Idle Sporting Kansas City remains at top of MLS Power Rankings over international break
There were just three games on the schedule last weekend, causing just a little movement in this week's MLS Power Rankings.
1. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
A week off means another week to get Benny Feilhaber back to fitness. The 2015 MVP finalist has yet to play in 2016, but his club still has nine points from three games.
2. Portland Timbers (no change)
Like a host of teams across the league, Portland will spend the next two days hoping its internationals -- there were six of them called up for this window -- return completely healthy come Wednesday.
3. FC Dallas (+2)
D.C.'s defense made it easy, but credit FC Dallas for putting the sword to United on the road in the first half-hour on the way to a 3-0 win. Michael Barrios is sometimes the forgotten man, but he showed his abilities on Saturday.
4. Montreal Impact (-1)
The Impact go back to life without Didier Drogba when they head to Seattle to face the Sounders next weekend. Considering they lost the only game he has played in, it's not really a problem.
5. Toronto FC (-1)
The biggest issue facing Toronto FC heading into next weekend in Colorado is the psychological well-being of their American internationals, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, after Friday night's stunning defeat to Guatemala.
6. New York Red Bulls (no change)
How much progress has Jesse Marsch made on fixing the Red Bulls' disastrous defensive problems during the week off? Maybe just as importantly, are Gideon Baah and Ronald Zubar on track to play in New England on Friday?
7. LA Galaxy (no change)
The Galaxy's quiet week off mostly involved rumors about Steven Gerrard (par for the course), but one can't help but wonder what Bruce Arena was thinking, watching the U.S. fall in Central America.
8. Philadelphia Union (no change)
If anyone in the league probably wanted to play through the international break, it might have been the Union. With just goalkeeper Andre Blake called up and so much momentum, Philadelphia gets little out of the fallow weekend.
9. Houston Dynamo (no change)
The Dynamo hold onto their spot in the rankings despite a loss in Vancouver, mostly due to the threat they posed to the Whitecaps in a goal-less effort and the unfortunate nature of the goal they conceded.
10. Orlando City SC (no change)
Orlando City has three very important players out on international duty. The way last year went, it wouldn't be crazy to think that Adrian Heath is sitting at home rocking slowly back and forth, praying for their healthy return.
11. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)
It will be at least a while until MLS gets a full look at Tommy Thompson. The Earthquakes' first homegrown player signing has been loaned out to the Sacramento Republic for yet another year of seasoning.
12. Vancouver Whitecaps (+1)
Should Carl Robinson be worried that Vancouver's two wins have come because of penalty decisions in his side's favor? That's not luck that can hold up.
13. New England Revolution (-1)
The Revs might feel aggrieved by Ricardo Salazar's decision to send off Gershon Koffie early in the second half, but it's not as though they did much to threaten New York City FC when the sides were even.
14. Columbus Crew SC (no change)
A week off to take stock of their situation probably helps a Crew SC team that is shockingly sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but the task of changing their position on Saturday won't be easy in Frisco.
15. New York City FC (no change)
Patrick Vieira unleashed Kwadwo Poku on Saturday in the absence of Mix Diskerud, but the fan favorite failed to make much of an impact. How long until we see him again?
16. Real Salt Lake (no change)
Thoughts and prayers go out to RSL draftee Omar Holness, who suffered a seizure during a Real Monarchs game on Saturday. Holness is out of the hospital and appears to be recovering.
17. Seattle Sounders (no change)
The next game can't come soon enough for the Sounders; their fans are still reliving the two questionable penalties that beat them against Vancouver after the Whitecaps earned another penalty-aided win this weekend.
18. Colorado Rapids (no change)
The Rapids might be without striker Kevin Doyle for some time after the Irishman suffered a gruesome gash in Ireland's friendly against Switzerland. Doyle says it "could have been worse," but the images make for pretty bad viewing.
19. D.C. United (no change)
United getting skunked at home by Dallas isn't a big surprise, but if D.C. is going to make the playoffs for a third consecutive year, they need some drastic improvement. Perhaps newly signed Andrew Mancini, son of Inter boss Roberto, can help.
20. Chicago Fire (no change)
Veljko Paunovic's next chance to get his first win as boss of the Fire comes Saturday when Chicago hosts Philadelphia. Before the season began, this game likely looked like a real chance at three points. The way things have gone, however, Chicago is in for a big challenge against the ascendant Union.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.