Once a week, CBCSports.ca's soccer expert John F. Molinaro breaks down the balance of power in Major League Soccer.

1.COLUMBUS CREW [unchanged]
Overall record: 13-10-5 (49 points)
Streak: one win

Win against the Revs all but wraps up the Supporters' Shield for the Crew.
2. LOS ANGELES GALAXY [up from 3]
Overall record: 11-11-6 (44 points)

Streak: one win

Big win at home against Chicago.
3. HOUSTON DYNAMO [down from 2]
Overall record: 12-8-8 (44 points)
Streak: one draw (unbeaten in two)

Best-of-the-West battle with L.A. looms.
4. CHICAGO FIRE [unchanged]
Overall record: 10-11-7 (41 points)
Streak: one loss (winless in five)

Returning Blanco (from national team duty) will give Fire a boost.
5. CHIVAS USA [up from 6]
Overall record: 13-5-9 (44 points)
Streak: two wins (unbeaten in five)

Chivas peaking at the right time.
6. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC [down from 5]
Overall record: 10-11-7 (41 points)
Streak: one win

On the verge of a playoff berth.
7. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION [unchanged]
Overall record: 10-8-10 (38 points)
Streak: one loss (winless in three)

Have some work to do to make the playoffs.
8. COLORADO RAPIDS [unchanged]
Overall record: 10-10-8 (40 points)
Streak: four ties (winless in five)

Make or break game against Dallas coming up.
9. FC DALLAS [up from 11]
Overall record: 10-6-12 (36 points)
Streak: three wins

Amazingly, they're in the playoff mix.
10. TORONTO FC [down from 9]
Overall record: 9-9-10 (35 points)
Streak: one loss (winless in three)

Still need to learn that games last 90 minutes – not 75!
11. DC UNITED [down from 10]
Overall record: 8-12-8 (36points)
Streak: three losses

Out of it.
12. REAL SALT LAKE [up from 13]
Overall record: 9-7-11 (34 points)
Streak: two losses (winless in three)

Game in hand is the ace up their sleeve.
13. KANSAS CITY WIZARDS [unchanged]
Overall record: 8-8-12 (32 points)
Streak: one loss ties (winless in three)

Loss to Chivas ended their playoff dream.
14. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES [unchanged]
Overall record: 7-8-13 (29 points)
Streak: one tie (winless in two)

Relishing the role of spoiler.
15. NEW YORK RED BULLS [unchanged]
Overall record: 4-6-18 (18 points)
Streak: one loss (winless in four)

Playing out the season.