After week 2’s results, the power rankings are starting to come into focus. We are watching the teams as they fall through the league’s plinko machine until everything settles. It’s already been a wild two weeks in the league, and I cannot wait to see how week three goes. Biggest climbers: Minnesota United and… FC Cincinnati? Biggest fall: Philadelphia Union.
1. Los Angeles FC
As much as my Sounders fan self wants to put the Sounders up top, LAFC looks to be the complete package. Carlos Vela is a superstar on par with Lodeiro and I can’t wait to see how they do for this season.
2. Seattle Sounders FC
Two goals in the first eight minutes of play. It was a hell of a way to start a match. And then it slowed down with the Sounders dominating but not able to get their third. Had we gotten that third I’d put them atop the league in my power rankings. Still, top of the league after two. How will they do on the road next week in Chicago?
3. New York Red Bulls
Off due to their CCL competition, I suspect they are still pretty good.
4. DC United
Rooney and Acosta are shaping up to have an amazing season, leading DC United back into contention as one of the top teams in the league. That said, they were unimpressive offensively against NYCFC.
5. Atlanta United
A loss and a draw. Not a good look for the reigning champions. But, it’s also not unusual. They lost their key playmaker and changed coaches. Atlanta is in transition, give them a few weeks to settle into their new era. They still have the talent to do great in this league.
6. Columbus Crew
#SaveTheCrew might have worked too well. The Crew look to be true contenders in the league this season.
7. Sporting KC
A win’s a win. I am going to enjoy seeing how Kansas does this season, and see if Gedion comes in to make an impact for the team.
8. Toronto FC
As with New York, Toronto had this week off given the Concacaf Champions League. Unlike New York though, they get a bump as other teams fall around them.
9. Minnesota United
I would not have expected to give Minnesota a top 10 ranking this early in the season, but here we are. They are undefeated after opening their league on the road for two games. Now, granted their wins were against a rebuilding Vancouver, and the perennial struggling San Jose.
10. Portland FC
Thrashed in LA, Portland looked quite poor. But it doesn’t strike me as systemic issues, and more about early season wrinkles as they get their season going.
11. Houston Dynamo
Despite playing mid‐week for CCL, Houston managed a 2 – 1 win over Montréal. They could be the real deal this season.
12. FC Dallas
A win over the Zlatan‐less Galaxy is a win all the same, but they sure didn’t look convincing. Could be a rough season for Dallas fans.
13. LA Galaxy
Zlatan is already missing a game in week 2 of his “all the records” season. LA are on an upward trend compared to last season, even with this loss, but boy does it appear like they still have work to do.
Week 2 was a snorefest.
15. Montréal Impact
Remi Garde. Piatti. And a loss against Houston. Montréal has promising flashes, they just need to hold onto it.
16. Real Salt Lake
RSL got the win this week, but it was not a comprehensive victory. I feel like RSL can do better, but they aren’t there yet.
17. Colorado Rapids
It’s a rough start to their season. First they drew vs Portland in the coldest MLS game in history, then they go on the road to Seattle and go down 2 – 0 in 8 minutes. Colorado had moments in Seattle where they got dangerous but they weren’t able to find the net.
18. Chicago Fire
Chicago got an equalizer at the death of the match to preserve a point at home. They need to get some fire and some threat, otherwise Seattle is going to run them over this weekend.
19. New England Revolution
A draw against Dallas, then a loss to Columbus. In both cases this team is outgunned. New England could sure use some reinforcements or a strategy change.
20. FC Cincinnati
A draw on the road against Atlanta is nothing to sniff at. Is this the start of Cincinnati warming up or a blip of false hope?
21. Orlando City
Two weeks, two draws. Orlando wants and needs to be better.
22. Vancouver Whitecaps
Not good. Can Fredy Montero pick up and be the offensive weapon to pull the Whitecaps out of the basement?
23. Philadelphia Union
Did I mention how dreadful and boring that NYCFC match was? I had Philadelphia in the middle of the table but they looked so dreadful I am correcting immediately and dumping them into the basement.
24. San Jose Earthquakes
Almeyda took on quite the challenge with San Jose. This team needs a deep reboot and a wake‐up call.