It was an odd week in the standings. The top teams from last week did well and so did most of the teams near the bottom. The middle-of-the-pack, though, had some downright terrible losses as DC, New York and Chicago were all embarrassed soundly.
It had a slight affect on the table, though the top and bottom didn't change too much.
1. Columbus (14-6-5). Showing they can win without Barros Schelotto - aka the 2008 MLS MVP.
2. Houston (10-5-9). A week without a match to try and personally recover from damaging hurricane.
3. New England (12-7-6). Draw on the road was positive; now comes potential top-of-conference showdown with Columbus.
4. San Jose (7-9-8). Moved up here partly by default, partly because 'Quakes haven't lost in more than two months.
5. Chicago (11-9-5). Only bad losses by teams that were at 6 and 7 a week ago prevented Chicago from slipping further.
6. Colorado (9-12-4). Well in the playoff hunt out west. Still not sure if that says more about the Rapids or the Western Conference...
7. New York (9-8-8). One of the league's worst road teams.
8. Chivas USA (9-10-6). Became first team in league to beat Real Salt Lake at Rice-Eccles Stadium this year.
9. FC Dallas (7-9-9). When they're on, FC Dallas has potential to be a conference finalist, if not more.
10. Kansas City (8-9-8). Look who's alive in the playoff race.
11. DC United (10-12-3). Yeah, they got hosed on a 63rd-minute red card, but it's not like everything was great for the first 62 minutes either.
12. Real Salt Lake (8-10-7) Completely terrible way to lose at home; RSL's playoff hopes took serious dent.
13. LA Galaxy (7-11-8). First win since June 14 not enough to get Galaxy out of last place in the Western Conference.
14. Toronto (7-11-7). Shining light for Toronto FC fans: the Maple Leafs broke camp recently.