We are technically at the halfway mark of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, and the two teams that have more points than do any others aren't even the hottest in the league. Portland not losing is a trend that is refusing to go away, while another team in desperate need of a victory finally managed to win. Chivas again made news for reasons that had little to do with on-the-pitch play.
That situation has gotten out of hand.
2013 Week 17 MLS power rankings
19. Chivas USA (3-10-2): Fan protests, an ownership that isn't paying attention to the club's supporters, and a squad that isn't producing results. What a mess.
18. DC United (2-11-3): It's far too early to say that DC's long nightmare is over. The dream just isn't as awful as it was on Saturday morning.
17. San Jose Earthquakes (4-7-6): So much for that "new manager honeymoon." The Earthquakes of 2012 may officially be deceased.
16. Colorado Rapids (5-7-5): A skid that began in late spring has continued on through the start of summer. Colorado haven't won since May 25, and that was against Chivas.
15. Toronto FC (2-7-6): Earning a point at Houston would be a positive for about 16 clubs in the league. TFC are not one of them.
14. New England Revolution (5-5-5): That US Open Cup match at DC United doesn't seem like quite the gimme anymore. At least the Revs will be plenty rested for that midweek battle.
13. Houston Dynamo (6-5-5): Unbeatable at home not too long ago, the Dynamo currently can't buy a win at BBVA Compass Stadium. That midweek game at Montreal seemed to take plenty out of Houston.
12. Columbus Crew (5-6-5): A team with Columbus' home form simply doesn't earn a postseason berth. They're running out of time to find a fix for that problem.
11. Sporting Kansas City (6-5-5): KC were on their way to what would have been a statement win at Dallas until it all went south at the death. They are still failing to reach their potential.
10. Chicago Fire (5-7-3): Name an attacker who means more to his team right now than Mike Magee means to the Fire. Chicago robbed LA in that deal.
9. Seattle Sounders (6-5-3): Going to RSL was never going to be easy, but I didn't see that romp coming. Seattle wouldn't be a playoff team if the postseason started today.
8. New York Red Bulls (7-6-4): No Cahill. No Olave. No chance of winning.
7. LA Galaxy (7-6-3): The defending league champs didn't crush their over-matched "city rivals," but they were also never really in danger of losing that game.
6. Philadelphia Union (7-5-4): Philly couldn't care less that New York were without several key men on Sunday. The Union bossed the Red Bulls around, and looked very good in the process.
5. Vancouver Whitecaps (6-5-4): It was about this time last year that Vancouver began to fall apart. Will they be able to avoid a collapse this time around?
4. FC Dallas (8-3-5): Fighting back to score twice at the death in order to earn a result is what champions do. Dallas are still flying under the radar, but they are also the real deal.
3. Real Salt Lake (9-5-3): All eyes are on Portland, and rightfully so, but Salt Lake are the only team in the conference that are currently on nine wins. Don't ignore that.
2. Montreal Impact (9-3-2): Portland and Salt Lake are at the top of the league table. Neither are earning over two points per game, something only Montreal can boast about as the end of June approaches.
1. Portland Timbers (7-1-9): This isn't their first week atop MLS power rankings, but it is their first time sitting at the top of the overall league standings this season. It's now 15 straight games unbeaten for the Timbers.
For more: Week 16.5 MLS 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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