MLS Power Rankings, Week 6

The New York Red Bulls are a sleeping giant no longer. Major League Soccer's marquee East Coast franchise, which had scored just twice in a 1-1-2 start, drilled a pretty decent San Jose side last weekend as English newcomer Luke Rodgers scored twice and set up catalyst Thierry Henry.

The 3-0 victory, and Henry's first goal since Sept. 11, ought to quiet the unrest among the Red Bulls' faithful, who jeered the oft-injured French superstar as he received on-field treatment for a knock against the Earthquakes. When he netted the third, in the 87th minute, he saluted the crowd, then pointed his name on the back of his jersey, a message, perhaps, not to underestimate him.

Nobody's going to underestimate the Red Bulls, not with Henry, Rafa Marquez, Joel Lindpere, Rodgers and MLS Best XI midfielder Dwayne De Rosario on the field, and we've bumped them up a spot to third in our Power Rankings, moving ahead of reigning MLS Cup champion Colorado, which got jobbed and robbed in its second loss of the season.

New York's stars will be in So Cal shortly. They play against the Galaxy at Home Depot Center on May 7.

This week's rankings:

1. REAL SALT LAKE (4-0-0), Last week: 1

Week 5: Fabian Espindola is offside for the winner in a 1-0 Rocky Mountain Cup decision over Colorado, Javier Morales' beauty forgets a 2-2 draw at Monterrey in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League

Remark: Even up with Monterrey heading home? With two away goals? RSL will take that, but captain Kyle Beckerman's absence will hurt

Local hero: Goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS and UCLA) is one of the league's best

Next: Wednesday vs. Monterrey (Mexico) in second leg of the Champions League final, 7 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel); April 30 at Portland, 7:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

2. GALAXY (3-1-3), Last week: 2

Week 5: Cards hurt in scoreless draw at Toronto FC, shorthanded L.A. gets goals from Chad Barrett, Omar Gonzalez for 2-1 victory in Chicago

Remark: Depth, options limited by Leonardo's ACL injury, but A.J. DeLaGarza will step in seamlessly

Local hero: Sean Franklin (Palmdale/Highland HS and Cal State Northridge) has evolved into one of MLS's best on the right flank

Next: Saturday vs. Portland at Home Depot Center, 8 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

3. NEW YORK RED BULLS (2-1-2), Last week: 4

Week 5: Rodgers, MLS's Player of the Week, and Henry combine to swat San Jose, 3-0

Remark: That's the Red Bulls we've been waiting to see, with peerless Henry pulling the strings

Local hero: Defender Chris Albright won two MLS Cup titles in six seasons with the Galaxy

Next: Thursday vs. D.C. United, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

4. COLORADO RAPIDS (3-2-0), Last week: 3

Week 5: Scoreless draw at Real Salt Lake turns into stoppage-time defeat on blown offside call

Remark: Rapids lost twice without captain Pablo Mastroeni, who might be back this week

Local hero: Center back Marvell Wynne is from Poway, in San Diego County, but he starred at UCLA

Next: Friday vs. Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

5. HOUSTON DYNAMO (2-1-2), Last week: 7

Week 5: Hunter Freeman's late goal nullifies earlier goal-line controversy in 1-0 victory over New England in MLS Cups 2006/2007 rematch

Remark: Could have had Benny Feilhaber, if they were willing to part with Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis. Easy to see why they said no

Local hero: Head coach Dominic Kinnear lived in Mission Viejo during the U.S. national team's residency leading to the 1994 World Cup

Next: Saturday at Chicago, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

6. SEATTLE SOUNDERS (1-2-3), Last week: 5

Week 5: Alvaro Fernandez's stoppage-time finish provides 1-1 draw at Philadelphia

Remark: Will Fernandez's play off the bench enable him to regain his starting job?

Local hero: Clearly, it's head coach Sigi Schmid (Torrance/Bishop Montgomery HS and UCLA), who has won MLS Cup crowns with the Galaxy and Columbus Crew

Next: Friday at Coloado, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

7. PHILADELPHIA UNION (3-1-1), Last week: 11

Week 5: Carlos Ruiz's first-half strike can't hold up in 1-1 draw with Seattle

Remark: Top of the Eastern Conference, and only RSL and the Galaxy have more points

Local hero: Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verdes Estates/Peninsula HS and UCLA) is on the rise in Philly

Next: April 30 vs. San Jose, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

8. COLUMBUS CREW (2-1-2), Last week: 12

Week 5: Huntington Beach's Robbie Rogers gets a fine goal in 1-0 triumph over Sporting Kansas City

