What in the heck is going on at DC United? That's the big question following yet another awful performance from a team that has been shockingly bad at the start of the 2013 campaign. In other news, Seattle finally picked up their first win of the season, and the defending league champs appear to be very capable of again winning it all.
2013 Week 8 MLS power rankings
19. DC United (1-5-1): DC aren't just lacking quality right now. They look like a team that has zero confidence. Ben Olsen seems completely lost on what to do to turn things around.
18. New England Revolution (1-3-2): No jabs at New England this time around. We all remain Boston Strong.
17. Seattle Sounders (1-3-2): The win at Colorado is a start for Seattle. Obafemi Martins in MLS is going to be a joy to watch.
16. Toronto FC (1-2-4): A late goal was Toronto's foe instead of their friend this time around. TFC have to start turning these draws into wins if they're going to contend for a playoff spot.
15. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-3-2): I dropped the Whitecaps hard in this week's MLS power rankings. They were dreadful in the 2-0 loss at Dallas.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-3): Will we ever see the full first-choice SJ starting XI? One has to wonder considering all of the injuries and suspensions.
13. Chicago Fire (2-4-1): Maybe, just maybe, a Chicago side that entered the season with all of those lofty expectations is finally beginning to put it all together. They probably should have beaten Columbus this past Saturday by two or even three goals.
12. Colorado Rapids (2-4-2): The Rapids have thus far won just one of four home games this season. That, simply stated, is not going to cut it.
11. Portland Timbers (2-1-4): Like Toronto before them, Portland couldn't close their opponents out this past weekend. That draw at San Jose is two points dropped for the Timbers.
10. Chivas USA (3-3-1): Chivas have plenty of talent and maybe the most newsworthy coach in all of MLS. They've got to do something about that back line, though, if they're going to be real contenders in 2013.
9. Columbus Crew (2-2-3): The Crew didn't register a single shot on target in their loss to Chicago. After starting their season with five away games in their first seven, Columbus will likely be looking forward to their upcoming three-game homestand.
8. Philadelphia Union (3-2-2): One does not just stop Jack McInerney. You can only hope to contain the man who is, heading into the final weekend of April, the league's leading scorer.
7. New York Red Bulls (3-4-2): RBNY have shown that they can beat up on lesser opponents. They still have yet to knock off what one would deem to be a very good side.
6. Real Salt Lake (3-3-2): Twice denied by the woodwork, RSL finally got a deserved goal early on in the second half, and they then held on for a gritty 1-0 win over Chivas. Salt Lake have quietly slid into a tie with LA Galaxy for second place in the MLS West.
5. Montreal Impact (4-1-1): Montreal had some extra time to prepare for a midweek Canadian Championship match at Toronto and next weekend's game at home versus Chicago.
4. Sporting KC (4-2-2): Road trips to New York and LA in less than a week will challenge any team. I'm sure KC will be just fine moving forward.
3. Houston Dynamo (4-2-1): Saving a point at Toronto was clutch for a team that's mostly known for winning at home. Houston will look to continue their unbeaten run at BBVA Compass Stadium when they host Colorado on April 28.
2. LA Galaxy (3-1-2): Look who's back. All things considered, the defending league champs may be the most talented team in all of MLS; again.
1. FC Dallas (6-1-1): Dallas remain atop MLS power rankings after overwhelming Vancouver on Saturday. They are 5-0 at home in 2013.
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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