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San Jose climbs to the top of the Goal.com MLS Rankings after a 2-1 road victory at Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

1. San Jose – The winning goal at Rio Tinto Stadium captured the danger posed by the front two in seemingly innocuous situations: Alan Gordon (or Steven Lenhart) wins the ball in the air, Chris Wondolowski nips in with his instincts and polishes off a half-chance. (5)

2. New York – Thierry Henry's return should continue the momentum generated by the Red Bulls with their recent run of form in domestic play. (4)

3. Real Salt Lake – Such generosity to the opposition will not go unchecked in Sandy for too long. (1)

4. D.C. United – Andy Najar's impending Olympic departure continues a stop-start season for the promising right winger. Will Ben Olsen figure out a way to best use his qualities when he returns? (2)

5. Sporting Kansas City – The looming return of Matt Besler – perhaps as soon as Tuesday night's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against Dayton – might eradicate some of the recent defensive wobbles. (3)

6. Los Angeles – What a difference a week can make. Can the Galaxy keep ticking over on a consistent basis? (15)

7. Vancouver – The reported deal to send the top spot in the allocation order probably kiboshes any move for Carlos Bocanegra. With Barry Robson now in tow and a bevy of attackers already in the fold, the currently stout – though, admittedly, not this weekend – back four may just have to do. (7)

8. Chicago – Thanks, Chicago. Not exactly a message offered by someone who thinks he is sticking around after the contract guarantee date. (11)

9. Seattle – Seven matches without a win? Few goals from midfield? It's time to get matters sorted out at CenturyLink Field. Maybe a Open Cup victory at San Jose can provide the platform to push onwards. (6)

10. Columbus – “We had the possession,” Crew midfielder Chris Birchall told MLSsoccer.com after his side fell 2-1 at 10-man Chicago on Saturday. "We weren’t getting on the end of things. Sometimes you can get a goal off a set piece and hide the fact you’re not scoring goals and making plays. It’s a problem that’s got to be addressed.” (8)

11. Colorado – By handing a trial to former South African international left back Brett Evans, Rapids coach Oscar Pareja reinforced his displeasure with the current level of production at that spot. Worth noting: Colorado has struggled to find the right player in that position since Jordan Harvey left for Philadelphia. (9)

12. Houston – Is it time to let Geoff Cameron continue his career for a European side? A transfer would allow Dominic Kinnear to move either Andre Hainault or Jermaine Taylor into the middle and use the extra funds to go searching for another attacking piece. (10)

13. Montréal – One would expect that there won't be any empty seats at Stade Saputo when Toronto FC visits on Wednesday night. (14)

14. Chivas USA – Would an Open Cup semifinal berth and a near-miss on the playoff charge count as a decent season for the Red-and-White? (12)

15. New England – Keep an eye on the Revs this week with the contract guarantee date rapidly approaching. With several high earners already on the books, they may have to make changes in order to bring in fresh options. (13)

16. Portland – If only they arranged the table based on the quality of tifos concocted by supporters' groups. (16)

17. Philadelphia – Bakary Soumare would certainly fit the bill as a partner for Carlos Valdes. If he can find his fitness over the next month or two and locate his form shortly thereafter, the Union may have upgraded in central defense after all. (18)

18. Toronto FC – The sun still rises in the east, the government still wants its taxes and a TFC coach still wants to find a defensive organizer to bring order to chaos. (19)

19. FC Dallas – Good news for FCD: it's impossible to extend the club-record 11-match winless streak during a bye week. (17)
 

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.comand follow him on Twitter by clicking here



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