14. (11) San Jose (4-3-2)
Last Week: 1-3 at Real Salt Lake. This Week: Tuesday, at Monterey Bay F.C., U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, at Austin.
• The Quakes are looking for their first road win of the season. Over the last two seasons, they are 1-14-6 away from PayPal Park, the worst road record in MLS.
15. (15) Nashville SC (3-3-3)
Last Week: 1-1 vs. LAFC. This Week: Wednesday, vs. San Antonio FC, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, vs. Atlanta United.
• Dax McCarty made his 400th career MLS start against LAFC, becoming the third field player in league history to reach the milestone, joining Kyle Beckerman (461) and Chad Marshall (404).
16. (13) Chicago (2-2-4)
Last Week: 1-2 at Atlanta United. This Week: Wednesday, vs. Chicago House AC, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, vs. NY Red Bulls.
• The Fire looked like it earned a point at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Kacper Przybylko equalized in the 90th minute and six minutes later keeper Chris Brady pushed Juanjo Purata's header over the crossbar. But bad luck struck in the 99th minute when Machop Chol flicked a corner kick across the six-yard box and the ball ricocheted off Purata and off the back of Maren Haile-Selassie and into the net for an own goal.
17. (16) Vancouver (2-2-4)
Last Week: bye. This Week: Saturday, vs. Colorado.
• Down on the farm ... Whitecaps FC 2 gave starts to first-team players Isaac Boehmer, Déiber Caicedo, J.C. Ngando and Karifa Yao in the 5-2 win over MNUFC2 on Sunday night at Swangard Stadium. Caicedo, who was limited to 41 minutes of MLS play before suffering a meniscus tear, had the game-winning goal.
18. (23) D.C. United (3-4-2)
Last Week: 3-1 at Orlando City. This Week: Wednesday, vs. Richmond Kickers, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, vs. Charlotte FC.
• On the field, it was a good weekend for United, winner of back-to-back games for the first time since the first two games of the 2022 season. Off the field? Iraqi international Mohanad Jeahze was arrested Saturday on allegations of assault while in his native Sweden during an approved leave. (He has been suspended pending an investigation by MLS and Swedish authorities.)
19. (24) Charlotte FC (2-4-3)
Last Week: 1-0 vs. Columbus. This Week: Tuesday, vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, at D.C. United.
• Charlotte FC accomplished what no team has done this season, and that's shut out the Crew, which came into the game with 18 goals, the second-most in MLS.
20. (22) Colorado (1-3-5)
Last Week: 1-1 vs. St. Louis City. This Week: Wednesday, vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, at Vancouver.
• Michael Barrios scored a stoppage-time equalizer in a second consecutive match.
21. (26) Real Salt Lake (3-5-0)
Last Week: 3-1 vs. San Jose. This Week: Wednesday, at Las Vegas Lights, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, vs. Seattle.
• Some nice combination work produced the three goals scored by Jasper Loeffelsend, Jefferson Savarino and Andres Gomez. Loeffelsend's opening goal came after he initiated a give-and-go with Danny Musovski, a first-half substitute for the injured Anderson Julio.
22. (27) LA Galaxy (1-4-3)
Last Week: 2-0 vs. Austin FC. This Week: Saturday, at Orlando City.
• The Galaxy had lots of positives in finally getting its first win of the season, in particular how its 3-5-2 formation did and how well the midfield did. One of those positives was the play of Riqui Puig, who had a goal and an assist on Chicharito's goal. Unfortunately, the young Spaniard picked up a yellow card in the third minute and will be suspended for tor the match at Orlando with his fifth yellow card of the season. "He’s feisty and fiery," said head coach Greg Vanney, "and he seems to be in the middle of a lot of things, so it didn’t take him long to that threshold."
23. (29) CF Montreal (2-6-0)
Last Week: 2-0 vs. NY Red Bulls. This Week: Saturday, at Sporting KC.
• After getting shut out in six of its first seven games, Montreal got a break against the Red Bulls when Aaron Herrera's cross was deflected in by defender Andres Reyes for an own goal. And it held on after an Ilias Iliadis red card in the 65th minute, putting the game away on Mathieu Choiniere's goal in stoppage time. "There are times when you must be combative and smart," said Coach Hernan Losada. "I don't think we gave away many chances, even when we were a man down."
24. (17) NY Red Bulls (1-3-5)
Last Week: 0-2 at CF Montreal. This Week: Saturday, at Chicago.
• How much longer does Gerhard Struber have as head coach? Three supporter groups — the Viking Army, Empire Supporters Club and Torcida 96 — walked out before the game against Houston to protest the handling of DP Dante Vanzeir, who was suspended for using racist language in a game against San Jose. Among the chants was "Fire Struber," who did not take Vanzeir out of the match against the Quakes until long after the incident in question. The 2-0 loss at 10-man Montreal left the Red Bulls with a single win in nine games. Said Struber, “It’s on me. It’s my responsibility to bring better results."
25. (18) Toronto FC (1-2-6)
Last Week: 2-4 at Philadelphia. This Week: Saturday, vs. NYCFC.
• The Reds are another team with only one win in nine games and a head coach, Bob Bradley, in the hot seat. They were 3-0 down at the half against the Union. Yes, things got away from Toronto early. "They came out with more intensity," said Bradley. "We were second to every ball. We made some bad mistakes."
26. (20) Austin FC (2-4-2)
Last Week: 0-2 at LA Galaxy. This Week: Saturday, vs. San Jose.
• Some MLS teams struggle after long runs in the Concacaf Champions League. Austin FC's collapse followed a first-round exit to Haiti's Violette. Since then, it has no wins and only one goal scored in six games.
27. (21) Portland (2-5-2)
Last Week: 1-2 at FC Cincinnati. This Week: Wednesday,, vs. Orange County SC, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, at St. Louis City.
• Head coach Giovanni Savarese and defender Dario Zuparic did not travel to Cincinnati due to MLS's health and safety protocols. (Yes, they are still in place.) Six other Timber players were unavailable due to injuries.
28. (25) Inter Miami (2-6-0)
Last Week: 0-1 at Houston. This Week: Wednesday, at Miami FC, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, at Columbus.
• After five losses in a row, it was time for a shakeup. Josef Martinez, scoreless since his move from Atlanta, was benched. Still, no change. Despite 20 shots and an edge in expected goals (1.3 to 0.6) for the first time since the season opener, the Herons dropped another 1-0 decision. "None of our forwards can come into my office and say we weren’t creating chances after tonight," said Coach Phil Neville. "We created chances. We deserved to win the game, but they scored off their chance and we didn’t off ours."
29. (28) Sporting KC (0-6-3)
Last Week: 1-2 at New England. This Week: Tuesday, vs.Tulsa Athletic, U.S. Open Cup, Saturday, vs. CF Montreal.
• Another mess, another loss. Sporting fell behind 2-0 after 35 minutes -- "I don't think we were good in the first half," said Peter Vermes -- got back into the game on Johnny Russell's first goal of the season and 50th career MLS goal in the 50th minute but then lost Andreu Fontas to a red card 11 minutes later, Sporting's third of the season. "Nine games, three red cards," added Vermes. "It's hard to play a man down."
Photos: Mikael Uhre (Philadelphia Union), Chicharito (LA Galaxy).