By Noah Davis
May 06, 2009

Our weekly dose of Major League Soccer quick takes, plotlines to watch and Power Rankings.

After three straight comebacks produced two victories and a tie, D.C. United rather quietly has climbed its way to the top of the Eastern Conference, and now sits tied with Toronto FC with a game in hand. Veterans Jaime Moreno and second-half sub Christian Gómez were the heroes of last weekend's 2-1 win over FC Dallas, but first-round draft picks Chris Pontius and Rodney Wallace have provided sparks as well during the young season. With Luciano Emilio and Ben Olsen also in the fold, United boasts an excellent mix of spry legs and cagey veterans who've been through the MLS wars before. If soccer fan Barack Obama needs a favorite team, he need not look beyond the District.

Houston struggled to find itself over the first month and a half of the season, but a late-April bye looks to have turned things around for the Dynamo. Dom Kinnear's club went to New England and posted a convincing 2-0 win over a Revs team it hadn't beaten in six matches. It was the Dynamo's second straight victory and pushed the squad solidly into the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. While New England's injury troubles and a goalkeeping gaffe by returning Matt Reis undoubtedly contributed to the loss, Houston more than proved its mettle. It will look to continue its good fortune in a winnable match this weekend at home against Dallas.

The games kick off early this week when United invades Kansas City and the L.A. Galaxy seek their second straight victory when they visit Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The marquee tilt, however, takes place on Saturday when Toronto and D.C. clash in Washington for bragging rights atop the East. Elsewhere, the Revs look to turn things around in Chicago, while L.A. plays two in five days, traveling on Sunday to Seattle, where the Sounders haven't lost all season.

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