Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MLS Power Rankings: Week 1

1. Los Angeles Galaxy
Record:  1W-0L-1D
Last Week: 1-0 Win at Seattle, 1-1 Draw vs New England
The Galaxy followed up an impressive win in Seattle with a puzzling draw at home vs the lowly Revolution.

2. Colorado Rapids
Record:  1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  3-1 Win vs Portland
The defending champions dominated the expansion Timbers before giving up a meaningless goal late in the game.

3. New York Red Bulls
Record:  1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Win vs Seattle
A late goal by teenage sensation Agudelo salvaged a victory versus the struggling Sounders.

4. Real Salt Lake
Record: 1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Win at San Jose
Most likely the strongest team in MLS went into San Jose and started the season with a victory.

5. Sporting Kansas City
Record: 1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  3-2 Win at Chivas USA
New addition Omar Bravo dazzled the league with his two goals and makes the former Wizards a MLS contender.

6. FC Dallas
Record:  0W-0L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw vs Chicago
Disappointing result for last year's MLS runner up to draw against weaker team at home

7. Seattle Sounders
Record:  0W-2L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss vs Los Angeles, 1-0 Loss at New York
A preseason favorite lost twice in a week but both losses came to top clubs in MLS. 

8. DC United
Record:  1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  3-1 Win vs Columbus
The most talked about match south of the border with return of Charlie Davies also showed how dangerous United may be this year.

9. Vancouver Whitecaps
Record:  1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  4-2 Win vs Toronto FC
If winning opener vs Canadian rival wasn't enough, the Caps scored 4 goals which was not expected by anyone.

10. Philadelphia Union
Record: 1W-0L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Win at Houston
Despite being outplayed by the Dynamo the sophomore team escaped with a victory in their opener.

11. San Jose Earthquakes
Record:  0W-1L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss vs Real Salt Lake
The Earthquakes could not capitalize on their chances as they lose their home opener.

12. Houston Dynamo
Record:  0W-1L-0D
Last Week:  1 Loss vs Philadelphia Union
Dynamo were missing Brian Ching and couldn't finish their chances as they outplayed the Union.

13. Chicago Fire
Record:  0W-0L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw at FC Dallas
The Fire impressed and surprised many by coming out of Dallas with any kind of result.

14. New England Revolution
Record:  0W-0L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw at Los Angeles
Despite being criticized by their style of play and the excuse of weather, the Revolution still came out of LA with a result.

15. Chivas USA
Record:  0W-1L-0D
Last Week:  3-2 Loss vs Sporting Kansas City
Chivas could not handle Omar Bravo and lost their home opener.

16. Columbus Crew
Record:  0W-1L-0D
Last Week: 3-1 Loss at DC United
The rebuilding process did start in the right foot for the Crew.

17. Portland Timbers
Record:  0W-1L-0D
Last Week:  3-1 Loss at Colorado Rapids
The Timbers were hammered for 3 goals in the first 30 minutes to the defending MLS Champions.

18. Toronto FC
Record:  0W-1L-0D
Last Week: 4-2 Loss at Vancouver Whitecaps
The Aron Winter era did not begin well with a loss to their Canadian rival where the scoreline was actually flattering for TFC.

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