Aug 24, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; LA Galaxy goal keeper Jaime Penedo (18) is greeted by assistant coach Curt Onalfo and defender Omar Gonzalez (4) following a 1-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2013 MLS Power Rankings: Week 26

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It’s a race! It’s excitement! It’s edge of your seat! It’s Major League Soccer, and the View from Avalon of FanSided is your home to the MLS Power Rankings. This week, Real Salt Lake explode at home to take the top spot in the MLS Power Rankings, while D.C. United remain rock-bottom after earning just a single point at home.

Aug 24, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; A Real Salt Lake fan reacts to a goal during the second half of a match against the Columbus Crew at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Movers, shakers, and rat races for playoff positioning. That’s the parity-driven MLS Power Rankings on the View. Let’s take a look.

1. Real Salt Lake

This week, Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake remain red-hot after taking four of six points this past week. On Aug. 21, the league’s best team held the Portland Timbers to a 3-3 draw at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Nat Borchers (38′), Javier Morales (43′) and Cole Grossman (90′ + 3′) scored for RSL.

On Saturday, Real Salt Lake posted a 4-0 shutout win over the Columbus Crew at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kyle Beckerman scored a brace in the first minute of first half inury time and the 89th minute of play. Other goalscorers included Devon Sandoval (51′) and Luis Gil (83′).

RSL return to action on Aug. 30 against the Portland Timbers at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

2. Los Angeles Galaxy

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy scratched and clawed to a couple of breakthrough wins, at home and on the road. On Tuesday, in CONCACAF Champions League play, the Galaxy shut out Club Sport Cartagines, 2-0. Robbie Keane scored a brace in the 66th minute and the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

On Saturday, Los Angeles earned a 1-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Landon Donovan scored in the third minute for LA, but it was Jaime Penedo’s 81st-minute clutch save that stole the show.

Penedo will look to earn another shutout on Aug. 31 against the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

3. Montreal Impact

Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact also had a breakthrough victory in league play. However, they started the week poorly, getting shut out by Heredia in CONCACAF Champions League play, 1-0. Determined to bounce back, L’Impact dismantled the Houston Dynamo 5-0 at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Que. Marco Di Vaio led the way with his brace in the 35th and 70th minutes of play. Other goalscorers included Felipe Martins (37′), Jeb Brovski (58′) and Andrea Pisanu (90′ + 1′).

Montreal return to action on Aug. 31 against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports.

4. Colorado Rapids

Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids were off this week and will return to action on Aug. 31, when they travel to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. to clash with Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Altitude.

5. Chicago Fire

Frank Klopas’s Chicago Fire are battling to remain in the hunt for a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Hunter Jumper was the hero in the 13th minute against Sporting Kansas City in their 1-0 shutout win at Toyota Park. Jumper, Mike Magee and the rest of the Fire will need every win they can get, including one on Sept. 1 at home against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by My50 Chicago.

6. Seattle Sounders

Aug 25, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson (7) complains about a foul while being ushered away from the Portland Timbers during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

While Hunter Jumper was all the rage in Chicago, Clint Dempsey was the talk of Seattle as Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders hosted the Portland Timbers. In the end, it was Eddie Johnson who stole the show in the 60th minute to give the Sounders a 1-0 victory at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Seattle are back at it again on Aug. 31, when they travel to Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16 and KOMO2.

7. New England Revolution

Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution are a team capable of winning and winning big. The Revs proved that point on Sunday against the Philadelphia Union. Kelyn Rowe scored a brace in the 26th and 65th minute to give the Revs a 5-1 annihilation of the Union at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Other goalscorers included Diego Fagundez (71′), Juan Agudelo (73′) and Philadelphia’s Amobi Okugo on an own goal (58′).

The Revs continue their season on Aug. 30 against Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.

8. San Jose Earthquakes

Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes got off to a flying 2-0 start on FC Dallas thanks to goals from Alan Gordon (8′) and Steven Beitashour (16′) but not only were they consigned to a 2-2 draw with the Hoops at FC Dallas Stadium, they finished the contest with nine men.

Aug 24, 2013; Frisco, TX, USA; San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon (24) celebrates scoring a goal with defender Steven Beitashour (33) during the first half against the FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

But even if Justin Morrow and Victor Bernardez are unavailable for Saturday’s glamour tilt with the Los Angeles Galaxy, no one should sell the Quakes short. This is team still in the playoff race and a side capable of winning its second straight California Clasico.

