Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

Montréal keeps its place atop this week's Rankings despite suffering its first defeat of the season at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

1. Montréal – Veteran striker Marco di Vaio wants another year with the Impact. If he continues to toil as ardently as he has during the opening stages of this season, then he will receive it. (1)

2. Los Angeles – Of the two MLS sides headed to Mexico for CONCACAF Champions League semifinal duty in midweek, the Galaxy possesses the best chance to pull off a shock. And the MLS Cup holders do not exactly travel to Monterrey with a significant amount of hope after a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg. (2)

3. FC Dallas – The second-half slip against Toronto FC will stoke the concerns about FCD's staying power over the long haul. (4)

4. Houston – The defeat in Portland loomed as a potential consequence of home greatness. Now the Dynamo must secure a spot in history against Chicago on Sunday to vindicate that slip in Oregon. It would help to have Will Bruin and Boniek Garcia back in the fold to do it, though. (3)

5. Sporting Kansas City – It sure would be nice if Sporting operated with a wider margin for error. (5)

6. Real Salt Lake – On another night in Commerce City, RSL would have secured the points without a hitch. It just didn't come off for Jason Kreis' side on Saturday night, though. (6)

7. San Jose – Perhaps the Earthquakes should pay more attention to their boots. Or less, if the events on Saturday night provide any indication. (7)

8. Chivas USA – Any shock at all about a MLSsoccer.com headline wondering about the whereabouts of Chelis after a bye weekend? Any at all? (8)

9. Vancouver – Talk about an inspired gamble on Corey Hertzog. If the former Red Bulls striker can score goals from nothing on a regular basis, then he'll see his playing time increase substantially.  (9)

10. Columbus – Two home matches, two draws. Even with the Crew's ability to procure points on the road, that sort of record won't suffice over the long term. (10)

11. Philadelphia – A couple of missed chances and some shoddy work at the near post cost the Union two points at Crew Stadium. (11)

12. Toronto FC – Can the Reds build upon their late show against FC Dallas? And do they currently possess the pieces to do so? (14)

13. D.C. United – Who needs goals? (12)

14. New York – It is time for the rest of the Red Bulls to pick up the slack for Thierry Henry. Even with the magic in his boots, the former French international cannot salvage results on a weekly basis. (13)

15. New England – The entire club received difficult news on Monday when Kevin Alston stepped away from the team to seek treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia. Now everyone involved must somehow find a way forward ahead of a difficult trip to Seattle on Saturday.  (16)

16. Portland – Slugfests aren't supposed to personify the new order under Caleb Porter, but the victories count all the same. (17)

17. Colorado – Give these undermanned Rapids credit: they never quit on Oscar Pareja. And the victory over Real Salt Lake provided a sweet reward after a difficult start to the season. (18)

18. Chicago – One win might provide some much-needed relief for the beleaguered. True salvation, however, might require the return of Arne Friedrich sooner rather than later. (19)

19. Seattle – The midweek trip to Torreón should not distract from the primary task at hand this week for winless Sounders FC: a home date with Revolution on Saturday. (15)

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