It's May, which means it's time for the New York Red Bulls to get hot before a summer swoon sends them down Major League Soccer power rankings and the league table. Houston Dynamo all of a sudden can't win at home, and Seattle Sounders appear to be frighteningly good. DC United managed to avoid defeat, something they hadn't done in over two months until this past weekend.
2013 Week 12 MLS power rankings
19. DC United (1-8-2): One point in 65 days is obviously not going to cut it. DC are on pace to finish the season having earned less than 20 total points.
18. Chicago Fire (2-7-1): The Fire have been shut out in six of ten MLS league contests this season. Only DC (-14) have a worse goal difference than do Chicago (-10).
17. Toronto FC (1-6-4): Toronto got some new players, but the result was the same; defeat, this time to Columbus. There is no reason to believe TFC will be turning it around anytime soon.
16. Chivas USA (3-6-2): The team is lousy at the moment. The franchise is a joke in multiple ways. I have no idea where Chivas go from here.
15. San Jose Earthquakes (3-4-6): The 'Quakes were bailed out by a brilliant Marvin Chavez free kick, but they're about to be tested in a big way. Their next six of seven games will be away from home.
14. Vancouver Whitecaps (3-4-4): Up a goal and a man when at home, the Whitecaps were unable to close Portland out. Don't even think about looking at the refs regarding the result, Vancouver fans.
13. New England Revolution (3-4-4): A win at Houston is massive for any side. New England actually appeared to have a competent attack for once.
12. Columbus Crew (4-4-3): Left lowly Toronto with all three points, but the story remains the same for Columbus. They're too wasteful when in the attacking third, and they have to stop throwing points away at home.
11. Philadelphia Union (5-4-3): A 1-0 win at home against a mediocre Chicago side doesn't erase that 4-1 drubbing Philly suffered at the hands of LA on Wednesday night. The Union remain nothing more than maybe the league's best average team.
10. Houston Dynamo (6-4-2): Houston plummet in MLS power rankings after their second straight loss at home. The Dynamo are no longer invincible when playing at BBVA Compass Stadium. That could mean bad times for what looked like a real title contender just two weeks ago.
9. LA Galaxy (5-4-2): Which is the real Galaxy: The one that cruised to a win in Philly, or the one that couldn't find a breakthrough goal at Red Bull Arena?
8. Colorado Rapids (4-4-4): Clint Irwin continues to shine for Colorado, who were somewhat unlucky to not earn the win at San Jose. Is Oscar Pareja the early frontrunner for 2013 Coach of the Year?
7. Portland Timbers (4-1-7): I said it last week, and I'll do so again here: Portland definitely have quality, but seven draws in twelve games means that a lot of points have been dropped.
6. Real Salt Lake (6-5-2): RSL looked like world beaters when away to Chivas USA. With that said, only Chivas, Toronto and DC have lost more games this season than have RSL.
5. Seattle Sounders (4-4-3): No team in the league has more confidence than do Seattle after some sparkling football over the past few weeks. I would want nothing to do with the Sounders if I was a MLS coach.
4. Sporting KC (6-4-3): Granted, KC probably should have found the back of the net at some point during the closing stages of the game. That doesn't erase the fact that they were incorrectly robbed of a goal thanks to an awful offside call.
3. FC Dallas (7-2-3): I'm not going to bury the Dallas defense for being picked apart by Seattle. The Sounders have been in unbeatable form as of late.
2. New York Red Bulls (7-4-3): Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill get the spotlights, but New York's MLS Cup hopes go through Luis Robles and Jamison Olave. Without those two staying healthy and in form, the Red Bulls aren't winning anything.
1. Montreal Impact (6-2-2): Montreal climb to the top spot in MLS power rankings without having to play. They remain the only MLS East team averaging two points earned per game.
For more: Last week's power rankings
Zac has been covering New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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