BIGGEST MOVERS: LA, Colorado +3 spots | NY, Columbus -3 spots


1


LAST WEEK: 3


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 9


Jozy Altidore is licking his chops thinking about a Red Bulls defense that will be disappointed after another blown lead. A win here would give them some separation from last year's Supporters' Shield winners.


Latest result: Won at Chicago, 2-1


Last five results: D-W-W-L-W


Next MLS match: Sunday vs. NY Red Bulls (FOX, FOX Sports GO in US | TSN2 in Canada)


2


LAST WEEK: 1


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 7


With the US Open Cup final on Tuesday, it's not surprising that Mauro Diaz and Michael Barrios were rested. But did Oscar Pareja miss a chance at putting one hand on the Shield?


Latest result: Lost vs. Colorado, 1-0


Last five results: D-L-W-W-L


Next MLS match: Saturday at NYCFC (MLS LIVE)


3


LAST WEEK: 6


HIGH: 2 | LOW: 9


Giovani dos Santos could become the fourth player in MLS history with 15 goals and 15 assists in a season if his form stays at his current level.


Latest result: Drew at Real Salt Lake, 3-3; Won vs. Orlando City, 4-2


Last five results: D-D-W-D-W


Next MLS match: Sunday at Sporting KC (FOX, FOX Sports GO in US | MLS LIVE in Canada)


4


LAST WEEK: 7


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 20


A great win as the Rapids now sit five points behind Dallas with two games in hand. Could Jermaine Jones' return be the spark that leads them to the top?


Latest result: Won at Dallas, 1-0


Last five results: D-D-L-L-W


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. San Jose (MLS LIVE)


5


LAST WEEK: 2


HIGH: 2 | LOW: 17


If this team could hold onto leads, they would be the clear frontrunner in the East. Getting Dax McCarty back for the stretch run should help to correct some of these issues.


Latest result: Drew vs. D.C. United, 2-2


Last five results: W-D-W-W-D


Next MLS match: Sunday at Toronto (FOX, FOX Sports GO in US | MLS LIVE in Canada)


6


LAST WEEK: 4


HIGH: 3 | LOW: 20


Looks like their road form is finally regressing to the mean. They are now 0-3-2 in their last five games away from home.


Latest result: Lost at New England, 3-1


Last five results: D-W-L-W-L


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Dallas (MLS LIVE)


7


LAST WEEK: 5


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11


Held on to their unbeaten home record with a miraculous draw vs. the Galaxy. The potential loss of Javier Morales would be a tough one to overcome. Time to let Jordan Allen loose? 


Latest result: Drew vs. LA Galaxy, 3-3; Lost at Portland, 1-0


Last five results: L-W-W-D-L


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Houston (MLS LIVE)


8


LAST WEEK: 8


HIGH: 2 | LOW: 19


When does C.J. Sapong step up for this team? He's scored just once in his last nine games.


Latest result: Drew vs. Montreal, 1-1


Last five results: L-W-W-L-D


Next MLS match: Saturday at Portland (MLS LIVE)


9


LAST WEEK: 11


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 12


The defense finally put it together and kept a clean sheet. That's something they will need to continue during the stretch run.


Latest result: Won vs. Real Salt Lake, 1-0


Last five results: L-L-W-L-W


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Philadelphia (MLS LIVE)


10


LAST WEEK: 9


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 11


Looked lost on Wednesday night but a draw in Philly is nothing to sneeze at. However, they have not been able to put it together over multiple games in a long, long time.


Latest result: Lost vs. Orlando City, 4-1; Drew at Philadelphia, 1-1


Last five results: L-D-W-L-D


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. New England (TSN2, RDS in Canada | MLS LIVE in US)


11


LAST WEEK: 10


HIGH: 1 | LOW: 18


Have to put that one away against an opponent that isn't playing for anything. A home Knockout Round match is looking like a long shot.


Latest result: Drew vs. Houston, 3-3


Last five results: L-D-W-L-D


Next MLS match: Sunday vs. LA Galaxy (FOX, FOX Sports GO in US | MLS LIVE in Canada)


12


LAST WEEK: 12


HIGH: 7 | LOW: 20


Not a disaster in San Jose, as a loss could have been a death knell, but not exactly what Brian Schmetzer was looking for.


Latest result: Drew at San Jose, 1-1


Last five results: W-W-D-L-D


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Vancouver (MLS LIVE in US | TSN1, RDS2 in Canada)


13


LAST WEEK: 13


HIGH: 13 | LOW: 20


Fall below the red line for the first time in weeks but were able to get an uplifting draw at a rival.


Latest result: Drew at NY Red Bulls, 2-2


Last five results: D-D-W-L-D


Next MLS match: Friday at Chicago (UniMás in US | MLS LIVE in Canada)


14


LAST WEEK: 14


HIGH: 6 | LOW: 17


Everything is pointing towards their visit to RFK on September 24 and the return leg on Decision Day.


Latest result: Won at Montreal, 4-1; Lost at LA Galaxy, 4-2


Last five results: D-L-W-W-L


Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Columbus (MLS LIVE)


15


LAST WEEK: 16


HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20


Juan Agudelo is leading this team back into the playoff race. Could Kei Kamara continue to take a seat?


Latest result: Won vs. NYCFC, 3-1


Last five results: L-D-L-W-W


Next MLS match: Saturday at Montreal (MLS LIVE in US | TSN2, RDS in Canada)


16


LAST WEEK: 15


HIGH: 6 | LOW: 16


Chad Barrett's miss was very reminiscent of another miss from a Quakes striker in a big moment...


Latest result: Drew vs. Seattle, 1-1


Last five results: L-L-D-L-W


Next MLS match: Saturday at Colorado (MLS LIVE)


17


LAST WEEK: 19


HIGH: 8 | LOW: 19


Kendall Waston looked like his 2015 self and the 'Caps are still on the respirator. Have to feel good for Erik Hurtado after what he went through last week.


Latest result: Won at Columbus, 3-1


Last five results: L-L-D-L-W


Next MLS match: Saturday at Seattle (TSN1, RDS2 in Canada | MLS LIVE in US)


18


LAST WEEK: 18


HIGH: 18 | LOW: 20


How did UCLA do last night?


Latest result: Lost vs. Toronto, 2-1


Last five results: W-D-L-W-L


Next MLS match: Friday vs. D.C. United (UniMás in US | MLS LIVE in Canada)


19


LAST WEEK: 20


HIGH: 10 | LOW: 20


Showed some serious heart coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 to get a draw at Sporting Park.


Latest result: Drew at Sporting KC, 3-3


Last five results: D-W-D-L-D


Next MLS match: Saturday at Real Salt Lake (MLS LIVE)


20


LAST WEEK: 17


HIGH: 5 | LOW: 20


Coughed up three goals to a team that had scored just once in their previous seven games. That sounds about right for the 2016 version of Crew SC.


Latest result: Lost vs. Vancouver, 3-1


Last five results: W-L-W-L-L


Next MLS match: Saturday at Orlando City (MLS LIVE)


Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and remarks were written by Associate Editor Ben Baer (@BenBaer89).