As he follows the United States men's national team across the country (following the 2011 Gold Cup), FOX Soccer's Ives Galarcep has kept an eye on his primary beat: Major League Soccer. Here are late latest edition of his MLS Power Rankings.
Rank Team Record (W-L-D) 1. Los Angeles Galaxy 9-2-7 No David Beckham, Landon Donovan or Donovan Ricketts? No problem for the Galaxy after thumping Colorado, 3-1, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Anyone hoping for the Galaxy to slip up without Donovan and Ricketts better keep waiting, especially if Juninho is going to keep hitting long-range blasts. 2. FC Dallas 8-4-4 Rebounded well from a thrashing to Sporting KC with a convincing road win that pushes Schellas Hyndman's team to 3-0-2 in its past five on the road. FCD needs to carry that form back to Pizza Hut Park, where a pair of tricky home dates against Portland and Columbus await. 3. Seattle Sounders 6-4-7 Beating Toronto FC isn't exactly cause for chiseling statues, but battling for a road win a man down is still something for Seattle to feel good about. Fredy Montero is starting to look like the old Montero, which comes just in time for a stretch of games including dates against New York and Los Angeles. 4. New York Red Bulls 5-2-8 Battling back from 3-1 down to score a road point at Portland is a major confidence builder, but Thierry Henry's red card could prove costly as the Red Bulls prepare to take on Seattle. Austin Da Luz continues to improve, but the New York defense badly needs Rafa Marquez and Tim Ream back from the Gold Cup. 5. Real Salt Lake 6-3-4 Charlie Davies' dive stole the headlines, but the fact remains RSL went another game without scoring multiple goals. That's nine times in the past ten that Real Salt Lake's once-vaunted attack has struggled. Now RSL will need to take on a tough Chicago defense on the road to try and get the offense going. 6. Philadelphia Union 6-4-4 Peter Nowak's attack has faltered since that six-goal outburst in Toronto, managing just two goals in three, and now a shutout loss to Vancouver raises questions about whether those early-season offensive issues are still around. The Union missed its chance to take advantage of New York's Gold Cup absences, but must not focus on ensuring it remains one of the top two teams in the East. 7. Columbus Crew 5-4-6 The youth movement continues to pay dividends for the Crew, as Bernardo Anor becomes the latest rookie to impress for Columbus. With an offense beginning to show some signs of life, the Crew has a chance to take advantage of some stagnation in the Eastern Conference to make a move up the standings. 8. Colorado Rapids 5-4-7 Losing at home to the Los Angeles Galaxy is disappointing, but having Omar Cummings back in the mix has to be a welcome relief for head coach Gary Smith. Facing Columbus on the road next week will be a good chance for the Rapids defense to establish some stability after some recent shaky performances. 9. San Jose Earthquakes 5-5-4 Saw their unbeaten streak snapped by Sporting KC, but the Earthquakes have done well despite missing Chris Wondolowski, having gone five straight matches with multiple goals before the shutout in Kansas. We will find out just how seriously to take the Earthquakes when they play host to the Los Angeles Galaxy next weekend. 10. Portland Timbers 5-6-3 Surrendering a two-goal lead at home is devastating, but even more worrisome is the fact the Timbers have dropped so many points at home in recent weeks after starting so strongly playing at Jeld-Wen Field. The Portland defense can't get 'Futty' Danso back fast enough. 11. D.C. United 4-5-5 Dive-Gate has taken away from the fact that D.C. United actually took it to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, coming close on several chances and rattling the woodwork. The offense is showing flashes of growing into a pretty good unit, but consistency remains an issue for this young team. 12. Chicago Fire 2-4-9 The Fire will have to feel letdown by giving up a late equalizer against a lowly New England side, but Chicago's defense continues to be tough. The real question now for interim head coach Frank Klopas is how can he get the offense going, and whether he might have to do some more roster tinkering this summer. With just two goals in four games, something's gotta give. 13. Chivas USA 4-6-5 Remember when the Goats looked like a team ready to make a charge up the standings? One win in six matches later, Robin Fraser's side looks lost like the old Chivas USA. If there is a team in need of a few summer additions right now, it is Chivas USA. 14. Houston Dynamo 4-6-6 Is there a more inconsistent team in MLS than the Dynamo? Followed up a sorely-needed win against Chivas USA a week ago with a flat performance against Columbus in a 2-0 home loss. Dom Kinnear has known for months now that his roster needs improving, but with each passing week he and the Dynamo miss a chance to strengthen its hold on a playoff spot. 15. Sporting Kansas City 3-6-4 Look what team has decided to wake up. We knew that coming home to Livestrong Park would give Sporting KC a boost, but now it's clear the team formerly known as the Wizards is capable of winning some games. The defense is key, having allowed just one goal in four matches. Losing Ryan Smith for the season hurts, but KC has attacking depth to spare. 16. New England Revolution 3-7-6 Grabbed a late equalizer to steal a point from East rival Chicago, but having to do so at home shows where the Revs are residing these days. Six matches without a win, and not a single victory this season against a winning team, might explain why the few fans New England has are starting to give up on this season (that, and a rumored clash between Gillette Stadium security and Revs fans that has left the team's main supporter's group irate). 17. Vancouver Whitecaps 2-6-8 After 14 matches without a win, the Whitecaps finally broke through, and did so in stylish fashion. The playoffs aren't happening this year, but Tom Soehn appears to be moving the team in the right direction. We'll see if that's the case when the Whitecaps travel to Livestrong Park this weekend. 18. Toronto FC 2-6-9 Can things get any worse in Toronto? Fans are starting to give up on what was once the best-supported teams in MLS, and the loss to Seattle makes it eight straight without a win. Losing ugly, and giving people little reason to expect improvement is recipe for disaster, and TFC fans are learning the harsh lesson that things can, in fact, always get worse. Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for FoxSoccer.com covering Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team.