Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

San Jose retains the top spot in this week's Goal.com MLS Rankings after a dramatic 4-3 victory over Los Angeles at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night.
1. San Jose – Only flight cancellations and postponements can thwart the Earthquakes for 90 minutes these days. (1)

2. New York – A point in Toronto represents a good piece of business for a Red Bulls side that continues to churn out results. (2)

3. D.C. United – After a professional home display against Montréal, United will now sit on the sidelines and wonder whether New York and Sporting Kansas City will take care of business. (4)

4. Real Salt Lake – Is the defeat at Crew Stadium a wake-up call or a sign of things to come? If you argue for the former point, then why didn't the first two wake-up calls work? (3)

5. Sporting Kansas City – Those imposing strikers need to start hitting the target on a regular basis. (5)

6. Vancouver – “I know that it’s hot, that it’s humid and that it’s high,” Whitecaps midfielder Barry Robson told MLSsoccer.com as he prepares for his potential debut at Colorado on Wednesday. “That’s what I’ve been told. We’ll wait and see how it is. It’s a learning curve for me as well. It’s going to be a tough game, but I’m looking forward to it, so fingers crossed we can win the game.” (7)

7. Chicago – Does it really appear that everything is all square between Sebastián Grazzini and the Fire right now? The current data: One contract option exercised, two subsequent games – including tonight's game at Houston – missed. (8)

8. Columbus – Maybe a home victory over Real Salt Lake will start to provide some tangible proof that the Crew remains a viable contender for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. (10)

9. Colorado – It sure is nice to see Conor Casey and Omar Cummings back on the field together, isn't it? (11)

10. Houston – Nice gesture by Brad Davis on Saturday night to cede his penalty kick duties to Brian Ching to allow the former U.S. international striker to score his first goal at BBVA Compass Stadium. (12)

11. Los Angeles – This spot in the order feels a bit more natural after the lofty leap last week, but the Galaxy will likely focus more on their recent uptick in form than their current spot in the rankings. (6)

12. Seattle – What exactly will it take for Sounders FC to end this eight-match winless streak in league play? (9)

13. New England – Is Jerry Bengtson the man to lead the Revolution line for the foreseeable future? (15)

14. Toronto FC – It will take a period of prolonged success to wear down the skeptics in Ontario these days, but Reds fans should offer few quibbles about the start to the Paul Mariner era. (18)

15. Chivas USA – Good news for the Red-and-White: rookie midfielder Marvin Iraheta returned to the training field on Monday as he continues his recovery from a left ACL tear. (14)

16. Philadelphia – John Hackworth hasn't acted like an interim boss since taking over the Union. The move to oust Diego Gutierrez and Alecko Eskandarian reeks of a play to consolidate power under the new regime. (17)

17. Montréal – Alessandro Nesta's bargaining position for a potential deal improved as the week progressed. (13)

18. Portland – File tonight's match against San Jose in the must-win category. (16)

19. FC Dallas – Maybe the off weekend gave FCD enough time to get healthy and lay the groundwork for a critical victory against Toronto FC on Wednesday night. (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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