MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

Just how good is life for Ben Olsen and D.C. United these days? They've crept into some rare company in this week's rankings. If you agree or disagree with our rankings, let us know what you think in the Facebook comments below.

Only MLS regular-season games reflected on schedule. All times are Eastern.

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A bye week wasn’t going to topple the runaway leaders in the East. In fact, it might have allowed them to re-energize. A win over Montreal this weekend probably won’t hurt, either.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • Last Five: W-W-W-W-L
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Montreal (8:30 pm, MLS LIVE)
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No Víctor Bernárdez? No problem. With Steven Lenhart healthy and in form, the Quakes have the goods to roll. The flip side is that teams will see them coming from now on, and this week’s matchups against D.C. and Vancouver are no cakewalks.

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Not quite MLS’ answer to Barcelona these days, but against TFC, they weathered a desperate storm and ground out a win thanks to stoppage-time hero Jonny Steele. And with Javier Morales working his way back to form, RSL start looking more and more like their former selves.

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Off to the best start in club history and showing some emotion in the postgame scuffle with the Fire. If Eddie Johnson’s account-opener gets him in a goalscoring mood, look out. Now what will take to wake up Fredy Montero?

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Who needs European DPs when you’ve got Dwayne De Rosario? He’s pulling the strings of MLS’ most dynamic attack at the moment. The Emiliano Dudar injury could be trouble, but it seems like everything else this team touches turns to gold.

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A “fortuitous” goal from Lee Young-Pyo beat the Crew, but it wasn’t exactly a convincing victory. Still, this team wouldn't have bagged three points on the road against an Eastern Conference foe last year. They’ve weathered the first phase of the season and, so far, they’re for real.

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The Dynamo lost this one, but it’s a safe bet the result goes the other way once they finally set up camp at their new digs in downtown Houston.  And has there been a better player in the league in the last three weeks than Will Bruin?

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This week is a true test for Bruce Arena’s bunch, who still haven’t beaten any of the league’s premier teams this season. But they’ll get their shot against Seattle and then a should-win against a depleted Red Bulls team at the HDC.

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New York could be in some deep trouble without Thierru Henry for the next month. The big question is if Kenny Cooper’s numbers drop off (or how far they do) without Henry’s set-up delights setting Cooper free to do his thing.

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FC Dallas might be the league’s toughest team to sort out. If they walk the line until they’re healthy and play the way they did against LA (OK, maybe not the last few minutes), they’re onto something. If not, it could be a long summer.

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Speaking of mysteries, the Rapids probably even blew themselves away with a thorough pounding of Chivas USA. Oscar Pareja’s bunch can always beat the teams they’re supposed to, but they’re still lacking a signature win this season.

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If the Sounders got their mojo going after a postgame scuffle in Chicago, what did it mean for the Fire? And at point do we wonder if Paolo Tornaghi can make a serious claim to the No. 1 job in Chicago, ahead of Sean Johnson?

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There's no shame in dropping a result to San Jose these days, even if the Union looked in line for a valuable point until Steven Lenhart struck late. With that in mind, Philly move up in the rankings based mostly on their fine defensive form – the Quakes ended a 407-minute shutout streak.

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A win at home against Portland on the back of two late goals allowed the Impact to flip-flop spots with the Timbers in this week's Power Rankings, but that jump could be short-lived. Montreal visit a surging, rested Kansas City side this weekend looking for its first road victory in MLS – at perhaps the toughest away venue in the league.

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New England will be kicking themselves all week for what amounted to a missed opportunity at Red Bull Arena. Despite facing essentially a skeleton crew of a defense, the Revs allowed Ryan Meara and New York's previously leaky defense to collect their first shutout of the season. Three straight losses won't cut it.

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Chivas can't win at home, and now the road doesn't look so inviting either. Robin Fraser's men were the last remaining undefeated team away from home entering the weekend, but Colorado nipped that in the bud, laying on the pressure in the late going to send the Rojiblancos to an embarrassing defeat.

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Columbus will be furious to see a goal called back that they were sure should have counted, especially since Lee Young-Pyo added insult to injury with a fluky winner. Still, that's just part of the game – as any coach will tell you – and the Crew must be more consistent to elicit sympathy from outside observers.

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Portland hoped taking three points from Kansas City would cure their malaise, but they came right back down to earth in Montreal. They aren't creating enough chances and the defending continues to be shaky, especially away from home, and that has to change soon or Timber Joey won't be firing up his chainsaw come playoff time.

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What else can be said about Toronto FC? They just keep losing no matter how well they play or how close they are to earning that first elusive result. After another dose of heartbreak at RSL, the road won't get any easier as D.C. United come to town brimming with confidence.