Monday, March 28, 2011

MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

RSL jumps to the top spot after an impressive victory over the Galaxy.  Most surprising result of the week was San Jose's 2-0 victory in Dallas.  Accordingly, the Earthquakes were the biggest risers and FC Dallas dropped the most as last year's runner-ups continue to struggle at home.  The Whitecaps dropped 3 spots after losing their first game on the road in Philadelphia.

Last Week's Ranking in Parentheses.

1. Real Salt Lake (4)
Record: 2W-0L-0D
Last Week:  4-1 Win vs Los Angeles Galaxy
Next Week:  No Match
RSL’s dominance at home continues as they pound the Galaxy while being shorthanded.

2. Colorado Rapids (2)
Record:  2W-0L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Win at Chivas USA
Next Week:  Apr 3 vs DC United
Defending Champions remain undefeated as they beat on another bottom feeder.

3. New York Red Bulls (3)
Record:  1W-0L-1D
Last Week:  0-0 Draw at Columbus Crew
Next Week:  Apr 2 vs Houston Dynamo
Missing 6 starters and playing a 3rd string goalie, NY was able grind out a goalless draw.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy (1)
Record:  1W-1L-1D
Last Week: 4-1 Loss at Real Salt Lake
Next Week:  Apr 2 vs Philadelphia Union
While they were missing Donovan, the Galaxy had enough to at least stay close to RSL

5. Philadelphia Union (10)
Record: 2W-0L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Win vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Next Week:  Apr 2 at LA Galaxy
The defense has improved since last year as the Union have posted back to back cleansheets.

6. San Jose Earthquakes (11)
Record:  1W-1L-0D
Last Week:  2-0 Win at FC Dallas
Next Week:  Apr 2 vs Seattle Sounders
Wondolowski continues his scoring as San Jose go into Dallas and defeat last year’s runners up.

7. Sporting Kansas City (5)
Record: 1W-1L-0D
Last Week:  3-2 Loss at Chicago Fire
Next Week:  Apr 2 at Vancouver Whitecaps
SKC lose their DP early to a red card but almost complete a comeback as they lose to Chicago.
8. Seattle Sounders (7)
Record:  0W-2L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw vs Houston Dynamo
Next Week:  Apr 2 at San Jose Earthquakes
The Sounders controlled the game but were not able to finish and escaped with a point at home.

9. Chicago Fire (13)
Record:  1W-0L-1D
Last Week:  3-2 Win vs Sporting Kansas City
Next Week:  No Match
The Fire are surprising some as they beat an under manned SKC team at home.

10. DC United (8)
Record:  1W-1L-0D
Last Week:  2-1 Loss at New England Revolution
Next Week:  Apr 3 at Colorado Rapids
Charlie Davies continues the comeback but the team falls to the Revolution on the road.

11. FC Dallas (6)
Record:  0W-1L-1D
Last Week:  2-0 Loss vs San Jose Earthquakes
Next Week:  Apr 1 at Columbus Crew
The defending Western champs have only got one point out of six from their first two at home.

12. Vancouver Whitecaps (9)
Record:  1W-1L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss at Philadelphia Union
Next Week:  Apr 2 vs Sporting Kansas City
Shorthanded Caps held on for 76 minutes before allowing single goal in their first match on road.

13. New England Revolution (14)
Record:  1W-0L-1D
Last Week:  2-1 Win vs DC United
Next Week:  Apr 2 vs Portland Timbers
Thought to be worst team by experts Revolution are undefeated early in the season.

14. Houston Dynamo (12)
Record:  0W-1L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw at Seattle Sounders
Next Week:  Apr 2 at New York Red Bulls
The Dynamo were dominated by the Sounders and were lucky to escape with draw.

15. Toronto FC (18)
Record:  1W-1L-0D
Last Week: 2-0 Win vs Portland Timbers
Next Week:  Apr 2 vs Chivas USA
TFC bounced back with an impressive win and the team showed signs that new system will work.

16. Chivas USA (15)
Record:  0W-2L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss vs Colorado Rapids
Next Week:  Apr 2 at Toronto FC
Chivas have now lost first two games at home to SKC and now the defending champs.

17. Columbus Crew (16)
Record:  0W-1L-1D
Last Week: 0-0 Draw vs New York Red Bulls
Next Week:  Apr 1 vs FC Dallas
The Crew were unable to score against a NY team that were missing up to six starters.

18. Portland Timbers (17)
Record:  0W-2L-0D
Last Week:  2-0 Loss at Toronto FC
Next Week:  Apr 2 at New England Revolution
The Timbers are struggling to score as they lose first two on the road.

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