Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

Real Salt Lake watched from the sidelines this weekend, but Jason Kreis' side still retains its perch atop this week's Rankings.
1. Real Salt Lake – The array of draws and losses incurred by Western Conference foes made this bye weekend a particularly useful one for the Claret-and-Cobalt. (1)

2. New York – Can the Red Bulls win a franchise-record sixth game in a row against Chivas USA on Wednesday? (4)

3. Seattle – Bet on a few choice comments by Davide Chiumiento making their way onto Sounders FC's bulletin board before the two teams meet again in August. (2)

4. San Jose – Blame Andy Gruenebaum for turning a likely victory into an improbable home draw. (3)

5. Sporting Kansas City – It's well and truly gut check time when San Jose visits on Sunday afternoon. (5)

6. D.C. United – Can Dwayne De Rosario take the field against a former team every week? (7)

7. Houston – This weekend's visit by Los Angeles presents an ideal opportunity to extract three points after a pair of disappointing draws. (6)

8. Vancouver – Will Eric Hassli finally break into the starting XI for the decisive second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final at BMO Field on Wednesday? (8)

9. Chicago – There are plenty of forwards in this league that would struggle to replicate the neat combination Jalil Anibaba used to score at Portland on Sunday night. (9)

10. Colorado – Interesting bit on MLSsoccer.com recently about the Rapids' ability to transition to more possession-oriented fare. The supporting data backs up the eye test in this instance: Oscar Pareja's side keeps the ball far better than Gary Smith's outfit did. (10)

11. FC Dallas – In this sort of form, FCD probably could use a break instead of a midweek visit to Toyota Park. (11)

12. Montréal – Jesse Marsch may have to omit Jeb Brovsky from his plans this weekend. (12)

13. Chivas USA – It sure is nice to celebrate a victory over the Galaxy, isn't it? (14)

14. Los Angeles – Are the wheels merely coming off at this point or are they already splayed across the road? (13)

15. New England – In order to succeed within their current approach, the Revs simply have to cobble together more than the 38.2 percent share of possession they enjoyed against Houston on Saturday night. (15)

16. Columbus – A point in San Jose represents a nice piece of business for the plucky, but tattered, Crew. (16)

17. Portland – Two goals and a victory over Chicago will salve the wounds for now, but Saturday's date with Vancouver could present a series of difficult and unique challenges depending upon the Whitecaps' success or failure in Toronto on Wednesday. (18)

18. Philadelphia – Here comes the hard part: finding a central defender to replace Danny Califf. (17)

19. Toronto FC – Wednesday looms as the most important night of the season. Will Aron Winter's cup warriors rise to the occasion? (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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