D.C. United, Vancouver continue to lead way in MLS
Little changes from last week's rankings as the top tier teams in the league all took care of business. It didn't come easy for the top two -- either due to a lack of attacking punch or the absence of several key players -- but the good sides know how to get results even in the face of that adversity.
1. D.C. United (no change)
United took exactly one shot on their trip to Montreal on Saturday after a run of two home games in which they scored nine total goals. Luckily for coach Ben Olsen, that shot found the back of the net off the foot of Chris Rolfe.
2. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
Benny Feilhaber may have conceded the MVP race to Sebastian Giovinco with his comments after the match, but the Sporting midfielder remains in contention after leading a weakened SKC to a win in Toronto.
3. Vancouver Whitecaps (no change)
Pa Modou Kah scored again for the Whitecaps -- his third goal in two matches -- helping his club to another big win. That's three in row for Vancouver, all of them of the three-goal output variety.
4. New York Red Bulls (no change)
There's no question that New York belongs to the Red Bulls after they closed their season series against NYCFC with a comprehensive 2-0 win on Sunday. A draw in midweek against Montreal makes it a four-point week for Jesse Marsch.
5. FC Dallas (no change)
FC Dallas sat this week out, which should give them a good chance to prepare for a massive clash with the L.A. Galaxy next weekend.
6. Portland Timbers (no change)
The Timbers broke a winless streak with a 1-0 win over Chicago. It wasn't convincing, but those things don't necessarily matter as much in the heat of August.
7. L.A. Galaxy (no change)
Giovani dos Santos didn't look perfectly match fit, but he was more than fit enough to be dangerous and score a goal on his league debut.
8. New England Revolution (no change)
No game for the Revs this week.
9. Columbus Crew (+1)
Kei Kamara lost the Golden Boot lead to Giovinco when the Italian scored a hat trick on Wednesday. He got it back on Saturday when he put home two in a Crew victory over Colorado.
10. Toronto FC (-1)
Michael Bradley's goal was a thing of beauty, but Toronto found that Sporting Kansas City is a different challenge than the Orlando team they took apart on Wednesday.
11. Houston Dynamo (+1)
The Dynamo took care of business at home against San Jose, with DaMarcus Beasley looking spry with his first MLS goal since 2003.
12. Seattle Sounders (-1)
Even when Seattle gets a bit of good fortune -- like a first minute goal by Chad Barrett on the road in L.A. -- they get a helping of misfortune, with Barrett pulling his hamstring while celebrating.
13. Montreal Impact (no change)
With Didier Drogba looking on, the Impact outshot D.C. United 25-1. Unfortunately, they didn't manage to put any of those shots in the net, illustrating clearly why they need the Ivorian legend.
14. Orlando City (no change)
Kaka returned to the lineup after his red card suspension, but it didn't do Orlando City much good in a goalless draw. OCSC needed Tally Hall to make three big saves to earn the point.
15. Real Salt Lake (no change)
RSL trotted out a lineup devoid of some big names on the road against Vancouver and paid the price in a 4-0 drubbing. Will the sacrifice be worth it as they go into an Open Cup semifinal this week?
16. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)
On the road down a man for the last half hour, the Quakes nearly pulled out a point. Instead, they leave Texas in ninth place and without Fatai Alashe for next week.
17. Chicago Fire (no change)
The Fire remain alive for a US Open Cup title, just about the only thing worth celebrating in the Windy City this year.
18. Colorado Rapids (no change)
Even when the Rapids take advantage of playing at home with an early goal as they did against Columbus, they can't hold on. Colorado will have a chance to climb out of the cellar of the Western Conference standings against San Jose next week.
19. New York City FC (no change)
Despite a good start against the Red Bulls across the river in New Jersey, Jason Kreis has yet to figure out the right balance in a midfield that must cover for Andrea Pirlo's lack of mobility.
20. Philadelphia Union (no change)
At least the Union didn't lose, though they will feel unlucky after peppering Tally Hall's net with shots only to come away without a goal in Orlando.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.