We're almost due for another round of my awards updates. I ran one after most teams had played 10 games, back in June. We've got most teams now within one or two games of their 20th games, so that should come up soon enough.
For now, here's where the teams stand as I see them.
1. Chicago (9-5-5). Long climb back to the top punctuated by come-from-behind win over...
2. New England (10-5-3)... this team, who for some reason can't beat the Fire.
3. Columbus (9-6-4). Crew face three stiff Western tests: FC Dallas home and away, RSL at home.
4. Real Salt Lake (7-6-6). West seems like a three-team race, and RSL's part of that trio.
5. DC United (8-9-1). So much for building some momentum after first shutout of year.
6. Houston (6-4-8). Houston was due for a title-game loss to New England.
7. FC Dallas (6-6-7). Introducing Kenny Cooper, your 2008 Most Valuable Player.
8. Toronto FC (7-7-5). What's more surprising - that Toronto won a road game or that Chad Barrett scored a goal?
9. Kansas City (6-6-7). What's this? Signs of offensive life?
10. New York (6-6-7). After you play Barcelona, the rest of the league seems like amatuers.
11. San Jose (4-9-6). Best team in California right now.
12. LA Galaxy (6-8-5). Not looking forward to this upcoming Clasico...
13. Chivas USA (6-8-4)... at all. Wake me when it's over.
14. Colorado (6-10-3). Fernando Clavijo should pen a book called "Enduring Failure: How to Keep Your Job Despite Consistently Terrible Output."