The biggest story from this past week was Steve Zakuani’s return to the field as Seattle Sounders FC defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 to end its win-less streak. The most touching moment came when Zakuani and Brian Mullan — the man whose tackle broke his leg — traded jerseys after the game. Here’s hoping that this chapter is finally closed and everybody involved, not to mention the fans, can get on with their lives. RSL ended its three-game losing streak, Portland fired its coach and New York lost 2-0 to New England.
San Jose Earthquakes (11-4-4, 37 points). Last week: 1. The Earthquakes hit a bit of a snag on the road last week. In two away games, they came away with one point, but D.C. wasn’t in action and couldn’t take over the No. 1 spot. This week: vs. Salt Lake, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MDT (ABC 4/ESPN 700).
D.C. United (10-5-3, 33 points). Last week: 2. While D.C. took a week off, its front office was still busy. The club unveiled two new investors on Tuesday ahead of its trip to Houston on Sunday. This week: at Houston, Sunday at 7 p.m.
Real Salt Lake (11-6-3, 36 points). Last week: 4. Real Salt Lake broke its three-game losing streak with a four-point home week. Two dominant performances against Cascadia teams have RSL looking good headed into a top-of-the-table matchup in San Jose. This week: at San Jose, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ABC 4/ESPN 700).
New York Red Bulls (9-5-4, 31 points). Last week: 3. A game against lowly New England should have been another win for New York, but the Red Bulls got embarrassed in Foxboro. As it was last week, they get just one game this week, against Seattle. This week: vs. Seattle, Sunday at 2 p.m. (ESPN).
Sporting Kansas City (10-5-3, 33 points). Last week: 6. Houston is good at home, so getting a point out of a trip there is a good result. Couple that with a win in Montreal, and Sporting looks a lot like the club that started the season on fire. This week: at Columbus, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Chicago Fire (8-6-4, 28 points). Last week: 5. Chicago was riding a three-game winning streak headed into last week, so a tie in Houston and a loss at home to Los Angeles won’t make the Fire feel too good. Vancouver won’t make things any easier. This week: vs. Vancouver, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps (8-4-6, 30 points). Last week: 7. If the Whitecaps want to challenge for a playoff spot and beyond, they will have to get some more consistent results. Beating Colorado — as they should — was good, but tying Chivas didn’t help. This week: at Toronto, Wednesday at 5 p.m.; at Chicago, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Seattle Sounders FC (8-5-6, 30 points). Last week: 9. The nine-game win-less streak is over, and now the Sounders can breathe a sigh of relief. Steve Zakuani is also back, and Michael Gspurning could be ready as soon as the next league game. This week: at New York, Sunday at 2 p.m. (ESPN).
Colorado Rapids (7-10-1, 22 points). Last week: 8. Colorado ended Seattle’s nine-game win-less streak, and now the Rapids are sitting on an eight-game skid of their own. Dallas and Toronto, their next two opponents, aren’t sitting too pretty in the standings either, so it could be a chance for redemption. This week: vs. Dallas, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Chivas USA (5-7-5, 20 points). Last week: 10. Chivas is a weird team, winning games it shouldn’t and also losing games it shouldn’t. A tie against Vancouver was a good result, but the Goats need to win at home to make a push for the playoffs, even though the atmosphere isn’t that formidable. This week:
Los Angeles Galaxy (7-10-2, 23 points). Last week: 11. David Beckham’s antics have overshadowed the Galaxy’s return to form as of late. Losing at home to Philadelphia was a regression, but a road win against Chicago certainly helped their case. This week: at Portland, Saturday at 9 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Houston Dynamo (6-5-7, 25 points). Last week: 12. While Houston remains unbeaten at home, it needs to get some better results to get back into the playoff picture. The Dynamo remains just three points back of the Fire, despite a three-game win-less streak. This week: vs. D.C., Sunday at 7 p.m.
Portland Timbers (5-8-4, 19 points). Last week: 13. Things were looking up after a 2-1 home win over San Jose last week, but an Alvaro Saborio hat trick sank those hopes and John Spencer’s managerial stint in the Rose City. Spencer’s firing is the latest desperate move to get the club into a playoff spot in its second season. This week: vs. Los Angeles, Saturday at 9 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
FC Dallas (3-9-7, 16 points). Last week: 14. Dallas continues to sink, sitting in the second-lowest spot in the league standings. After tying Toronto last week, Dallas might be headed to the bottom of the table sooner rather than later. This week: at Colorado, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Union (5-9-2, 17 points). Last week: 18. New head coach John Hackworth has gotten more out of his players since he took over than Peter Nowak got in his time in charge. Two wins last week nearly doubled the Union’s win count all season. This week: vs. Montreal, Saturday at 5 p.m.
New England Revolution (6-7-4, 22 points). Last week: 17. New signing Jerry Bengtson paid off already, scoring the second goal to sink the New York Red Bulls last week. New England is unbeaten in five now, but three of those games were ties. This week: vs. Toronto, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Columbus Crew (6-6-4, 22 points). Last week: 15. Columbus continues its up-and-down season. The Crew is 2-2-1 in the last five, struggling to find any consistent form at midseason. This week: vs. Kansas City, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Montreal Impact (6-11-3, 21 points). Last week: 19. For the first time this season, Montreal came back from behind to win, defeating Columbus 2-1 at Stade Saputo. All three goals came in the last 25 minutes of the game, and the winner was scored in the 89th. This week: at Philadelphia, Saturday at 5 p.m.
Toronto FC (2-11-4, 10 points). Last week: 16. With a 1-1 tie in Dallas, Toronto went into double digits in points this season, the last team to do so. That positive result — if you can call it that — went out the window with a 3-0 loss in Philadelphia in a battle between two teams in the league with new coaches. This week: vs. Vancouver, Wednesday at 5 p.m.; at New England, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.