After a week off from the rankings, they return. Keep in mind, though, that I base these rankings solely on MLS results. SuperLiga, Open Cup, friendly results may be impressive or ghastly, but I prefer to base these MLS rankings on MLS results.
1. FC Dallas (10-6-3). Went from six goals allowed to a 1-0 shutout victory in return to MLS.
2. Houston (10-6-4). Defending champs upended by pesky RSL side; even the best can lose concentration for a game.
3. D.C. United (8-6-3). Demolished Revs in New England; is sleeping giant awake?
4. New England (9-4-6). Revs can use Open Cup to try and take out their frustrations and fix whatever went wrong against D.C.
5. Kansas City (8-6-5). Boast second-best offense in league; it's the defense we're worried about.
6. Chivas USA (8-6-3). Red-and-White on summer break.
7. Columbus (6-5-8). Guille won player of month for July; MVP award should await at year's end.
8. Chicago (5-8-5). Blanco plays 90, Wanchope and Rolfe come off bench... welcome back, Fire.
9. New York (8-7-3). Mediocre club may lose grip on playoff spot.
10. Toronto FC (5-9-4). Unlucky not to beat Galaxy.
11. Los Angeles (4-6-4). League games will start coming at them in a hurry; best be prepared.
12. Real Salt Lake (2-9-6). 1-0 in the post-Freddy era.
13. Colorado (4-9-6). Yes Daniel Osorno, we're also wondering what the hell you were thinking when you joined the Rapids.