After tonight's slate of matches, I believe it is safe to eliminate Dallas from the power rankings and concentrate on the teams still in contention. Besides, I've run out of witty remarks. 1) Chicago--Slump? What slump? Win at Victoria Street seems to be evidence of a recharged Fire squad primed for the playoffs. I believe the League knows where to send the Rookie of the Year award, and may be able to save on shipping costs by sending the Supporters' Shield with it. 2) San Jose--Loss at DC may have cost them the Supporter's Shield. The Quakes cannot afford any more such hiccups as the next team is in hot pursuit. 3) Colorado--If the Rapids were .500 the first six games of the season, they would have been Shield contenders along with the Quakes and Fire. Still not too late to overtake San Jose. The Mile High City seems to be rare air for the Rapids. 4) DC United--Toppling the Quakes is a positive sign, but can Hudson's Men in Black become a dark horse in the playoffs? 5) MetroStars--Divisional loss to New England may have erased any chance of catching up to Chicago. Mathis and Co. need to solve their execution problems before DC takes away the choice of field in the playoffs. 6) Columbus--The Crew seem to have revived and not a moment too soon. Beating Dallas was good, but it should not have been as close as it was. 7) Los Angeles--Loss at home to Chicago is a black eye the Galaxy could ill afford to suffer. The trade for Serna looks less and less worth the cost. Prospects for getting a higher seed looks more remote. 8) Kansas City--The Wizards are skidding out of control but won't crash out of the playoff race. Coach Gansler needs to check with the pit crew immediately before they wind up retiring from the playoffs early. 9) New England--Beating the MetroStars on the road was vital as their playoff hopes are on life support and Columbus' hands are on the plug.