Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

Montréal retains the top spot in this week's Rankings despite suffering its first defeat of the season at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
1. Montréal – Sporting Kansas City offered up a potential blueprint to dissolve the Impact's results-producing formula. Now Marco Schällibaum and company must find a way to devise a backup plan during this bye weekend. (1)

2. Los Angeles – Positive news on the status of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane offered a boost to the Galaxy's hopes of pulling a shock against Monterrey. The task still remains a difficult one, though. (2)

3. Houston – A trip to Portland this weekend temporarily sidetracks the Dynamo's quest to break every possible record for home success. (4)

4. FC Dallas – Credit FCD boss Schellas Hyndman for finding a way to get this side to grind out results in the early stages of this season. Opposing teams must keep FCD from breaking quickly and playing through David Ferreira in order to halt this surprising run. (5)

5. Sporting Kansas City – And Saturday night shows how Benny Feilhaber can impact matches when he find his form. (7)

6. Real Salt Lake – The return of Javier Morales makes this side better. And the Rio Tinto faithful showed their recognition of that fact with the reception offered to the Argentine playmaker when he entered the 2-1 victory over Seattle on Saturday night. (8)

7. San Jose – Alan Gordon's return obscures the rather mundane display at BBVA Compass Stadium. (3)

8. Chivas USA – Is it time to start believing in the Red-and-White? Maybe not yet, but the evidence is surely mounting. (12)

9. Vancouver – There are enough options here to suggest the lack of sharpness in front of goal represents a phase rather than a crisis. (6)

10. Columbus – Federico Higuaín will find the space he needs to operate when Philadelphia visits on Saturday afternoon. (11)

11. Philadelphia – If Conor Casey can contribute on a regular basis (and that's a big question mark right now), then the Union may have the center forward options required to push up the table. (9)

12. D.C. United – If United takes the field in Kansas City and no one in the District watches it on television, then did the game really happen? (11)

13. New York – Thierry Henry's influential cameo off the bench – including that stunning winner – reinforces the importance of having a player capable of changing the game at a moment's notice. Not a bad way for Mike Petke to earn his first win, either. (15)

14. Toronto FC – TFC boss Ryan Nelsen quickly established the necessary defensive base for his side. Now he must weigh whether to alter the calculus in midfield – likely by dropping one of his two holding players – to provide more support to the often-isolated Robert Earnshaw. (16)

15. Seattle – Perhaps Sounders FC will rise to the challenge provided by a two-legged tie against Santos Laguna. One thing remains certain at this point: the Liga MX side will romp through this CONCACAF Champions League semifinal if Seattle does not improve substantially over the next week or so. (13)

16. New England – The overall shape remains firm and stout. The impotent work further up the field creates ample cause for concern, though. (14)

17. Portland – For the first time in 37 matches, the Timbers received the benefit of a penalty kick award... (17)

18. Colorado – ...and sparked a furious response from Rapids coach Oscar Pareja in the wake of a decision that cost his game young side all three points on Saturday. (19)

19. Chicago – It is perhaps unfair to designate a game in April as a must-win affair. But Sunday's home date with New York may just fall into that category after the Fire's terrible start to the season. (19)