Can they do it? You’ll have to tune in to the View from Victoria Street to find out. But before that happens…the Quakes have some CONCACAF Champions League business to sort out on Wednesday, San Jose face Heredia in San Jose, Guatemala. Yes, it does exist. The irony of it all…

Kickoff on Aug. 28 is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Then, it’s the big one: Los Angeles vs. San Jose at StubHub Center on Aug. 31. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet Plus.

9. FC Dallas

Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas had a solid week of results. On Wednesday, despite playing down to 10 men, the Hoops cruised past Chivas USA at StubHub Center, 3-1. Blas Perez (71′), David Ferreira (86′) and Ramon Nunez (90′) scored for Dallas. On Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex., the Hoops again played down to 10 men but only managed a 2-2 draw. Blas Perez (19′) and Michel (72′) scored for Dallas.

The Hoops continue their season on Sept. 7, when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

10. Houston Dynamo

Aug 24, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Fans celebrate after the goal scored by Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio (9) (not pictured) against the Houston Dynamo during the first half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo were left listless this week. Not only were they held to a scoreless draw by W Connection in CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday in Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago…they were shut out 5-0 by the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

Produce, produce, produce. That will be the order of the week, when they continue their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Tuesday against Club Deportivo Arabe Unido of Colon, Panama. Kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex. is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports 2. The Men in Orange will then hit the road on Sept. 1 to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet Plus and UniMas.

11. Chivas USA

Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA had a hit-and-miss week. On Wednesday, Bryan de la Fuente gave the Goats an early 1-0 lead, but they proceeded to get smoked, 3-1, at StubHub Center. The home stand continued for Chivas on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, and a brace from Erick Torres in the second minute of first half stoppage time and the 81st minute gave Chivas their biggest victory of their season thus far: 3-2 over New York. Julio Morales also scored in the 30th minute of play.

Up next for Chivas USA is a match with the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium on Sept. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by W Radio 690 AM.

12. Columbus Crew

Aug 25, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) positions teammates before a penalty kick during second half action against New York at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew were massacred at Rio Tinto Stadium by Real Salt Lake 4-0 and will aim to rebound on Aug. 31 at Crew Stadium against the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.

13. New York Red Bulls

Talk about hitting the lowest of lows. Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls could not have felt any more of a sorry than after they fell 3-2 to Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. Tim Cahill (31′) and Dax McCarty (86′) scored in a losing effort for New York, who host D.C. United on Aug. 31 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

14. Portland Timbers

Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers had a poor week last week. On Wednesday, Rodney Wallace (24′), Diego Valeri (57′) and Kalif Alhassan (86′) scored for the Timbers against Real Salt Lake at JELD-WEN Field but gave up the lead late in stoppage time en route to a 3-3 draw. On Sunday at CenturyLink Field, the Timbers were stonewalled by the Seattle Sounders, 1-0.

Portland are back in action on Aug. 30 against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

15. Philadelphia Union

Another team that went kaput this week were John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union. They got an early equalizer from Danny Cruz in the 50th minute but were blitzed Patriots-style by the New England Revolution, 5-1, at Gillette Stadium. Up next for the Union is a match with the Montreal Impact on Aug. 31 at PPL Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by The Comcast Network.

16. Sporting Kansas City

Aug 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee (9) greets the crowd after defeating Sporting KC at Toyota Park. Chicago defeats Sporting KC 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City were smoked by the Chicago Fire 1-0 at Toyota Park and will look for a more inspired performance times two this week. On Aug. 27, Sporting travel to Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to take on the Lions of Club Deportivo Olimpia. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports 1. On Aug. 31, Kansas City return home to Sporting Park to host the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.

17. Vancouver Whitecaps

Landon Donovan and Jaime Penedo teamed up to sucker-punch Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, at BC Place Stadium. It didn’t help matters that their finishing was USL Pro quality, and that’s putting it in quite flatterinbg terms. A contest at home with Chivas USA on Sept. 1 might patch things up a bit. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet Pacific.

18. Toronto FC

Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC got a goal from Bobby Convey in the 60th minute in their 1-1 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Reds are back in action on Aug. 30 at BMO Field against the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportsnet One.

19. D.C. United

The annus horribilis for Ben Olsen’s D.C. United continued in their 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at RFK Stadium. Dwayne De Rosario scored in the 10th minute for D.C., who take on the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 31 at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

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