Monday, April 4, 2011

MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

Week 3 in the MLS saw many draw and because of this there was very little movement in the rankings after this weekend's action.  The only teams to move down were clubs that lost by 2+ goals as DC United lost to Colorado 4-1 and FC Dallas lost to Columbus 2-0.  Although other teams (Whitecaps, Revolution, Dynamo) moved up multiple spots, the Crew were the only team to move up more than a spot with a victory.

Last week's rankings in parentheses

1. Real Salt Lake (1)
Record: 2W-0L-0D
Last Week:  No Match
Next Week:  Apr 9 at New England
RSL had the week off to prepare for 2nd Leg of the CCL before facing the Revolution on the road.

2. Colorado Rapids (2)
Record:  3W-0L-0D
Last Week:  4-1 Win vs DC United
Next Week:  Apr 8 at FC Dallas
The reigning champs look even more dangerous with Folan joining Casey and Cummings up front.

3. Los Angeles Galaxy (4)
Record:  2W-1L-1D
Last Week: 1-0 Loss vs Philadelphia Union
Next Week:  Apr 9 at DC United
The Galaxy gutted out a victory as they were reduced to 10 men for 30+ minutes.

4. New York Red Bulls (3)
Record:  1W-0L-2D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw vs Houston Dynamo
Next Week:  Apr 9 at Philadelphia Union
DeRo setup the only goal as the Red Bulls were unable to find the back of the net despite opportunities.

5. San Jose Earthquakes (6)
Record:  1W-1L-1D
Last Week:  2-2 Draw vs Seattle Sounders
Next Week:  Apr 9 vs Toronto FC
The Earthquakes rallied twice against the Sounders to avoid losing their second at home.

6. Philadelphia Union (5)
Record: 2W-1L-0D
Last Week:  1-0 Loss at LA Galaxy
Next Week:  Apr 9 vs New York Red Bulls
While the Union have only given up one goal this season, the goal scorers continue to struggle.

7. Seattle Sounders (7)
Record:  0W-2L-2D
Last Week:  2-2 Draw at San Jose Earthquakes
Next Week:  Apr 9 vs Chicago Fire
The Sounders found another way to lose points as this time they scored twice but gave up two as well.

 9. Chicago Fire (8)
Record:  1W-0L-1D
Last Week:  No Match
Next Week:  Apr 9 at Seattle Sounders
The rebuilt Fire got a week as they prepare to play in one of the toughest venues in MLS.
8. Sporting Kansas City (9)
Record: 1W-1L-1D
Last Week:  3-3 Draw at Vancouver Whitecaps
Next Week:  No Match
Sporting KC will need the week to recover from the collapse of a 3 goal lead to the Caps.

10. Vancouver Whitecaps (12)
Record:  1W-1L-1D
Last Week:  3-3 Draw vs Sporting Kansas City
Next Week:  Apr 6 vs New England Revolution, Apr 10 at Houston Dynamo
After an epic comeback the Whitecaps play twice this week and should get back reinforcements.

11. New England Revolution (13)
Record:  1W-0L-2D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw vs Portland Timbers
Next Week:  Apr 6 at Vancouver Whitecaps, Apr 9 vs Real Salt Lake
The Revolution face the second expansion team in 4 days this time on the road, then face the class of the MLS

12. Houston Dynamo (14)
Record:  0W-1L-2D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw at New York Red Bulls
Next Week:  Apr 10 vs Vancouver Whitecaps
The Dynamo survive another assault, this time from New York, thanks to their Goalkeeper Tally Hall.

13. DC United (10)
Record:  1W-2L-0D
Last Week:  4-1 Loss at Colorado Rapids  
Next Week:  Apr 9 vs LA Galaxy
After winning the opener at home, DCU have dropped their last two on the road.

14. FC Dallas (11)
Record:  0W-2L-1D
Last Week:  2-0 Loss at Columbus Cew
Next Week:  Apr 8 vs Colorado Rapids
After going winless at home in two games FC Dallas lose on the road to a rebuilding Crew.

15. Columbus Crew (17)
Record:  1W-1L-1D
Last Week: 2-0 Win vs FC Dallas
Next Week:  Apr 9 at Chivas USA
The Crew continue to play well at home as they beat the defending Western champs.

16. Toronto FC (15)
Record:  1W-1L-1D
Last Week: 1-1 vs Chivas USA
Next Week:  Apr 9 at San Jose Earthquakes
TFC needed a better result as they can’t afford to lose points to weak teams at home.

17. Chivas USA (16)
Record:  0W-2L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Draw at Toronto FC
Next Week:  Apr 9 vs Columbus Crew
The Goats get their first result on the road and do it without Captain Jimmy Conrad.

18. Portland Timbers (18)
Record:  0W-2L-1D
Last Week:  1-1 Loss at New England Revolution
Next Week:  No Match
The Timbers hold to gain their 1st point as they get a week off to prepare for the home opener.

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