By Noah Davis
June 23, 2009

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

Quietly, Colorado has been playing impressive fútbol. The Rapids are on a seven-match unbeaten streak, including a 3-0 thumping of D.C. United last week, and sit tied with Houston for the fewest losses in MLS. With ConorCasey off on national-team duty at the Confederations Cup, Omar Cummings picked up the scoring slack by netting two and bagging an assist against D.C. for Player of the Week honors. No one will confuse Matt Pickens for KaseyKeller between the pipes, but he has been solid, allowing just nine goals in eight matches. With at least two games in hand on the three teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings, the Rapids could climb even further up the table.

After the opening three months of the season were littered with draws, June has been pleasantly full of wins and losses. Only five of the 22 games played thus far this month have ended in ties, although that does include three of the past week's six matches. With only half a dozen games remaining, MLS' fourth month will certainly go down as the most tie-less. Soccer purists might appreciate a draw, but the average American sports fan doesn't. With the league desperately trying to convert those people into casual fans, the fewer ties, the better.

SuperLiga interrupts another week of the MLS schedule, with four teams missing in action. Of the squads that do have league games, New York faces the toughest task, traveling to Toronto on Wednesday and then to Columbus on Saturday. For a team that's struggling -- although it did snap a five-match losing streak with a tie against Seattle last weekend -- the timing couldn't be worse. Meanwhile, the Dynamo attempt to return to the win column in Los Angeles while Colorado will try to prove it's the real deal with a victory at Qwest Field four days after hosting FC Dallas.

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