When Chivas USA players were asked about being in first place a week ago, to a man they said it pretty much didn't matter. First place at this stage of the season can be misleading, especially with the way the Western Conference has gone this year. First place can lead to some complacency which could lead to poor results, and then before you know it you're in fourth place.
I didn't talk to any of their players, but I'm guessing Real Salt Lake players don't exactly feel that way about their newfound first place status.
Chivas USA won the Western Conference last season. Their focus is not just reaching the postseason but trying to do something when there. And though they've had their struggles, they are confident that if they sort out their issues, everything else will take care of itself.
But for Real Salt Lake, being in first place at this point of the season - or at any point of the season - is indeed massive. RSL has been dreadful over their first three seasons and few gave them a shot at much this year. But RSL has indeed been a revelation out west. Yes, the conference is weak, and yes there is still a huge portion of the season before us. However, the mere fact that they have reached first place could send a jolt of confidence into the fourth-year club.
RSL can't expect results to start coming now, though. If they play with any sort of complacency, they will find themselves looking up at a pair of other teams pretty quickly.
This club, though, might be poised to make a bit of a mid-summer run now that they've gotten a taste of the top.