Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

FC Dallas climbs to the top of this week's Rankings after a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday night.
1. FC Dallas – FCD continues to move from strength to strength as this season continues. One rather underrated aspect of this current run of form: Michel's threatening delivery from set pieces. (3)

2. Montréal – “It’s probably one of the first times this season we took control of the game,” Impact assistant coach Mauro Biello told reporters after watching his side improve after the break in the 1-1 draw against Columbus at Stade Saputo. “We had the ball more often and we created chances. Visiting teams are going to come here and shoot for a tie, so naturally they’d want to close down the middle. For us, we had to create from the wings and find some depth. I think we did that well in the second half with Justin Mapp and then Sanna Nyassi. We did enough to win in my opinion, but we’ll take the point, especially with all the outside factors like the delay, losing [Matteo] Ferrari just before game time and coming off of a two week break.” (1)

3. Los Angeles – The mounting injury concerns explain why Landon Donovan submitted two 90-minute shifts in four days. It probably isn't ideal for a returning player to assume such a significant physical toll, but Donovan has once again proven that he can cope with those sorts of demands. (2)

4. Houston – It should come as no surprise that Brad Davis provided the star turn in the Dynamo's 35th consecutive home result in all competitions. Houston coach Dominic Kinnear will hope Boniek Garcia returns quickly in order to supply some additional support just in case, though. (4)

5. Sporting Kansas City – The fixture list presents a difficult assignment after an off weekend: at New York on Wednesday, at Los Angeles on Saturday. How much will Peter Vermes rotate his squad in order to survive this pair of daunting fixtures? (5)

6. Real Salt Lake – Give full credit to Nick Rimando and his usual dash of heroics for snatching a point at B.C. Place. (6)

7. San Jose – Earthquakes boss Frank Yallop will have to lean on Steven Lenhart and Chris Wondolowski with Alan Gordon facing a four-match ban. It isn't an ideal scenario given the additional options provided by having all three players in fold, but Gordon's lamentable actions at JELD-WEN Field leave the Supporters' Shield holders with little choice in the matter. (7)

8. Chivas USA – José Luis Sánchez Solá expressed his displeasure for every last member of the small gathering at the Home Depot Center to see. And it was difficult to blame his animated disgust: the Red-and-White never quite found its stride against the Rapids on Saturday night. (8)

9. Vancouver – “I just think it’s just a matter of time until our luck changes,” Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker told MLSsoccer.com after he and his teammates settled for a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. “It’s not something where you have to say, ‘Oh, you have to go out on the training ground and work even harder,’ or put a lot of emphasis on it. It’s something that happens in football – you can get games like that.” (9)

10. Columbus – Dominic Oduro isn't particularly suited to playing as a lone forward, but it sure is difficult to drop him when he continues to produce. The latest example: a deft touch with the right, a rasping half-volley with the left to claim a 1-1 draw at Montréal on Saturday. (10)

11. Philadelphia – Jack McInerney isn't Chicharito and he shouldn't have to deal with those sorts of lofty comparisons. But he certainly knows what to do when he finds himself in the right spot in the penalty area, doesn't he? (11)

12. New York – The victory at RFK Stadium offers a nice foundation for the Red Bulls after an uncertain start to the season. Now they must build upon it against Sporting Kansas City in midweek encounter. (14)

13. Portland – Timbers captain Will Johnson delivered when it counted on Sunday night. If he continues to perform to that standard and the rearguard holds up, then Portland may just find a way to challenge for a playoff berth. (16)

14. Colorado – Two wins from two attempts represents marked progress for these tattered Rapids. The best part: every match allows this youthful group to bolster its confidence for the tasks ahead. (17)

15. Toronto FC – Joe Bendik deserves an extended run in the team based on his displays so far this season. His work between the sticks has played a large part in the Reds' defensive revival. (12)

16. New England – Goals remain at a premium for Jay Heaps' side, but the solid defensive work at least gives the Revs an opportunity to grind out points (example: Saturday's 0-0 draw at Seattle) as they seek a solution to the problem. (15)

17. Chicago – The improvement over the past two weeks bodes well for the Fire. Reinforcements are still required during the summer window, though. (18)

18. D.C. United – United coach Ben Olsen dished out some hard truths to his side after a tame 2-0 defeat to New York. Most of them hit close to home. Right now, United doesn't look capable of threatening teams on a regular basis. (13)

19. Seattle – Sounders FC muddled through more of the same against the Revolution on Saturday: enough endeavor, not enough quality in the final third. (19)