1. [LW1] SJ Earthquakes (7W-2L-1D, 22 pts, 1st West / W 5-3 vs. DC, L 1-2 @ VAN) - Yes, they dropped their second game of the weekend at Vancouver, thanks to a stoppage time winner by the Caps, but they’re still the hottest team in MLS thanks to a 5-3 pasting against DC.
2.  SEA Sounders (6-1-1, 19 pts, 3W / W 1-0 vs. PHI, W 2-0 vs. LA) – If San Jose is the hottest team, Seattle is right behind them. Four straight wins for the Sounders and they play two more games this week but will be without defender Leo Gonzalez who got a one-match ban for stomping on an opponent’s leg last week.
3.  Real Salt Lake (7-3-1, 22 pts, 2W / W 2-1 vs. NE) – RSL hung on for three points, but that wasn’t their best game. Will Johnson wasn’t happy about his red card and made sure to let the linesman (who consulted with the ref before the red) know about it.
4.  VAN Whitecaps (5-2-2, 17 pts, 4W / W 2-1 vs. SJ) – Four straight West teams to start the rankings, seems like 2011 all over again. Striker Eric Hassli came on as a substitute and scored the winner in the 94th minute, his first MLS goal in 17 appearances.
5.  Sporting KC (7-2-0, 21 pts, 1E / L vs. MON 0-2) – Two straight losses after a 7-0 start isn’t that concerning…but when you lose and get shut out by Portland and Montreal, that’s not good.
6.  DC United (5-3-3, 18 pts, 2E / L 3-5 @ SJ, W 2-0 @ TFC) – It’s tough to drop this team after a solid effort against San Jose, but it won’t be for long, especially when the defense gets healthy.
7.  NY Red Bulls (5-3-1, 16 pts, 3E / W 1-0 @ LA) – No Thierry Henry, no problem for the Energy Drinks. Kenny Cooper’s still scoring (shocking) and Ryan Meara and the NY defense actually has a shutout streak (okay, no sarcasm this time, this is shocking).
8.  MON Impact (3-5-2, 11 pts, 5E / W 2-0 @ KC) – If the playoffs started right now, the Impact’s record would give them the last spot in the East. Of their eleven points on the season, ten have come in their last five games.
9.  Chicago FIRE (3-2-2, 11 pts, 4E / W 2-1 @ CHV) – While it seems that KC, NY and DC are running away with the East, the Fire are lurking in fourth. They might be six points behind DC United, but they have three games in hand. Marco Pappa stealing three points on the road against Chivas with a stoppage time winner doesn’t hurt either.
10.  COL Rapids (5-5-0, 15 pts, 5W / L 1-2 @ NE, W @ DAL 2-0) – Conor Casey played all 45 second half minutes against a 9-man FC Dallas squad and while he’s still not 100 percent, it makes the already dangerous Rapids attack that much stronger.
11.  HOU Dynamo (2-2-2, 8 pts, 7E / Idle) – One more road game before they finally open BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday May 12. KC was at the bottom of the East after a 10-game road trip to open 2011 and made the Eastern Conf. Finals. Houston is still in the thick of it in the East and I suspect they'll do something similar to KC last year and be right near the top of the East.
12.  LA Galaxy (3-5-1, 10 pts, 7W / L 0-2 @ SEA, L 0-1 vs. NY) – Yikes. That is about as bad a week as this team has played in a while. you can’t say this is 2011 MLS Cup Champions hangover anymore, something is seriously wrong in LA right now.
13.  FC Dallas (3-4-3, 12 pts, 6W / L 0-2 @ COL) – Two red cards in the span of about three minutes late in the first half is tough to come back from. Two points in their last four games is not how you keep pace in the stacked Western Conf.
14.  NE Revolution (3-6-0, 9 pts, 6E / W 2-1 vs. COL, L 1-2 @ RSL) – A solid game midweek in a win against the Rapids before losing at Rio Tinto to RSL in a game where both players finished with ten men, but Revs’ midfielder Fernando Cardenas is the first MLS player to successfully appeal a red card and will be available for the next game.
15.  PHI Union (2-5-1, 7 pts, 9E / L 0-1 @ SEA) – Zach MacMath is another rookie keeper having a fine debut season but the main problem in Philly is still the inconsistency of the offense.
16.  Chivas USA (3-6-0, 9 pts, 8W / L 1-2 @ FIRE) - I wonder if the Goats would want to play the rest of their schedule on the road…they’re 0-5 at home but three away wins ties them with San Jose and Kansas City for most in MLS.
17.  Columbus CREW (2-4-2, 8 pts, 8E / D 0-0 @ POR) – The Crew might be satisfied with a point at Portland, but with only two points in their last five games they have to start getting wins before they fall too far behind in the East.
18.  POR Timbers (2-5-2, 8 pts, 9W / D 0-0 vs. CREW) – Portland has a respectable home record, 2-2-1, 7 pts, but it’s their results away from home, 0-3-1, 1 pt, that has them at the bottom of the West.
19.  Toronto FC (0-8-0, 0 pts, 10E / L 0-2 vs. DC) – Head coach Aron Winter should tell his players that they’re in a CONCACAF CL match or a Canadian Cup match, they seem to get good results in those competitions. MLS…not so much.