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San Jose maintains its perch atop the Rankings for yet another week after a resounding 4-1 victory at Colorado on Saturday.

1. San Jose – Alan Gordon will garner a lot of scrutiny this week. None of it should diminish from his significant success with the Earthquakes this season. (1)

2. Sporting Kansas City – Go ahead and try to anticipate the reception Graham Zusi will receive if he starts against Guatemala next week. LIVESTRONG Sporting Park might explode with sound. (2)

3. Real Salt Lake – It certainly looks like RSL may just mount the MLS Cup charge everyone expected prior to the season, doesn't it? (7)

4. Seattle – Adrian Hanauer probably won't need to wage much of a campaign to retain his role as general manager. (5)

5. Chicago – Is Frank Klopas on the short list for potential coach of the year candidates? If not, he probably deserves a spot on it. (6)

6. Los Angeles – The playoff bandwagon hit a pothole when A.J. DeLaGarza went down. (3)

7. New York – Prosperity is meant to be fleeting in Harrison, it seems. (4)

8. D.C. United – Ben Olsen's side has collected 13 points in its past five matches. The catch? All five of those opponents will miss the postseason. Will United's resurgence withstand the upcoming tests against Columbus and Chicago? (8)

9. Houston – The last few minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Montréal could prove even more frustrating by the end of the month. (9)

10. Vancouver – Furthering the playoff push with a win against Portland in two weeks likely entails handing the Cascadia Cup to Seattle. In this limited case, the Whitecaps may just have to help out their hated neighbor. (11)

11. Columbus – The somewhat leaky Crew rearguard has pitched one shutout in its past 14 outings (and that clean sheet came against Chivas USA). It may need to produce one over the next two games in order to keep the postseason hopes alive. (10)

12. FC Dallas – Is Brek Shea fit enough to feature for the United States later this week? (12)

13. Montréal – Will some enterprising European club make a worthwhile bid for Felipe Martins during the close season? (13)

14. Philadelphia – Is Amobi Okugo the answer in central defense? The reply may hinge on whether Bakary Soumare can find his fitness before the start of next campaign. (14)

15. New England – Benny Feilhaber's dismissal at Philadelphia could leave the Revs a bit short of options when they host Chicago in a couple of weeks. (15)

16. Colorado – Will Paul Bravo and Oscar Pareja dispatch a couple of core players to create the salary room necessary to augment this side? (16)

17. Portland – Looks like there is still some work to do in Vancouver in a couple of weeks' time. (17)

18. Chivas USA – Relief swept through the Chivas USA camp after that improved performance against FC Dallas on Sunday night. The revival may not have led to three points, but it did salvage some pride and stop that seven-match losing skid. (18)

19. Toronto FC – One player to emerge with some credit from the Reds' disastrous campaign: Ryan Johnson. The Jamaican international forward continues to compete and contribute. (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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