Our weekly dose of Major League Soccer quick takes, plotlines to watch and Power Rankings.
Last week, FC Dallas defender
Just three points separate Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, which has 14 points, from fourth-place Kansas City. Toronto FC (13 points) and Chicago (12) are wedged in between. The four clubs played a total of six matches over the past week but didn't register a single victory (five ties and one loss). Unlike the Western Conference, where Chivas USA opened up an eight-point lead over its nearest competitor, the East remains anyone's game. Multiple squads, from New England to D.C., have been poised to separate from the field, but no team has capitalized. The battle will rage all summer.
In Week 10's marquee matchup, D.C. heads to Los Angeles on Saturday to battle Chivas in a fight between the two conference leaders.