Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

Steven Lenhart's late goal gave San Jose yet another late victory on Saturday night and guaranteed the Earthquakes' spot atop the Rankings for yet another week.

1. San Jose – Those late shows aren't even a surprise at this stage. Are the Earthquakes a team of destiny? It sure feels like it. (1)

2. Houston – Try to process this fact: Markus Holgersson's opener in New York's 2-0 victory on Friday night represented the first goal conceded by the Dynamo from the run of play since June 30. (2)

3. Sporting Kansas City – Jürgen Klinsmann's decision to call Matt Besler into his squad for the friendly in Mexico City on Wednesday will make the task of hiding the talented young defender from European clubs a bit more difficult. (4)

4. New York – A penny for the thoughts of the Red Bull honchos in Austria with the news that MLS is close to agreement to build a $300 million stadium in Queens. (7)

5. Chicago – The Fire just keep churning out results and sneaking up on the rest of the league. Another three points against New England on Saturday could lift the Fire as high as joint second in the Eastern Conference if other results fall favorably. (8)

6. Real Salt Lake – A run of four consecutive defeats on the road raises questions about RSL's credentials when the matches get tougher later in the campaign. (3)

7. D.C. United – One silver lining to Dwayne De Rosario's shoulder injury: he won't have to play against Trinidad and Tobago on a cricket pitch in Lauderhill, Fla. on Wednesday.  (5)

8. Seattle – As he stole the spotlight in the MLS 36 episode on Fredy Montero with a rousing halftime speech during the Chelsea friendly, Sounders FC boss Sigi Schmid asked a series of questions that continues to apply to his side: “Do we want to defend? Do you want to defend? Do you want to be known as that kind of team that just [expletive] pisses away goals?” (6)

9. Los Angeles – In order to make the SuperClasico a bit fairer next time around, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena may want to consider omitting Landon Donovan. (9)

10. Vancouver – Martin Bonjour's spot in the starting XI appears under significant threat. (10)

11. Montréal – “We just have to keep it rolling,” Impact midfielder Davy Arnaud said after his side notched its second away win of the season. “We're going back home for two games, but it was important tonight for us to get something out of the game to keep our momentum. It gives us confidence. Winning on the road gives you confidence because it's a good result.”  (11)

12. Columbus – One fact lost in the shuffle of far, far more important matters: Federico Higuain hasn't linked up with the Crew yet and won't figure against Los Angeles on Wednesday night. (12)

13. Philadelphia – “That’s an extremely disappointing match by the Philadelphia Union,” Union interim manager John Hackworth told reporters after the 3-1 defeat to Chicago on Saturday night. “It’s not the kind of performance acceptable by us in any way, shape or form.” (13)

14. Chivas USA – Maybe one bold move won't solve the Red-and-White's problems after all. (14)

15. Toronto FC – Paul Mariner will have to wait to name recent signing Darren O'Dea in central defense. The Ireland international defender will spend his Wednesday in Serbia instead of at BMO Field. (15)

16. FC Dallas – Brek Shea's recall to the U.S. national team comes at a good time for both club and player. The most important goal for FCD over the next few months: rehabilitating Shea's value in the transfer market. (16)

17. Colorado – Good to see former Dallas coach Dave Dir back in the league with the Rapids. He won't confuse this current group for his Wolde Harris-led Colorado Foxes, though. (17)

18. New England – Three home matches, three defeats by a 1-0 score line. A pattern has started to emerge, it seems. (18)

19. Portland – Is it really wise to bash a reliable pro like Troy Perkins on his way out the door? Aren't there more pressing matters affecting the Timbers at this stage? (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.