1. Real Salt Lake (6-0-5)
Seattle may lead the league in points with 25, but RSL has a match in hand on its Western Conference rival and has yet to get blown out on the road 5-0 at full strength. RSL will go for a shot at history Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in an attempt to tie the longest-unbeaten streak to start an MLS season since the L.A. Galaxy’s 12-0-0 start in 1996 in the MLS shootout era.
2. New England Revolution (6-3-2)
Hard to think of a hotter team in MLS than RSL, but the Revolution are certainly right there. The Revs have scored 10 goals — yes, 10 — in their last two outings, including a 5-0 stomping of Seattle two weeks ago. Jay Heaps’ young attacking core is shining as New England is atop the Eastern Conference table through 11 weeks. Lee Nguyen is playing at an MVP level early on.
3. Seattle Sounders (8-3-1)
The Sounders may be without Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin, but Obafemi Martins is taking his snub by Nigeria for this summer’s World Cup to another level. The 29-year-old striker has scored five goals and six assists in 12 matches as the Sounders have the most points and wins in MLS.
4. Sporting Kansas City (5-4-2)
It’s been an odd two weeks for the defending MLS Cup champions. Rare to see back-to-back losses by SKC, especially to two struggling opponents. Lowly Philadelphia went into Sporting Park and topped SKC 2-1, then minus Graham Zusi and Matt Besler, Sporting fell to the Chicago Fire 2-1 on the road. Sporting will be tested minus its two best players for an extended period of time.
5. Houston Dynamo (5-5-2)
Well, Houston certainly bounced back from its 5-2 trouncing at home via RSL. The Dynamo beat the L.A. Galaxy 1-0 at home and currently sit tied for second place in the East with Sporting KC. Houston will miss its leader Brad Davis, but could make a run in the East over the next few weeks. Three straight road matches at D.C. United, San Jose and Colorado wait, however.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps (4-2-4)
The Caps ditched Kenny Miller up top and have gone very, very young. Kekuta Mannaeh, Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado are just a trio of names that will continue to pop up on the MLS radar for quite some time. Credit to first-year coach Carl Robinson, who has his group playing well and in the middle of a rough Western Conference early on. Home fixture with rival Seattle will be interesting as the Sounders are without three stars.
7. Toronto FC (4-4-0)
One of the more intriguing teams MLS this year, Toronto continued its up and down start with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls over the weekend. Jermain Defoe rifled home a tremendous shot to give the Reds the lead and the eventual win. Question remains: Can TFC survive without Michael Bradley until at least early July?
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