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Sporting Kansas City warded off Chicago in a clash of Eastern Conference heavyweights on Friday night to retain second spot in this week's Goal.com MLS Rankings.

1. San Jose – Book it now: Chris Wondolowski is the MLS MVP. And the balloting should not be close. (1)

2. Sporting Kansas City – Sporting investor/operator Robb Heineman showed confidence in his team's postseason ambitions with a timely Tweet or two on Monday night. Given Sporting's performances as of late and that Graham Zusi-inspired win over Chicago on Friday night, it's probably not misplaced. (2)

3. Los Angeles – It's too bad the Galaxy can't use some of that Time Warner Cable money to go out and get a central defender to cover for the injured A.J. DeLaGarza. Guess Bruce Arena will just have to manage with the monumental paychecks already handed to Beckham. Donovan, Keane and company. (4)

4. New York – For some reason, the Red Bulls can't seem to grasp the concept of starting the game when the whistle blows. That staggering tendency – much like the set piece concerns from last season – must fade away before the tough work starts in the postseason. (6)

5. Seattle – Not sure Eiður Guðjohnsen will help the playoff push much from Bruges. (5)

6. Chicago – Austin Berry now has a specially designed cereal box to boost his Rookie of the Year campaign. It'll take more than a few tricks for a solid defender to win the award in a year with an attacking prospect like Darren Mattocks in the mix. (3)

7. Real Salt Lake – Maybe Álvaro Saborío's shoulder isn't such a problem after all. (7)

8. D.C. United – Chris Pontius will need to rely on the confidence he displayed in front of the Timbers Army to help fuel United's postseason ambitions. (8)

9. Houston – One award campaign that probably should lift off the ground sooner rather than later: Tally Hall for Goalkeeper of the Year. (9)

10. Columbus – Robert Warzycha's side sure doesn't like to work with a decent margin for error, does it? (10)

11. Vancouver – If the Whitecaps can't beat Chivas USA at home on Wednesday night, then they do not deserve to make the playoffs. (11)

12. FC Dallas – One more minute in Santa Clara would have made all of the difference to FCD's postseason chances. (12)

13. Montréal – The off weekend just allowed Jesse Marsch more time to plan for next season. (13)

14. Philadelphia – Any sentence that includes Bakary Soumare and knee surgery should strike some fear into John Hackworth. (14)

15. New England – It sure looks like Bobby Shuttleworth will push for a number one gig in Foxborough or somewhere else next season based on his recent performances. (15)

16. Colorado – Hunter Freeman's return made the Rapids better. Can't ask for much more at this stage of the season. (16)

17. Portland – Don't take up a collection for Merritt Paulson, Timbers Army. He can and will gladly cover whatever comes his way from New York City this week. (17)

18. Chivas USA – It's tough to win when you can't defend or score. (18)

19. Toronto FC – “It’s been the worst season imaginable, to be honest,” Toronto FC defender Richard Eckersley told MLSsoccer.com after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. “We’re simply not good enough for the minute and we want the season to end so we can regroup and start again next year, really.” (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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