Remark: Four straight shutouts and counting, but former UC Santa Barbara star defender Andy Iro wants out

Local hero(s): We can't choose; center back Chad Marshall (Riverside/Rubidoux HS) and winger Rogers (Mater Dei HS) are both pivotal to Crew hopes

Next: Saturday at Toronto FC, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

9. FC DALLAS (1-3-1), Last week: 6

Week 5: Three-goal deficit at Portland too much to overcome in 3-2 defeat

Remark: The Hoops have conceded in the first 20 minutes in three of five games

Local hero: Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (Palos Verdes Estates/Peninsula HS and UCLA), a former Galaxy favorite, was key to the Hoops' MLS Cup title-game run

Next: Saturday at Vancouver, 4 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

10. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (1-2-1), Last week: 10

Week 5: K.C. winless since opener after 1-0 loss at Columbus

Remark: French defender Aurelien Collin arrives from Portugal in transfer window's final hour

Local hero: Wing-attacker Kei Kamara (Lawndale/Leuzinger HS and Cal State Dominguez Hills) adds personality to the ex-Wizards, on and off the field

Next: Saturday at New England, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

11. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (1-2-2), Last week: 8

Week 5: Quakes fall behind early, lose big at New York, 3-0

Remark: Only New York has an older side than San Jose, which averages 28.3 years old

Local hero: Forward Steven Lenhart (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS and Azusa Pacific) arrived from Columbus to strengthen the attack -- and just returned to training following a preseason injury

Next: Saturday vs. Chivas USA, 1 p.m. (TeleFutura -- KFTR/Channel 46)

12. D.C. UNITED (2-2-1), Last week: 13

Week 5: Yorba Linda's Chris Pontius nets a pair to lead 3-0 rout at Toronto FC

Remark: That's a league-best five goals for Charlie Davies -- in only 210 minutes of play; or 73 over a full season, 90 minutes per game

Local hero: Forward Pontius (Servite HS/UC Santa Barbara) is back after injury-halted 2010

Next: Thursday vs. New York, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

13. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (1-2-3), Last week: 14

Week 5: Corner kick-header-crossbar-rebound, and a scoreless draw at Houston turns into a late loss

Remark: Benny Feilhaber provides a big boost, and it looks like the Revs will keep him

Local hero: Matt Reis (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and UCLA) is one of the American game's best goalkeepers

Next: Saturday vs. Kansas City, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

14. CHICAGO FIRE (1-3-1), Last week: 9

Week 5: Chicago is Portland's first home victim, 4-2; Dominic Oduro's beauty no consolation in 2-1 loss to Galaxy

Remark: Jon Conway impressed enough against Galaxy to win another start in the nets

Local hero: Well-traveled midfielder Daniel Paladini (Northridge/St. Francis HS and Cal State Northridge) provides midfield depth

Next: Saturday vs. Houston, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

15. PORTLAND TIMBERS (2-2-1), Last week: 18

Week 5: Home, sweet home, indeed: Timbers roll up three-goal leads, then hang on for 4-2 victory over Chicago and 3-2 win over FC Dallas

Remark: Timbers' home games are first-rate theater, and they look good, too

Local hero: Midfielder Sal Zizzo, from San Diego, starred at UCLA and was with Chivas USA last year and during preseason

Next: Saturday vs. Galaxy at Home Depot Center, 8 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

16. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (1-2-3), Last week: 15

Week 5: Lots of action but no goals in visit by Chivas USA

Remark: Forget all the yellow/red nonsense, we're convinced by French forward Eric Hassli

Local hero: John Thorrington (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School) provides expansion 'Caps midfield experience

Next: Saturday vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

17. CHIVAS USA (0-2-3), Last week: 17

Week 5: Decent performance at Vancouver in Goats' second straight 0-0 draw

Remark: Passing on Benny Feilhaber makes sense, but he would have made Chivas' attack better

Local hero: Midfielder Jorge “SueƱo” Flores (Anaheim/Anaheim HS) made it to MLS via a reality-TV show; now he's starting for the Goats.

Next: Saturday at San Jose, 1 p.m. (TeleFutura -- KFTR/Channel 46)

18. TORONTO FC (1-2-3), Last week: 16

Week 5: Reds concede twice in first 10 minutes of 3-0 loss to D.C. United

Remark: Aron Winter says he's “ashamed” by performance vs. D.C. No one said turning TFC around would be easy

Local hero: Forward Alan Gordon spent his early years in Long Beach and had spent his entire MLS career in L.A. -- with the Galaxy and Chivas USA -- until heading north in March

Next: Saturday vs. Columbus, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)