle – Every team slips up at some stage during a spell of five matches in 15 days. On the scale of potential calamities, the narrow home defeat to RSL barely registers. (1)

3. San Jose – The fixture list provides a bit of a reprieve for the quietly tattered Earthquakes as they welcome Columbus to Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday night. (2)

4. New York – This note speaks volumes about the club's history: the current four-game win streak is the first such spell in nine years. (7)

5. Sporting Kansas City – Those old, self-destructive tendencies popped up again at Toyota Park on Saturday night. With a three-match losing streak on the board and a trip to Colorado on tap this weekend, Sporting must eliminate those issues quickly. (4)

6. Houston – A rare Tuesday home game with Portland presents an awkward test and a potential letdown after the emotions surrounding Saturday's stadium-opening win over D.C. United. (6)

7. D.C. United – If Ben Olsen thinks he needs to rotate his players more up front, then there's an Albanian international striker on the bench willing to pick up some of the slack. (5)

8. Vancouver – Forget about the Cascadia dates with Seattle and Portland during the next two weeks. This stage of the season is all about getting over the hump in Amway Canadian Championship play and securing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League. (8)

9. Chicago – Kei Kamara should have gift-wrapped those three points with a bow. His method of handing over the victory on Saturday night worked just as well for the Fire, though. (9)

10. Colorado – Positive signs for the Rapids in central midfield: Harrison Henao could feature in Wednesday's trip to D.C. United, while Pablo Mastroeni started jogging on Monday as he attempts to recover from concussion concerns. (10)

11. FC Dallas – FCD has enough personnel problems at the moment without its current penchant for finishing matches with less than the full complement of players. (11)

12. Montréal – Maybe other sides should ponder a short-term signing or two in the wake of Bernardo Corradi's success for the Impact. (12)

13. Los Angeles – Good news for the Galaxy: Josh Saunders linked up with his teammates for today's visit to the White House. (13)

14. Chivas USA – Go ahead and try to figure this team out from week-to-week. (14)

15. New England – Nguyening may take MLS by storm if the Revolution midfielder can reproduce his player-of-the-week form on a regular basis. (16)

16. Columbus – Sebastián Miranda probably doesn't practices 20-yard headers all of the time, but he executed flawlessly to snatch three points against FC Dallas on Saturday night. (17)

17. Philadelphia – It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to deal Danny Califf when a fullback represents the next best option at center back, does it? (15)

18. Portland – This team simply possesses too much talent to struggle to convert in the attacking third. Can the Timbers right the ship tonight at Houston? (18)

19. Toronto FC – Shipping off assistant coach Bob de Klerk to deal with the youth teams will solve all of the lingering problems at BMO Field, right? (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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