Week 13 is over. It was a good week for some, a terrible week for others, and then for the rest it was just kind of "meh."
How does the league stack up now?
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They narrowly got a win this week, but it hardly looks like they've turned the corner yet.
Real Salt Lake
Still not a very convincing offensive threat. They got their win this week, but they didn't generate as many truly dangerous chances as the stats would show.
They didn't play this week so it's the teams around them that moved up and down.
They were outplayed by Vancouver and won because of a horribly bad penalty decision.
The Columbus Crew
The Crew were badly beaten by a Toronto FC that rested a bunch of their starters. It wasn’t pretty.
The Loons look like a team on the way up, but they've struggled enough that they warrant a little apprehension at this point.
New England Revolution
Just when it seems like the Revs have things figured out, they take a step back.
New York Red Bulls
It's a bit of faint praise that the Red Bulls were able to beat a Revs team that is one of the East's weaker sides defensively. The Red Bulls still aren't looking very convincing.
San Jose Earthquakes
They haven't looked impressive all season even as they have eked out results. There was no such luck this week through as the Galaxy walloped them.
They essentially lost their game this week because of a dive that the referee fell for. They outplayed D.C. United, final result be darned.
The Dynamo haven't won in their last three, but they held FC Dallas to a 0-0 draw in Dallas. They are improving defensively but now the attack just needs to get going again.
They got the win at home against their biggest rival, but it was hardly convincing. They got a little lucky on the way the ball bounced off a set piece but they created nothing in open play.
While the Timbers boast plenty of attacking power, they've clearly hit a rough patch. The whole isn't better than the sum of its parts in Portland and the team seems to be lacking chemistry. The loss to rival Seattle had to hurt.
Their hot streak had to end. Their winning run ends at four, but it's tough to travel to Utah and pick up points, so it's too early to say the Union will fall back in their early-season doldrums because of the loss to RSL.
Orlando City's finishing is letting them down. They took a whopping 20 shots vs. Minnesota and got zero goals for it, ending in a loss. It seems the real problem is a lack of creativity to create high-quality scoring channels, and right now they are trying to force goals instead.
They've stayed true to their identity as a fast, thrilling, counterattacking team, and they are able to make it work because of the quality of players they have. Miguel Almiron had another fantastic week leading Atlanta United to a win over NYCFC.
They were bottom-dwellers for much of the early season, but lately they look like the Galaxy of years past. They won their first California Clasico of the season. Better yet, Giovani dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini look like a special pairing.
New York City FC
While undeniably one of the top teams in the league, they looked shell-shocked by Atlanta United and Patrick Vieira seemed unsure of how to address it. It's probably a temporary setback.
Sporting Kansas City
Their road form hasn't been great, but it'd be a lot more concerning if they were dropping points at home. This is still one of the more resilient-looking teams in MLS, even with a loss in Colorado.
For the first time since 2012, the Chicago Fire have won four matches in a row and they look like a team that has everything figured out right now.
We've seen more impressive performances from FC Dallas than their scoreless draw to Houston and they are on a winless skid, but they are bending and not breaking. Every team in MLS has ups and downs, but FC Dallas still look strong.
No Sebastian Giovinco? No Jozy Altidore? No Michael Bradley? No problem. TFC rotated their squad heavily and still destroyed the Columbus Crew, 5-0.