Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

San Jose's 3-1 setback at Montréal isn't enough to dislodge the Earthquakes from the top spot in this week's Rankings.

1. San Jose – Can anyone blame Frank Yallop for defending Steven Lenhart? The physical forward isn't for everyone, but he is one of Yallop's guys. No reason to call out his behavior unless the situation absolutely warrants it. The incident with Hassoun Camara didn't rise to that level of importance. (1)

2. Sporting Kansas City – Looks like that Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory has had a positive impact on Peter Vermes' side. (3)

3. New York – If Hans Backe doesn't watch out, he may tinker this side right out of the MLS Cup reckoning. (4)

4. Houston – Brad Davis will probably never receive the proper appreciation for his significant talents.  The wonderful opener against Columbus only scratches the surface of his abilities. (2)

5. Chicago – Chris Rolfe fits better with this side than Sebastián Grazzini ever did. (5)

6. Seattle – Forget about this idea of bringing Fredy Montero off the bench on a regular basis. Sure, he scores goals as a substitute, but why would you keep a player of his significant talent off the field for such a lengthy period? (8)

7. Real Salt Lake – It must have killed Jason Kreis when he found out he would not have any tape to review before Tauro FC visits Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday night. (6)

8. Los Angeles – Of the three MLS sides involved in CONCACAF Champions League play this week, the Galaxy face by far the most difficult test. How will Bruce Arena set out his side to handle it? (9)

9. D.C. United – Perhaps the bluster of Sunday night will lead to some clarity against Chicago in midweek. United must push the angst and the uncertainty to one side to muster up a comprehensive performance against the streaking Fire at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night. (7)

10. Vancouver – A second consecutive road match in the Pacific Northwest probably won't provide much of a respite for the suddenly wobbly Whitecaps. (10)

11. Montréal – Felipe Martins should make the Impact a tidy chunk of money at some point in the not-so-distant future. At the moment, he'll have to settle for mounting a rather improbable playoff charge. (11)

12. Columbus – As if teams didn't have enough problems coping with the Crew's counterattack already. (12)

13. FC Dallas – If only David Ferreira returned to the lineup a month or two earlier. (16)

14. Philadelphia – A point is a point at RFK Stadium. And John Hackworth – amid all of the drama on Sunday night – picked out that salient point to highlight during his post-match comments. (13)

15. Chivas USA – FCD's resurgence – even with five more games played – just about snuffs out the Red-and-White's playoff chances barring any sort of unexpected revival. (14)

16. Toronto FC – Two shots on goal at BMO Field simply won't suffice for a team that doesn't keep the ball well. (15)

17. Colorado – “Same [smell], different toilet,” Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens told MLSsoccer.com after Juan Pablo Angel's late equalizer snatched a 1-1 draw for Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. “It’s a little frustrating right now, but we just have to keep clawing.” (17)

18. New England – Six defeats in seven matches sums up the problems rather nicely. The overall performances – even accommodating for the spate of contentious refereeing questions during that stretch – simply aren't good enough at the moment. (18)

19. Portland – The questions regarding Gavin Wilkinson's future will not cease after Timbers investor/operator Merritt Paulson names his new head coach. Paulson can keep Wilkinson to run the personnel side if he likes. But Wilkinson has to help him out a bit by churning out a few results before the end of the campaign. (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.