We're back with our monthly MLS Power Rankings. Did you miss us? We decided to theme our tiers by 1980s sitcoms. Hopefully they'll make it worth the wait.
1. FC Dallas (This week's average ranking: 1.16; Last week's: 3.26): Schellas Hyndman has done quite a number. They've got more points than any other team and are scoring a better clip than anyone else. Dallas-area fans are also starting to take notice.
2. Montreal Impact (3.16; 2.16): They've cooled off a bit from their blazing start, but just a little. They've still only got one loss and appear to be a contender in an Eastern Conference that looks to be very competitive.
3. LA Galaxy (3.47; 2.16): At times it looks like Bruce Arena is simply the smartest guy in the room, like when the Galaxy beat RSL 2-0 on the road with a lineup full of reserves. But they followed that up with a 1-0 loss at home to the Dynamo. This is obviously a very good team, but maybe not one capable of running away with the Supporters' Shield.
4. Houston Dynamo (4.00; 3.47): They are simply unbeatable at home. They tend to struggle on the road, but they are also coming off a 1-0 win at LA.
5. Sporting Kansas City (4.68; 6.95): Every time this team looks good, there are a handful of people that are ready to deem them favorites. Our voters aren't quite ready to make that leap, though, which is heavily influenced by games like the recent 3-2 loss at home to the Timbers.
6. New York Red Bulls (5.37; 12.74): Since starting the season with five winless games, Mike Petke now has his club riding a three-game winless run. Might the Red Bulls finally come close to getting their money's worth?
7. Real Salt Lake (7.79; 8.95): It has been a season of fits and starts for Jason Kreis' club as RSL has not had the same result two games in a row all year.
8. Portland Timbers (8.16; 15.26): A little surprised to see the Timbers this low, but that's probably a result of them starting relatively slow. Certainly a fun team to watch and one that should at least make the playoffs.
9. Columbus Crew (8.95; 6.68): The team no one seems to be talking about. The biggest news last month was related to their scoreboard catching fire, but they've quietly been turning in solid results.
10. Chivas USA (10.37; 4.89): The shine has clearly been taken off as the bad results are starting to pile up. Guess we'll find out just how much of a genius El Chelis really is.
11. Philadelphia Union (11.21; 10.68): Only Chivas USA has given up more goals and as good as Jack McInerney is, he's not going to be able to cover up for a defense that has a lot of holes.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (11.84; 9.21): It is truly uncanny how often they manage to pull out points with stoppage-time goals. They are relying on that magic with increasing frequency.
13. Colorado Rapids (12.74; 17.53): Despite dealing with an insane amount of injuries, Oscar Pareja has kept his team competitive.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps (13.68; 8.47): That they are this high, despite going winless in their past seven, speaks to how significant the struggles of the teams below them have been. Martin Rennie has some work to do.
Facts of Life
17. Toronto FC (16.95; 14.32): The improvements are there, but at some point they need to stop giving up late goals.
19. DC United (18.74; 13.26): Poor, poor United fans. Last year, it seemed as though they had finally turned a corner. But five straight losses have them right back where they started.
How the rankings work: Each of our 19 team blogs and one voter from SBNation.com ranked teams from 1-19. We then averaged those 20 votes to come up with one score.